Tuesday, August 31, 2010


By Laurie Halse Anderson
215 pages

“Once upon a time there was a girl who got a life...me”

Summary: Ashley Hannigan couldn’t care less about the prom. Her priorities are trying to get out of detention, graduation (maybe) and moving in with her boyfriend. But when her math teacher steals the money for the prom and her best friend on the prom committee is devastated, Ashley sees a way to miss detention and be the hero. Before she knows it she’s ordering table clothes, selling tickets and buying dresses...and in making the prom happen she learns a few things about making her own life happen too.

Review: Once again Laurie Halse Anderson hits the mark with this hilariously witty Cinderella story. Who else could write a book on something as simple as the prom and make it endearing and engaging? The story is fast paced and readers will enjoy reading about something so relatable. The secondary characters add some quality moments of both sincerity and humour, making the story about something more than just a dance. Ashley is a brilliant main character; witty, sarcastic, pessimistic, charming and hilariously normal. It’s a fun, light read, perfect for the summer and not to be missed.

Also by Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak, Chains, Twisted, Wintergirls, Fever 1793

If you liked Prom you might also enjoy: Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman, Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson, Getting the Girl by Susan Juby

Author Website: http://www.writerlady.com/

Rating: W3.5/4 C4/4 P3/4 O3/4 PP3/4 CR3/4
Grade Level Interest: JS


Melissa said...

I've never read this one by LHA. I think I've only read Speak and Wintergirls, but I love her writing, so I think I'll give this a go. Great review! :)

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...
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Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I read this one a while ago... I think I picked it up at Chapters in the bargain books. I don't remember much about it at all, except that I really enjoyed it! If I ever find time to re-read I will definitely have to give it another read.

Ashley said...

I absolutely LOVE LHA! Although this one is not my favorite by her, (is probably (pr close to) my least favorite) I still think it's a wonderful and solidly good book. I'm kind of think that LHA just doesn't know how to write a bad book...

I'm glad you reviewed this one. It doesn't seem to get as much attention as her other books.

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