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21 Proms

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  2,209 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Prom. It's a near-universal high school experience. And here at least 21 of today's bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors riff on it.

Authors include: Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, Davi
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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May 10, 2008 Shannon marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-books
Don't care much about prom but JOHN GREEN indeed.
What the fuck did I just read?

This was easily the worst anthology I've ever read. There's no credited editor, which I can only take to mean that none of these stories were edited beyond the authors reading them over. Because this was the most consistently awful anthology I've ever read. There were a few good ones, but not many. Here's the (quite painful) story-by-story review of this horrendous anthology.

Note: There were so many stories with detailed reviews that I couldn't fit them all in the r

You may be surprised by this but I never went to Prom. I know, right? I mean, seriously… WTF? And, like everyone said… I regret it. I mean, if I had gone to Prom then maybe Derek Ducharme would have noticed me in my Micro short version extremely popular Sweet Dreams dress. A gorgeous peau de sois satin gown featuring a breathtaking skirt with gather detailing. A boned bustier, which fits like a glove, forms a charming neckline and proposed to me right away. We would have married after college, h
Jennifer Wardrip
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21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that mana
This boom was okay! I would kinda recommend it if you are just looking for an "easy" fun read. The story's were not that funny and they are short and rushed.
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So I thought this book would have the same vibe as Geektastic... it didn't, there were very few of the stories that were actually enjoyable, most were just boring if not kinda pathetic...
If you’re looking for a light-hearted collection of short stories based around the prom season look no further than 21 Proms. This novel features a variety of genres for those with differing tastes, from mysteries, to fantasy, to realistic contemporary fiction. The character personalities and backgrounds are extensive, which provides young adults with multiple opportunities to connect with the protagonists. Stories are told through the eyes of males and females, heterosexual and homosexual coupl ...more
The basic premise behind 21 Proms being an anthology is that each person, at every prom, has a story, and this book tells a cross-section of those. As different as the people and their individual situations are, so are the entries herein. Whether it's the search for the perfect dress, just the right date, or the wish for the 1980s style perfect prom, 21 Proms covers it all--oftentimes accurately, occasionally stereotypically, and a couple of times strangely. Take, for example Holly Black's "In V ...more
This wasn't entirely what I expected (in a good way). There were plenty of stories of romance, first kisses, and questions of "am I ready for sex." But, there were also tales of Latin clubs turning proms into sex orgies via magic incantations, and other oddities. There was quite a lot of depth to a number of the stories, and the emotion was often palpable. The format of some of the stories were slightly weird, with at least two being divided into paragraphs or sections with numbers that didn't s ...more
“I go to school here, like everyone else, and if Mom says I’m going to have a prom, well then, I’m having myself a prom. I’m drinking the free punch.”

I picked this book up because of the amazing authors who have contributed short stories in this book like John Green, David Levithan and E. Lockhart. The cover is so gorgeous that I know I just have to add the book in my collection.

“Lying in the shadows, she saw shooting stars, red planets, nebulas in the dark ceiling. At Saint Judith’s she kept he
Aug 11, 2011 Sandy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance
by Elizabeth Craft
Ayla hates the prom.
-The ending was okay, but I hated reading about the girl who hates everything.

All She Wants
by Cecily von Ziegesar
Brooke, home with the chicken pox, wants to make her own prom.
-Kinda cute.

In Vodka Veritas
by Holly Black
The Latin Club wreaks havoc on the prom.
-Good and creepy.

Your Big Night
by Sarah Mlynowski
"Drew" wants to get back with (or at) her ex for prom. But her friends want a Winnebago party.
-It was okay
Joanna Marie
makes me laugh and swoon and smile and relax. the roster of authors are just the best. love the stories. light and relatable and funny. makes me so nostalgic of my prom days. want to go back at my old prom days when i get to pick up my dress and shoes and when i get excited dancing with my friends and my love and claiming that the night is young and it's mine for the taking. haha.

