Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice book coverProm and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date:January 1st 2011
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads description: 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 book was a fun and light read, and it only took me a few hours to finish. As a long time lover of Pride and Prejudice, I was interested to see it put in terms of prom and high school.

I think because I went to a small high school with a smaller class gap, I wasn’t sure what to make of how class differences are handled in the wealthy atmosphere of their school. I’m not sure how realistic it was, but it made me feel lucky about my high school! And I’ve never been around really rich people and especially not large amounts of them, but do people really ask where people summer? Does that really happen? I’ve seen it on television some but I have no idea if people really talk like that, especially high schoolers. Even if they’re rich it seems weird to me, but it could be very realistic and I’m just completely clueless.

Lizzie deals with a lot of jerks that treated her badly for no real reason, just because she’s on scholarship. It would have to suck being a complete outsider like that in any situation. I liked her friendship with Jane (her roommate, not sister, in the book), it was sweet. Lizzie is spunky and stands up for herself, but all her bad experiences create a slight bitterness. I liked her, but she was a bit harsh in her judgments. I know that’s part of the point, but in my opinion, she sometimes went too far. I was glad to see her learn from her mistakes and realize that you aren’t required to keep first impressions, even if it is hard to shed them sometimes!

Darcy is a rude high school boy who thinks he’s better than Lizzie-or does he? Obviously there’s some misunderstanding when they meet. His change from “prejudice” to Lizzie-fan is kind of abrupt. Darcy is sweet, almost too sweet. I enjoyed him and his loyalty, but I would have liked to know more about him. He sticks up for himself and people he cares about, but I just would’ve liked more. More development, more interaction: MORE. Collins is acceptably condescending, Caroline is fittingly hateful, Bingley is delightful as always and Jane is the only thing she could ever be: sweet.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read and don’t plan on judging it too harshly, definitely pick this up! If you love Pride and Prejudice, look at it as loosely based and don’t expect an exact retelling, try being open-minded and enjoy the fast-paced, enjoyable read.


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