Prom and Prejudice

Prom and Prejudice

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by Elizabeth Eulberg
     
 

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From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date. After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious

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From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date. 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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Joining the many authors using Jane Austen as a springboard, Eulberg (The Lonely Hearts Club) updates characters and plot details from Pride and Prejudice to create a clever, modern romance. Tormented since her first day at the elite Longbourn Academy, scholarship student Lizzie, a gifted pianist, dislikes most of her wealthier peers. She particularly loathes smug Will Darcy, but tolerates his presence to appease roommate Jane, who has affection for his best friend, Charles. Blinded by prejudice against the upper crust, Lizzie turns a cold shoulder to Will's friendly overtures, realizing almost too late that his intentions are commendable and the one boy she trusts—a townie named Wick—is a scoundrel. Readers won't doubt that Will and Lizzie will end up a couple, but will still enjoy the merry chase as the Longbourn girls try to find suitable partners before the prom. Although Lizzie's Austenian narration feels rather prim beside the more contemporary dialogue, this parody of 21st-century social mannerisms shows that things haven't changed much in the romance department during the past 200 years. Ages 13–up. (Jan.)
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Praise for Prom & Prejudice:

"Eulberg delivers a fun, frothy romp that delights" - Kirkus Reviews

"A clever, modern romance." - Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Lonely Hearts Club:

"A must-read for anyone who's ever fallen in love–or sworn it off completely. A funny, fantastic debut!” - Stephenie Meyer, author of The Twilight Saga

“A spirited debut” – Kirkus Reviews

“The Lonely Hearts Club turns the world of teen dating upside-down, proving that a girl can ignore 'the rules' and still land squarely, happily, and hiliariously on her feet.” – Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, this second young adult novel from Eulberg is a deliciously fun read. Eulberg adheres to Austen's character names and plot points; the twist being that Pemberley and Longbourn are not English estates but elite New England boarding schools. Elizabeth Bennett, a gifted pianist on scholarship, is used to being treated poorly by her wealthier classmates. Now a junior, Lizzie's only friends are Charlotte, the only other scholarship recipient, and Jane, her kind-hearted roommate. When Jane's crush, the polite Charles Bingley, returns from a semester abroad in London with his best friend, the seriously dour, and of course, seriously wealthy, Will Darcy, it seems likely Charles and Jane will be prom dates. To Pemberley and Longbourn students, prom is viewed as the pinnacle social event of their adolescent lives—complete with designer dresses and expensive shoes. But of course, Jane and Lizzie's love lives do not go off without a hitch. Fans of Jane Austen will recognize many events and Eulberg does a nice job of blending the familiar structure into her contemporary, East Coast setting: Lizzie works as a barista at the local coffee shop and Jane's younger sister, Lydia, is a freshman desperately seeking attention, much to Jane's embarrassment. Though the ritzy milieu of these high schoolers will be unfamiliar to most American teens, it offers a fitting parallel for the behaviors and situations depicted in Pride and Prejudice. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
VOYA - Teresa Copeland
On a music scholarship to ultra-exclusive Longbourn Academy, Lizzie Bennet has never fit in. The rich kids bully her constantly, and she is not obsessed with prom the way everyone else is, including her best friends, Jane and Charlotte. Jane is more obsessed with boyfriend Charles, who goes to nearby Pemberley boys' school, along with his friend Will Darcy. Appearing as well are foolish Lydia and the nefarious Mr. Wickham. Though it is dates for prom and not wedding proposals everything revolves around, and some family relationships change, the changes to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice here are mostly superficial; the major plot and characters stay the same. While the writing is technically excellent, the lack of originality renders the romance dull. The changes just are not enough to make it a new story, and it is obvious right away that the major plot is not going to change. This Lizzie may be a more modernly self-aware girl than the one in Austen's novel, but to keep to the plot she still has to have the same blinding pride. It comes off as forced, however, as do her revelations at the end of how wrong she has been about Darcy. Perhaps if one has never read the original, or is such a devoted fan that any treatment of this story is of interest, this would seem a much better book. It is not a bad book, but it is not a great one either. Reviewer: Teresa Copeland
Kirkus Reviews
Jane Austen for the Gossip Girl set. The latest entry in the wide (and wildly varied) field of Austen takeoffs demonstrates how well the Regency Bard's work translates as contemporary teen angst. Lizzie Bennett is a scholarship student from Hoboken with a chip on her shoulder at Longbourn Academy, a posh Connecticut boarding school where her classmates are rich, rude and hostile. Neighboring Pemberley Academy supplies the boys and the prom drama, giving Lizzie the opportunity to meet her match in haughty Will Darcy. Naturally, the pair's energetic verbal sparring reveals pride, prejudice and affection on both sides. Eulberg's adaptation is faithful without being dogmatic; she successfully translates the essential elements of Austen's narrative into 21st-century dialogue and descriptions and still leaves enough room for play with the details. The twist ending lacks originality (readers will find themselves thinking of several movies and even more books), but originality isn't the point here. Eulberg delivers a fun, frothy romp that delights—and, refreshingly, doesn't involve anyone undead. (Chick lit. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545332552
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
121,255
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college in Syracuse and making a career in the New York City book biz. She is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom and Prejudice, and Take a Bow, as well as Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. You can find her on the Web at www.elizabetheulberg.com.

