By Elizabeth Eulberg
AR Level: 4.8
AR Points: 6.0
I suggest: 6th through 10th grade
Oh, I’m a sucker for anything that even hints at Jane Austen. Even better if it has ties to my favorite novel of hers, Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read the novel, watched the BBC series (oh Colin Firth!), and have watched every movie adaptation as well.
Enter this novel.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the scenes in Pride and Prejudice played out in an upper-crust boarding school, here’s your chance. I was giddy from trying to predict what the author might do with the characters, and she fits them to the original story very well, while making some modern updates.
This is a clean, sweet book, so it’s appropriate for middle schoolers up into high school.
Here’s the description from B&N:
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?