Ø Read ✓ Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson â I ve mentioned this before but Halse Anderson s Speak is one of my all time favorite books, YA or otherwise I recently discovered that she s written a handful of other books, so I ve been chugging through them So far none has been anywhere near as well written as Speak, but Twisted and Catalyst were competent and better than most of that YA drivel that is out there.
Prom, however, is a complete turd Total dud Halse Anderson generally gives her characters a fantastic voice Her narrators sound like actual teenagers for the most part But not Ashley, the narrator of Prom Whereas in her other books, the narrators are upper middle class kids attending suburban high schools with realistic fucked up families and problems, in this book, Halse Anderson attempts to write from the point of view of a normal kid her choice of word, not mine Her vision of normal is set in an inner c So the front cover has that last thing she ever wanted tagline and the word Prom written in red with a knife or something, so i guess i was expecting a teen slasher type affair here, maybe So i kept expecting people to get stabbed, and then about 100 pages in still no one was dead not even the senile russian grandma and i was like huh, maybe this is just a whole book about some girl helping to plan a Prom and possibly i m cool with that I thought TJ was going to be the obvious suspect as the serial killer, but then it d turn out to be the russian grandma who had Prom issues, but no, they just did a Prom I couldn t work out what the last thing she ever wanted was in the end.
Re read in May 2019 I cannot believe I went for only four stars back in 2009 When I reread the book in 2015, I added the missing one with an irritated tsk of my tongue and gushed together a review And now, I have to simply say I love that book It s a favorite, that keeps getting better with every re read Kind of perfect, isn t itRead first in October 2009, Re read and reviewed in November 2015 Sad, funny, very realistic no high school fairytale and quotable Underprivileged high school senior Ashley Hannigan tries hard not to drop out of school during the last months She has detentions lined up than days left to sit them off, works her butt off at a pizza parlor in a Romping Rat costume, lives with three siblings and another in the making in a house that is constantly under repair, because her dad has enthusiasm than time or money, and dates bass So I haven t quite finished this book but I ll get there today, and I decided to just write my review now since I have a pretty good grasp on this book over halfway through and the plot hasn t changed much from what was presented in the beginning, so I can pretty much guess how it s going to end If anything does change my mind about it later, I ll update this review Finished That saidAnderson s niche is young adult novels about suburban, middle class white girls with dysfunctional families and real world, pressing issues She is uncannily good at getting into the minds of this particular kind of adolescent girl, and she tends to present these characters as engaging and true to life, even or especially when they aren t exactly being the most sympathetic people at the time And then there s Ashley HanniganAshley Hannigan, a working class girl with a Cute, but not spectacular I did appreciate the realness of the characters, though.
My first modern YA book that I ve read for my class this semester First of all, I forgot how awesomely easy it is to read at a lower reading level, these books are going to go fast I thought this book would be kind of cheesy, girly story about Prom that would have existed in my day, a Sweet Valley High like story, but I was pleasantly surprised The story is about a girl who lives a low income life in Philly and ends up getting involved with Prom after a teacher steals all the Prom funds I really liked the main character and that the author did a good job of showing low income life without being cynical, preachy or looking down for the characters You don t often see stories written from the point of view of the kids not bound for college or parents who can t afford to buy Prom dresses and you especially
Unfortunately, there s little plot to be found amid this carefully constructed milieu of average ness Anderson is excellent at world building, adding small touches that are both true and telling e.
g fights at school are pure sport, just as long as the boys fighting are of the same race if not, panic The author also has a knack for creating comic situations and absurd details T I had high hopes for this book since I like most everything Laurie Halse Anderson does, but this book was a bit of a disappointment I like to read young adult literature to put in my classroom and to suggest to my children, but this one will not be high on my recommendation list It tells the story of Ashley, who is a senior in high school and is seriously dating her boyfriend, TJ, and they are discussing moving into and apartment He has dropped out of school, and Ashley is barely hanging on Her family is poor, but her mother in expecting child number 5, as Ashley has 3 younger brothers Her father says he is making her a room in the basement so she will no longer have to share with her brother, but she has little faith in him Ashley Hannigan Is One Of The Few People In Her Urban Philadelphia High School Who Doesn T Care About The Prom It S Pretty Much The Only Good Thing That Happens There, 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 This book Prom is about a tradgedy that happend at school like a crime , and Prom might be called off Everyone now has to save the Prom on time, and forget all about there lives its a good book, It had me sucked in on some parts, and bored on others, but in all it had a lot of action and things to look foward to reading The characters are interesting and the drama is fantastic i enjoyed reading this book, its given me so many laughs i really hope you read this book, you will enjoy it, just like i have.