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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  8,520 ratings  ·  950 reviews
Ashley Hannigan is one of the few people in her urban Philadelphia high school who doesn't care about the prom. It's pretty much the only good thing that happens there, and everyone plans to make the most of it--especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money ...more
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Published February 2nd 2006 by Speak (first published March 3rd 2005)
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Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
***Re-read in May 2019***
I cannot believe I went for only four stars back in 2009. When I reread the book in 2015, I added the missing one with an irritated tsk of my tongue and gushed together a review. And now, I have to simply say "I love that book." It's a favorite, that keeps getting better with every re-read. Kind of perfect, isn't it?
*** Read first in October 2009, Re-read and reviewed in November 2015 ***
Sad, funny, very realistic (no high-school fairytale) and quotable:
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
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May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, kids
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
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So the front cover has that 'last thing she ever wanted' tagline and the word prom written in red with a knife or something, so i guess i was expecting a teen-slasher-type affair here, maybe. So i kept expecting people to get stabbed, and then about 100 pages in still no one was dead not even the senile russian grandma and i was like huh, maybe this is just a whole book about some girl helping to plan a prom and possibly i'm cool with that. I thought TJ was going to be the obvious suspect as the ...more
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but not spectacular. I did appreciate the realness of the characters, though.
Amy Snyder
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen
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
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
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
Maya M.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
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
Dana Grimes
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I listened to the audiobook because Katherine Kellgren narrates it and I love her.

I've read some of the negative reviews about this and feel that they are too harsh. I enjoyed this and loved Ash's family. The characters were likable and people do really go out all big for the prom, even if they do it on a budget.

Lots of swearing, drinking, and talking about sex (these are high school seniors after all).
Michelle Wrona
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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. ;) ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot to be honest and found myself wanting to pick it up. I can understand why it has some bad reviews as it doesn't really have much of a plot but for me it was just super fun to read. I loved the main characters and found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Not bad for blindly picking this up at the library! ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun cheeky book. It was a great read that I really enjoyed listening to. I was bored one night between classes and listened to this very fun YA book. If you are looking for a fun YA book that doesn't take much time to read. I can recommend this one. ...more
Nadia Uhlenhaker
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Kind of a meh book for Laurie Halse Anderson. Especially since I love her.
Asghar Abbas
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun read, very different from Speak.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
pretty light and not super true to life, but it made me laugh.
Carolyn Elaine
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Ashley Hannigan is not going to the prom. In fact, she thinks it's stupid. So when the head of the prom committee get arrested for stealing the prom money, Ashley doesn't care. Her best friend, Natalia, cares, though. Nat employs Ashley to help out with the prom, and Ashley reluctantly agrees. After all, it will take a miracle to have this prom.

Not my favorite Laurie Halse Anderson novel. Is Ashley one of the "normal kids"? I would think "normal kids" to be like myself: gets good/okay grades bu
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-and-13
Laurie Halse Anderson is able to craft such wonderfully unique character voices.

Ashley is witty and cynical in a way that perfectly fits her story and this was a delight to read. The plot is a lot more simplistic than most of Anderson's other works, but it was still a really fun read.

It's probably my least favourite Laurie Halse Anderson book I've read to date but considering I'm still giving it such a high ranking, it's probably about time you start reading her work.
Livi Buck
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute book! I read this super quickly and I would recommend it for 7th-9th graders!
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As with Anderson's Twisted, I started off hating Prom, then it got a little better by the end, but I was really dissatisfied with the book as a whole.

This is definitely an after-school special type of book. The teenagers in it are "normal" (or so they label themselves as), and a lot of them have problems at home, but we never really see anything come of it. They scoff at those above and below them, but because they are "normal," it's kind of assumed that the audience already knows what that is.
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-reading
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I’m going to start by saying that I’ve read 5 of Laurie Halse Anderson’s books now, and I enjoyed all but one of them. Speak and Wintergirls blew me away, and both Fever 1793 and Chains were enjoyable enough. With that being said, I had hopes that Prom would be enjoyable as well.

Prom centers around Ashley, a “normal” girl. She has a relatively large family, a good group of friends, a boyfriend that she was planning to move in with
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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This was a semi-engaging read, but nothing spectacular as I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. I couldn't connect with Ashley and I didn't understand her relationship with TJ nor her break-up with him. There were hints as to why he might be a bad guy, but I felt that these were negated by his helping her father finish the kitchen. Even now, I don't know why everyone was so against TJ. I wonder if the writer wasn't misguided in having TJ help to reconstruct the kitc
I've loved Laurie Halse Anderson since I first read Wintergirls last year, a book which I believe to be a shining example of how great teen and YA fiction can be.

If Wintergirls is the shining example, Prom is... less so.

I was honestly baffled. After reading Wintergirls, Speak, Catalyst and The Impossible Knife of Memory, all books which deal with real and heavy issues and are full of depth and soul, I have no idea where this came from. Prom is the polar opposite. It's shallow and vapid, with un
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