Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald

Book Reviewed: The Anti-Prom (ARC)
Author of the Book: Abby McDonald
Publication Date: March 08, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Ages: 14 and Up
Type: Young Adult Fiction
Page Count: 288 Pages
Date Finished: April 22, 2011
Reviewer: Roshini
Acquired/Source: Received ARC through mail from Abby McDonald/Candlewick Press for an honest review.


Synopsis:
Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, ├╝ber-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.(Via Goodreads)

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Review:
Prom has never been this exhilarating before! Three girls, never really spoken a word since this night, gang up to go against the tragedies of each of their Prom nights. Prom night for these three will be something never heard of before, made up of sweet revenge to the crushed and blooming romance to the most unlikely of the three.
Bliss is the stereotypical, popular, queen bee of the school. The book starts out in her perspective, describing what she finds in the limo. Jolene is the bad girl, the girl you don't want to mess with since her name is included in so many rumors around the school. Bliss seeks her assistance to get revenge on her so called BFF. These two unlikely pair find Meg, the invisible until now, as their way to get the revenge by making her drive them around. The rest of the novel deals with how each girl solve their dilemmas in life. The adventures that they go through while reaching their answers is what creates the plot for most of the book.
Abby McDonald writes an exceptional story line on the theme of realizing who you are and who you can be. The three girls share an incredible bonding experience-all the while plotting to ruin a prom. The writing style of the author has each chapter narrated by switching off between characters. This really shows the contrasting personalities of the three girls. The reader gets a more in depth view of each of their minds instead of getting only one of them. This style creates an exhilarating read instead listening to one character drone on and on while you really want to know what is happening to the others.
The novel really showed me how friendships can develop over a matter of hours between people who are complete opposites. The romance that was in The Anti-Prom was near the end, but amazingly sweet. The one thing that I didn't like was that Bliss was way too over stereotypical. If Abby had made her a little bit more realistic, it would have improved Bliss's character by miles. There were numerous humorous scenes in the book that made me laugh out. Some of these scenes bought the book together to add on more color to it.
The Anti-Prom was an incredible read that had an fantastic effect on me. It will bring out this power on anyone who picks it up! I enjoyed reading the book and it was different then the usual novels about prom nights.
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-Thank you to the publisher for sending out a copy of the ARC to me for the review!-

Rating:
4: Super, but not a superior! Worth reading...

*The copy of The Anti-Prom that I received was an ARC. The published copy may have changes or edits to the text. Please check the final copy for anything about The Anti-Prom.*

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