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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.