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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  6,984 ratings  ·  765 reviews
High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it—especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped i ...more
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Published January 1st 2005 by Recorded Books
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About 1/5th of the way into this book, I realized that this book was what an upper middle-class, suburban girl would write if she was writing about "normal", lower middle class kids.

Anderson starts referring to the number of kids that are crack-whores, in jail, etc. but none of the characters in the book get into any kind of "serious" trouble. This is simply not the truth for large groups of lower middle class kids. Many lower middle class kids have friends who get into serious trouble. Ashley h
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
black lamb
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 said...

Anderson's niche is young adult novels about suburban, middle-class white girls with dysfunctional famili
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 re
This book "prom" is about a tradgedy that happend at school (more 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 i
Sad, funny and very realistic (no high-school fairytale)
Underprivileged high-school senior Ashley Hannigan tries hard not to drop out of school during the last months. She has more 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 more enthusiasm than time or money, and dates bass-ass TJ, who is not allowed to show hi
Amy Snyder
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Maya M.
The book Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson is a young adult, realistic fiction story about an eighteen-year-old girl named Ashley Hannigan (Ash, for short) who goes to Philadelphia high school and DOES NOT have any interest for the school prom. On the other hand, her best friend Natalia (Nat, for short) is the head of the prom committee and has been waiting for prom ever since she started high school, she has “prom stars in her eyes.” When the prom committee found out that the school faculty advisor ...more
Apr 09, 2008 Breona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls of all ages
This book was very interesting to me it started off with this girl named natalie who was in highschool and she was dating this guy who had droped out of highschool. Her best friend
was the head of like every committee in school and she was just
the girl that rarely like school.

Then she was havien problems at school so she gto in detention for being late for the fifth or sixth time that semester and
her friend needed help planniong the prom so she asked the principle to let her do that instead of d
Laurie Halse Anderson has long provided voice to the kind of teens that are overlooked by other authors – the lonely introvert in Speak, the college-obsessed Type A personality in Catalyst – and, in Prom, she turns her attention to the ‘normal’ kid. Ashley isn’t going to college; her ambitions don’t stretch further than having enough money to buy a car. She has plenty of friends, but she’s not the popular girl. She has a boyfriend, but it’s not exactly true love.

Unfortunately, there’s little plo
Morgan F
The narrator of this novel, Ashley, is a self-proclaimed "normal" high school senior who has no desire to go to her prom. However, she gets roped into making the prom happen when her best friend and prom enthusiast, Nat, needs her help when a teacher steals the funding. Ashley is an average kid with average problems, but her wit and insight, along with an eccentric cast, really make this book shine. Don't be fooled by the girly title and cover, this is a book you don't want to miss. I've read it ...more
Michelle Arrow
I really enjoyed this book because who doesn't like to read books about prom? It was romantic, at times, (if you read it, you'll know what I mean), and was really Girly and fun. I don't know if the movie Prom is based on this book because I haven't watched it in a long time, but I hope it is! A great quick read for any teenage girl wishing for their prom to come quicker. ;)
Ashley Hannigan, a normal high school senior living just outside of Philadelphia, is not excited about the prom. Don't tell that to her mom, her aunts, or her next-door neighbor and best friend Nat, though -- they could not be more excited if they tried. Nat's on the prom committee, and everything is going well. That is, until Miss Crane, the prom committee chairperson, is busted for taking all the prom money. Just like that, it's all gone. No hotel, no food, no DJ, no security -- no prom. But N ...more
Penn 6
Ashley Marie Hannigan is the main character in this prom night fairytale that takes place at Philadelphia High School. Ashley isn’t the go-all-out-on-prom type, however, her best friend Natalia is. Natalia is the head of the prom committee and Aisha, Junie, Monica, Lauren, and Dishelle are members who all consider this as the biggest night of their teenage lives. Everyone’s chatting about it, everyone’s looking forward to it, but not for long. So, what happens that just about ruined everything—t ...more
Jose Venegas
Young adult fans are not be messed with. We know that we want clever-antagonist, protagonist, plot and drama.
Laurie Halse Anderson delivers all that good stuff in "Prom", which opens in students being excited about prom. Later students are finding out that prom has been cancelled. One student heard that the reason prom has been cancelled because, the new math teacher had stole all the money earned for prom. Nat whop is the in charge of the prom committee is shocked and upset. Now Ashley, Nat's
Anderson is one of our very favorite authors, and her sheer talent as a writer is what makes this book more than another fluffy, pink contribution to the uninspired drivel hawked to teenage girls. To be sure, _Prom_ is a lighter read than most of Anderson's other offerings; we love the idea of teenage girls finding her through this more accessible title and then moving on to some of her more challenging books (_Speak_, the _Seeds of America_ series, etc.). The narrator's voice is frank and real, ...more
Ashley and Natalia are best friends. However, Ashley hates the prom and wouldn't be caught dead attending, while Natalia is queen of the prom committee. However, things change fast when the math teacher steals the prom fund, and Ashley is roped into organizing the alternate prom with no money to her name.

