Monday, January 10, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Prom & Prejudice 

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg 
Genre: Young Adult 
Number of pages: 231
Publisher: Point                                                        
Source: Sent to me by the publisher to review                                                     

This was one of the cutest and refreshing Young Adult books I've read in awhile and I can't quite put my finger on why-other then it's just full of fun and goodness.

Longbourn Academy isn't just famous for being a good school, it's also famous for being obsessed with prom. Their students always make the pages of Vogue and other fashion magazines because their dresses just make that big of a fashion statement. Lizzie Bennet though is there on a music scholarship and could care less about Prom and all the dresses that go with it..except that her room mate and best friend, Jane is suddenly caught up in Prom Fever when she starts dating Charles Bingley who just returned home to Pemberley Academy  from a semester in London with his good friend Will Darcy.  Lizzie knows that Jane wants her to be nice to Will Darcy, but she just can't. He's insufferable and for some reason has a grudge against kids who attend Longbourn and Pemberley on scholarships-since that includes her, Lizzie doesn't see why she should have to bother with him at all. Especially after she meets the cute & charming Wickham, who tells Lizzie just how awful he thinks Will Darcy is and why.

Just when it looks like both Lizzie and Jane will be asked to prom, Lydia, Jane's younger sister embarrasses them both horribly at an upperclassmen party, and everything falls to pieces. The only saving grace is that Lizzie has been asked to perform a super hard piece on the piano for the schools recital.Who cares about Prom when you have this honor, right? However, Lizzie finds out some things that make her question herself, and those around her. Has she become as insufferable as she accused Will Darcy of being? 

This was such an cute take on Pride and Prejudice. While it did take me awhile to get used to Lizzie and Jane being BFF's and not sisters, and Lizzie being good on the piano and other minor changes were made to modernize the story, the main characters and elements of the original story remained true to form and nothing was lost in this retelling. A lot of people have said that the dialogue seemed old fashioned to them, but honestly I didn't notice it. It's just a nice refreshing read and as I've said many times, I'm all for getting the younger teen group to know the classics any way possible. 

The publisher was nice enough to have two copies of this book to give away to US residents. The giveaway  is open  until Jan 17th at 10pm.  The Rules of the giveaway are that:  you must be a blog follower through blogger or Google Friend Connect and somewhere in your comment you must state that you want to be entered in the giveaway and leave an email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. :)  To find out more about the book see the trailer below!

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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.