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Prom and Prejudice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 199 reviews.
-Megan- More than 1 year ago
'Prom & Prejudice' was a sweet variation of a classic story. I thought that the whole idea of putting all the characters into high school was a neat idea. I liked how the book even had Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mary and Kitty in it - though they played a very minor role. Lizzie Bennet is an only child of middle class parents. She has a music scholarship at Longbourn Academy. Longbourn is a girl bording school, where the elite send their daughters. Because Lizzie is a scholarship student, she is relentlessly bullied and has very few friends. Her only friends at school are Jane and Charlotte (the only other scholarship student in her class). Her music teacher, Mrs. Gardner, is the only other person, besides her friends, that she feels close to at school. The highlight of the year is prom, usually the girls from Longbourn go with the boys from Pemberley (the school where the elite send their boys). Jane is hopeful that Charles Bingley will ask her to prom, but there are many setbacks, one being her sister Lydia. Lydia makes a fool of herself in front of everyone at a party and the video quickly goes online. Lydia is very vain, doesn't see what she did as embarassing and is in fact very pleased with all the attention she is getting. Jane and Charles behave in almost the same way as they did in the original story, always thinking the best of everybody and only seeing the good in them. Lydia of course acts the same, if not even more reckless, than the character in Pride & Prejudice and Wick (George Wickham) seemed even more horrendous in this story. The book also has the characters of Colin (Mr. Collins), Cat (Lady Catherine de Bourgh) and Georgiana Darcy. I thought that the spitefulness of Cat did a great job of channeling what Lady Catherine de Bourgh as a teenager would have been like. And Colin was such a bore, just as I would have pictured Mr. Collins as a teenager. Georgiana was as sweet in this story as she was in the original, but I thought that this book made her seem sickly at times - when I had always pictured her as just shy. Of course no story based on Pride & Prejudice would be complete without Darcy, and in this book I thought that his character was the best written. Will Darcy has had his trust broken by Wick and because of it is very leary of new people. So when he meets Lizzy for the first time, he makes a horrible first impression and she thinks that he thinks that he is better than everybody else. But just like the original story, you will adore Darcy. I really enjoyed reading 'Prom and Prejudice'! I hated to put this book down, but everytime I had to do so, as soon as I could, I picked it up to continue reading. If you, like me, can't get enough P&P fan fiction books, you should enjoy this book too. Or, if you are looking for a book that a teenager will love, I think this would be perfect. I totally recommend this book.
danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
I was greatly looking forward to Elizabeth Eulberg's second novel after her lovely first novel the Lonely Hearts Club. Prom and Prejudice was exactly what I expected and wanted in Eulberg's retelling of Jane Austen's classic (and one of my favorite books) Pride and Prejudice. I love how Elizabeth Eulberg was able to adapt Pride and Prejudice without making it feel forced. Eulberg stayed very close to the original story, yet was still able to make the story uniquely her own. I loved the idea about prom being this huge, important event, because for many people and schools it is. Eulberg was able to transport Jane Austen's character and world into a 21st century high school. One of my favorite things about this book was how Eulberg kept the characters the same as the original, but they had their own, separate personalities from the original. Lizzie was smart, strong, intelligent and witty. Will Darcy was just as swoon worthy as the original Darcy. He might not have been as brooding but he was definitely still swoon worthy. I think my favorite updating of Austen's characters was Eulberg's equivalent of Mr. Collins. Eulberg's character named Collin, literally had me laughing out loud. He was just as awkward and annoying as the original Mr. Collins. I loved how he would drone on and on about pointless stuff. Elizabeth Eulberg was able to write a great adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, one with everything I wanted and expected. One thing I know for sure from Elizabeth Eulberg's writing is that she can never fail to make me smile or put me in a good mood. Both Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice were able to do both and I expect anything else Elizabeht Eulberg will be just as wonderful as her previous two books.
katie_barrett More than 1 year ago
