My Fair Brady
Grade : B+

People of a certain age will understand what I mean when I say My Fair Brady by Brian Kennedy is a solid entry into the “pulling a Marcia Brady makeover” trope. If you are a bit younger, you might consider it a “Can’t Buy Me Love,” or even younger, you’d maybe  think it’s a “She’s All That” story. And if none of these references make any sense, suffice it to say that this story is all about an ugly duckling misfit being made into a swan by a more popular guy, so if that’s your jam, you’ll enjoy this sweet romance.

Wade Westmore is bummed. Not only was he dumped by his gorgeous, adorable boyfriend, Reese, but Wade failed to score the lead role in his school’s spring production of My Fair Lady. Even worse than not getting the role of Henry Higgins is that Reese gets cast instead. Having to be on stage every day for rehearsals with the guy who broke his heart, stuck playing a part he didn’t want, is hardly motivating.  

Elijah Brady is your typical high school wallflower. He blends into the background, his knack for arcane trivia knowledge not exactly an entrée into the upper levels of the social scene. He longs to make some new friends, and that drives him to seek a position on the stage crew for the spring musical. All the popular kids like Wade Westmore, Reese Erikson-Ortiz, and Connor Goldfarb are theater geeks, so maybe that’s the way to become part of the in-crowd. He stumbles backwards into a position on the show’s lighting tech crew, not sure what he’s even doing.

When the two boys literally bump into each other in a minor stage collision mishap, Elijah is mortified and Wade is inspired. If he can take shy, shrinking-violet Elijah and turn him into the much cooler, more popular “Brady”, then surely Reese will see that Wade is NOT the self-absorbed jerk that caused Reese to dump him. Elijah’s just thrilled to have been noticed by such a popular guy.

As the two get to know each other, feelings develop, and Wade’s initial goal - of winning back Reese - becomes a lot less important. 

This story is sweet, very predictable, and definitely on the lighter side of romance. It very authentically captures the experience of putting on a high school show, both the on-stage and the behind-the-scenes action. Diversity is the name of the game, and all of the characters are successful and relatively likable despite their flaws. If I have any criticisms, it’s that some of the characters are too perfect, and there;s a misunderstanding that had me shaking my head. Then again, high school kids aren’t exactly known for their outstanding communication skills! And the grand gesture at the end is something I can absolutely picture in the movie adaptation. 

If you are looking for an easy read with characters who make you smile, then pick up My Fair Brady. You won’t get a complex story, but you will be entertained as Wade turns Elijah into a swan. 

Reviewed by Jenna Harper
Grade : B+
Book Type: Young Adult

Sensuality: Kisses

Review Date : January 30, 2024

Publication Date: 01/2024

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I'm a city-fied suburban hockey mom who owns more books than I will probably ever manage to read in my lifetime, but I'm determined to try.
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