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?
What to say on this book....I'm pretty sure it's the only re-writing of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' out there that doesn't involve a whole bunch of completely ridiculous outcomes and, well, you know, time travel. Yes, I have read a re-write with time travel in it. Thankfully, this wasn't it.
I really enjoyed this book, even though it never strayed from the original story at all. It was the original story, complete with cell phones and prom dresses. Every little bit of Pride and Prejudice was modified. It now takes place in the 2000's, features a scholarship girl, and, of course, Will Darcy. No re-telling is complete without Will Darcy.
Well, to be honest, the stilted, 'flowery' language was actually kind of annoying. No girl says, 'I detest him', in a serious way. In a joking way, sure. I'm sure that I've done that once or twice. But not seriously. And she does it seriously. Moving on.
I felt that a few loose ends could have been tied up better, and that some of the scenes where Darcy was ignoring Lizzie were a bit over-done. Bam! Suddenly Darcy is ignoring Lizzie, of Lizzie is ignoring Darcy. It never ends! I just wish it worked out easier, ya know?
So, all in all, I really did enjoy this book, but I would only recommend it if you enjoy Jane Austen re-tellings. I, for one, do enjoy them. A lot, actually.