Prom and Prejudice, by Elizabeth Eulburg, is a Contemporary Young Adult novel about love, discrimination, and inner beauty. Published on January 1st, 2011, this is a fairly new book and appeals to Twilight Fans. Elizabeth starts her first year at the prestigious Longbourn Academy, being taunted, bullied, and harrassed by the fellow students. Prom is coming up, and every girl at Longbourn is freaking out; getting really excited and planning every minute detail. This book affected me because I could really relate to Lizzy as she experienced loneliness and exile; I've definitely felt the way she felt. It's also fun to follow her through falling in and out of love throughout the the story. I recommend this book to other readers because if you have ever felt alone or not accepted, this book gives you hope as Lizzy finds where she belongs. Throughout the story, I think Elizabeth grows older, wiser, and open minded. She learns to accept things she thought she would never believe. Most of the characters in the book are likeable; however one of the characters, Darcy, seems to be created for the reader to dislike. I disliked him in the beginning of the book; but he changes as the story goes on. The author's attitude toward the characters is different for each of them. She descives them with adjectives taht have either a negative or positive connotation. I really liked this book; it definitely wasn't what I expected. I was really surprised by the ending. As the story went on, I found myself laughing, crying, and even squealing with excitement. I think that everyone that likes a good love story will love this book! The author does a great job at convincing you of one thing, then contradicting what she has convinced you of. Please read this! You won't regret it! :)
Kristine Effaldana More than 1 year ago
I highly recomemd it!!! It was such a good book i couldnt put it down!!!
Yuzu More than 1 year ago
'Pride and Prejudice' has been retold many times. While I've read and enjoyed (or not enjoyed) several Austen spinoffs or retellings, what I really like about 'Prom and Prejudice' is its unique take on Elizabeth and Darcy for a modern, young-adult audience. Whereas many of Austen's characters are in a tizzy to get married, Eulberg has her teenage characters worried about who they're going to the prom with. Quite a good comparison to today's expectations of high-school girls. Not getting asked to prom is the equivalent of ending up a spinster in Austen's stories. Lizzie Bennet, from Hoboken, New Jersey, is a scholarship student at Longbourn Academy. Her only two friends are Jane and fellow scholarship student Charlotte. Lizzie's talent at the piano has earned her free tuition at the prestigious New York-based institution, but her fellow classmates never hesitate to remind her of her "charity case" status, constantly pranking and insulting her every chance they get. When Lizzie meets Will Darcy, a Pemberley Academy student and close friend of Jane's romantic interest Charles Bingley, she instantly feels contempt for him and his superior attitude. She wants nothing to do with him, but he continuously shows up at her workplace, the local Java Junction, to walk her back to her dorm. Lizzie finds what she thinks is a kindred spirit in George Wickham, aka 'Wick,' and Will is not too pleased by her new acquaintance. After a series of run-ins and heated arguments, Lizzie and Will come to understand and accept one another for who they are, not where they come from. I love young-adult fiction, and I love Jane Austen. What Eulberg does here is manage to blend the two into a teenage story about two characters whose misunderstandings eventually lead to genuine concern and mutual respect for one another. Even though I'd read 'Pride and Prejudice' multiple times and thought I knew where the plot was heading, I was still pleasantly surprised with certain twists and turns to the story. I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more just like it.
Joe Scalise More than 1 year ago
best book ever
Taylor Witherow More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and loved it! I will b buying the full version 4 sure!!!M
austiniteJB More than 1 year ago
Prom and Prejudice was such a cute book I enjoyed the book. I read the book with ease and finshed it within a day. I definately will be re-reading this book in the future. This would be a book I would love to be made into some type of movie, the writing was well written and I could picture the story playing out in my head.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Longbourn Academy is an elite school for girls, composed of the most ultra-rich and uber-social young ladies in Connecticut. And what do these American royals view as the single most important event in their high school experience? Prom. The Longbourn prom is covered by several media outlets and the girls' couture gowns always adorn the pages of gossip columns and fashion magazines. But scholarship student Lizzie Bennet just doesn't see what all the fuss is about. She's happy that her friend Jane will be probably be going with her longterm crush Charles Bingley, but Charles' friend Will Darcy really gets on Lizzie's nerves. But we readers know that the names "Darcy" and "Bennet" go together like peanut butter and jelly (or tea and scones?), so a happy ending is 100% guaranteed. For me, the world in Prom & Prejudice is so far removed from my priorities and experiences, I almost had to approach it as a paranormal book. Not only is prom important in this world, it is as important as a wedding or a graduation-it is all-consuming, a cornerstone of the Longbourn high school society. Then the concept got me thinking; I adore all the old Jane Austen books that focus on social dynamics, where a dance or a dinner party can make or break a lady's entire future, and is a contemporary prom so very different? Well yes, in that a woman's livelihood in America