Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
From GoodReads, "After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t 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 Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, 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? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise."
I am quickly becoming a devoted fan of author Elizabeth Eulberg. If authors had groupies, I would follow her around, I choose to read anything that she writes instead. Her debut book, The Lonely Hearts Club, came out in 2010 and I loved it and was excited when I saw that she had a new book out. This book didn't disappoint. It was totally different from her first book, but outstanding as well!
This book, a homage to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, contains many of the same characters as the book it pays tribute too, but they are re-done with a contemporary flair. The main character, Lizzie Bennet, was a strongly written, unbelievably relatable character. This character had so many dimensions to her, that you would be hard-pressed to not be able to find something that you could relate to. I loved how strong-willed that she was and that she wasn't willing to compromise her beliefs and wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in.
Lizzie's object of affection/revulsion (depending on the day) was Will Darcy. Every time that I have seen this name come up in books and movies, I have instantly been interested in him as a character and Eulberg makes this character deeply dimensional as well. It is so fun to read about characters that keep some of their lives private and you have to dig into the layers to get to the true character.
I also really liked the supporting cast of characters in this book as well. There were characters that I loved and ones that I loved to hate. This is a novel that you will find entertaining, well-written, and worth the time it takes to read it.