Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg – REVIEW

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: January 4th, 2011
Scholastic, 231 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought in Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult

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 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?

Prom and Prejudice is a retelling of my favorite book ever – Pride and Prejudice. But in this modern day retelling, Lizzie attends boarding school and that’s how everyone is connected. The characters are obviously modeled after the original characters, but they seem to have a uniqueness about them at the same time and surprisingly, I didn’t find myself comparing them to the characters in Pride and Prejudice at all – I enjoyed the book as it was.

I have to admit that I was a tad bit skeptical going in to this book because I was afraid that no one could do what I consider to be a “proper retelling” worthy of Pride and Prejudice, but Ms. Eulberg blew me away with her ability to make me forget that I was even reading a retelling.

I would recommend this book to classic and YA contemporary lovers alike. It’s a fast read and a guaranteed feel-good.

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