Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student at the prestigious Longbourn Academy where most girls are obsessed with all things glamorous, especially prom. Lizzie couldn't be more different than the other girls that go to Longbourn; however, she does have a good friend in Jane, her roommate, and Charlotte, another scholarship student. Her best friend, Jane, does have high hopes for prom now that Charles Bingley is back from studying abroad and thankfully, he is also interested in Jane. Unfortunately Lizzie has come to find that Charles Bingley's best friend, Will Darcy, is haughty, pompous and possesses all of the characteristics that she has come to hate about the upper class. What irks her even more is the fact that deep down she might actually have, (dare I say it?!?) feelings for him. Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom and Prejudice is a fresh and fun take on Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. It will please and delight the most hardcore of Austen fans.
As I said, I loved Eulberg's modern take on Pride and Prejudice. She did a good job of making it contemporary and incorporating all the characters we have come to love without destroying the story. There are some fun new twists as well that made Prom and Prejudice stand out when compared to some other classic retellings. I liked how Eulberg had Jane as Lizzie's roommate, which is a brilliant change, and fans of Darcy won't be disappointed by the modern Will Darcy. He was spot on. Also, Eulberg did a fantastic job portraying the super annoying Collins, and of course, Wickham. I was dying during Lizzie and Collins interactions, which were hilarious, and Wickham is definitely a modern day bad boy with many sneaky tricks up his sleeve.
My only small issue with Prom and Prejudice was the dialogue. At times it seemed too Austen-ish and dated. I wasn't sure if Eulberg was trying to channel Austen or if she was trying to make the characters sound fancy, but one things is for sure, normal teenagers definitely do not talk that way.
Finally I have read a retelling of a classic that doesn't want to make me cringe and run to the high hills. I thought Eulberg did a great job balancing the classic tale with some new twists. Prom and Prejudice reminded me, once again, how incredible Jane Austen is and how timeless her plots and themes are. I know my students will absolutely love this story and it would be a great opening to Austen's classics.