Reviews for Prom Anonymous

Booklist Reviews 2006 April #1
Gr. 9-12. Laura organizes for prom as though she were a political campaign manager, and, in a sense, she is. First object is to make sure that her two girlfriends, Jace and Chloe, get to go. Finding a date for the reluctant, artsy Chloe necessitates a complex search through a network of friends and friends of friends. There are meetings at Denny's for progress checks on dresses, shoes, manicure appointments, makeup, hairstyles, seating plans, and more. Notwithstanding the intense focus on prom anticipation and all the fussy attendant details, Nelson's story reaches beyond light satire. All three girls are strong characters in their own right, and their contrasting points of view will remind many readers of Ann Brashares' Traveling Pants series. The big dance turns out to be a catalyst in each of their lives--a breakthrough experience that clarifies relationships and propels the prom goers to a deeper sense of their emerging identities. Because of some mature content, reserve this for readers who are actually approaching the age for prom. Link this to Laurie Halse Anderson's Prom (2005). ((Reviewed April 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Three childhood girlfriends who have gone separate ways in high school decide to attend prom together, but problems arise as the now very dissimilar teens try to reconcile vast differences. Told in three distinct and realistic voices that provide frank discussions of friendship, sexuality, mental illness, and the pressures of growing up, this fast-paced tale proves refreshing. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 February #2
A work that at first seems as vapid as its title deepens as the personalities of its main characters and their friends emerge. Three high-school girls seek dates for the prom. Laura feels secure in her sexually active relationship with her longtime boyfriend, but athletic Jace has a crush on Paul, a shy tennis star, and Chloe immerses herself in her quirky, artistic life with her deliberately outcast friends. Laura tackles the challenge of finding Chloe a date, while Jace struggles to befriend the secretive Paul. A choppy writing style with deliberately short, declarative sentences mars the first third of the narrative, making it more rather than less difficult to read, but Nelson allows a more natural style to flow as the prom commences. Yes, it's a who-will-date-whom story, but with laughter and surprising depth. The target audience of young girls should find it plenty of fun. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 February #1

Pre-prom dilemmas have never been so amusing as in Nelson's (Gender Blender , reviewed above) lively novel featuring three main characters with contrasting personalities. The excitement begins in the spring of junior year when romantic-minded Laura decides it might be fun to triple date to prom with two of her oldest friends--even though they have drifted apart and joined different cliques in high school. While simple in theory, Laura's plan leads to some predictable complications--like trying to find a date for artsy Chloe, who is more interested in Sylvia Plath than in boys, and trying to get tomboy Jace to screw up enough courage to ask out newcomer Paul, a good-looking tennis champ. Meanwhile, Laura's own boyfriend isn't so keen on the whole idea of going to the dance with Chloe and Jace, and would rather spend prom evening hanging out with his pals. Told in third-person narrative from the alternate points of view of the three girls, the book contains several priceless moments (such as when Jace discovers her date suffers from a mental illness) and witty confrontations between characters (e.g., when Chloe blurts out to her blind date that she's written 31 poems about him). As might be expected, prom night is filled with crises, but creative resolutions make for a gratifying all's-well-that-ends-well conclusion. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 February #2
"Pre-prom dilemmas have never been so amusing as in this lively novel featuring three main characters with contrasting personalities," according to PW. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 March

Gr 8 Up -Laura, Jace, and Chloe were best friends growing up, but once high school hit, they grew apart and found new (very different) friends. Now they're juniors, and Laura has decided that nothing would be better than to go to the prom with her two oldest friends. A flurry of planning ensues. Freaky Chloe doesn't have a date or a dress, and isn't sure she wants either-after all, the only thing freakier than Chloe is Chloe in a dress with a blind date. Laura is determined to find her an "appropriate" date. Jace the jock wants to go with the cute new tennis star, but has a difficult time asking him. And Laura is so caught up in planning the perfect evening that she ignores the fact that her relationship with her boyfriend, with whom she "had had sex over a hundred times" in their 14 months together, is falling apart. Of course, all works out in the end. This is a fun read with decently drawn characters, some serious issues, a fair amount of teenage drinking, and a satisfying ending. Most high school girls will be able to identify with at least one of the main characters. A good addition where chick-lit is popular.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO

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