I like the way Anderson writes in teenager-speak, from the first-person perspective of Ashley, a senior dating a former high school drop-out and falling into detentions without trying. I also e
Who couldn't love a book that references a Butterscotch Krimpet and the King of Prussia mall? I enjoyed reading this book and its silliness. Thought I was skeptical about an 18 year old girl dating a 19 year old drop-out, wife-beater-tee in-a-hoodie-type at the beginning and her seeming acceptance of being 'normal' and less successful in school, I was pleased to see the outcome of the story remain a bit more redeeming than one would expect based on the first chapters. Also, what I love is that d ...more
Emily Rhoads
So, I went into this book with my only Laurie Halse Anderson experience being Speak. Don't get me wrong, Speak is one of my all time favorites. I have read it probably ten times. But, I was settling into my bath and expecting to be traumatized and triggered. I was happy to find I was wrong! This was completely different from Speak. This book was so good I had to refill the tub - twice - with hot water just to finish reading it all in one sitting. It was so light and sweet, and Ashley was a chara ...more
Jim Lang
I'm a real fan of Laurie Halse Anderson. She creates characters that are real and writes books that matter. That's why Prom was disappointing, because despite Anderson's exceptional writing talent, the characters never seemed real, and the situation -- a Philadelphia teen's struggle to pull off the perfect prom while somehow learning more about herself -- seemed forced and contrived. I just never really cared about Ashley Hannigan, her family, her best friend, or the crazy grandmother who lived ...more
High school story about low income kids losing their prom and banding together to make it happen. It wasn’t as spot on as other books of Anderson’s I’ve read, though it could have been all the New Jersey accents in the audio book that were annoying me.
Katrina Gudgeon
This was an okay story. I had a bit of a deja vu moment while reading this book. When I was in high school, I somehow got stuck helping the prom committee with my friends, and then I was forced to go to prom, and I actually I more fun than I thought I was going to. This is exactly what Ashley just went through, so I know this book was actually kind of realistic. However, all the other characters fell flat for me and I really had no interest in what was going on. I really only kept reading it to ...more
Emily Gutierrez
One of the few authors that I can recall from my YA days is Laurie Halse Anderson and her powerful novel - Speak. In an attempt to recapture the memories of my love of YA, I returned to Anderson and found her novel Prom to be a lighthearted but still very powerful follow-up. Prom follows Ash and her friends as they attempt to plan a prom after their Advisor is caught stealing from the prom fund. Ash is disconnected from her friends and her family and wants nothing to do with the prom, but by the ...more
Abigail M
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Shaina Chen
As a big fan of this author, who is also the author of a well known book titled "Speak", this book was a disappointment. I recently picked this book up because prom is happening at around this time, so I felt like this book would be more relatable.

This book is about a girl whose life is a mess; an unstable living environment and bad grades. Prom season comes, and when the school's prom is cancelled because the funds were stolen, her life becomes even more unmanageable.

I gave this book three sta

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Ashley Hannigan is an ordinary senior girl in high school. She doesn't have a care in the world. She gets 3 detentions a day, she's always late for work, and she's in love with her druggie boyfriend. That is until her best friend Natalia is in dire need of her help. The prom money is gone and nobody has a clue for what to do.

It is Ashley's job, being a good friend, to help out Natalia. The girls have to make a plan and get help with their plan from everyone. The plan
Emma Backman-smith
In the book Prom written by Laurie Halse Anderson, Natalie a soon to be graduated senior thinks that the prom is a stupid idea. Unlike her best friend Ash who thinks the world of the prom. That is until their young math teacher steals the prom comities money. Now Natalie must help with the challenges of planning a new prom on top of dealing with her crazy (but loving) family and social life.
I originally choose this book because I thought it would be a fun simple story to read. Even though it
My SRP book was Prom, a laugh out loud comedy by Laurie Halse Anderson. Prom is about a
normal teenage girl named Ashley who hates prom. What normal teenage girl doesn't like
prom?! Well, Ashley isn't your average girl. She is a determined, “say the truth even if it hurts
someone’s feelings” type of girl. When prom gets canceled from sneaky teachers taking money,
it is up to Ash to make everyone’s dream become a reality. In making the Prom happen, Ash
learns a few things about making her life h
Ariel Bondarenko
really fun and kind of relatable book!even though everyone has different experiences, it really showed me what prom was really about!I really loved the fact that the author wrote about a regular, careless teen girl and not some girl that was totally obsessed with prom and romance. This book made me laugh because Ashley Hannigan was stuck living with four boys (her dad being the fourth) and a mom who always seemed to be pregnant. I also enjoyed reading about Ashley's best friend, Natalia Shulmens ...more
Prom was a quick and easy read and perfect entertainment for prom season. I wasn't expecting much, a typical YA book perhaps, but I think Anderson's unique portrayal of a "normal" girl is really intriguing. Ashley is normal and perfectly content with her life in a working class Philadelphia family. She isn't the best student or the best friend and she could use an attitude readjustment, but she is a breath of fresh air in a literary genre in which all of the girls are portrayed as porcelain doll ...more
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