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Prom Dates from Hell (Maggie Quinn: Girl Vs. Evil #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,468 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
Maggie Quinn, girl reporter. Honors student, newspaper staffer, yearbook photographer.
Six weeks from graduation and all she wants to do is get out of Avalon High in one piece. A sensible nerd would have kept her head down, done her drive-by photo shoot of the prom, and continued the countdown to Deploma Day. But fate seems to have different plans for Maggie.
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published March 13th 2007)
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Apr 11, 2012 KatieBookQueen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I can’t even begin to express my love for Prom Dates from Hell. This book is brilliant. That’s all there is to it. I love a book that manages to have the perfect mixture of action, humour and a bit of romance and this one defiantly ticks all those boxes.

Prom Dates from Hell follows senior, Maggie Quinn, as she battles a Demon that begins taking down the popular crowd at her school.

I love Maggie Quinn. She is amazingly hilarious with her sarc
Dec 30, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Formulaic at the core, but the surrounding details are pretty good. Maggie is a fun lead, and I liked that she's much closer to Buffy than Bella, and that she has her own life and interests before the story starts. Less thrilled with the super stereotypical bully jocks and mean girl cheerleaders. Not a fan of the proto-romance between a not-yet-18-year-old high school student and a college guy who's finished his undergrad (so at least 22), but at least it's on a slow burn in this book. Will I re ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I, surprisingly, quite enjoyed this book. It was light, fun, and funny. It's a kind of chick-lit with Demons from Hell and a clairvoyant, snarky Nancy Drew.

It's not the greatest book ever, and has the standard fare of a likable, normal (well, with ESP) protagonist and the intentionally extreme caricature of jocks and cheerleaders, as well as two gorgeous boys and a romance that satisfy its target audience. However, I do like the fact that the heroine is a good mix of self-confidence and self-do
I love a good supernatural book, especially when the main character also has some supernatural abilities to back her up. This book was no exception.

I was a little bit turned off by the title. It sounded so childish and reminded me of a book I tried reading recently that turned out to be a huge waste of my time. So, I skipped over it every time I saw it, thinking that I wasn't missing out on much.

The reason I finally decided to just give it a try was because I realized that the author, Rosemary C
Howdy YAL
Apr 03, 2011 Howdy YAL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this book. I decided to pick it up a few weeks ago again and I was amazed again with how much I love the Maggie Quinn: Girl v. Evil series. Clement-Moore is a genius when it comes to characterization. Maggie and her friends come off as being very real despite all the wacky paranormal stuff that's going on. And speaking of wacky paranormal stuff, Clement-Moore knows her stuff. The explanations seemed logical for all the weird stuff that was going on in Maggie's world and I honest ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, hilarious
Excerpt: Dad and I had seen the same action movies, so he got into place, all very Lethal Weapon. I mouthed, “One, two,three!” and he yanked open the door so hard it banged into the wall, showering plaster onto the carpet. The crash startled me, and I flung my barrage of salt into the bathroom with a stifled squeak.(...)

“I’m getting too old for this shit,” said Dad, making me laugh, mostly with relief. He examined the big hole the doorknob had made in the wall. “Your mom is going to kill us.”


Nov 24, 2015 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 out of 5 Stars

This was a solid book. It had a good plot, main character, and lots of sarcasm to laugh at. The problem with this book is it just fell a little short for me. I liked Maggie but the other characters didn't seem to have as much personality. It wasn't a bad book but something about it just left me hanging. The ending satisfied me enough that I don't know if I would rush into the next book, I may wait awhile, but overall likable book just didn't love it. I probably wouldn't recomme
Trina Knittle
This isn't typically my sort of book that I enjoy reading. but I decided to give it a shot. By the end of it I found myself liking it and happy to have read it. it is a great book to read when your in the middle of midterms and want a few laughs from a book. I enjoyed the characters. The suspense in this book was just enough. I will say it was a hard book to put down. I can definitely see myself reading the next book in the future if there is one.
Richard Denney
Apr 30, 2012 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fun, hilarious, spooky, read. :)
Sophie R.
This was a okay book. It took a long time (pretty much half of the book) to actually develop the story and for something exciting to happen, but I rated a 3/5 because once it gets a bit interesting is actually not that bad.
May 28, 2012 Shel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Clement-Moore, R. (2007). Prom Dates from Hell. New York: Delacorte Press.

308 pages.

Three pages into Prom Dates from Hell I knew I was going to love it. (Talk about a bias!) I loved the sarcastic, smart voice of Maggie Quinn right away. She reminded me of a hybrid of Veronica Mars and Buffy Summers.