doesn't depend only on her ability to secure an advantageous marriage, but it's very similar in the sense of young hopes and expectations. And overall, the book itself isn't that prom-obsessed, since Lizzie doesn't really care about it and she's the POV character. Since this is a high school update of Pride and Prejudice, there are are some mild variations in the characters. In this book, Lizzie is taunted and treated badly because of her status as a scholarship student. Elizabeth in the original was a gentleman's daughter, though not terribly well-off, but she basically laughed at anyone who looked down on her. Caroline Bingley sneers at her? Elizabeth's amused. Lady Catherine insults her? Elizabeth has a witty, but polite, quip. Here, Lizzie is slightly more affected by the opinions of others, but she's mostly very resilient. I loved trying to predict where the other P&P characters would show up, and I was usually pleasantly surprised. Instead of being Lizzie's sister, the angelic Jane is her roommate, and Lydia is Jane's thoughtless, brash younger sister. Charlotte is the other scholarship student in Lizzie's class, and Collin is a boring student from the Pemberly boys' academy who gives some detailed, rambling speeches to Lizzie that are every bit as hilarious as Mr. Collins' in the original. As in the first P&P, the main draw besides Lizzie's brilliance and her strong spirit is the character of Darcy. Will seems snobby, but he's still nicer to Lizzie than Darcy was to Elizabeth at the beginning. He makes several overtures toward starting conversations and showing his interest, and this works really well for a contemporary setting-the guy who frowns and stays far away from the heroine is usually not a compelling love interest anymore. We need to see a male character who engages the protagonist's attention in some positive way, and Will does that, though Lizzie misinterprets a lot of what she sees and hears. And Lizzie is such a winner. She's a middle-class girl who works at a coffee shop and plays piano religiously as part of her music scholarship. That seems like
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Lizzie hates her high school, Longbourn Academy. It's full of snobby girls who refuse to give her a chance because she doesn't come from their world. Lizzie's there on a musical scholarship. The other girls make her life miserable at every turn - all except Charlotte, the other scholarship student, and Jane, her roommate. During the second semester, everyone becomes obsessed with prom. The girls wear designer dresses and date only the best boys from Pemberley Academy. Jane hopes to go with Charles, who just returned from a semester abroad. Jane can't wait to see him. Soon, they're together all the time. Jane persuades Lizzie to hang out with them, even though she and Charles's best friend, Will, didn't get off on the right foot. When Lizzie meets Wick, and Lydia, Jane's younger sister, makes a spectacle of herself at an upperclassman party, Charles begins to pull away. Jane's devastated. Lizzie tries to console her, but she's involved in her own drama with Wick, Will Darcy, and the snotty girls who live to torment her. I'm a Jane Austen freak and I love prom novels, so I was super-excited to read this. I also loved THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, Eulberg's debut novel. PROM & PREJUDICE was amazing. I devoured it as soon as it arrived. I LOVED the book. I loved the differences and the similarities between PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I loved Lizzie and Jane's relationship. I loved EVERYTHING. As soon as I finished reading, I gave a happy sigh of contentment. It was simply...magical!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so interesting it was so hard to put down
Martha Henderson More than 1 year ago
it is just like pride and prejudice but with its own little twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read I was so drawn to I cant put it down there definetly have to be a sequel to this ifeel like the ending was a cliffhanger. I'm telling if you consider reading this READ IT!!!!!!!IT IS AMAZING we should all write a letter to the author to make a sequel I feel like this story is too good to be true EVERY TEENAGER needs to read this. If in doubt read it. It is the best thing you can ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so cute and sweet i loved this book i recomend it to everyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!! I recommend this to all teens!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this has to be the besy book i have ever read. I was so sad when i read the last page,i didnt want this book to end. Im 13 and i thi k this is the best book ever and its a great story for girls my age.
RomanticFanatic324 More than 1 year ago
