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.
- Quick delightful retelling
- Despite modern setting, characters were true to original characterizations
- Not quite as romantic as the original
Okay, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this one but I have to admit that I ended up giggling like a school girl by the time I finished this book. At less than 300 pages, PROM & PREJUDICE was a quick delightful modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
I thought that Eulberg perfectly captured the characteristics of Austen’s beloved novel. Her portrayals of Will and Lizzie remained in character throughout the entire novel, despite the modern spin. I think the premise of the novel was credible, but bordering on a little silly. Lydia drove me absolutely nuts. She didn’t drive me nearly as crazy as she did in the original. I think Eulberg did a wonderful job capturing her character in a modern day setting.
My favorite part about this novel is probably how music was incorporated. The scene at Carnegie Hall was so much fun to read and that little twist was one I didn’t see coming. As a sucker for novels that are set in New York City, I loved the scenes in Manhattan and Hoboken (okay, not New York exactly, but close enough).
Prom wasn’t as a big deal in my high school experience so I didn’t find the story as romantic as the original. But then again, it would be hard to match up to Austen’s work. I thought that the ending was appropriate and really cute. Eulberg definitely made Lizzie and Will’s relationship a lot more meaningful.
About the Author
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work. She did, however, learn how to play Rachmaninoff’s Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the piano while writing Prom and Prejudice, so she’s not a total slacker.
Find the Author
A weekly meme on the books on the top of my list to read and books recently acquired, borrowed, or bought. Inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox.
Top of the Shelf / Currently Reading
What’s next on my to-read list for the upcoming week. I got Blood Promise from the e-book library last week. I always forget about e-books in my posts…
Books Bought and/or Signed
If you read last week’s post, I attended the Teen Author Festival at my favorite children’s indie, Books of Wonder. Here’s what I got signed last week. I bought Prom & Prejudice and Clarity and brought the others from home. (Pictures are kinda sucky this week. Sorry! I had to use my vado video camera since my digital camera decided to run out of battery.)
Author signings are exhausting! Especially this one at Books of Wonder. I’ve been to their events in the past, but with the exception of Mockingjay’s release party, I’ve never seen the store so hectic! The 3rd Annual Teen Author Fest at Books of Wonder was the finale of a week-long event throughout New York City. I was caught up in a lot of studying this past week, so unfortunately, I couldn’t make any of the other events. Still, the signing was the one event I vowed to attend exactly a year ago when I had missed out on last year’s. The signing featured 45 different teen authors from Maggie Stiefvater to David Levithan.
My best friend, Loreal, went to the event with me. This was her first time at an event at Books of Wonder; unfortunately, last minute circumstances prevented her from attending in the past. Having a friend along made the event a lot more fun since we were able to gush about authors the whole time we were there.
Anyways, enough with the rambling….
Clockwise: Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Darer Littman, David Levtihan
I got a total of 5 books signed for myself and two gifts for others! The books I had signed were: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, Life After (ARC) by Sarah Darer Littman, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, Clarity by Kim Harrington, and Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. I haven’t read Clarity or P&P yet, but I’m very excited to start them based on what I’ve heard.
Lore & I had a blast. We ended our afternoon in a very bookish way by catching a screening of Jane Eyre at a local theater.
Mini Update: Yeah, I’m lagging on the reviews… I have one last midterm on Wednesday, so hopefully I should be able to get more reading done, but on top of internship and other school reading, I can’t make any guarantees. I will have my review on Maurissa Guibord’s Warped posted this week! I just finished the other night, so I will write it up soon.