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Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Humor

Release Date: February 2006 (an oldie but a goodie!)

About the Book: Ashley is just a normal girl who wants nothing more for high school to be over. She's ready to be out of her parents house and move in with her boyfriend. Ashley is definitely not the prom going type. But when a math teacher steals the prom money, Ashley finds herself on the prom committee and sucked in to helping her best friend make this the best prom ever.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm trying to catch up on all my Laurie Halse Anderson books and so far this one tops my list! I loved Ashley and thought she was a great main character. There were so many great lines and I wish I could have quotes, but since I listened to this one on audio, it was hard to keep track.

The thing I loved most about this book was Ashley's family. I found her family to so refreshing. There's always YA books where the family is dysfunctional, the teens don't get along with the parents, or the parents aren't around, which can get a little tiring after awhile. It was great to read about a family that was fun and loving and really cared about each other. If I could, I would totally spend a day with Ashley and her family.

I did listen to this on Playaway (if you haven't checked out Playways, see if your library has them-they're awesome!) I really enjoyed this one on audio and thought the narrator was excellent. The voices for each character were distinct and matched their personality and captured the feel of the book.

Prom does have a little bit of a fairy tale feel to it, but I thinks its more of a realistic fairy tale. There's lots of humor and lots of heart, but without being sappy. Prom is definitely a re-read type of book!

Comments

  1. It sounds really good. Great review!

    I don't really listen to many books on audio. I like having books too much I guess.

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  2. I've read this one. I think It's about time I reread it though.

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  3. I was really considering ordering this from PaperBack Swap and I think I will now!

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  4. Insert Book Title-I didn't start listening to audiobooks until I had to spend more time on long car rides. The Harry Potter audiobooks turned me into an audiobook fan.

    Jenna-This is a good reread type of book.

    Katie-I hope you get a copy through Paperback Swap! I need to join.

    Bookworm-I know, the cover is adorable!:)

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  5. Oh! I've not heard about this book, and I'm glad I checked out the review! This sounds really different from Speak! It's not too often that we find a functional family :D

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  6. Epic Rat-I hope you get to read it, it's super cute!

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