Prom and Prejudice is such an exciting read! I recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan! Anyone who has read PRIDE and Prejudice will not, and I repeat, NOT put this book down until it is fully read. I would like to give Ms. Eulberg praise for turning a classic romance novel into a modern day classic! Prom and Prejudice brings a blend of romance, comedy and drama into one whole book! Summary: In this modern adaptation Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet is attending the elite Longbourn Academy on a scholarship program. Everyone is enthralled about the upcomming prom. Includomg her best friend Jane, who is excited about her burgeoning romance with Charles Bingley. Lizzie is happy for her BFF but not so pleased with Charles' friend Will "Darcy". Lizzie gets a bad first impression of Darcy since she overheard him saying that he doesn't want to greet with open arms a scholarship student. Will Lizzie's pride and Darcy's prejudice blind them both to what really matters? Will Lizzie and Darcy go to prom together? Find out in Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom and Prejudice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book was amazing Perfect book to read after the lonely hearts club Its funny, charming and a great read. Some of the characters will get u annoyed tho bc some of them r all snooty. But other than that it is an awesome book filled with interesting and suprising things. On a scale of 1-10 i would give it a 9 just because it was a little predictable but then again all books kind of are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. The whole book was great especially the ending. I love romantic books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recamend this book it is such a good book that i couldnt put it down. Please read this book,this book is way worth the money. I HOPE U MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AND READ THE AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! :)
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
You know, as much as I love re-tales of classic books, this book didn't seem to grab me as much as I wanted it too. I still enjoyed reading it but I had high expectations for it especially since I love Jane Eyre. One thing I enjoyed about this book are the strong characters. The main character, Lizzie is off the charts. She is an amazing girl who grew a back bone when getting harassed as the new scholarship girl. She is not the same and lets everyone know it. She is strong and level- headed, and finally put her foot down in being treated badly. Will Darcy is a Class A jerk! From the very beginning he made me fume! I mean who does he think he is??? He treated the girls badly and just made me want to slap him. But at last, he did mange to win me back when he finally started to come around and be himself. The plot line of this book is my gripe. While the characters were amazing, the plot is slow and not very grabbing. I had a hard time staying with the book. And only cause of the characters did I continue to read. I did however, love the idea of prom and what it meant in society. Over all, it's a good book with amazing characters.
kelsey dubose More than 1 year ago
tjis book is amazing for teens who nt fit in. to make them feeel that they van gey any fuythat they want even if there not so rich. lizze isnt as rixh as rhe other hirls at school. she works when all ylthe other girls go and buy $400 worth of clothes every day. but when lizzes best friends boyfriend comes with an friend , darcy but instead they fight because darcy wantd to get away from scholorship students. which lizze is one. once she over heats darcy saying that can lizze everforgive him. it thrns out that darcy is madly in love with her while lizzie is madldly in love with his arych enemy. does darcy dtill have feelings? check me out on extra reviews on the hottest books and a littke.more info only on teen books though. my next review wikl be on the gaurdian of the gate the 2nd book and the first book prophecy of the sisters! lkve ya by. ... amd dont forget to check the reviews i go by the name of THE X-TRA
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read, and a cute retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. Although I did enjoy it, it fell a little flat for me. Obviously the story was bound to be a little predictable, if you've read Pride and Prejudice, but I felt that it was just a little too predictable. It went beyond just a general parallel and became more like an exact duplicate. I really felt the author could have done a little bit more with this and brought something new into the mix. Although I liked the Lizzie character in this story, there was strength to the original Lizzie that I missed in this one. This Lizzie seemed to let herself be bothered too much by the things around her, whereas the original Lizzie held herself rather above it and was able to keep it more in perspective, until the very last large event occurs that disrupts her entire family. Similarly, Will Darcy seemed a little lifeless to me. I would have liked to have known a little bit more about this character, his life, and his feelings. I wanted to see some emotional reaction or get to know his inner workings a little bit better and see him more as a three dimensional character. My favorite character in this retelling was Jane. She seemed to fit the original Jane rather well, but the author actually improved on her a little bit and gave her a littie of her own strength that the original Jane didn't have. I found this change refreshing and unique. I felt the author brought something new into the character that was very appealing, while still holding true to the original. I did enjoy reading this story, as it was cute and light-hearted. I love this author and think she's enormously talented. I can't wait until her next book comes out. I would recommend this book to others, especially if they haven't read Pride and Prejudice before. Overall, a very fun read.