Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis: Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about the prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing that happens in her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it—especially Ash’s best friend, Natalia, who’s the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money and Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance. But she has plenty of help—from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat’s eccentric grandmother, from the principal, from her fellow classmates. And in making the prom happen, Ash learns some surprising things about making her life happen, too.

Review: This was a marvelous book - but then, every book by Anderson I've read is marvelous. Weaving humor, real life, love, family and the quirkiness of human nature with a deft hand, Anderson creates a story that both amused and touched me. The main character, Ash, was well-done - part young woman, part child, she struggles to find herself and her direction. The ending was perfect - not the happy-ending from fairy tales, but the ending one finds in life - messy and scary but full of hope.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 4-17-2013
Pages: 215

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