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Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

March 15th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 1, 2011

Publisher: Point

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com:

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.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I am always curious about adaptations.  This one sounded so cute I couldn’t pass it up.  It certainly disappoint and was a fun and quick read.  Most of my favorite characters from P&P were present and modernized in a way that totally fit a modern, teenage setting.  Darcy initially snubs Lizzie because she’s a scholarship student and this irritates Lizzie enough for her to develop an immediate dislike of Darcy.

I loved the portrayal of both Darcy and Elizabeth.  I thought both their characters were channeled well and even little things from the original book are alluded to in this story.  Lizzie is an accomplished pianist which is a twist since in the original story she was just passably good but in both instances she captivates Darcy as she plays.  I don’t know if it was on purpose but in both stories Lizzie is ridiculed after her dress is dirtied, one by tramping through the mud and in the modern version because she had coffee thrown on her.  Lydia’s character had me laughing out loud.  Reminiscent of when she and Kitty embarrassed Jane and Lizzie at a ball, Lydia mortifies Jane by dancing like a mad woman at Charles’s party.  And really I do mean mortify, there were jazz hands, rockette kicks and more.  This Darcy was just as swoon worthy as the original Mr. Darcy in my opinion.  I mean come on, he tries to buy Lizzie a book in an attempt to be kind and make up for his earlier disdain.  My kind of guy, he certainly knows the way into my heart. lol.

Truly, if you are looking for a light hearted, fun read this is definitely a book you should check out.  I am going to have to go check out Elizabeth’s previous book, The Lonely Hearts Club, hoping it’s just as good.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    This sounds like fun!!

  2. Pam

    This sounds fabulous!

  3. Michelle

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I fell in the middle on it for a variety of reasons but agree that it was a fun light read!

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