One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed.
Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe.
Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.
Snark and Circumstance is the first title in the Snark and Circumstance series of young adult romance novellas from Stephanie Wardrop.
Snark and Circumstance is the first book in a series of novellas, and as such, felt a bit incomplete. I knew this going in though, and didn’t let that influence my enjoyment of the story. Georgia Barrett is a sharp-witted vegan with an aversion to slicing and dicing animals for her high school biology class. Michael Endicott is a member of one of the founding families in their small New England town, recently kicked out of prep school. He’s got an attitude as big as his family’s influence. When these two are paired up in biology, things go from bad to worse for Georgia.
This first installment introduces us to Georgia and her family, the inner workings of the high school hierarchy, and her relationship with Michael. Georgia is fairly new herself, only having moved to town the year before, but she doesn’t have much patience for the sarcastic Michael with a chip on his shoulder.
The story really shines when these two trade sharp-tongued barbs, playing off one another. It’s soon clear that Georgia and Michael will either end up together or killing each other, and I can’t wait to find out which one it is.
The plot for this first installment centers around the love-hate relationship of Georgia and Michael. When they’re thrown together for not one, but two class projects in two separate classes, they have to find a way to work together. It seems impossible at first, they have absolutely nothing in common, and Michael appears to dislike Georgia for no reason, while she just finds him insufferable and arrogant.
As the story progresses, they discover they have more in common than they first thought. That may be enough to break down the barriers each has erected, but maybe soften them just enough to allow them to work together, even if they aren’t actually friends. Yet.
Stephanie Wardrop’s high school setting comes across as contemporary and authentic, although a bit stereotypical at times. This is a light-hearted romance though, so the stereotypes work here.
I’m just getting to know the characters. It’s clear Georgia has an attitude and a witty sense of humor. Michael is also witty and sarcastic, but I don’t have a feel for any of Georgia’s friends, sisters, or her parents really. I’m hoping these other characters will be fleshed out through the series.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Snark and Circumstance
1. Georgia’s quick wit and snark. She’s smart and funny.
2. Georgia’s principles. I may not be a vegan or even interested in becoming one, but I love that she stands by her beliefs, even if it means getting a poor grade.
3. Michael’s complexity. He’s hard to pin down which makes him infinitely intriguing.
4. Willow. She might be a pretty standard stereotypical mean girl, but every story needs one and she fills the role perfectly.
5. Tori. I love the relationship Georgia has with her older sister. This is what sisterly love looks like at its best.
Snark and Circumstance is a quick, light-hearted read that sets the stage for what I hope is going to be a really good young adult romance series.
About the Book
Title: Snark and Circumstance
Series: Snark and Circumstance #1
Author: Stephanie Wardrop
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, a town mostly famous for being a railroad card in Monopoly. After giving up on her childhood goal of becoming a pirate, she decided to become a writer but took a detour through lots of college and grad school and ended up teaching writing and British and American literature.
She’s the author of the Swoon Romance e-novella series Snark and Circumstance, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and lives in western New England with her husband, kids, cats, and gecko.