It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.Review:
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberley School. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn't exactly 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 Will Darcy, Charles's friend, 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?
Ever since Elizabeth Eulberg's fun and girl-empowering debut The Lonely Hearts Club, I've been eager to read more books by her, including her newest release Prom and Prejudice. Luckily enough, Prom and Prejudice is no sophomore slump for Ms. Eulberg. Quite the opposite, in fact, because not only is Prom and Prejudice sweet, heart-warming, and witty fun, but it's even better than The Lonely Hearts Club!
After a horrible first semester, Lizzie Bennett has finally come to terms with the fact that she just can't fit into the prestigious, girls-only Longbourn Academy. Longbourn Academy is a school for wealthy, mostly pompous trust-fund babies, which is something Lizzie just isn't. But, yet again, that's okay because she has her best friend Jane and major talent with the piano. Though, everything changes when Darcy, the charming yet snobby and full-of-himself best friend of Jane's crush Charles, walks into her life. At first sight, Lizzie puts Darcy aside as yet anther jerk, but, as the novel progress, she begins to wonder if there's more to him then meets the eye. Will Darcy and Lizzie come to terms? Better yet, will they see how perfect they are for each other? And how about Jane, will she end with her crush as well? Only time will tell this enchanting read perfect for any snowy afternoon by the fire.
One of the big things I always love about Eulberg's books is that she creates strong and intelligent female protagonists, ones who don't instantly fall in love with a guy they barley know or do ridiculous stuff, because when it comes down to it, those kind of characters are ones I think teens, like myself, have an easier time relating to. Luckily, Lizzie and her friend Jane are the perfect examples of this. Both are smart, witty girls who I had a blast reading about, especially when the charming yet pompous Darcy was involved, as well as Jane's sweet Charles.
While the plot of this is predictable, it didn't detract from the overall story one bit, because sometimes a nice, breezy read is just what you need. I thought Elizabeth did a great job of incorporating aspects of Pride and Prejudice into this, as well as creating the perfect amount of believable tension between Lizzie and the typical snobby Longbourn girl. I also loved how she constantly had me torn over if one particular character was good or bad. Which character is it, you may ask? Well, you'll just have to find out, and it's not the predictable choice.
In all, Prom and Prejudice is yet another enchanting and adorable read by Ms. Eulberg, one I highly recommend to girls (or even boys) who enjoyed The Lonely Hearts Club, as well as Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen books.
Prom and Prejudice is now out! To find out more about Prom and Prejudice, as well as Elizabeth, be sure to check out her website here, as well as her Facebook page here.
Source: Chelsy at Big Honcho Media/ Publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before making a career in the New York City book biz. She is also the author of The Lonely Hearts Club and lives outside of New York City. Learn more at http://www.elizabetheulberg.com./
*You can also find her here on her Facebook page.*
Now the part you've been waiting for...the giveaway!
Thanks to Chelsy at Big Honcho Media and Scholastic, I have two copies of Prom and Prejudice up for grabs for two US readers.
Here are the official rules:
~ Must be 13 years or older to enter.
~ Open to US residents only.
~ Must fill out form to be entered.
~ This contest will close on January 31, 2011!