...But I guess with dark hair.

Appetizer: After stopping an incident of bullying in the halls, the three most popular girls in the senior grade (all named Jessica) take notice of Maggie and start to m
Um Baile de Finalistas Infernal RATING: 3 stars.

A light, fun supernatural mystery for teens with a sassy and cute heroine. The romance part was not very well done (a trend in the author's books) and the mystery was predictable, but overall, a nice read.

Portuguese review:

ATENÇÃO: Contém ligeiros SPOILERS.
Peguei neste livro com baixas expectativas, confesso. Pareceu-me que ia ser mais um mistério paranormal insonso e pouco original, com umaheroínaigualmente insonsa.

Laura Martinelli
Excusing my fansquee over Texas Gothic earlier this month, I love most of Rosemary Clement-Moore’s books. They’re funny, snarky, and manages to whip up a good plot.

Prom Dates… is a great little read. I said in the aforementioned review that Amy Goodnight could be cousins with Maggie Quinn, insofar of the fact that they’re both snarky psychics who like to get their Nancy Drew on. While it should be a cliché that Maggie’s defenses for dealing with the banality that is high school. But it’s a refr
Cassie Hart
Aug 20, 2016 Cassie Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As cheesy as I thought this book was, I did actually really enjoy it.
Wendy Cantu

I’m blaming being sick for this being the most inarticulate review ever, so if you want to save yourself some time, just know that THIS IS AN AWESOME SERIES. Gushy gushy awesome. I love it. I smiled. I laughed. I cheered. I snorted. I “ohmygawd”ed. Rosemary Clement-Moore is awesome. Read this series.

Now onto the only slightly more articulate review:

After reading all three books in Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series (Prom Dates From Hell, Hell Week, and Highway To Hell)
Steph Su
Apr 29, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
High school senior and aspiring journalist Maggie Quinn just wants to survive the last few weeks of high school without getting sucked into the prom madness. However, there’s more on her plate to worry about when strange and horrible things begin to happen to her grade’s “elite crowd,” lovingly called the Jocks and the Jessicas by Maggie. These boys and girls suffer accidents or lose what is most important to them, and Maggie, with the help of her friends, reluctantly admits that something sinis ...more
Cid Tyer
Jun 03, 2010 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
I had to order the first two books in the Maggie Quinn series, which was a bummer since the author is uber cool and local. So, please request this book at your local store. Come on, look at the cover! It’s just cool!

The Setting — is a small college town. I don’t think it ever says where it is. Or if it did I don’t remember. Maggie is in high school so a lot of the story takes place between her school and home. I think that a lot of the feel for the book comes through how Rosemary says things. Yo
Jennifer Wardrip
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Maggie Quinn is just weeks from graduating and getting away from Avalon High. But as the end of her high school years gets closer, Maggie gets warped into the wrath that is Prom. This only happens because Maggie had to protect the school outcast, Stanley, who was being picked on by the prime jocks and their girlfriends, the Jessicas. Maggie stops this by taking photos of the action, since she is the yearbook photographer, and t
K. Lincoln
Jan 27, 2014 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having only read "Spirit and Dust" (aimed towards slightly older YA) I looked up Clement-Moore's other books and decided to give this slightly "younger" story of a high school journalist's prom from hell (literally) a go.

Such delicious, acerbic wise-crackery, it's almost too much.

Maggie Quinn happens to photograph the Jocks and Jessicas terrorizing a nerd one day on the high school 2nd floor breezeway. All of a sudden, strange things begin to happen to the people around Maggie, and she can no lo
Maggie Quinn is an aspiring photojournalist, who stumbles upon an evil demon plot in her high school. She attempts to solve the mystery with the help of her awesome grandmother, a jock who's stepping outside his clique, and a very cute college student.

The plot isn't terribly original, but beyond that, there's a lot to like about this book. For starters, it's really funny, something that's lacking in most YA paranormal novels (the sturm und drang of tortured romance doesn't really lend itself to
Jun 20, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a supernatural story that doesn’t included vampires or much angst. While it is fairly light-hearted in tone, there are serious subjects touched upom such as bullying and date rape. These are mostly dealt with in a oblique manner, and this book would probably be a safe read for anyone thirteen or older. The plot is more focused on Maggie and her figuring out what in the world is going than anything else. Humor and a quick pace move the reader through the story to a satisfying conclusion. ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it
With a title like Prom Dates From Hell, it was hard to know what to expect as I opened the covers to meet cheeky heroine Maggie Quinn. In the days leading up to senior prom – which Maggie plans to avoid like the plague – Maggie meets a demon conjured up by a fellow classmate.

