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Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Released: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Point
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
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?

What I thought

I'm a little on the fence on this one. I love Austen retellings but I tend to shy away from the ones that seem to follow in the exact same footsteps as the original. The names, for the most part, stay the same while some of the connections change (as far as who is family and who isn't in this version). But the story is much the same.

I did enjoy it enough to not hate it, but it seemed like every little thing I could predict before it happened. Which isn't a bad thing, but it took the element of surprise out of most of the scenes when it unfolded much like the book. Some were more noticable than others, but enough for me to have a hard time picking out something new that the author brought to the story. It wasn't anything amazing, I think the original is much better and more in depth as far as story and character development.

My Rating

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Candace said...

I never read the entire original, but I found this one to be a lot of fun. I liked it a lot but it was awhile ago when I read it and it does seem like I remember it being really predictable.

GABY said...

I really wanted to read this one, but I think I will have to do it without comparing it to the original, since it's one of my favorites.

Giselle said...

I was wondering about this one. Sounds cute but... dunno if I'll read it. Thanks for the review! :)

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Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

I agree that Prom & Prejudice is definitely predictable but I still enjoyed it. It is a bummer though that I knew what was going to happen. No surprises.

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