Saturday, 7 January 2012

Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

I am a HUGE fan of the Jane Austen movies but I’ve always found the books a struggle to get through, so when I was recommended this book, Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg I started reading it right away! This book followed a similar plot to the original book by Jane Austen with a few minor adjustments, such as it is set in contemporary times but class is still considered important.

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.

Like the original you can’t help but admire each and everyone of Austen’s characters, Lizzie for her courage and strength, Jane for her kindness, Will Darcy for his mysteriousness and generosity and Charles Bingley for his obvious love for Jane and kindness towards others. Of course I can’t help but hate Wickham and want to give Lydia a piece of my mind about older men, but I guess everyone learns on there own way! 

In my opinion this is a great read that you fully get into with an entertaining cast of characters and events, making this book a must read for any girl 13 or over.

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