Many people are surprised when I tell them that one of my favorite books of all time is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is widely known that I prefer fantasy and science fiction, and Pride and Prejudice has neither vampires (that we know of) nor aliens (although some characters seem to be from other planets). Yet it’s still one of my favorite books. It’s a great story, and nothing tops that. So, when I read the first lines of my latest read, I knew I was going to love it:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
If you know anything at all about Pride and Prejudice, you know the significance of that line. (And if you don’t, what are you waiting for?) Well, this is how Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg begins. Imagine, if you will, Jane Austen’s iconic characters as modern-day teenagers attending elite boarding schools. Lizzie, Darcy, Bingley, Jane, Wickham, Lydia, and the others are all there, but the story is a little different when placed in the modern world…and a world focused on a high school prom, no less.
Lizzie is a scholarship student at the prestigious Longbourn Academy. The other girls at school torture her because she is seen as poor. She has only two friends–her roommate Jane and Charlotte, another scholarship student. Lizzie is convinced that nearly all rich kids are snobby brats who care only about money and status…and that feeling only grows stronger when she meets Will Darcy.
Darcy attends the neighboring Pemberly Academy, and he and Lizzie butt heads almost immediately. Both have preconceived notions about the other…and both of them are wrong. As Lizzie and Darcy navigate the tough waters of high school, friendships, family, and prom, can they reconcile what they think they know of the other with what is really there? Find out when you read Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg.
I think Prom and Prejudice will be a delightful read for those already familiar with Pride and Prejudice, and it could serve as a way to introduce young readers to this beloved story. It is a very fast, light read and is suitable for middle grade students up to adult readers. I was enchanted from the first page, and I plan to tell my fellow Austen fans about this wonderful adaptation of one of our favorite stories.
If you’d like more information about this book or any others by Elizabeth Eulberg, visit http://www.elizabetheulberg.com/.