Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: January 1, 2011
The Story: 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?
My Review: I shamefully admit that I'm probably one of the last book addicts to have not read Pride and Prejudice. It's true. I don't like it, but there it is. That being said, I don't think it's necessary in the least to have read the original story to enjoy this classic in it's own right. In fact, I think I may have even enjoyed this book more because I hadn't read the original. I had no idea what to expect and nothing to compare it to.
Lizzie isn't like all the other students at Longbourn. She's not rich and she isn't obsessed with prom like everyone else at school. She is equally uninterested in Will Darcy, the best friend of her own best friend's boyfriend. He's pompous and rubs her the wrong way instantly. It's not like Lizzie isn't already aware of her status at Longbourn but nearly everything Will does seems to highlight her unpopularity. Unfortunately for them both, they still somehow find themselves in the company of one another more often than they'd like.
Over time we learn that Will may not be as big of a jerk as he first seemed and Lizzie has to learn to let go of her pride in order to see the truth. Hopefully she sees the truth before it's too late.
Prom and Prejudice is a fun and witty read that I devoured. Eulberg has a gift for writing characters that you can easily relate to. Lizzie is a talented musician that is well on her way to being one of the best. I found myself rooting for her and really connecting with her struggle to remain true to herself while accepting that she doesn't always have to be right.
Though this is a light and easy read, it was still packed with enough emotion to have me gripping the pages a little too roughly at times. I was captivated by the mystery surrounding a certain villain and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed Prom and Prejudice from beginning to end and am looking forward to reading more from Elizabeth Eulberg.