Prom & Prejudice
By Elizabeth Eulberg
January 1, 2011
Point, 288 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Okay, so I’ve never been one to be shy on this blog, so why start now? I love Pride & Prejudice. I’ve said that before. But I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW. I love it.
Like, love it in that I’ve read every single book published as a so-called “sequel.” We’re talking Mr. Darcy’s Diary…and then some. Did Jane Austen write them? No. Do a lot of them suck? Yes. Do I look like I care? I think you can answer that one.
So the concept of Pride & Prejudice + young adult fiction? How could I say no? Retelling the story has been done before, of course — Bridget Jones’s Diary, etc. — but this story is THE story for me, so I’ll take it in any form.
And this version is a real delight. No, seriously. Even if you hadn’t read Pride & Prejudice, you’d enjoy this book. If you are a fan, bonus. You just have to read it with heart. It’s funny and spunky, but don’t read it if you’re some crazy Austen purist. And I really do think you should read the original first.
Nicely done, Ms. Eulberg!
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