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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student attending the prestigious Longbourn Academy. Because of her social status, it has been very difficult for Lizzie to make friends with the other students, but she takes comfort in her friendship with Jane and Charlotte.

The school is abuzz with plans for the upcoming prom, and Jane has her hopes set on attending with Charles Bingley, a sociable guy that she’d dated casually before he left to study in England for a semester. Lizzie is pleased to meet Charles, but can’t say the same for his friend Will Darcy. Once Lizzie admits to Will that she’s a scholarship student, Will’s attitude toward her takes an ugly turn. Though Will tries to make amends with her, Lizzie’s pride stands in the way.

When Darcy starts invading her work environment and several social events bring the two together, Lizzie begins to sense there is more to Will than she imagined. After meeting Wick, a former friend of Darcy’s, she learns what she believes to be the truth about Darcy’s nature.

I don’t re-read many books, but I have read Jane Austen’s timeless classic Pride and Prejudice no less than 5 times. I generally tend to shy away from most retellings because I always end up slightly disappointed, but I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with Elizabeth Eulberg’s retelling.

I loved Lizzie and Darcy in this interpretation, especially how she fit their story around date proposals for the prom. Eulberg’s Darcy had some noticeable differences from Austen’s Darcy, especially in matters of dealing with Wickham. Will Darcy has a more hands on approach with dealing with Wickham, and even Lizzie has a hand in giving him his just desserts.

Even though this is a very familiar story, there are still some original takes on it and a surprising twist at the end that I couldn’t have predicted. Prom and Prejudice will be a terrific stepping stone to Jane Austen’s literary classics for young girls, though women (and some men) of any age will be able to appreciate it as well.

Rating: 4/5

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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