“Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn Academy 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, a pompous jerk who looks down on the middle class. So imagine Lizzie’s surprise when Will asks her to the prom! Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? From Elizabeth Eulberg comes a very funny, completely stylish prom season delight of Jane Austen proportions.”
Confession: I’m slightly finicky about my Austen-inspired books. I adore that they represent new windows into experiencing Jane Austen again and again but I get dare I say…protective of her at times. A work or series too racy (Miss. Austen would blush profusely over many) or deviating vastly from Austen’s characterization means I’m usually not going to enjoy it. However I’ve noticed the odes to Austen that I like the most seem to take a general Jane Austen related theme (be it a particular book, character or even the author herself) and make them over into something modern, inventive or even sometimes fantastical. I have my personal favorites but I have to admit it takes a keen eye and a good grasp of Jane Austen in an Austenish work for me to even get a few chapters in.
Prom and Prejudice is one that I not only got into but I simply could not put it down. I believe I finished the book in the span of a few hours. It’s the perfect modern young adult book to excite readers with fun and readable literature while also drawing on a true masterpiece. One of my favorite attributes of this book in particular is the care given to the somewhat lesser known figures such as Charles Bingley, Carolina Bingley, Lydia Bennet and the wicked Wickham. Eulberg works them seamlessly into her work in a novel based on modern day and yet they remain completely recognizable and often quite hilarious. Readers of Austen will enjoy making connections in all of the ways both big and small that Eulberg draws on Pride and Prejudice to create Prom and Prejudice but the book is also great because it can stand on it’s own as well drawing in teen readers who might have never known Darcy otherwise. And what is life without Darcy worth anyway?
Two lucky Stiletto Storytime readers will receive their own copy of Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg to enjoy. It’s perfect to enjoy yourself or give to that young adult in your life who you just know will love it. To enter simply leave a comment below sharing your favorite Jane Austen related/inspired book or if you have never read one tell us why you would like to give this one a try. US/Canada addresses only please. Giveaway ends at midnight on January 25, 2011. Good luck and happy reading to all.