Reviews for Prom Book : The Only Guide You'll Ever Need

Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
For some girls, prom is the pinnacle of high school. There's the dress and the perfect date and the glitz and glamour. If Seventeen's prom issue isn't enough, Metz provides an in-depth guide to prepping, from booking appointments in February to final touches on the big night. Interactive workbook features (hopefully to be photocopied) allow girls to write down details of appointments and keep track of a budget. There are workouts to complete for "body-hugging dresses," makeup tips from the pros, and suggestions for staying safe. Split into four parts--prom planning, prom day, prom night, and postprom--this covers everything (in your control, that is) to make sure the evening goes off without a hitch. The postprom emphasis is on sleepovers and other PG fun, with a single paragraph devoted to brushing off "the pressure to have sex" and no mention of safe sex. There are girls who will roll their eyes at the over-the-topness of it all, but serious prom-goers will find clear advice, a cool design, and plenty of customizable pages. Now, let's just hope the music's good. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

ForeWord Magazine Reviews 2013 - Summer Issue: June 1, 2013

The Prom Book is no "dummies" guide, and first-time author Lauren Metz is a whip-smart, funny writer. Part keepsake, part journal, practical, and loaded with advice relevant today and for the readers' future, The Prom Book is comprehensive, colorful, not at all fluffy, but easy to read.

The book is divided into four sections, Prom Planning, Prom Day, Prom Night and Post Prom. Each features specific how-tos not only from Metz, a former staffer at Seventeen magazine, but also from experts and consultants to celebrities in exercise, hair, makeup, and skin. Interspersed are pages for notes, photographs, appointments, and planning.

Metz provides au courant advice useful not only for prom-going but also for real life, including: how to read a contract, the art of negotiation, comparison shopping, organizational skills and party planning. An excellent suggestion--and a way to minimize stress--is to have friends congregate at one's home pre-prom to have picture-taking in one place. No house hopping needed. Clever indeed, and she offers ideas for preparing a red carpet and backdrop.

Etiquette lessons are quietly slipped into the text--well-worth noting--including table manners, thank-you notes and gifts, and the ever worrisome who-pays-for-what part of the evening. Don't have a date yet? The author recommends going with a group of friends and provides no-nonsense tips on asking that cute boy you are "crushing on."

Sidebars contain useful tips from pre-programming phone numbers for all reservations and transportation companies into your cell phone to earning money to augment your budget. Metz also cautions against taking inappropriate photos that may come back to haunt you when applying for college or job hunting.

Part 1 contains a section about exercising by celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza. Different "circuits" correspond to the type of dress one may be sporting, such as sculpting biceps for the strapless or one-shoulder dress. The exercises are simple, no fancy clothes or gym membership required, and are doable enough for the reader's mother, aunts, and sisters to join in and keep going long after prom is over.

A superb infographic, more like a teenage version of Candyland or Shoots & Ladders, helps the reader determine their personal style. The first question says, "Quick! Take a look in the mirror. Are you wearing more than two pieces of jewelry?" The answer points readers in a direction and questions continue until the reader learns they are either "Hollywood Glam," "Fierce and Fun," "Totally Unique," etc. What follows are descriptions of corresponding silhouettes, accessories, makeup, dress styles, and so forth.

Lately, many nonfiction/how-to books read as if the author is pointing her finger and castigating the reader or bullying them into doing as they say. Metz's The Prom Book breaks the chain with gentle, happy instructions that make sense for teens. Parents will enjoy the read, too, with recommendations for splitting the costs, who to call if things get out of hand and how to be safe while enjoying this important rite of passage.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 February #2
This slim guide, clocking in at barely 150 pages, will be helpful for prom neophytes who don't get their questions answered by the prom issues of Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Split into four sections, this book covers planning, the day and night itself, and post-prom. The planning section is the most thorough, with useful information on making a budget for prom and how to rent a limo, among other topics. The beauty tips in the prom-day section are very basic and limited; there's no advice on blush for girls with darker skin, and all but one of the suggested hairstyles is for shoulder-length or longer hair. It's commendable that the prom-night section highlights do-it-yourself after-prom events, and the post-prom section recommends donating or selling the prom dress. The note pages, fantasy boards and scrapbook pages feel rather quaint in this day of Pinterest and Tumblr, though they do add extra padding to this slight work. There's limited value in this book, but teen girls who want to be part of the crowd will snatch up this cookie-cutter guide nevertheless. (Nonfiction. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2014 April #1

For Metz, a Seventeen Magazine alumna, prom planning begins in February. This comprehensive guide includes budgeting, workouts, appointments, and more, as well as advice for the night of the party itself. The strongest and most up-to-date book in this area.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 March #3

Metz helps high school-age readers plan for the social calendar pinnacle that is prom. Her book is divided into four sections: the months leading up to prom, the big day, the bigger night, and the aftermath. Perhaps fittingly, the first two sections--which involve planning one's look, creating a budget, booking beauty appointments and transportation, and weighing makeup and hair options (celebrity photos provide examples)--account for nearly three quarters of the book. Tips for prom night parties (including avoiding peer/date pressure and staying "safe and sane") follow. Blank pages let readers record notes, ideas, and other information, and advice from actual teens is included throughout. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)

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