Thu, March 10, 2011

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg Review

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

CONFESSION TIME

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!

You might also like: Pride & Prejudice by THE Jane Austen

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  1. Chachic said:

    The only Pride and Prejudice retelling that I've read so far is Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field and I enjoyed that one so maybe I should pick up other retellings. Like you, I'm a fan of the original story.

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  2. Blueicegal ♥ said:

    I have seen this around a lot, I think I will give this one a go 🙂

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  3. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Don't shoot me, but I've never read Pride & Prejudice. The classics scare me. Maybe one of these days I'll get over my fears.

    Glad you enjoyed this book!
    Love, Your Book Fairy Godmother 😉

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  4. Jacinda said:

    I've never read Pride & Prejudice either…I haven't read many classics for that matter! Great review!

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  5. Jen (Makeshift Bookmark) said:

    Ew, classics! EW! super blasphemy, I know. But I will gladly read books written now about stuff that happened forever ago? That's cool, right? I almost feel like I can't read any of these modern retelling because I haven't read the orig. But this does sound super cute!

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  6. YA Bibliophile said:

    I'm a fellow P&P freak 🙂 I own over 25 retellings/continuations 🙂 LOVED this book. Elizabeth Eulberg is delightful too 🙂

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  7. Truly Bookish said:

    Great review, I thought this book was so cute! I too am a big P&P fan.
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  8. Jamie said:

    I LOVE P&P..but I've never read any of the retellings and whatnot. Perhaps I should? You just point me in the right direction and I'll do it.

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  9. Shaylene said:

    Pride and Prejudice is amazing 🙂 One of my favorites as well. I loved this retelling of it! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. Jenn said:

    I fully support the Jane Austen love. I think it's a right of passage, like Disney movies. There's something about a love story where the right people end up together that never fades for me (and I'm guessing a lot of people).

    I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my list. I'm glad you liked it, and even if you hadn't, I'm sure due to my love of Pride and Prejudice that I'd have read it anyway. 🙂

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  11. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) said:

    I haven't read the original…I know, I know! But it is on my Kindle, so I will get to it someday. I won a signed copy of this book and thought it was adorable!

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  12. Lynn Marie said:

    I'm so excited to see how much you love the original! It's one of my all time favorites and Mr.Darcy? Yes Please. Any day. Any time 🙂 I have always avoided the spin offs because I was afraid that they wouldn't do Jane Austen justice but this sounds awesome and if you love it and the original I'm gonna have to give it a shot! yay for classics! 🙂

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  13. Tara said:

    I really need to get with it and see what all the hype is about P&P… someday.

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  14. Alison said:

    I adored this book.
    Have you read the sequels by Pamela Aiden? I think they're some of the best.

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  15. Anonymous said:

    I love this book! I really think they should make a movie about it. It was a great book and i want to read it again and again. I can tell now that this one be one of those book that i will want to red over and over again. 🙂

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