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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely fun retelling,
This review is from: Prom & Prejudice (Paperback)I've had a copy of Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg on my shelves unread for absolutely ages. I'd read and really enjoyed a previous book by Eulberg and thought it quite cute and fun. And as I quite enjoy retellings of Pride and Prejudice, I thought I'd give this one a go. And while I definitely left Prom and Prejudice on my shelves for far too long, it was exactly what I was expecting it to be when I did finally pick it up.
In Elizabeth Eulberg's version, Lizzie Bennett is a scholarship student at Longbourn Acadmey. And all the girls are all absolutely obsessed with prom. It's a huge fashion spectacle and all the wealthy and snobby girls at Longbourn don't look very kindly on the 'charity cases' like Lizzie and her friend Charlotte. That is except Lizzie's wonderfully kind and beautiful roommate, Jane. So when Jane gets all excited about the arrival of Charles, the boy she was flirting with before he left for a semester abroad, Lizzie agrees to tag along to the reception being held for the returning students.
For months, Lizzie has been picked on by the other students, she's been made fun of and laughed at, she's been humiliated and had sticky liquids thrown at her. So she's not best pleased at this reception party when she meets Charles's friend, Will Darcy, especially when he's very snobby and stand-offish as well. And when she overhears what Darcy has to say about her, she's completely made up her mind about what sort of person Will Darcy is. And so the story begins.
And Prom and Prejudice was hugely fun! I could definitely picture a school full of wealthy teenagers in New York to turn prom into this massive deal that's covered by fashion magazines and making it a very exclusive event with designer labels and all. With a few simple changes, we really do have this fun P&P retelling which works very well in this high school setting. In fact, there are so many different conversations had between characters that just made me smile because it worked so well. Especially between Colin and Lizzie and Lizzie and Wick, the ex-Pemberley boy who had been kicked out of school by the impossible Will Darcy.
The decision to make Lizzie and Jane into roommates instead of sisters means there is some distance when it comes to Lydia's disgrace in the second half of the book, I feel like it works well enough not to raise any eyebrows. I especially love how Eulberg chose to place importance of the piano into the storyline and the ways in which Lizzie's eyes are opened to Will Darcy.
This is a very cute story, one in which a lot of the magic and romance comes from the original Pride and Prejudice, but it's such a fun and light-hearted retelling that I feel most fans will be able to appreciate. I certainly did. It was a very sweet way to spend a few hours on a cold, miserable evening!
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended,
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This review is from: Prom & Prejudice (Paperback)I have read 3 re-imaginings of Pride and Prejudice for Classics Carnival and I have to say that I think this one might just be my favourite. It really is a fabulous addition to the Pride and Prejudice family, the story while following the original is extremely well executed; a modern setting and language while retaining the traditional social divide elements.
Set in an elite girls boarding school, Longbourn Academy. Lizzie is a social outcast by most of the spoilt little rich girls in attendance due to her working class background. Lizzie's obtained her scholarship to attend this prestigious school as she is a gifted pianist. I loved how Lizzie's reverse snobbery comes back to bite her in this story.
The use of the original place names for the schools, Pemberly Academy being the boys school, was a stroke of genius and emphasised the parallels in the original. While following the basics of the original Elizabeth Eulberg manages to make the whole story more relatable to today's teens.
At the back of your mind while reading any re-telling will be the knowledge of the outcome from the original (assuming you have read it obviously) so while I knew deep down how things were going to turn out for Will and Lizzie the journey Elizabeth Eulberg takes us on for them to get there was a piece of sheer brilliance and I absolutely adored the ending. I found myself willing them not to be so stupid, and I have to say that I sympathised with Will far more than the original Darcy as I think the modern setting makes his predicaments/betrayal more relatable.
I will definitely be recommending this to any of the pupils studying Pride and Prejudice as I think it will add to their perception of the characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
This review is from: Prom and Prejudice (Hardcover)Gold Star Award Winner!
Lizzie hates her high school, Longbourn Academy. It's full of snobby girls who refuse to give her a chance because she doesn't come from their world. Lizzie's there on a musical scholarship. The other girls make her life miserable at every turn - all except Charlotte, the other scholarship student, and Jane, her roommate.
During the second semester, everyone becomes obsessed with prom. The girls wear designer dresses and date only the best boys from Pemberley Academy. Jane hopes to go with Charles, who just returned from a semester abroad. Jane can't wait to see him.
Soon, they're together all the time. Jane persuades Lizzie to hang out with them, even though she and Charles's best friend, Will, didn't get off on the right foot.
When Lizzie meets Wick, and Lydia, Jane's younger sister, makes a spectacle of herself at an upperclassman party, Charles begins to pull away. Jane's devastated. Lizzie tries to console her, but she's involved in her own drama with Wick, Will Darcy, and the snotty girls who live to torment her.
I'm a Jane Austen freak and I love prom novels, so I was super-excited to read this. I also loved THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, Eulberg's debut novel. PROM & PREJUDICE was amazing. I devoured it as soon as it arrived. I LOVED the book. I loved the differences and the similarities between PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I loved Lizzie and Jane's relationship. I loved EVERYTHING.
As soon as I finished reading, I gave a happy sigh of contentment. It was simply...magical!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Paperback - Feb 2012)