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The Anti-Prom

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,398 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. B
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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I wanted to enjoy this book, but from the first chapter, I knew it would be a cheesy read. Cheese squelched out of all of the pages, coating almost every word. The story also sounded familiar. It was just like John Tucker Must Die, but on prom night...and not as funny. The ending was rather cute, but, sadly, it did not make up for the rest of the book.

Although there were some bad bad things about this novel, there were also a few good things. The author created three extremely distinct character
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Prom? Kissing? Betrayal? Friends? Check!!! We are introduced to 3 individual girls who could not be more different if they tried. First, there is Bliss who is popular, queen bee, has the perfect boyfriend (or so she thought) and is the girl who would most likely be prom queen. Next there is Jolene. Jolene seems like a rebel, she gets into trouble, she steps out against the norm. Last there is Meg. Meg is quiet, independent, nerdy, and the girl you'd want to help you with your homewo ...more
3.5 Stars

This book was pretty cool. I really enjoy reading/watching stuff about proms, queen bees, outcasts, boyfriends etc because we don't have that kind of awesome high school in my country.
The characters here were likable, the three girls who belong to entirely different cliques come together for one night to achieve their mission.
Later the story grows and the chain of events brings all of them closer to each other. The story was well-paced, events well thought out with a good back story to
The Anti-Prom was the perfect lazy-summer-day read. It was silly, light, funny in the right places and was narrated by characters that were actually likable.
The story grabbed me from the first few sentences where Bliss (yes, and unfortunate naming decision on McDonald's part) catches her boyfriend and best friend going at it during the prom. She quickly decides to seek revenge on the best friend and recruits resident bad girl Jolene to show her how it's done. Unfortunately, Jolene herself is
The Anti-Prom

AUTHOR: Abby McDonald
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
FORM: Audiobook

SYNOPSIS: Three girls who would be voted “Least Likely to Hang Out – EVER,” find themselves stuck together when what is suppose to be the best, most fun day of their entire High School career falls apart. Bliss has just caught one of her best friends, Katelyn, in a rather precarious position with her boyfriend in the back of their limo. Jocelyn, the school outcast, trouble maker, “tough girl” was suppose to meet her (g
Paige Spell
This book does a great job of relating to the issues and conflicts of a teenage girl in high school. The most significant event to every teenage girl is prom and no matter how hard you try you there still seems to be drama and something still seems to go wrong. For Bliss, her perfectly planned night gets ruined when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. For Jolene, it is the fact that she is actually at prom while she believes her date stood her up. And for Meg, it is t ...more
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Anti-Prom was a book I thought would just be a light read. I loved that it was told from each of the three very different girls' perspectives. From each of their POVs, I got a clear picture of what made each of them the way they were. As they were such an unlikely trio to ever become friends and help one another out, I loved understanding what was fueling their decisions.

My favorite character was probably Jolene, though I felt pretty fond of Meg by the end of the book. Jolene had so many walls
Once again, I read this to see if it was a book I could recommend to the students I work with; it's meant more for 15+ young adults, IMO. Even so, it was an enjoyable read, putting three unlikely girls together for a night of mad-capped - and I mean mad-capped - adventures.

Bliss was the rich, popular girl who sees first hand her BFF making it with her boyfriend at the prom. She gets a wild idea to get back at them and gets Jolene, the "bad girl" to help her. On the way, they talk Meg, the invis
Inspired Kathy
Under usual circumstances this is a book I would have put down after reading the first couple of chapters, but circumstances were not normal. This was the only audio book I had with me at work and I had a mundane task to complete so I just kept listening. By the time work was done I was nearly half way through the book and then kept listening because I wanted to know how everything turned out.

The first half of the book was just ok, it was entertaining but I really didn't care about the character
I went into this book with a mindset that I most likely wasn't going to like it. I'd gotten it as a gift in September for my birthday and it has been staring at me from the shelf ever since.
For starters the plot just didn't sound very believable, and the three main characters seemed to be three different extremes. Not to mention the fact that it is extremely unlikely that the three of them would actually work together toward common goals. But... I was wrong. Abby McDonald did a great job in mak
Janna Marie
The Anti-Prom is EXCITING & FUNNY.

These three girls are pretty funny when you get them all together. Not to mention, they have a lot to learn from each other. This is your average coming of age story, times three!

Bliss, a popular girl, learns that there are more important things than cool friends and fashion. Jolene, the bad girl, learns to let go of her past and embrace those who truly care about her. Meg, the dork, finally comes out of her shell and becomes more confident in herself.

The s
Toria Moir
I love this book! :D Its about three girls who are all soo different to each other (fully different groups) and meet up to make their 'perfect prom.' The girls all have different ideas for their prom and want to make it happen. So much fun as the girls go on their journeys on accomplishing what they need to - all fighting for what needs to happen. Its interesting and I love staying up all night to read it :D Would be happy to read it a thousand times hahaha :D
Olivia Matich
Three girls create an unlikely team who try to create their 'perfect prom'.
They learn that good friends are had to find.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a 'good read'.
Zunaira Ghazal
The characterization was flawless. Literally spot on and utter perfection! Going into this, I had less then steller hopes, but WOW! WOW! Each girl had a legit back story that made the plot move forward. And even though there was legit whining and some really messed up shit when the book began, the character development was so flawless and perfect, it just made me want to know more about each girl—to help them and lend a shoulder maybe.

