Prom and Prejudice
- Pub. Date: January 2011
- Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
- Format: Hardcover , 288pp
- Sales Rank: 27,967
- Age Range: Young Adult
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.
This was truly a book that I could not put down. I was immediately drawn into the story and read the whole book in one sitting.
Lizzie knew that transitioning to Longbourn Academy as a junior scholarship student was going to be difficult but she also knew that it was worth the risk to get the best music training available. What she didn’t anticipate was how horrible the girls at the school would treat her. It started right from her first day when they threw a whole milkshake on her while she was headed to origination and it just got worse from there. Lizzie quickly learned that she had 2 friends on campus, her roommate, Jane, and the other scholarship girl for her grade, Charlotte. Lizzie knows as she heads back to school from holiday break and Jane is going to be looking forward to Charles, her love interest, return from London. At the welcome back event, Lizzie is yet again at the mercy of hazing and meets Charles friend, Darcy, who comes across as a huge jerk, but somehow she seems to be drawn to him. As one of the only people who must work, Lizzie works at the local coffeehouse, where she meets Wick and soon realizes that there is very bad blood between Darcy and Wick. As the semester rolls on towards the biggest event of the year, Prom, what will happen with all these students is a wild story.
I enjoyed so much of this book because it is so real. It deals with issues of pride, prejudice, being taken advantage of, lying and not least of all love. Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing style is wonderful. She places you right in the middle of the story and does not let you go until she is done with you. All of the characters in the book are very well developed and there are huge differences in them which makes it a very enjoyable read. The story line is believable and not rushed. The story unfolded in the right amount of time and flowed well. I also enjoyed the different settings in the book. This is a world that I would not have any idea what would happen inside the walls of money but in my reading it made sense and I got it.
I really enjoyed parts of the book that address Lizzie’s love for music and how she challenges herself to push beyond what is expected of her. I think that there was an underlying message in the books as well about pushing to do what you dream of doing. Lizzie continues to go back to this horrible school where she is treated extremely poor just get the music education she needs to move forward with her music. That says a lot about her character as a young adult and a message that I personally think more teens need to think about and do.
4.5 stars. This was a great read with awesome messages. As the old adages goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
*I was provided this book as a gift from another blogger.