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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-16

By Laurie Halse Anderson
© 2005

(Mature Content and Realistic Language)

If you like to laugh, read Prom! How can you resist a book that begins with the math teacher being arrested for stealing the prom money? Will the prom be cancelled? Ashley hopes so, as she describes the entire event as “stupid,” but she also understands its importance for most of her friends…and thus, begins her new-found priority: the prom committee!

Since she is an unlikely candidate for this task – not unrelated to the “normal” ditching classes, detentions, and her dropout boyfriend – the process of pulling off a prom, purchasing a prom dress, and even getting prom attendees is full of antics. In between the fun, Ashley learns more about herself, her family, her relationships and the true meaning of “life.”

Anderson keeps her chapters to nearly a page, creating a fast-paced, almost hyperkinetic, read. Interestingly, she captures hallway conversations, like a fly on the wall:

“It sounded like flipping through the cable late at night:

“… it’s due today?”

“… and then he goes…”

“… she wants a limo…”

“… he does it again, I’m outta there…”

It will keep you on your toes and keep your smile wide!

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist



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