Prom and Prejudice – Elizabeth Eulberg

Synopsis

From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
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?

Review

I’m sure this book would have been amazing… if only I had read Pride and Prejudice. Whoops. Say sorry to Ms Austen for me. I have no idea what was a modernization of something else. One thing though, the voices felt very inauthentic for modern-day teenagers (even if they are ultra-rich).

I despise ignorance. It is so annoying when characters do not get the hint. And nothing is worse than people who push others away repeatedly, then beat themselves up and cry when their pursuers finally get the hint. This whole situation was a bit too fairytale-esque and “happily ever after” for my liking.

Other characters were simply unrealistic. Regardless of prejudices, no one is so cruel as to torment others by spilling slushies on them (and similar childish, unseemly behaviour). Where are the teachers and administrators to step in? Their actions are unacceptable in schools, no matter how wealthy these young women may be.

Overall, this book was underwhelming. Eulberg writes in a graceful, easy-breezy manner. I understand this was a modern take on a classic, but I wasn’t thrilled with the story itself.

Related Reading

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (duh)
  • Take a Bow – Elizabeth Eulberg (ambition!)
  • Where She Went  – Gayle Forman (music!)
  • Books about prom

Rating: 2.5/5

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