Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Published: Jan 2011
Publisher: Point
Pages: 231
Copy provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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.

This was a light-hearted and amusing YA take on everybody's favourite classic, Pride and Prejudice. Ms Eulberg managed to put a interesting modern twist on the original without forgetting any of the important details. I found myself quite liking Will Darcy and Lizzie Bennet and I kept wondering how the story would progress.

One of my favourite characters was Lydia, who was so amazingly gauche and annoying. There is a scene where she is dancing that had me in whoops - so much fun.

'Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, she did jazz hands. Full-on, Broadway-style jazz hands.'

If you haven't read Pride and Prejudice yet, this is a great introduction. If you have, enjoy this funny adaptation, then go back and reread the original.

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