Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise. (summary from Goodreads)

Prom & Prejudice is a fun read that is sure to please fans of both the original and contemporary romance!

A scholarship student at the prestigious school for girls, Longbourn, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet is no stranger to prejudice. Deemed lacking by all but her roommate, Jane, and fellow scholarship student, Charlotte, Lizzie has endured months of pranks and hostility from her fellow students. When Lizzie meets the stoic Will Darcy and overhears his somewhat disparaging comment regarding scholarship students she assumes he's no different from those who torment her. Even when Darcy seems to make attempts to get to know her Lizzie shuts him down, distrusting him as one of "them". As prom draws near and relationships are formed and broken around her, Lizzie will have to learn a hard lesson about prejudice...especially her own.

Eulberg's version of Jane Austen's classic is a quick and fun read full of the characters and relationships we've come to know and love, but in a contemporary high school setting. For anyone who is familiar with either the original book or multiple movie versions, Prom & Prejudice holds no surprises, though this doesn't have any negative effect on the story. Actually, I found myself eager for certain moments and characters, even reacting immediately to their stories - like glaring at the introduction of Wickham, or Wick as he's know here, and rolling my eyes at the perfect first appearance of Collins. I know these characters and situations, and it was entertaining getting to know them all over again here. It's somewhat like coming home - I knew what to expect and it was comforting to relearn everything and view it in just a slightly different light.

I enjoyed most of all the little ways that Eulberg has made Prom & Prejudice her own. Like Jane being Lizzie's friend and roommate rather than sister, while Lydia remains Jane's sister, and Lizzie being extremely talented at playing the piano. Personally that last touch had me grinning, and I thought it fantastic how Eulberg used it as a major plot point between Lizzie and Darcy. Ah, Lizzie and Darcy. They were pretty much spot on and as always I was desperate for that inevitable moment when they get their act can't help but be after that kind of build up! It's their relations that make the story, as always, and Eulberg is true to Lizzie's spirit and Darcy's heartfelt but bumbling attempts at courtship. Many giggles and sighs were cued, just as I like them!

Overall, Eulberg's Prom & Prejudice was a pleasure to read, a light and wonderful rewrite of the classic. I'm sold on Eulberg and look forward to reading more of her books!


Publisher: Point
Published date: 1 January 2011
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle edition

Challenges: 2011 YA Contemporary Challenge;

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