Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Prom & Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg | Author’s Website
Available: Now
Reading Level: Young Adult

Description from Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

Prom & Prejudice explores the plight of scholarship student, Lizzie Bennet, at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy. She was accepted based on her talent with the piano, but this isn’t enough to stop the rich girls from making Lizzie’s experience a difficult one. Thankfully things did work out as far as the roommate situation is concerned. She is paired with Jane, who is by far the kindest student at Longbourn. She always goes out of her way to make Lizzie feel comfortable. When Jane’s love interest returns, Lizzie finds herself included in their plans along with Will Darcy. Will makes a not so great first impression and finds himself the target of Lizzie’s anger thereafter. When Wick enters the picture, Lizzie’s dislike of Darcy grows even more. While the other girls at Longbourn are obsessing over the prom, Lizzie is preoccupied with balancing school, her part-time job, piano lessons, Wick’s wishy washiness, and Darcy’s unwelcome attentions.

Having not read Pride and Prejudice (I will someday) it is impossible for me to compare Prom & Prejudice to its inspiration. With that said Prom & Prejudice on its own was a delight to experience!

Lizzie is a character many will be able to relate to. She becomes the underdog in almost every way after being tossed into her new environment. The one place she shines is her ability to play the piano. The hazing she experienced from the wealthy children she attends school with was heartbreaking, but with Lizzie’s strong character and self-esteem it is next to impossible to feel sorry for her. She is focused, determined, and all around great character. The secondary characters, with the exception of the mean ones, were also just fabulous.

This is a book that can easily be devoured in one sitting. The author has a writing style that flows so smoothly the pages seem to turn themselves. I’d highly recommend this to fans of both contemporary and romantic YA novels.

My rating:

Source: Scholastic & Big Honcho Media


  1. I really enjoyed this book, glad to see you did too :) Great review!

  2. I really have to read this! I keep hearing great things about it.

  3. Sounds adorable.

    Did you ever read Scones and Sensibility? :)

  4. I haven’t read Scones and Sensibility. I’ll have to check it out :) I love modern day retellings.

  5. ive read it and it is a great book