Monday, January 10, 2011

Prom And Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom And Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

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. (courtesy of Goodreads)

Review

Drop what you're reading and pick up Prom & Prejudice right now! I usually don't write reviews books for days or even weeks after I've read them. I just don't feel inspired. I only finished P&P two hours ago, but I cannot stop gushing about it. I just had to write my review as soon as possible. I enjoyed Elizabeth Eulberg's first book Lonely Hearts Club, but wasn't blown away. I don't know if I've changed or she's changed, but she came up with something really special with Prom & Prejudice. The book is simply adorable. Perfect, fun fluff.

I'm a huge Pride & Prejudice fan (I re-read it every year). Eulberg incorporated the story that we all know into a modern setting. The book is filled with little Easter Eggs to make a fangirl squeal - Longbourn Academy, Pemberley Academy, a Mr. Meryton, a Mrs. Reynolds, and more. I loved how the plot followed Austen's work, but still managed to be its own story. Lizzie Bennet is a student at the posh Longbourn Academy, a girls' boarding school. All most Longbourn students are interested in is getting a date to the prom. Lizzie is a music and academic scholarship student. She's a lot more interested in making it through her snobbish school unscathed with a good education than in boys and prom dresses. Then Will Darcy enters the scene. He's conceited and rude. Lizzie hates him, but he always seems to be hanging around...

One of the most fun aspects of Prom & Prejudice is seeing how Lizzie and Darcy act when they are no longer under the constraints of early 19th century morés. Now they can actually talk and be together unsupervised without starting a major scandal. This allows for a lot more dialogue and plot development than the classic P&P. I love how Lizzie and Darcy actually got to know one another. They were still blinded by their own prejudices, but ultimately their relationship grew out of friendship. It felt like a relationship that might exist in real life. Lizzie was an excellent modern heroine. She was smart and sassy just like the classic Lizzie. I loved that she had a strong work ethic that showed in her coffeeshop job and dedication to the piano and enjoyed flirting with boys, but didn't live and die for a boyfriend. It's how I imagine the classic Lizzie would be if she was alive today.

Of course, we know how the plot of Prom & Prejudice will play out. But Eulberg still manages to pull a few twists out of her hat. Many parts of the story are more in the spirit of the classic novel than an exact re-telling. For example, the weeks Lizzie spends around Darcy at Lady Catherine's home are transformed into walks back from Lizzie's coffeeshop job. It's a different plot, but serves the same function - to push the relationship along. The side characters were also fabulous. Sweet Jane, wild Lydia, cunning Charlotte, awkward Colin, witchy Caroline. All your favorite characters fit into Prom & Prejudice in ways that fit with the modern story but are still loyal to the classic. My favorite part of the book was probably the ending. They obviously aren't going to get married - the way Eulberg chose to end the book was perfectly fitting with Darcy and Lizzie's personalities. The classic Darcy and Lizzie would have done the same thing.

I highly recommend Prom & Prejudice. It is a very quick, breezy read. Lighthearted fluff that will make you squeal with delight.

Rating: 5/5

19 comments :

  1. Okay, so I totally understand why you're gushing about the book because it sounds so awesomely good!! I would have read the book already but I've been patient enough to wait for my sister to finish with it first. However, I'm now VERY TEMPTED to read the book whether she's done or not.... she wouldn't have to find out.... hmmm... No, must wait a little bit longer... ^.~

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  2. Hehe. Thanks for the review. I might pick this one up. I've recently awarded you with the stylish blogger award. I hope you'll accept. Find out more on the blog.

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  3. Sounds very cute. I love P&P! Your review really does tempt me to read it. I *almost* picked up Lonely Hearts Club earlier this evening, but now I'm glad I didn't drop the money on it. I'd rather read this one, I think.

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  4. Wow! This sounds perfect for me! Thank you, thank you for the review! :) I am definitely going to get this one asap! New follower....

    -Lulu the Bookaddict
    www.lulu-bookaddict.blogspot.com

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  6. Hey there! Just stopping by to let you know I've given you the Stylish Blogger Award, which you can find on my post here: http://bookaholic-worm.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-first-award.html

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  7. SUCH a cute book! I'm a huge Austen fan anyway and thoroughly enjoyed P&P. Great review!
    Happy reading,
    Mary
    The Book Swarm

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  8. Wow, I probably would have glossed right over this one and not picked it up, but now it's on the list for sure! I love that even though everyone is pretty much familiar with this story (more or less), she still manages to bring some new elements to it that keep it entertaining. Thanks so much for the recommendation Alison!

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  9. Great review! I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice, and I've been curious about this book. I'm going to have to look for it.

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  10. Hmmm, I love Pride and Prejudice and I honestly wouldn't even consider reading one of these knock-offs, but maybe I'll change my mind.

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  11. This is on to read list and I think you just inspired me to read it now. I adore Pride and Prejudice and a modern day spin off of such a classic tale has to be cute. Thanks for the great review!

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  12. Alison,

    But I'm holding a baby. Should I really drop it?

    LOL! Just kidding. I love it when I book has you excited to write a review just to gush.

    Funny because I just read a review for Lonely Hearts Club, and the reviewer said it wasn't very memorable. But this one does sound fun and creative.

    Gonna go add this one to the wishlist. Looking forward to now. Thanks.

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  13. I admit, this is exactly the type of book I would pass over, not give a second thought to, but your enthusiasm is so catching! I haven't actually read Pride and Prejudice (for shame) but this sounds just so fun... maybe it would encourage me to pick up the original.

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  15. I love when books like this put in a bunch of Easter Eggs. They're so fun to spot. I also like the idea of following this story but without all of the 19th century restrictions of the original. Your enthusiasm is so catchy. I'm adding this one to my TBR now. Thanks!

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  16. Wonderful review! I'm more anxious to read this book now that I've read this review. Ugh, I so want to read this book!

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  17. Alright, this review is absolutely FANTASTIC! I don't think this is something I would normally check out, but I'm going to go check it out on amazon right now. Great review!!

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  18. Another good review about this book.
    Unfortunately none of local publisher has bought the book rights.
    I am curious with all the dialogue between Liz and Darcy.

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  19. I just read it and I agree with you! It was such a great book!

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