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The Anti-Prom

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The Anti-Prom

High School Prom. Those three words evoke vivid images of an American teenage right of passage: formal dresses, high heels, fancy updos, corsages, tuxedoes, photos, limos, slow dancing, after-prom parties, underage drinking --- betrayal.

For most teenagers, high school prom is a night to remember. For some, it's a night to forget. For Bliss Merino, Jolene Nelson and Meg Zuckerman, it's a night to get even.

Junior Bliss Merino anticipates an amazing prom night with her boyfriend Cameron and their group of "A"-list upperclassmen. For months, Bliss and her best friend Kaitlin have shopped at countless malls in search of perfect outfits.

Bliss's prom starts off extra special. Saucy white dress --- perfect. High heels --- gorgeous. Hairdo --- glamorous. Make-up --- flawless. Cameron --- looking hot in his tux. So what could go wrong? Everything. After Bliss returns to find her lipstick, she catches Cameron and Kaitlin making out in the back seat of their rented limo. Inside the country club, tongues are wagging at the sight of senior rebel and notorious bad girl Jolene Nelson. It's not only because Jolene shows up at prom, it's that she's wearing a pink ruffled dress and strappy heels, as well as a major bad attitude. Believing her date stood her up, she is mad at the world.

All dressed up for her first formal dance, Meg Zuckerman waits in her car for her set-up blind date to show up, only to get a message that he won't be coming. After all she's been through, is it too much to ask for one special evening? Although she's not the waiting-for-Prince-Charming type, she gets weak-kneed over devastatingly handsome Tristan.

Intent on getting even with Kristin, Bliss enlists the help of Jolene, and they hitch a ride from the overly cautious Meg. And so their adventure begins. Over the course of the evening, Bliss strives to ruin Kaitlin's reputation. Jolene wants to get even with her neglectful, deadbeat dad. And Meg wants to find a real Prince Charming.

Told from each young woman's point of view, THE ANTI-PROM entertains while weaving social issues into the storyline. Author Abby McDonald does not shy away from controversial topics, and some references to sexual activity are explicit. She candidly and realistically tackles issues of teenage sex, loss of virginity, underage drinking, peer pressure, gossip, friendship, loyalty, parental neglect, cliques and bullying. In addition to being an entertaining and enjoyable story, THE ANTI-PROM gives an authentic glimpse into the dark side of the glitz, glitter and glamour of the perennial American teenage right of passage --- prom night.

Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on March 8, 2011

The Anti-Prom
by Abby McDonald

  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • ISBN-10: 0763658472
  • ISBN-13: 9780763658472