Review of Elizabeth Eulberg’s Delightful “Prom & Prejudice”
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, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberley School. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn’t exactly 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 Will Darcy, Charles’s friend, 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?
One of the most fun things about reading Prom & Prejudice was seeing how the author, Elizabeth Eulberg, took a story that many of us know so well and changed it into something totally different while still having some of that same spirit encompassed in Jane Austen’s original work, Pride and Prejudice. Reading Prom was like taking a journey, trying to figure out all the twists and turns like: how’s this character or event going to be interpreted into modern-day? It’s light-hearted fare, with just a small dash of angst. There’s one moment toward the end of the book involving Darcy and Lizzie that is handled a bit differently than I remember it being handled in Pride and Prejudice, and I must admit, I really enjoyed the change. It enabled the plot to move along a bit faster than it does in the original. This is definitely an adaptation that stands firmly on its own two feet. Prom was a real joy to read. When I started to realize the inevitable denouement was looming, I found myself putting off finishing the book because I wanted to make it last longer! And that, right there, is the book’s only drawback: it’s too short! It could’ve gone on for 100 more pages and I would’ve gladly devoured those extra pages.
(I definitely recommend this book for those who loved Anna and the French Kiss. )
Rating: 4 books