Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Book Details
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Hardcover, 288 Pages
2011, Point
ISBN: 0545240778

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.

Prom and Prejudice is a fun modernization of the Pride and Prejudice tale. Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student at Longbourn Academy, where scholarship students are hazed worse than in any mean girl sorority.

Prom and Prejudice stays quite faithful to the book that it was based upon. Lizzie's only friends are her roommate Jane and the other lone scholarship student Charlotte. Jane's sister Lydia causes embarrassment at every turn. Jane longs for Charles Bingley while Lizzie constantly butts heads with his friend Will Darcy. Caroline, Charles's sister, does all that is in her power to keep Charles and Will away from Lizzie and Jane.

Being in high school, the girls are in want of a prom date instead of a husband. The students of the fashion conscious Longbourn Academy take their proms very seriously. So much so that instead of risking another scholarship student in a Macy's dress ending up in the style section representing their school, the student body routinely tries to bully all the poor kids into dropping out. Lizzie's love of the piano and her dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall motivate her to ignore, as much as possible, the torture she must endure.

Prom and Prejudice takes the best of Pride and Prejudice and brings it into today. Boarding schools full of rich, vapid, self-centered teens may not be what Jane Austen originally had in mind when writing her most famous tale, but I think she would have heartily approved of Prom and Prejudice.


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