Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Sara’s Review

Okay. So. Confession time.

I’m a book nerd. My degree is in English. And I can’t stand Jane Austen. I mean, I absolutely hate her books, most notably Pride & Prejudice.

I know, I know. This is blasphemy! But it’s just not my cup of tea. When it comes to “the classics” I prefer stuff written in the 20th century (like The Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye), and when it comes to literature in general, I’m a contemporary gal. I can wax poetic about the genius of Stephen King. But Jane Austen makes me want to gouge my eyeballs out because I just find it so freaking boring.

That said … I actually thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom & Prejudice, a refreshing modern twist on Austen’s classic tale.

It’s not easy taking a classic period piece and placing it in modern times, but Eulberg makes the societal drama work by setting her story in a prestigious New England boarding school. Because if there is any place in modern society where someone can make a big fuss about who has money, who doesn’t, and who is taking whom to prom — it’s in a snotty boarding school.

In fact, it was seeing how Eulberg adapted and modernized Austen’s novel that I found most captivating. Because I’m still not a fan of Pride & Prejudice — so those aspects that remained true to the source novel still irked me to no end (and that’s no fault of Eulberg’s). And while I had a pretty good idea how the book would end (anyone with an ounce of knowledge about Austen’s novel would), I had a BLAST seeing how Eulberg would get her characters there in this modern twist.

Eulberg approaches her updated retelling with a fresh eye, and seeing how her version plays out in a realistic, contemporary setting is what makes Prom & Prejudice such an enjoyable read. Both Austen fans and non-fans alike will find plenty to enjoy in this sweet, charming novel.

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  1. There’s no rule that says you have to like Austen. I happen to love her, but I don’t see the appeal of graphic novels. What I’m saying is, it takes all kinds. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on Austen, but we both agree that Elizabeth rocks! 🙂

  2. I thought I was the only English grad/teacher that hated Jane Austen. I seriously do not get what people like about her writing style. Love the gouging eyeball comparison, so true in my case. I do love contemporary fiction, as well, but surprisingly I really loved reading Jane Eyre. I actually did not even want to read this novel, but I’m glad there is hope that I may actually like it!

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