The Compulsive Reader: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

For the girls of Longbourn Academy, prom is a big deal--designer dresses, media coverage, the works. And that's all well and good if you're rich, but as a scholarship student, Lizzie Bennet is neither rich nor excited for prom. In fact, she and fellow scholarship student Charlotte Lucas are mercilessly bullied and harassed on a daily basis. But lucky for Lizzie she has a best friend in her roommate Jane, who is the kindest person she knows. Then Charles Bingley arrives back in town, and Jane is smitten. Charles introduces them to his friend Will Darcy, and Lizzie immediately despises him—he's exactly like all of the other snobs at school. But Jane and Charles are always together, and so it seems are Lizzie and Will. As prom approaches and the mania intensifies, will the pair find that they've completely misunderstood each other?

Elizabeth Eulburg has created a light, fun, and modern retelling in Prom and Prejudice that will be a great source of entertainment for fans of the original tale, and will encourage a whole new generation of readers to turn to Jane Austen. Eulberg stays true to the original names and characters of Pride and Prejudice, though this story does deviate slightly towards the end as Eulberg throws in her own little twist, but still manages to stay relatively true to Austen's conclusion. Lizzie's pride and Darcy's prejudice are a bit more obvious in this retellingtale, and put in a modern day context, their differences make for some good scenes, though occasionally the dialogue does seem a little bit too formal for 21st century American high-schoolers. One thing that Eulberg chose to leave out was the presence of almost all parents, most notably the character of Mrs. Bennet, who plays such an obnoxious and large role that it seems odd to not read about her. However, despite the small omissions, Eulberg has created a funny, clever, and light book that will make it easy for teens to relate to the character of Pride and Prejudice and is a perfect escape from reality. This is a must-read for the Austen fan that loves all things Pride and Prejudice.

Cover Comments: I love the dress on this cover--so pretty! and the pink really makes the blue stand out. Very pretty, and a little sassy--perfect.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Been hearing lots of lovely, positive things about this book, I think I'm going to give it a go and add it to my wish list. Thanks for the review.