Elizabeth Eulberg’s Website
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
Summary from GoodReads:
From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.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?
My favorite, favorite, favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love the setting, the characters, and the story. I love everything about it, and wouldn’t change one word of the story. I have also seen nearly all the movie adaptations (BBC version, Keira Knightley version, the 1940 version, Bride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary). I have also read modern day retellings of P&P such as Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, and Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan.
So when I came across a review for Prom and Prejudice on YABibliophile, I was eager to get my hands on it. The day it came in for me at the library, I read the whole thing. The story follows the original pretty closely considering it is set in a private high school in modern day. Even the names are the same: Elizabeth Bennet, Charles Bingley, Caroline Bingley, Jane, Lydia. Fans of Austen’s P&P, will see other ways Eulberg incorporated the original into her book.
Although I didn’t love Eulberg’s Lizzie Bennet as much as I liked Austen’s Lizzie, I still liked her a lot. I loved how determined she was to succeed at Longbourn Academy despite the awful things that the girls at school did to her. I also really liked the part music played into the novel. I know nothing about playing the piano, or classical music, but I really enjoyed learning a bit about it in this novel.
Will Darcy was great, too! Certainly not Mr. Darcy from the original, but I definitely liked him a lot, and felt that Lizzie and Darcy would make a good couple if they could just get passed their stubbornness.
Anyone else Pride & Prejudice fans?