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3.05  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Ava’s plan for surviving senior year at her new school is simple: fly under the radar until graduation. No boys. No attachments. No drama. But all that goes out the window when she gets drafted into the Prom Bowl—a long-standing tradition where senior girls compete in challenges and are auctioned off as prom dates to the highest bidder.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!
2 (minor character Kylie is black)
QUILTBAG: 1 (another minor character named Denise is dating a girl)
Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 2 (Ava is a fat girl and losing weight is never part of the equation)





BIGGEST TRIGGER WARNING IN HISTORY HERE: if you’re highly sensitive to sexism and sexual assault, thi
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss

Liked the inclusion of football, liked the main character, liked the football player; did NOT like it when Cody started spewing f-bombs all over the place about page 36. Completely uncalled for. I like to purchase YA romance books for my 8th grade girls, but still want them to be fairly clean. This one didn't fit the bill, which was too bad, because I liked the aspect of social approbation.
Ari Elaine
Apr 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book's entire premise is essentially about prostitution and human trafficking. It's sexist and it condones rape. And the author apparently doesn't think consent is a thing. All of the girls in here are these hot, sexy, perfect things and that's so fucking unrealistic and a terrible stereotype.

Please please don't read this book or support it in any way. It's a legitimately terrible book.

Ava and Sean are new to town, so when their father is made football coach of the renowned Patterson High team, the longstanding tradition of Prom Bowl is apart of their tradition and when Ava is made Wild Card, more-so, out of jest, Mark Palmer, the golden boy extraordinaire, insists on bidding on her honor to save her from a life of flatirons and fluffy dresses.

THE LURVES (Sadly, there are not many):
-The concept of a Prom Bowl. There could've been so much more done with that.
-The slushied scene
Nicole Craswell
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don’t know if I’ve ever been so angry reading a book. I picked this up expecting a funny, empowering angry feminist book (mostly based on the title, the description, and the fact that I loved Gena/Finn and I know her writing partner for that, Hannah Moskowitz, is a feminist badass). Yeah not so much... I spent more time pacing around my room trying not to scream than actually reading this book. Like I get that high school is a difficult time, it’s crazy, people get very caught up in things tha ...more
Mark Jojie Emelo
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5/5 stars

This book is actually my last reads for the year of 2018. And I want to close the year reading a good book that can be included as one of my favorites. But, this book will actually dump in my least and worst reads of 2018.

I really hate and despise this book. There is a lot of times that I want to throw this book while reading it, it makes me furiously mad and I was almost DNFed it (Did Not Finish), but, as my goal is to always finish reading a book that I already started no matter how
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Prom Bowl is a tradition at the small town high school that Ava moves into her senior year. She ends up as the "wild card", but progresses much further than anyone expects. The elaborate contests get out of hand, but parents and school administrators turn a blind eye. Prom Bowl puts a strain on the new relationship she is building with quarterback Mark Palmer, as its ramifications threatened to change both their promising futures.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, its deceptively complicated. Which I think is one of the reasons its gotten so many negative reviews this book is categorized as YA but the complexity of the characters and the issues it discusses make me feel like it would find a better reception amongst the "Adult Books".

Kat Helgeson does an amazing job bringing her characters to life. I found it really easy to empathize with Ava at first, and as the story progressed and she grows, I felt that I was growing along w
Emma Andje
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I had been wanting to read this for awhile because well it sounds pretty good right? Like "ooh what's a prom bowl?" Or something like that (I honestly hope not, but who knows what i was thinking because after finishing, I hope this whole thing was a lapse in judgement.) Usually, I don't leave reviews and when I do, I don't totally bash the book, but if you read this book you will understand.

1) F-bombs EVERYWHERE!:
Honestly, this doesn't bug me a ton--heck, I'm a teenager, I went to pu
Ashley Urquhart
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay…to be perfectly honest I read this back in April and I’m having a hard time remembering everything. The notes that I wrote down for this, though, are as follows: “I’m not really buying their relationship. I feel like it doesn’t fit with who I think the characters are.” From what I remember of the book, all of a sudden the two main characters were dating and I was like, “Okay, that’s random.” Like, not random plotwise, but random because it didn’t feel genuine. I also remember not really lik ...more
Wildfox Anthology
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was okay. I really enjoyed the beginning, but I felt like the agenda and message of the story, while not a bad one, sort of took over the story, leaving the characters underdeveloped. I appreciated that the book celebrated girls that don't fit the mainstream mold, me being a short, curvy woman myself. But I felt it did at the expense of girls who do and some passages were heavy with skinny shaming without characters changing their attitude. Meaning those characters who fat shamed were reprima ...more
Marisa Finkelstein
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More like 4.5/5, but I believe in rounding up. :) A fun book that's easy to binge read! Will be perfect for summer vacation.
Nicole Field
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh dear, this book was, hmm, problematic, but the two main characters made the difference for me between it being something I put down in disgust and something I quite enjoyed.

Ava comes to a new school after her mum leaves her father and her father picks up a new job as a high school coach. It's her final high school year and she resents it. The very last thing she intends to do is take part in some stupid school popularity contest, especially when she had no say in being entered into it!

