Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Oh, this book. The feels. (Excuse me while I fangirl.)

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?

If you're looking for the perfect book on a rainy day, I suggest this. It's quick and easy, short and fun. Obviously, it's a remake of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one that is done very well. No matter how many times I read this, the characters always cheer me up.

The story takes place in high society New York, where our main character, Lizzie Bennet, is a scholarship student at a prestigious academy called Longbourn. All of the girls are nasty and horrible to the 'hobo' as they have called her. However, she finds shelter in her kind roommate, Jane, and the other scholarship student, Charlotte.

I really love how true to the story this book is. It is a colorful spin on the original classic. Every character was true version of their teenage selves, if not amplified. The story wasn't forced or sluggish, either.

Lizzie was strong, stubborn, and independent. I'm sure that, if Jane Austen were able to read this, she would approve. Darcy was the equivilant, always steady throughout. One of the main things that I love about both the original and this version is how the characters grow and develop in natural ways through each other and the situations that they go through.

I loved how, just when you knew that the adaptation was going downhill, it immediately picked up and continued strong.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Over and out,

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