Monday, April 4, 2011

Of Prom, High Society, & Love

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date."

    After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberley School. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn't exactly 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 Will Darcy, Charles's friend, 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?

     Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice lovers will find a delightful read in Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom & Prejudice. I think Eulberg's idea is so fun. It's the high school version of Pride and Prejudice, if you were to go to a really fancy all girls boarding school...of course. Moving on.

    The charcters stay very true to the original work, which for me was essential. Lizzie is so head strong and spunky that at times you love to see her view on the world, but other times you want to shake her saying "He likes you! Don't be a butthead- go after him!" And Darcy, Oh Darcy. Ladies, if you were already in love with Willliam Darcy from the original then you'll probably be convinced by the end of this book that you need to enroll in an all girls boarding school so the teenage version of your leading man can sweep you off your feet. Darcy was everything I wanted him to be like. He was brooding (sometimes), handsome, geniune, and so real. I very much enjoyed the dynamic of Lizzie and Darcy. It was amusing to see the love story play out in a teenage world. 

    The ending wil leave you with that happy feeling you want to get from a romanitc comedy. I will admit that Prom & Prjudice did have a few twists that you may (or may not) see coming, especially at the end. But I won't give anything away.

    So for all you prom-aholics and love story lovers, this book is one you'll want to read.

*because although it was cute and I enjoyed it, nothing can truly compare to Jane Austen.


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