May 072011
 

Pride and Prejudice Meets High School

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Amazon Vine

Unlike the majority of girls who attend Longbourn Academy, an elite and expensive all-girl prep school, Elizabeth Bennet is not wealthy, not high society, and not obsessed with prom. As a scholarship student, Elizabeth is a social pariah. Each day she has to face taunts, pranks, insults, and seclusion. But instead of dwelling on her lack of friends and acceptance, Elizabeth spends her time maintaining a satisfactory grade point average, working at Java Junction, and practicing the piano. As you can see, Elizabeth has much more to worry about than which designer dress she will wear to prom.

In this modern and youthful interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Eulberg takes some themes and characters from Jane Austen’s novel and transplants them into the world of today’s high school students. Some of my favorite teenage reincarnations include: Colin Williams (Mr. Collins) as the socially oblivious bore who talks like he is from another century, Caroline Bingley and Cat de Bourgh as the catty and vile snobs we all hate, and George Wickham as the bad boy who has been kicked out of prep school. Continue reading »

Dec 042010
 

Prom and Prejudice

Author – Elizabeth Eulberg

Type of Austenesque Novel – Modern, Young Adult

Release Date – January 1, 2011

Pages – 288

Available in –  Hardcover

Available at – amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

 

 

 

from the author’s website:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

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?

MY THOUGHTS:

  • I think this is a cute concept!
  • Although I’m no longer in high school, I really would love to read this YA novel!
  • I love the combination of a high school prom and Pride and Prejudice!
  • I wonder who will we see at prom?  Mrs. Bennet?  Mr. Collins?  Maybe even Lady Catherine?
  • What a pretty pink cover!  I wonder why someone is cutting the dress strap?
  • This author’s first novel The Lonely Hearts Club, seems to have some references to The Beatles.  As a fan of both The Beatles and Jane Austen, I think this Ms. Eulberg and I have a lot in common!

What are your thoughts?

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Austenesque Novel Finds #3 – Darcy and Fitzwilliam

Austenesque Novel Finds #2 – Pemberley Ranch

Austenesque Novel Finds #1 – Nachtstürm Castle