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21 Proms

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  2,849 Ratings  ·  294 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
Dec 16, 2015 Mel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really underwhelmed. I gotta stop reading short stories anthologies I really don't like them.

You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance - Elizabeth Craft - 1/5 stars
The girl in this story hated EVERYTHING and was an absolutely rude and bitchy nightmare. Really hated her and since she was the entire plot, really not into it.
All She Wants - Cecily Von Ziegesar - 0/5 stars (yeah, it was THAT bad)
First of all, there was no prom in this. The girl was a rude brat and yeah not even relevant to this antho
Sep 28, 2011 Kim rated it liked it

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
Rui Monteiro
O que me levou a comprar este livro foram alguns autores (David Levithan e John Green) e o tema dos contos. Apesar de não ter vivido uma experiência do género, é algo que com o tempo passei a me interessar (é mesmo caso para dizer "tarde demais"). Não gostei do livro, os contos são sem graça, o drama gira em volta de - "quem vai ser o meu par!?" e isso acabou por deixar cada conto pior que outro. È claro que há uns que gostei. Quando lei este género de livros, sinto falta de ser aquele miúdo que ...more
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.
Oct 01, 2016 Elle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for a long review of why you shouldn't waste your time on this book from your typical pessimistic reviewer.

I'm sorry but I am completely disappointed with this book. Let's start off with giving each story (yes, there are 21 stories so prepare yourselves) a brief review and a rating, then an overall review.

And, duh, spoilers.

1) You are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance by Elizabeth Craft - 2 STARS
Friendly reminder: 2 stars is a high rating because trust me, some of the other stories make
May 05, 2015 Maddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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...
Jul 28, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
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
First of all, what the fuck. What the fuck did I just read? What was this. Honestly, what. What the hell. Who published it. Why.

Okay, let me get one thing straight - I will read anything with John Green's name on it. You slap his name on Fifty Shades of Grey and I'll read the fuck out of that book. I'm not saying I love all of his literary work (*cough*AnAbundanceOfKatherines*cough*) but I do love his writing style and... fuck, why am I defending myself, I just love him, okay? So when I found ou
Aug 11, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth DiTullio
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
May 08, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it
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
Some gems, some that are common rocks that one might at first think are gems and some that one could see are rocks from miles away.
Apr 12, 2015 Ciara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule I never read short story collections. Why not? Because they're always disappointing. Either the stories are so bad they couldn't be short enough, or they're so good that you wish they were a full book. This collection was no exception. Some of my favourite authors, e.g. John Green, wrote a story, and I loved those. Other authors' stories, however, were awful. On top of that, I can never really get into a story when it's only a few pages long.

Overall, for a short story collection it was
Nov 08, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so lazy that instead of writing a review, I'm going to a line for each story, and then an excerpt?

You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance
by Elizabeth Craft

3/5: Cold b*tch meets hot nerd.

“But you said you don’t dance,” I remind him. “You said you have no rhythm and that given a choice between medical interrogation and doing the Electric Slide, you would choose the medical interrogation.”

All She Wants by Cecily von Ziegesar
3/5: It seems like Cecily von Ziegesar could only write from the p
Angelica (The Bookish Angel)
“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
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I had high hopes for this anthology, considering it contains stories by some of my favourite YA authors. But I came out of it with a general sense of meh. I mean, it was always going to be difficult to have 21 stories about prom night and have them all be different and interesting and attention grabbing. But the vast majority of the stories here were either forgettable or just...okay.

I only gave four of the stories more than 3.5 stars, and five of them got either 2 or 2.5 stars. So it really wa
Apr 18, 2015 Marlee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Lane
Nov 06, 2011 Kathy Lane rated it it was ok
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
Jul 22, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
21 Proms is an anthology of 21 short stories by 21 different authors with a prom theme. The anthology is edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft, who both contribute stories. The other authors who contributed stories are John Green, Libba Bray, E. Lockhart, Rachel Cohn, Ned Vizzini, Holly Black, Melissa de la Cruz, Sarah Mlynowski, Cecily von Ziegesar, Jaqueline Woodson, Elizabeth Craft, Aimee Friedman, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Leslie Margolis, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Ann Sandell, Will Leitch, Ad ...more
Hannah Haertl
Jan 09, 2013 Hannah Haertl rated it really liked it
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
Sadie Kaminske
Jan 09, 2013 Sadie Kaminske rated it really liked it
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
Joanna Marie
Mar 08, 2015 Joanna Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2016 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. John Green's short story (which is, not surprisingly, also the last one) is the best part of this.

I thought this was a pretty unique idea when I picked up the book, but most (not all) of the stories were just "meh".

Though I did enjoy the author gallery at the end where it says what each contributing author did for their prom. That was clever.

It's a quick read. Enjoyable at times, but for the most part just pretty average all around.
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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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