Release Date: January 1, 2011
Series: Standalone book
Rating from A+ to F: A-
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 Bennett, 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.
I think people have already guessed that this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and I think it follows the story quite nicely (from what I know about the original book, because I'm ashamed to say I haven't read Pride and Prejudice yet). I would describe this as a cute, fun, and quick book to read, but isn't it always great to have one of those?
I think Lizzie was great to have as the main character, she can be very relatable to most girls who are picked on because they aren't as good or wealthy as the popular kids. I had mixed feelings about Will Darcy from the start, I felt like his character was a little confusing at times. Along with the plot, some characters were dropped pretty quickly and I didn't learn much about them. The writing was good, it wasn't the best I've seen, but it definitely wasn't the worst I have seen. It was really cute to read a book about prom, when many proms have been going on recently, but I felt like the topic of prom isn't really as important as it sounds in the summary. The ending surprised me, I might have liked it to end in a different way, but it was also good because it stayed true to the story. I think the cover was really cute!
So, overall I have a few mixed feelings about the book, but I still think that this was a really cute and fun read for me! I finished this pretty quickly, so I recommend this to people who love a simple, but cute romance. I haven't yet read The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, but I feel like I want to because I've heard good things about it! So, don't let my review stop you from going to check out this book, because I still liked it, but it wasn't my favorite!
1. Plot- 17 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 12 out of 15 points.
3. Writing-18 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 13 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 90! 90-93 is an A-
Violence- Some minor parts, but not much to worry about!
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ELIZABETH EULBERG
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work. She did, however, learn how to play Rachmaninoff’s Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the piano while writing Prom and Prejudice, so she’s not a total slacker.
Visit her website: http://www.elizabetheulberg.com/
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