Review Time! Two weeks ago I received a copy of Prom and Prejudice for review from Penguin ( thanks!) I have to say I was very excited to read it, I loved Elizabeth Eulberg's first book, The Lonely Hearts Club which btw is fantastic and if you haven't read it you should ( I insist you do :P) ! Anyway, my thoughts...
(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?
The Short Story ? - Undoubtedly a fantastic and enjoyable read! It was simply such a relaxing read! I'm a little disappointed in the romance ( or lack of romance) but even with the celibacy going on, I still enjoyed it which is saying something when this bookie is a romance junkie...
The Long Story ? - I going to start this review with a confession - I haven't read Pride and Prejudice, I haven't even watched the movie. I haven't read anything by Jane Austen and can't see myself doing so in the foreseeable future. Classics and I have a love-hate relationship that will probably blossom into something else when I'm 40 and too old for YA. Right now I am taking down YA one book at a time.
However, that being said I would probably enjoy it if it was even half as good as this retelling! I can't emphasis enough how good it is! It was like a stress relief, I have been doing some 'hard-core' reading lately and a light contemporary ( the kind I like) was just what I needed! I love, love, loved it! It was really cute and 'light'. Something that you don't have to predict what happens next, something that you can just go with the flow. Sick of boys? Date this book ;)
Elizabeth Eulberg was one of my favourite 2010 Debut Authors, I absolutely love her writing style! It's comfortable, it's quirky, it's funny and more importantly it's so YA. I'm not sure whether it's just me but some YA authors write using language that I feel is too complex for YA readers, it's uncomfortable because you skip over every second word. What I love about Elizabeth's writing is that she understands her readers!
The plot can only be seen as cute and quirky! Can it be true that opposites attract? Throughout the whole book, Darcy and Lizzie have this rocky relationship where they strongly dislike each other ( on the outside) but they feel this strong pull towards each other ( it's called love). The development of the story is really quite excellent! Very free willing and ...relaxed :)
I'm a little disappointed in the lack of romance but I can somewhat get that 'maybe' that's what the author intended on. I would imagine that a kiss would have caused a scandal back in the days when the original Elizabeth Bennett was alive let alone what we teenagers today call hook up so maybe the lack of romance all relates back to Pride and Prejudice. However, there was not ONE kiss through the whole book, bit a extreme but I still liked it so....
Overall, a quite excellent read! Very well written, comfortable and interesting! Fantastic characterisations that can easily be connected to original characters with a quirky modern SO twenty-first century twist! Who needs romance with such fantastic writing? Ms. Eulberg you have done it again! Rating 4.5/5 ( hey, romance junkie, I can only rank it so high with a lack of romance, talk about prejudice)
Badass Bookie xx