Thursday, August 30, 2012

Prom and Prejudice By Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by Point; January 4, 2011
Hardcover, 231 pages
Borrowed from library

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?

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When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be extremely predictable.

The guy and the girl meet and they hate each other instantly. He gets annoyed with her prejudices  and she gets fed up with his pride and they try to do everything they can to avoid each other but OH NO, it doesn't work and they end up getting closer and closer. Eventually they fall in love and he gives up his pride and she gives up her prejudice and they fall in love and he takes her to prom and they live happily ever after. THE END!

Yeah...well, turns out I was wrong. Or not completely right. There's so much more to the story than that. There were a lot of moments where my know-it-all attitude got to me. Like at the end. I nearly fell off my chair from shock. Which is why I warn you, dear reader, do not underestimate this book! You will be surprised and most likely fall off your chair as well.

Even though I have not read the original by Ms. Jane Austen (I've only read the Wikipedia summary. I know, I know. Horrible, right?), I thought this was a great adaptation! I loved the way Elizabeth seemingly effortlessly rewrites it to appeal to teens, inserting a bunch of very real "teen" problems.

However, I did find it a bit hard to remember that the story is set during high school but I think that's due to the super posh academies and the mature-beyond-his-age Will Darcy who never ever failed to make my heart beat faster than is healthy!

An enjoyable, fast-paced read I highly recommend!

Hugs and Kisses, Annie

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