I can’t believe I was so leery going into this. the central p
Grace Lee
I'm reading all these reviews by these (very) generous people and as I read them I'm shaking my head with all the positive feedback. In my opinion this book was unrealistic and all over the place. There were so many road trips and character chapter switches I would forget which character's perspective I was viewing the story from (I love when stories are perceived like this though). I am a high school junior at the moment. Not a badass Jolene, a preppy Bliss, or a shy Meg; just a normal junior ...more
This, at its core, is a book about friendship, about getting over your preconceived notions of who people are and even who you are. At first, I truly disliked Bliss. I couldn't get passed her desire to maintain her popularity at the expense of others, but then when she joins forces with Jolene and Meg and they slowly start chipping away at each other's emotional covers, I came to like pieces of each character and how they complimented and supported the others--sometimes in "harsh truths" ways, b ...more
Anti-Prom is a really appropriate book for young adults. The book is actually about 3 girls running around the states trying to do many illegal things having a tragedy ending.
Jennifer Lynn
I really ended up enjoying this book. Definitely a quick, no-brainer, just for fun read but at the same time the author had a style so the book did not seem like all the other over done topic that it actually is, the characters had real personalities that you could relate to and were not so generic you could predict them with your eyes closed, and there was just enough that you were still caught of guard about some of the moments that the author writes about. It was a nice break from the typical ...more
Gack. Is there such a thing as negative stars?
Oh, What a lady! What a night! ~

I had forgotten how much I love Abby McDonald's writing style, how much she makes you feel the pain and happiness her characters go through in very true to life settings. Turn the tables on them and find the comedy in dreading situations.

It's very difficult to find her books in Argentina and even then only just a few are imported. I was only able to (finally!) read "Getting Over Garrett Delaney " last year. After two years of looking everywhere for a printed versi
I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. Especially after reading the first chapter, which is from Bliss' POV. While I felt bad for her, I also didn't really like her too well. But then I met the other two characters, Jolene and Meg, and it started to get better.

Meg is my favorite of the three girls simply because I could relate much better to her. Next I liked Jolene, who was interesting, sassy, and had a big chip on her shoulder. Bliss is my least favorite but I ended up liking he
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/31/12:

Prom is one of those rights of passage that many girls dream about from the first moment they step into a high school hallway. Visions of a fairy tale evening complete with Prince Charming in a tux, a gorgeous dress, and romantic interludes paints itself in the female mind. Everyone wants that one perfect high school memory and for some - prom is it. Abby McDonald has written a fun story for all those people out there
Ariel Avalon
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It's prom night, but the perfect night of dances, dresses and lipglosses is going anything but perfect for three very different girls. Popular girl Bliss just saw her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend, Bad girl outcast Jolene is completely out of her element, and in pink, wondering why she thought he would show up. Shy, invisible Megan is ready to take control of her life and stand out, until her date cancels on her at the last minute. When the

The Anti-Prom
by Abby McDonald
288 pages
Candlewick Press $16.99
ISBN 0763649562

The world turned upside down when three unlikely girls, each fitted into drastically different cliques at school, came together on Prom night. Bliss is the popular girl and never talks to shy, quiet wallflowers like Meg. Jolene didn't want to be involved until curiosity got the best of her and now she's stuck in the backseat, giving in to Bliss' ridiculous revenge plan and enduring Meg's grandma dr
Prom has never been this exhilarating before! Three girls, never really spoken a word since this night, gang up to go against the tragedies of each of their Prom nights. Prom night for these three will be something never heard of before, made up of sweet revenge to the crushed and blooming romance to the most unlikely of the three.
Bliss is the stereotypical, popular, queen bee of the school. The book starts out in her perspective, describing what she finds in the limo. Jolene is the bad girl,
It’s the night every high school girl dreams of, her junior-senior prom. For Bliss, Jolene and Meg this is a night they’ll never forget, but not entirely for the reasons you’d assume. Bliss the popular girl, Jolene the dangerous one, and Meg the quiet girl no one seems to know all team up to get revenge and make it a prom like no other. As they take a detour out of prom to avenge those that have crossed their paths they begin to realize prom may have not been the only thing they were looking for ...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
This book was way more adventuresome than I thought it was going to be! I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't the high stakes romp that takes place!
It's Prom night and everything is supposed to be perfect, but when Bliss finds her boyfriend doing some serious making out with her friend her first thought is revenge. This sets in motion a night of semi illegal and flat out illegal activities.

All three of the characters are completely different. Bliss if the bitchy popular girl, Jolene
I FINALLY managed to get my English hands on this book and, I have to say, I was a teeny bit disappointed.

It originally sounded pretty awesome - three girls teaming together to get revenge on guys after a bit of a disasterous prom. What's not to like about the sound of that??

Turns out, it's not really like that. Bliss' bofyfriend cheats on her; Jolene gets stood up by a guy she hasn't spoken to in a few months; and Meg's mystery date who she's never met doesn't show. And it's only about Bliss ge
Like The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink, this story is about the intersection of losers and popular kids. The story focuses on Prom night, where three girls from different social circles come together to avenge themselves and find themselves. The dialogue is good. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but not too bad, and while the action is both over the top and predictable at times, this was still a good, fast, fun read. I would recommend this to 10 grade and up. There is definately drinki ...more
Charliee' (Ohana means family)
So I basically agree with what I wrote before. It is a very good book, but for some reason it just wasn't holding my interest as much as it did the first time I read it.

I still love Bliss, Jolene, and Meg. They are amazing characters.
I especially love Meg because I feel she I am her sometimes.
I love the scene at the party where Bliss finally gives up on her so-called-friends *cheers*

The ending was very cute as well and a very good sum up for the book and just how far all the characters have gone
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