Maggie has spent her life denying that her dreams make her part of the Irish folklore in which her gran believes. Since no one else sees the demon, it is up to her to hold back the creature's venom. The first victim is a fri
Apr 23, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Quinn is a high school senior who spends her time taking photos for the yearbook and writing stories for the school’s newspaper. She is completely content with staying under the radar in order to avoid coming into contact with the Jocks and the Jessicas (the girls that seem to run the school). Everything is working out just fine until she snaps some incriminating pictures of the Jocks bullying one of the bigger geeks of the school.

Soon, after her creative photo rescue, Maggie starts havi
Oct 10, 2008 Gail rated it liked it
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Maggie is NOT going to the prom. She's one of those anti-prom, anti-clique, anti-school-status-quo people. She works for the school newspaper (which is apparently published a lot more often than any high school paper I was associated with) and emphatically does NOT have prophetic dreams. Except she does. She's always had these weird intuitions, which her dad and her dad's mom believe in and understand, and her mom totally doesn't. The weirdness begins when th ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-class
This is a great book. My love for Maggie, the main character and teller of this story, began on page one. She is witty, honest and everything I have wanted to see in a female, teen main character for quite some time. And...she has a best friend who is just as hilarious.

Maggie Quinn is not a super hero. But as she approaches the end of her senior year, she finds she has gifts that are a bit more supernatural than her peers. Her grandmother believes very strongly in her ability to see the things s
Oct 13, 2007 Nian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the supernatural
Shelves: 2007
As hinted from the title, you could tell that this is one of those books with action, mystery, and mostly about the supernatural. No vampires, though. Just plenty of demons, spirits, stereotyped cheerleaders and jocks, and a super heroine.

Maggie Quinn, reporter and photographer, has always had weird dreams. She calls them "gut instincts" and most of what her gut tells her comes out to be true. And, with graduation six weeks away, she likes nothing better than to let the time just past quickly:
May 07, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Here is the review I posted on Amazon:

I stepped outside my reading habits box here and was well rewarded for it. The story of Maggie Quinn and her effort to get out of high school with a demon in her path is a well paced read. This is one hard-to-put-down book. The characters are engaging, even to a forty-something year old reader like me. Had this book been around when I was in my teens, I would have been a lifelong Maggie fan. There is always something satisfying about the triumph of good over
Overall I enjoy Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing largely because she writes very snarky, entertaining main characters. Although Maggie Quinn fails to compare to the Goodnight girls, I found the book entertaining nonetheless. Maggie reminded me of Kami from Unspoken, both are reporters for their schools, intelligent and snarky. But again, Kami beats out Maggie in terms of entertainment value and humor as I never found anything terribly laugh-out-loud level amusing in this one. But the mystery was ...more
Alice Janell
Aug 02, 2010 Alice Janell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Rosemary Clement-Moore has created what is quite possibly one of my favorite YA heroines ever. Maggie Quinn is snarky, sassy and smart. She's got this razor sharp wit that keeps you laughing at the people and situations around her.

You know Maggie is character gold when she continuously drops references to Star Wars and LOTR.

At first glance, Maggie is the average on-the-fringe type of teenage girl. She writes for the school paper, but she's not all out popular. She's got her small group of friend
Jun 19, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing
This book really surprised me. I don't always have the highest hopes for books I pick up on a whim, and high school demon/vampire books are hit and miss at best (one end: Buffy, other end: Bella Swan....) and a demon hunter just made me think more and more about Supernatural.

I will say that Maggie Quinn would probably get along quite well with the Winchester brothers; she's sassy, smart, and in complete denial about anything going on, especially towards the beginning. Add in her partner-in-crim
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“Is Lisa going to the prom?'
I shelved my worries for the moment. 'I don't know, Mom. We don't talk about the You-Know-What. We made a pact.'
You could go together, if you didn't want to mess with dates and things.'
I don't want to mess with the prom at all, Mom.'
She ignored me, placidly eating popcorn, piece by piece.'Some girls in my high school class did that and had a wonderful time. They weren't lesbians or anything. Not that it would matter if they were.'
That's nice, Mom. I'm glad you're so open-minded.' I grabbed my Coke and the popcorn bowl and headed for the stairs, because I could go my whole life without ever hearing my mother talk about lesbians again.
Maybe you could take Justin to the prom,' she called after me, laughter in her voice. 'He is such a hottie.'
Shoot me now.”
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