Mark i
Cindy Hudson
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ava’s new in town, a senior in high school, and the daughter of her high school’s football coach. Mark is the quarterback. There’s an instant connection when they meet. But their budding relationship is put off balance by a school event called Prom Bowl. A tradition that’s been going on for years, Prom Bowl raises money for the end-of-the-year dance by auctioning off senior girls as prom dates. Against her will, Ava is added to the list and starts competing in a game she doesn’t even want to pla ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Ava's mother took off and left her, her father and brother alone. Ava can't get past that betrayal. Her father moves them to a new town where he wants to teach at the high school and coach the football team. As a prank one of the football players nominates her as a candidate for the prom bowl, a traditional event where fifteen girls compete for homecoming events and earn money for the senior's prom. Ava doesn't want to compete, but once nominated, no one will let her back out. Even though she's ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The authors choice of title of the book is “Say no to the Bro” and that basically sums up a lot of the book. It foreshadows a good amount of the book. I think the authors writing style had a lot of different dynamics in my opinion. It showed how the book was romance but at the same time the love was ‘forbidden’. It showed the characters dynamics within each other. I think the stories purpose is more about how true love wins in the end and that all the different characters care about the others ...more
Amy Potts Ostrowski
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Say No to the Bro shines a light on a myriad of high school issues; some new, some old. I'll be honest, I was not expecting this book to be as intense as it was or to pose so many questions. It is much more than a cute tale about a girl and a boy putting the brakes on a contest. The author did not make any one character perfect, either, lending a refreshing truth to the story that kept me whipping through the pages to finish in two sittings. It's one that will stick with me for quite a while.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson. The story is told through the alternating points of view of Ava and Mark. Ava is the daughter of the new high school football team coach and Mark is the quarterback. The school holds a Prom Bowl fundraiser each year to raise money for Prom. Girls are chosen to be bid on and Ava is on the list as the wild card. She doesn't want a ...more
Stacey Conrad
I picked this up at the beginning of school thinking it would be a fun, light hearted read. NOPE. It's about Prom Bowl where girls are auctioned off the the highest bidder as a date to raise money for prom. It's sanctioned by school, but of course there are non-school events. And that's where the trouble really begins. Never mind that the whole thing is just icky and most of the girls are excited to be in it. Eva's dad, the new football coach, doesn't really want to know about the things that ha ...more
I think I can see what this book was trying to be–examining sexism, the patriarchy, the way women are objectified, and beauty standards–but I feel like the message got lost somewhere down the line when both Mark and Ava just kind of went along with a lot of the stuff that happened involving the Prom Bowl for most of the book. None of the characters were very compelling, either, and neither was Mark and Ava's romance. I was hoping this would be a badass let's-take-down-the-patriarchy sort of thin ...more
Aja Esposito
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a very fun read. The book touches on all the intresting events that take place in High school. The story touches on the verities of attiudes that are cramped up in school.
The main character is a girl, she has just moved to a new school with her younger brother ,and father. Their mother has just dropped them all for a new life with an new family. Her father had gotten a job at the local high school as the new football coach. Ava the main character only has one friend which is her
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, ya, feminism, romance
The Prom Bowl has been a time-honored tradition at Patterson High, but new girl Ava wants nothing to do with it. When she decides to go along with it for the sake of fitting in, life gets messy and that honest depiction of tricky situations is what I loved best about this book. Ava and Mark find themselves in a place where "doing the right thing" comes with lots of negative consequences making it hard to know if doing the right thing is really the thing to do. There may be a happy ending of sort ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this book. Even though this book is geared towards teens, as an adult it made me really question my behaviors. I do not want to spoil anything, but this is a great book to really think about being human and how the little things we do or not do are perceived by others.
A lot of people dismiss a teen read because they think it is not for them or too saccharine, and while this does have some of the requisite teen angst it has more to offer.
I recommend parents or guardians read this
Kelly Sierra
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was it me or did this book seem to not really have a good plot line. I understand everything that occurred, but the characters were constantly making life difficult for each other (and not because that was part of their character traits), the whole concept that a school would continue to encourage a sexist and misogynist practice is ludicrous, and I'm not okay with this being "tradition". Like eff your traditions... that's not okay, this tradition is not okay and it's demeaning.

2 stars
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017
erm... i want my money back. this was terrible! i think i can maybe make out what the author was trying to go for- like maybe a cautionary tale? but all it’s accomplished is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. if this is what high school is like now a days i am scared for my niece and nephew. not to mention society....

save yourself some time and say no to this book.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Was this book the type of breathtakingly unforgettable 5-star rating? No. But it gets 5 anyway, because the message is a valuable one, it‘s written in the best kind of simplicity, it’s entertaining, it’s heavy, but not weighted down, and over all, a good read.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not what I expected. I wanted a romcom hilarious book but this is not that. Instead we got some deep shiz happening and nobody gets a HEA. Instead we get everything smashed to pieces, like the cover.
C Sandler
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school
weird prom tradition gone wrong. feminist?
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