Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: January 4, 2011
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?
This was a fantastic novel. It was fun, light-hearted (for the most part) and wonderfully written. I loved the characters and the plot. It was refreshing to read something so relaxing and real rather than fantastical. The parallels in this tribute to Pride and Prejudice were great – from the names of the characters to their personalities, and even the setting. Eulberg does Jane Austen justice through her work, definitely. It makes me want to go back and read Austen again.
The relationships between the characters were wonderful. The whole misunderstanding between Will and Liz was well set-up, and Jane and Charles are great together. I also liked the secondary characters like the workers at the coffee shop, Lydia, Georgiana, Claudia Reynolds, and Caroline, and Wick. They were written perfectly, and I loved how the plot was run by the characters. It was smooth and effortless rather than choppy. Every interaction between the characters had an effect on the plot and the tone of the relationships from that point on, and it all worked together perfectly.
I must say, I liked the ending most of all. There was a moral to the story, it all works out in the end, and it was just so sweet! And the fact that Liz plays the piano was just an added bonus because I used to play, though not as well as her, evidently, and it was just so PERFECT how it turned out.
This is a great book for anyone who likes Jane Austen or is in the mood for a short, sweet, fun read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
*Note: I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 13 due to indirect references to rape.