Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Title: Prom and Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pages: 231
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: January 1, 2011

from Goodreads:
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.
Scholarship students are hated at Longbourn and Pemberly Academy.  But no one hates them more than Will Darcy.  That doesn't seem to bother Lizzie Bennett, a scholarship student, who doesn't trust anyone with money.  When Lizzie's roommate, Jane, starts dating Charles Bingley, Darcy's friend- Lizzie has a chance to give Darcy a piece of her mind when it comes to "his folk" (the rich).  This modern spin of the classic tale, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is a wonderful, fun, and humorous novel that will have Austen's fans thoroughly entertained.
Let me just admit, right now, I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and if you haven't read that book by Jane Austen, then this review may have slight spoilers for you. 
This was a great book.  I loved every minute of it.  All the references to Austen's work were simply so well done.  The story that most of us know as Pride and Prejudice has taken on a new spin.
Amazing characters.  My favorite would have to Charlotte.  Eulberg tried to incorporate every couple that was in Pride and Prejudice into Prom and Prejudice.  In Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte makes a point that not every one can marry for love- some will marry for money.  In Eulberg's version, which I think is solely adorable- Charlotte forces herself to go to prom with Collins (whom, in Austen's work, she marries) because prom is a BIG thing.  I'm not in a private school nor will I ever be, but prom was never big in my school.  I thought Charlotte added a bit of humor to the whole mess, because why would you go to prom if you didn't like the guy? 
One of the things that were annoying was that everyone talked very posh.  I knew they were rich, well most of the characters, but their dialogue didn't sound very modern.  I think Eulberg was trying to sound modern and, still, have that Austen-feel to it, but it just seemed odd.
Wonderful plot and a gorgeous ending.  These are one of those cute books that you just have to love (it's like a kitty cat that just peed all over the carpet, but they gave you those big, round eyes when they looked up at you- you still have to love it, because it's the cutest thing in the world).  My favorite part would have to be: Darcy is writing to his sister (on his laptop, because no one writes letters anymore like in Pride and Prejudice), Lizzie reading, and Caroline is trying to catch Darcy's attention.  In Pride and Prejudice, Caroline asks Lizzie to take a walk around the room or play cards (always gets the movies mixed up) (that totally catches Darcy's attention!).  In Prom and Prejudice, I was waiting for that exact same thing to happen, until Caroline starts showing off her jammin' Yoga moves.  That's right, just imagine, Caroline busting a move to catch Darcy's attention.  I think I'm still laughing.
I really don't want to say much more, but I loved this novel.  If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you can not miss this one!

Cover: 4

Characters: 5

Writing Style: 4

Plot: 5

Ending: 5

Overall: 5

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  1. I loved this book too. I loved all the little Pride and Prejudice tidbits. Like Mrs. Reynolds. I love how Eulberg changed the plot yet also kept it the same.