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Monday, January 3, 2011

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Book Review

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Point (Scholastic Inc)
ISBN: 978-0-545-24077-2
Suggested Ages: 13-18 (I would say 11 & up would be ok, nothing offensive)
Publication Date: January1,  2011

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.

The Good Stuff
  • absolutely delightful retelling of Pride and Prejudice for the YA set - and for those like me who never made it through the overly flowery original novel -- I know I know but hey I'm more of a get to the point kinda gal
  • Nice surprise plot twist that I didn't see coming
  • Light and fun
  • Nice morals -- no surprise there since its basically a retelling of Pride and Prejudice
  • It actually inspired me to TRY and read Pride and Prejudice and if not, will be grabbing my copy of the AE mini series with yummy Colin Firth
  • Loved brashy Lydia
  • Look forward to reading other books by this author
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Sort of jumpy at times in terms of jumping from scene to scene
  • Could have had a bit more romance
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Imagine the chaos that erupted a few years ago, when a scholarship student not only snagged the most sought-after boy at Pemberley, but showed up in a dress from Macy's (the horror!) and caught the eye of the New York Times  reporter, who ended up putting her, and her story, on the cover of the Style sections.  Up to that point, most students tolerated the two scholarship students in each class. But this was too much."


"I'm guessing your daddy doesn't think saying things like 'venti half-calf, skinny latte' is too impressive, either. But if that makes you feel smart - when really, you're just asking for a decaf coffee with skim milk - who am I to judge."


"I wanted to look away, but it was one of those horrifying scenes that you just can't take your eyes off of.  Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, she did jazz hands."


What I Learned
  • Sucks to be a scholarship student
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fantastic for the YA's on the younger side.  Some of the more jaded YA readers may find it a bit too clean
  • Good for those who enjoy the themes and ideas in Pride and Prejudice but cannot get by the flowery writing
4 Dewey's


I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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