Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review -- Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Elizabeth Eulberg gives us a wonderful adaptation was so original given that it so closely follows the classic Jane Austen. I must admit that I did not really want to read this one, I read Pride & Prejudice when I was a preteen and it has been a favorite ever since. I love Mr. Darcy and after seeing Colin Firth in the A&E production I refuse to watch any others that come along. I'm not usually a fan of remakes in any form but this story brings a classic, which might be daunting to some young readers, straight to a modern audience. The characters are so easy to relate to and the situation so realistic, definitely possible if not practical. The motifications to the main story enhance the young readers understanding and I see no fault with the liberties the author has taken. I highly recommend this for every young reader you know. I can also say that most adults would find this to be a fun and cute variation on a much loved masterpiece. I look forward to seeing what else this author has to offer and I can only hope that her stories will usher in a new generation of literature fans.

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.

5 out of 5

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