Friday 13 July 2012

195. The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
Published July 2012 Walker Books

From the publisher:
They've spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that's all about to change. Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy.

This book has a real teen movie feel about it.  It reminded me a lot of the movies Can’t Hardly Wait and Road Trip.  The main reason for this I guess is that the story in this book takes place in just one night…Prom Night.  Our three characters, Bliss, Jolene and Meg are as different as three girls can get.  Before this night none of the girls have ever even spoken to each other, but on this night they

The opening scene is the back seat of a limo, lots of lip locking and hands up dresses!  This is not one of our main characters, it’s Cameron and Kaitlin, the boyfriend and best friend of the aforementioned Bliss.  This is not the way her Prom night was supposed to be, so Bliss seeks the help of the baddest girl in school…Jolene.  Jolene is at the Prom in an uncharacteristically frilly dress, minus her heavy black eye make-up, she is trying to prove to her mother that she has turned over a new leaf.  Then we have Meg, who has made her way through High School utterly invisible, she is the third in our unlikely team, as she has the one other thing they need, a car!

The plan is to get back at Kaitlin; this involves finding a way to humiliate her. The answer, her secret diary, where she writes all of her deepest, darkest bitchiest thoughts and feelings.  Once obtained the said diary is then to be taken to the local college and placed in the hands of Kaitlin’s college boyfriend.  That’s what Bliss needs/wants to do, Jolene has a plan of her own which involves breaking in to her Father’s house, stealing the keys to his office, and taking something of his that she needs.  Meg is not sure why she is on this crazy adventure, she has spent so many years just fading into the background, that tonight might just be the chance to start living a little.

Apart form the full on heavy petting scene at the beginning of the book, there is nothing too graphic in this book.  There is a bit of groping, kissing, drug and alcohol references, and very little swearing ( I can’t actually remember any, but I ‘m sure there’s some in there).  It is a story about a wild night, of friendship, back stabbing, boys, subterfuge, and great dresses.  It’s relatively light, but has some substance.  It shows that we can spend years making up our minds about people based on gossip that we hear, and not actually taking the time to find out the facts for ourselves.  It also shows that we become the people we are because of our experiences, this is absolutely the case for our three girls, but after this night they start thinking that it;s time to stop blaming the past and get on with living in the present.

Who will like this book: Girls age 14+
Read it if you like: the movie Can't Hardy Wait

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