Friday 18 January 2013

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

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?

Having read and loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s first novel The Lonely Hearts Club I was really looking forward to reading this – and I really enjoyed it. I suppose I should start by admitting I have never read Pride and Prejudice (*hides*) so the fact it’s a retelling was slightly lost on me. But given how much I enjoyed this story, I’m thinking I should probably read it.

I loved the story from the start and loved Lizzie’s voice. I really liked the setting too and could really imagine the girls at Longborne hating scholarship students – and how they would make that known! I really liked Jane and Charles, and loved a certain Will Darcy. I couldn’t help but think he just kept coming across wrong! And I really enjoyed how Lizzie pretty much hates Darcy to begin with and then is forced to change her mind.

A fun, quick to read story that I thoroughly enjoyed! I’m looking forward to reading her next book Take a Bow!


The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

You should definitely read P&P-it's my favorite classic and now that you already know the basics, it should be easier to follow if you're not someone who usually reads the classics. I think this is my favorite Austen retelling and I'm glad to see another positive review of it.

Luci said...

I think there should be a new word for 'classics' because that seems to put people off - they should be called the 'timelesses' because Pride and Prejudice never gets old or dated. If you are put off by starting with the book do get the 1995 miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. And you may also want to check out the 'Bollywood' film version 'Bride and Prejudice' that was very good.


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