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Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670059744
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 18, 2018

Honestly my favorite book. I've read it a hundred times. Every time i move i just pray the library has it!

Aug 31, 2016

I was disappointed in this book. I only read a few pages, and then returned the book, because Ms Anderson chose to use crude language in the book.

I've read a number of her Vet Volunteers series and really enjoyed them.

It is to bad that she has fallen for the lie that because she's writing on a teen level, she must use the same type of language many of the teens, today, use. It would have been so much better to have written a nice story and set a good example in words and actions in the story. It seems like children and adults alike have few such examples these days.

Apr 20, 2016

I started reading this expecting a serious Laurie Halse Anderson book along the lines of Speak, Twisted, or The Impossible Knife of Memory. However, Prom is about exactly what the title says. It’s an entertaining book, narrated by the amusing Ashley. Ashley and Nat have to quickly organize a prom after their Math teacher is arrested for stealing the money raised for prom. Ashley deals with her boisterous family, directionless boyfriend, strict teacher, and a limited budget in order to plan a memorable prom for her senior class.

Jan 06, 2016

Once again, Laurie Halse Anderson creates a believable, relatable character who you can’t help but root for. Prom combines coming of age struggles with an underdog story and and clever humour. I read it around the time of my own prom, so I was in the mood for a prom story (I might have been a little biased about how exciting the book really was). The plot is realistic, and at the same time it isn’t -- a frequent phenomenon in slice-of-life fiction that sets the genre apart from real life in a subtle way, and makes it all the more engaging.

The story centers around the life of high school senior Ashley, and her mission to create a prom from scratch when a teacher -- who is the head of the prom committee -- gambles the school’s prom budget away. Realistic? Not really. Within the realm of possibility? Yes. And what makes it most real is the way the story actually plays out from that situation. Ashley is met with a plethora of difficulties in pulling together a prom -- some resulting from her own actions prior to her mission, some resulting from people who want to hinder her, and some resulting from the elephant-in-the-room problem: pulling together a caterer, decorations, a location, and security for one night without any money to do so.

Ashley herself is a likable character. She’s a little rough around the edges, but she has a big heart. She is actually cynical about prom and thinks it’s a pointless event because, after all, no one’s lives are going to change after all that night and in spite of all the hype. However, she sees outside of herself and realizes why it would be important to some people: the girl who is really poor, whose whole family pitched in to buy her dress; the girl whose boyfriend is joining the army and is rumoured to be proposing to her at prom; the girl whose mother died recently and who needs something to look forward to; and her best friend, who is prom-obsessed. It is for these people that she takes on a challenge that most teens would scoff at and say “screw it.”

But Ash also has things to worry about in her own life, like what will happen when high school is over. She doesn’t have the best grades, she works a minimum wage job that she hates, her family drives her crazy, and her boyfriend is sort of a jerk -- the life of an ordinary teenage girl. But her future looks bleak -- her parents don’t believe she’ll go to college and she’s contemplating moving in with aforementioned jerk boyfriend. She’s not satisfied, but she has already mentally resigned herself to this future because she doesn’t think she’ll be able to reach anything better.
But in the two-week madness before her prom deadline, she realizes that she deserves more than what she seems to be settling for. Her confidence boost results in a prom season more life-changing than Ashley would have ever anticipated.

The story had some shortcomings and irrelevancies. It’s not as humourous as you’d expect it to be from reading the teaser on the book cover (or on various websites), and the story wraps up a bit too quickly and easily, but it is nonetheless a poignant, original, and true story that will bring hope to anyone who has ever had trouble believing in themselves, and anyone who has ever doubted that they deserve everything they truly want.

Oct 23, 2012

A fun, end of year read.

tiffyjm12 Jul 28, 2012

I LOVE THIS BOOK !!! i was totally addicted to it and couldnt put it down till i was done reading it !!! ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD MUST READ IT !!!!!

Jul 07, 2012

I haven't read the book yet and the description doesn't captivate you enough to do so.

May 18, 2011

I kind of thought this book would be better. Usually Laurie's books are deep and depressing, this one wasn't really. It was an ok book.

Mar 30, 2011

A refreshingly non-stereotypical look at what prom means to people. I checked this book out expecting a sort of cheesy read (although knowing Laurie Halse Anderson, I should have realized that wouldn't be the case!). Instead, I was surprised at the realistic portrayal of an entirely different type of girls than most p[prom books are written about. Great read!


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tiffyjm12 Jul 28, 2012

tiffyjm12 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Oct 23, 2012

HS Senior who cares about boyfriend, not about prom, gets roped into pulling together the prom after school staff steal the prom fund. Bad boyfriends, mean teachers, wacky parents, old relatives.


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Ambiii143 Jun 05, 2012

"That slut he was making out with was me."


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