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The Anti-Prom

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,676 Ratings  ·  211 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published March 8th 2011)
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
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
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, young-adult
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Paige Spell
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gack. Is there such a thing as negative stars?
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I love me a good Prom story. I have no idea why as I did not attend any of my school's proms. I was very content with just going to the parties with friends after. However, I love a fun prom YA story and that is what this book is. Just plain fun! And even better, the cover actually matches what the characters are wearing!

Synopsis: 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
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
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
This review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

The Anti-Prom is the first novel by Abby McDonald that I've read and I will admit that it was surprisingly fun! I was expecting a light read surrounding the adventures of three girls boycotting the prom. Instead, what I got was a novel that touched on subjects that some teenagers experience nowadays in high school. McDonald's novel also acts as a reminder that we shouldn't be so quick to judge others, and sometimes we should give more credit
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 vers
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
4 stars

Bliss, Jolene, and Meg aren't exactly BFFs. In fact, they don't know anything about each other at all. Well, maybe a few things, but those are mostly rumors. It's prom night and for Bliss, the social event of the year! Everything is going according to plan until Bliss stumbles upon her boyfriend making out with her so-called best friend Kaitlin in the back of a limo. Making out is putting it mildly. The two are going at it like it's the end of the world! Bliss is devasted, but quickly see
Jamie Kline
My opinion: I knew going into this book that it would be a lighthearted read, and I was definitely ok with that since the last 3 or 4 books I read were pretty emotional. It all starts with a girl named Bliss who finds her boyfriend cheating on her at prom with her best friend. She turns to the school's resident bad girl Jolene for advice on how to get revenge on them. Jolene reluctantly agrees to help (she doesn't feel much sympathy for Bliss though since she's part of the "in" crowd that seems ...more
First impressions: I loved that this book didn't waste any time jumping into prom night. We start smack dab in the middle, actually. No dinner, no limo rides, no photo sessions at the parents' houses. And the opening scene sure is a doozie, too. Bliss catches her boyfriend cheating on her. Ouch.

Lasting impressions: Like The Breakfast Club and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants had a baby. So much fun!

Conflicting impressions: I didn't always buy the actions/reactions of the characters. At times it
Katie Fitzgerald
At the start of this book, Bliss catches her boyfriend making out with her best friend in the back of their prom limo. Inside, Jolene, the school bad girl, is hiding in a closet, wearing a poofy pink dress, and brooding over the fact that a boy who made a deal with her about prom night hasn't shown up. And Meg, the good girl who has always blended in and gone mostly unnoticed, has been stood up by her blind date. These three girls don't know each other, and have never hung out together before, b ...more
The Anti-Prom is one of those extremely light-hearted reading – a perfect summer/beach read. It’s quick, cute, entertaining and relatively cliché. The story essentially followed three girls – Bliss, Jolene, and Meg on the night of prom and how they went from complete strangers and best friends at the end. Incredibly cheesy but at the same time, extremely cute.

Bliss is your typical popular girl but rather than having all of that by doing nothing, Bliss had to work her way up the social ladder to
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Anti-Prom was okay. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t over the top. It was interesting and I did have a nice little adventure with the three main characters, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg.

Bliss, Jolene, and Meg are three different people from three different worlds, meaning they all belong with a different kind of clique in high school. Together, they had an anti-prom adventure where they got a chance to get to know each other better.

Bliss: Bliss is those typical popular girls until she found out that he
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It was a light, easy and fast read but very entertaining. It didn't take me long to get into it at all and it kept my attention the whole way through. I was constantly wondering what these girls were going to get themselves into next.

Bliss is your typical popular, super cute, rich girl. She is dating one of the most popular boys in school and is surrounded by "friends". However, she is in for a rude awakening when she finds her supposed best friend making out with her
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2011
This was my third book by Abby McDonald and I cannot wait to read more! The Anti-Prom was yet another fun and realistic contemporary read and I enjoyed every page. The book opens with three girls preparing for prom night. Three girls who are each from totally different cliques and who have never talked before this night. First we have Bliss. The popular, beautiful girl who catches her boyfriend and best friend making out in the back of a limo. Then there's rebellious Jolene who goes all out for ...more
Jodi Davis
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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
I just finished this book, and wow, I don't even have words to describe how enthusiastic I am about it.

Three high school girls, one popular, one a hardcore badass, and one a quiet geek, have their proms ruined by boys. Hey, it happen ed to many of us. They team up, somewhat accidentally, to get revenge on the popular girl's cheating boyfriend and her best friend, the cheating accomplice. Sweet character development and friendships happen.

The hardest part of this book for me was the writing styl
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

PROM! The anticipation for prom makes one giddy, the night is one to remember and the pictures are comical in years afterwords. Or at least, that’s the common belief. The Anti-Prom takes place over the course of one prom night, but focuses on three girls who aren’t having the time of their lives and wind up spending the evening together: Bliss, who’s coping with a cheating boyfriend, Meg the wallflower and Jolene the bad girl. The whole thing actually felt as thought it was inspired by The Break
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“I gesture at the hair, the dress, the shiny, sexy costume that somehow caught his attention in a way that "just Meg" never did. Because the fact is, he's looked right past me all year. Even in my old gown, I didn't register - like I don't exist unless I fit their weird category of hotness. I suppose that's what they don't tell you about makeovers in the movies - that maybe the people who gasp with grand double takes aren't worth the effort. Because if I don't deserve his attention when I'm myself, then what good is he?” 0 likes
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