p.s. but past is past. oops. lol :p
There really wasn't much to these stories, at least substance-wise. Some were funny, most were entertaining, and while I don't regret reading them, I confess myself a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I expected this book to fall under the heading of "chick-lit" when I picked it up. That's what I was looking for: something silly, romantic, and hopefully humorous. I've gone through a rash of deep and serious books lately and I needed something fun. Still, I know and adore a lot of these au ...more
I rated it a four because I loved most of the stories, but I feel others were lacking. I really enjoyed the book as a whole though and recommend it.
Kathy Lane
True, some of the stories were clever, well written, insightful, but I was SO SICK of reading about THE PROM. I stuck with it to see if there would be a shining gem amongst the stories, but took frequent breaks (and read The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney in between). John Green's cadence is just like he talks in Brotherhood 2.0 and that made me laugh. Primate the Prom could spark some very interesting (subversive for my community) book discussion material, but since I couldn't wait to be done w ...more
Sadie Kaminske
I thought "21 Proms' was written in an awesome way. The idea of people sharing the ideas of how their prom took place was cool. My favorite prom was chapter 20; it was about a girl and her friend that threw their own prom at home, because her parents were the photographers at the school prom. She had a good night and didn't get caught. I think this book should be for mature teenagers, or adults. It has some vaguer language and things young kids shouldn't read about. "21 Proms” gave me an idea of ...more
Hannah Haertl
21 Proms is an amazing book.I absolutely loved how it had everybody's remarks on proms; from the people who hated them to the people that dreamed of them. There were many examples of why people feel the way they do with prom. For example, not being able to feel pretty enough, or being picked on for not being their example of perfect. I'd recommend this book to anyone in high school about ready to go to their prom, because it teaches you, not only to not care what people think, but to be you and ...more
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Jul 22, 2014 Teenage Reads rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenage Girl
Shelves: 2014, loved
Grade 12 is the most important year of high school. It is the last year in the school system, the year you apply for university and dream for the future. The most important part, that most people think it is graduation (News flash! It’s not!), when it is actually prom. What makes prom such a big deal? For some people it`s not, others try to boycott it, while most they spend the month dreaming for that night. Yet it could be a night of wonders, love, and firsts, or it could be a night of humiliat ...more
I found it difficult to rate a book with 21 different stories but I ended up giving this book 4 stars for the following few reasons. When I'm having a bad day, I just read a book that I think will give me some good and positive vibes to make it through the day. Fortunately, I found 21 Proms. When I first got a glimpse of its cover and synopsis, I knew this will be a fun and light read. This book will make you reminisce your prom which some of us couldn't really forget, a night to remember probab ...more
This book is told by 21 people who have written stories about their high school prom. Many of these stories are humorous. Also, many of the prom stories told throughout this book are not what most people expect to happen at prom.

I really enjoyed reading the stories about these proms because I think that many girls want their prom to be PERFECT. Reading all of these stories about how their prom wasn't the ideal prom, shows that it is okay if prom does not go the way you expected it to go. This b
Gabby Nono
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Kylah Polidore
At first I was excited to read this book because I thought it would be like Chicken Soup for the Teenage wasn't. I found it bland and lacking and I only liked 1 story out of 21 I decided to do a review for my favorite story and my least favorite story so here it goes....

Favorite Story: In Vodka Veritas by Holly Black
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I found this story interesting and hilarious and I wish it was longer and like a legit book. I loved Ave and Danny, and I soo ship them. Through out the
Maybe it's time I read another genre?
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Overall rating: 3.38/5

Individual ratings:
You are the Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance by Elizabeth Craft: 4/5
All She Wants by Cecily von Ziegesar: 2/5
In Vodka Veritas by Holly Black: 3/5
Your Big Night by Sarah Mlynowski: 3/5
Off Like a Prom Dress by Billy Merrell: 4/5
"Mom called, she says you have to go to prom" by Adrienne Maria Vrettos: 5/5
Better Be Good to Me by Daniel Ehrenhaft: 4/5
Three Fates by Aimee Friedman: 5/5
The Question: A Play in One Act by Brent Hartinger: 5/5
Shutter by Will Leitch: 2/
This wasn't completely awful, but it didn't live up to my expectations. The stories at the end saved it to be honest.
You Are A Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance by Elizabeth Craft 3/5
All She Wants by Cecily von Zigesar: 3.5/5
In Vodka Veritas by Holly Black: 2.5/5. This one was fucked up.
Your Big Night by Sarah Mlynowski: 4/5.
Off Like A Prom dress by Billy Merrell:3/5.
"Mom called, she says you have to go to prom" by Adrienne Maria Vrettos: 4/5.
Better Be Good to Me by billy Ehrenhaft: 4.5/5.
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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