Have you ever read something, watched a movie, or seen a TV show and it gives you an extreme case of deja vu?
Hasn’t this been done before?
Maybe it isn’t exactly the same storyline, but there is just enough similarity that it just keeps pushing on the front of your mind.
And that’s what Daring Chloe is.
Daring Chloe (Getaway Girls #1) by Laura Jensen Walker
So while this book isn’t exactly like it, the plot does bring to mind Emma.
So first let’s talk about the book, and then the similarities.
Chloe is about to marry her dream guy, Chris, when he breaks off the engagement right before the wedding as he realizes marriage isn’t “for him” as he has other things he wants to do first with his life.
Her friend Adam was the one who relayed the message, the one who told her all along that Chris wasn’t right for her.
You should have listened to me
Meanwhile, a very saddened Chloe doesn’t know what to do until one of her friend’s makes a suggestion. You see Chloe loves book and belongs to a book club that meets once a month to choose and discuss books. But now, instead of just reading the book, they will go on adventures too, in a way, “live” the book.
I know, awesome right!
Taking fandom to the EXTREME!
But while Chloe is trying to move over her heartbreak, it seems as if Adam is entering every facet of her life and always trying to give advice and help her, but instead reminding her more and more about Chris.
But Chloe has her faith in God, good friends, and a whole library to help her through the pain.
So now, why did this book remind me so much of Emma? Well all because of two characters, Chloe and Adam.
Nothing else of the story is really anything like Emma, except for these two’s relationship. They are good friends, although Adam is harboring a secret crush on her, (obvious to everyone except Chloe).
Also like in Emma, Adam tries to help Chloe by supporting her, but also being the one to advise or call her out on things. And Chloe, just like Emma, has a tendency to believe she is right, even when she is clearly wrong.
And just like Emma and Mr. Knightley; they eventually come together in the end. Realizing that they are perfect matches for each other.
I thought the book was okay until the end as that was predictable and a bit corny. However, the book club of reading and acting them out was inspiring. I might just do that in the future.
For more on Emma, go to Emma (1996) AKA the Kate Beckinsale Version
For more books based on Emma, go to Mr. Knightley’s Diary
For more books based on Jane Austen, go to The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen
For more Emma adaptions, go to 200 Years of Glorious Emma