(Review) Prom & Prejudice

*This book is being released today*

TITLE: Prom & Prejudice
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Eulberg
PUB DATE: January 1, 2011
PAGES: 288

SOURCE: I received this book from Holly as part of her ARC Tours that she is hosting on her blog.

Synopsis (from Scholastic): It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single guy in his spring semester at Pemberly Academy must be in want of a prom date.

After winter break, the girls at very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberly school. Lizzie Bennett, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn’t exactly 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 Will Darcy, Charles’s friend, who’s as snobby and pretentious as his friend is nice. He doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. It doesn’t help that Charles doesn’t seem to be asking Jane to be his prom date, or that Lizzie meets George Wickham, who tells her that Will Darcy sabotaged his scholarship at Pemberly. Clearly Will Darcy is a pompous jerk who looks down on the middle class – so imagine Lizzie’s surprise when he asks her to the prom!

Will Lizzie’s prejudice and Will’s pride keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? From Elizabeth Eulberg comes a very funny, completely stylish prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.

I have yet to read Elizabeth’s debut novel THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB which came out December 2009. I actually have it sitting in my TBR pile and plan on getting to it very soon. I just found out that the paperback version is going to be released today, January 1st, 2011 along with this her second book.

When I picked up the book from Tina because she was the person passing the book on to me in the tour she said I would love it and I have to say that Tina knows me very well. I did love the book and managed to devour it within a few hours (I would have finished it sooner had I not been interrupted several times). I was drawn in right away and had to continue to read to find out what would happen. Would there be a happy ending?

This is the retelling of Pride & Prejudice. I have to admit that I have never read Pride & Prejudice before and admit its something I always said I wanted to read but just never got around to do so. One day! In saying that I have to say that this is a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth made this her own version.

You don’t have to read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy this story but perhaps it will make you want to read it. That is the way I am feeling right now.

You can’t help but love Lizzie Bennet because she is just your typical teenager trying to fit into an environment that clearly doesn’t want her kind there. Are you wondering what I am talking about? Well Lizzie is attending a very elite private school called Longbourn Academy on a music scholarship. Longbourn girls don’t take very well to outsiders and make it a point to make their lives a living hell. Thankfully her roommate Jane isn’t like them and takes Lizzie under her wing. In the whole school she has another friend Charlotte who is also another scholarship girl.

Lizzie finds peace and acceptance in her music and her teacher. Its that that brings her joy and the real reason she is attending Longbourn. She knows this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is determined not to let others spoil this chance for her.

Pemberley Academy is the boys school that is associated with the book and we realize through the story that the boys aren’t like the girls and some find it hard to believe the treatment scholarship kids get there.

When Jane introduces Lizzie to her boyfriends best friend, Will Darcy, we can see that Lizzie doesn’t really like him. I have to say that I didn’t really like him. I found him to be arrogant and snobbish. Thinking he was better then everyone else at times. But throughout the course of the book you slowly see Will breaking down the walls and proving to Lizzie he isn’t like the rest of the guys.

Will Lizzie change her mind about Will and realize that he might not be such a bad guy after all? Will she be like the other Longbourn girls and get excited about going to prom?

Other books by Elizabeth Eulberg:
-The Lonely Hearts Club

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