When I found out Elizabeth Eulberg had another book coming out, I immediately logged on to GoodReads and added it to my list. Having loved The Lonely Hearts Club and being a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I couldn’t wait to read Prom and Prejudice! Then the description was released and my excitement grew.
What I liked most about Prom and Prejudice was how Ms. Eulberg incorporated the characters from Jane Austen’s beloved novel into her own story and made them new, yet familiar. It was fun seeing how the new set of characters were related to each other and what kind of relationships they shared. The characters’ actions will be familiar to most, but for people unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice, they may seem dramatic or overexaggerated.
Lizzie makes for a great narrator and even though I wanted to take her by the shoulders and give her a good shake, I understood where she was coming from. Lizzie is constantly bullied by the other students simply because she’s a “scholarship kid” and doesn’t have a high social ranking. Her loyalty to Jane, who is her best friend this and not her sister, illustrates the strong friendship they have and the two of them contrast each other wonderfully.
Like Ms. Eulberg’s previous novel, The Lonely Hearts Club, there’s a musical element to Prom and Prejudice. Lizzie is an extremely gifted pianist and the way she invests herself in her music allowed me to relate to her on another level. I loved the way Ms. Eulberg tied Will Darcy into Lizzie’s piano playing, and I think that was my favorite aspect of the novel.
Elizabeth Eulberg has written an entertaining and very likable story that takes a well known story and makes it modern and fresh. The characters may be familiar, but that doesn’t mean the story is ever dull or trite. Ms. Eulberg’s writing continues to be fluid and easily readable, and makes the story easy to follow and easy to lose yourself in. Prom and Prejudice is a fun and quick read that many will love and I’ll definitely be re-reading it in the future.
cover image from Barnes and Noble’s website