Prom & Prejudice
FORMAT: Realistic, Pride and Prejudice Retelling
AGES: Young Adult
I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for this reading challenge I have read:
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose
This is the second time that I have read this book. And I LOVED it again. I am not surprised that this book became one of the “Popular Paperbacks” this year.
Basically this is a play on one of my all-time favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennett is a music scholarship student at Longbourn Academy (along with the only other “charity” student Charlotte). And even though everyone else at Longbourn seems to think life cannot go on without having a date from Pemberley Academy to go to prom with, Elizabeth knows better. But she doesn’t want to spoil her roommate Jane’s fun when Jane’s potential boyfriend Charles Bingley and his best friend Will Darcy come back from a semester in England.
When Elizabeth firsts meets Charles, she finds him the perfect match for Jane. And to begin with his friend seems nice…until she overhears him talking about how awful “scholarship” students are. Then Elizabeth is sure he is one of those rich snobs who just could care less about people without money and connections (like everyone else besides Jane and Charlotte at Longbourn who practically haze Elizabeth whenever she is around). And the more Jane and Charles spend time together the more Elizabeth is forced to spend time with Darcy.
Enter Wick, a scholarship student who was kicked out of Pemberley Academy. Elizabeth meets him while working at her job at the Java Junction. She is sure she has finally met another person who understands the extent of the hazing that she goes through just to go to school at Longbourn. And the two quickly become friends.
Well, just like every other retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth soon learns that everything is not as it seems…and that she should have paid more attention to the character and habits of those around her.
This is a great re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. I only wish Elizabeth had more of romantic moment at the end of the book. But then again, the ending is perfect in that it is just a little bit different than what a typical couple would want for an ending. And that just goes to show that Darcy and Elizabeth are once again anything but typical.
Book Discussion Questions:
Compare/Contrast Prom and Prejudice with Pride and Prejudice. How is it similar? How is it different? Do the differences work or not?
What do you think about the various nods to Pride and Prejudice? The names of the two academies? The piano instructor’s name? The other mentions of names/characters in the classic work?
Do you agree that Darcy shouldn’t take Elizabeth to prom? Why or why not?
What did you think about an ending without a kiss? Was that a good choice?
Why was Elizabeth so blind in believing what she wanted to believe? How was her behavior similar and different to what Darcy did?