Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Thursday February 3, 2011

Prom & Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
January 1, 2011
Point (Scholastic)
Goodreads summary:  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.

Review: I've seen all the movies, watched the mini-series and read the I'll admit I was looking at this one with a critical eye. I just didn't know if I could get through a cheese-puff, gossip girl version of Pride & Prejudice. Well, my worries were unfounded! I zipped right through this little treasure and it passed the ultimate test (for me anyway)....tears, yes there were tears and if you know anything about the original story you know why!

The setting is perfect and having Lizzie be a scholarship student and experiencing the treatment that she gets for being so, is the perfect set up for her feelings towards Will Darcy. Her roommate Jane (one of only two friends at school) is the perfect counterpart to the original character and so is her love interest Charles Bingley. As a matter of fact, I'll just say that the author did an excellent job of creating contemporary versions of the these classic characters we all know and love.  

In a perfect world this modern version of the classic story would lead readers straight to the original, and as a librarian I'll be recommending it to anyone who reads and enjoys this book. Regardless, this is a well written book that lovers of romance will be getting in line to read!