Book Review: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

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.

I’m a HUGE Jane Austen fan. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite so I was excited to read this modern day retelling by Elizabeth Eulberg. A few pages in a burst into laughter as I realized all the characters in the book & places in the book were named after those in the original book.  Lizzie attends Longbourn Academy, Darcy attends Pemberley Academy – their places of residency in the original Pride & Prejudice.  Nearly the whole cast of characters was present from Lizzie, Jane & Lydia to Darcy, Charles, Caroline, Georgiana, Wickham, Charlotte and Mr. Collins.  I noticed Mary & Kitty were left out but they were given a “cameo” appearance near the end.  Having come to love all these characters in the original story it was fun to see them in this modern retelling.

Really cute and super clean, Prom & Prejudice is sure to delight fans of Jane Austen who enjoy young adult literature.  I’m not sure I would have loved this as much as I did if I hadn’t read Pride & Prejudice and seen the movies multiple times.  I got a kick out of Eulberg’s characters and the twists she added to modernize the story.  All the elements I loved from the original version were present in this story.

I must admit Darcy in this retelling lacks much of the appeal the original Mr. Darcy holds, perhaps because he is still a teenager he just falls short when compared to the original Darcy.  That said this was still a fun, humorous read I enjoyed.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: ARC Tour