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Prom and Prejudice

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Prom and Prejudice

At Lizzie's private girls' school, prom is the biggest event for the entire four years. As a scholarship student, it's hard for her to understand the expense and hype. And then there's the fact that she has no one to bring. In Elizabeth Eulberg's new novel, characters from Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE are transported to a modern-day society in a quest for prom rather than marriage. This fun spin on the classic tale brings a fresh look at one of the most famous romantic couples of all time.

Eulberg's debut, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, took Beatles characters into the present. Her follow-up connects a story much further back yet still with plenty of realism for today's readers. Lizzie is definitely an outcast as a poor scholarship music student at an elite school. Her fellow classmates are having custom-made designer gowns for prom, while she's scraping out a budget with her work at a local coffee shop.

Lizzie is the target of constant practical jokes, which is a longtime tradition at her school towards scholarship students. A borrowed dress is ruined when another girl spills coffee down the front on purpose. Besides her music, the only bright spot for Lizzie is her beloved roommate, Jane, whose kindness carries her through.

But Jane is distracted when the boy she has been flirting with, Charles, seems ready to take things to a new level of romance. Lizzie goes with Jane to a party to find that her friend and Charles are totally smitten with and absorbed in each other. Too bad Charles's friend, Will Darcy, is such a snob. Lizzie even hears him say he avoids scholarship students.

As Lizzie determines to avoid Will, he seems to be everywhere. She even has to spend a weekend in a cabin with him when Jane begs her to come. He starts appearing at her work shifts, and she looks forward to their arguments. In the meantime, a handsome local resident begins to flirt with her at the coffee shop too and tells her several bad stories about how Will had him kicked out of the boys' school. She is only too ready to believe him and stay angry at Will.

Then Charles starts ignoring Jane, and Lizzie knows that Will is involved. She's taken aback when he asks her to prom in the rudest way possible, and she tells him off about all of it. When she hears from him again, she finally realizes the many errors in judgment she has made. Then she's surprised to find out how she really feels about him as he begins courting her with kindness.

All major characters from Jane Austen's story are represented; even Mr. Collins appears in a funny new role. There is a surprise twist at the end that will be even more satisfying. This is a fun, light prom read that may inspire teens to revisit the Austen tale --- or read it for the first time. While fans of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE know how things will end for Lizzie and Will, no one will be disappointed with this cast of characters and how it all plays out.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Point
  • ISBN-10: 0545240786
  • ISBN-13: 9780545240789