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The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  155 reviews
An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the hit Broadway musical The Prom --a New York Times Critic's Pick!

Seventeen-year-old Emma Nolan wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that's like asking for the moon.

Alyssa Greene is her high school's "it" girl:
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jun 30, 2019 marked it as no-just-no
Shelves: reviewed
It did get edited! The problem is no more! Hooray!!!

i hope that this gets some major re-editing before it's published


erasing a characters sexuality

C.G. Drews
This was an interesting mixture of fluffy and frothy...but with some serious content matter. I received the paperback for review so I didn't actually know it was a Broadway musical adaption. Once I realised that, the style made sense. It's extremely "telling" instead of showing, fast-paced, and doesn't delve very deep. Basically it's like Queer Eye x Broadway, where a gay teen just wants to go to prom with her girlfriend but the town is outraged and some failed Broadway stars come "fix" ...more
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
I really enjoyed this book! At first I thought it was a bit shallow because of all the prom thing, but when you go past that, this book really puts out a lot of issues like homophobia, how parents can be cruel to their children when they reveal themselves as not straight, religious fanatism and how dangerous and hurting can closed-minded people be.

Before going into details, I must say that I had no previous knowledge about the Broadway Musical this book is based on, so I cannot compare them.

Julia Sapphire
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was provided an ARC of this novel by Penguin Teen, all thoughts are honest and my own.

Firstly, I wanted to say that I adored this musical and already was invested in Emma and Alyssa's relationship. I also thought it was interesting how lines from the musical were directly put into this novel. The writing was quirky and had that senses of humor to it. There were a few lines that were very awkward to me or just frankly poor sentences. Some of the slang used also got on my nerves such as "OG".
˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
Jun 27, 2019 marked it as do-not-support
the author really wrote a canonically lesbian character as not a lesbian. won’t be supporting this garbage
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
My review of The Prom is up on my blog now!

Jessica | Booked J
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram

My stop on the official blog tour can be found here and features a photo journal of the novel as well as a few mood boards. Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review and/or participation in the blog tour. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Before you all ask me: yes, the finished copy fixes the issue from the ARC where Alyssa Greene's sexuality
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
honestly i’m furious over the removal of Alyssa’s canon lesbianism. you can’t erase her core identity and characterization without wiping out her entire character arc. And to remove Angie and Trent? Trent is the reason the kids begin to have a change of heart. Angie helps Emma find the self confidence she didn’t have before. Removing them removes central parts of the story. It gives the story less depth and heart. It ruins a lot of the continuity. and to act like any of this is okay is ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
lesbian erasure is NOT GOOD. not only does it hurt so many fans of this show but generations to come.
Emma L.
*** This review potentially contains both spoilers for the book and the musical. It's also quite a harsh, brutal review ***

Rating: (2/5 stars).

Uhm... BITCH WHAT? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED? ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS BEING ONCE AGAIN TURNED INTO A NOVEL? FUCK YES. CALL ME THE FUCK IN and I definitely just didn't order this (lol I totally did and when it arrives I'm going to read it as soon as possible). And then all my hopes and dreams got killed, destroyed, slaughtered by reading this
Maddie Davis
For those considering spending your money on this book. I wouldn’t. The prom is based off a musical that is currently on broadway. In the musical Alyssa Greene is. Canon lesbian however the author of the book adaptation took it into her own hands to erase her sexuality which the author refuses to answer our questions about it and continues to ignore us. which is incredibly offensive to lesbians. Lesbians are being left out of lgbtq+events and are given little to representation so having the prom ...more
Valentina Boré
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Prom is my favorite musical, but I absolutely refuse to read this book. Alyssa Greene is a lesbian in the musical, something which the author has acknowledged, and yet her sexuality was changed for the book. Taking away lesbian representation for pansexual people isn’t a good way to give pansexual people representation. And Alyssa Greene is a lesbian, which is a huge part of her story in the musical. Changing that is a disservice to her character and her arc. Please do not support this book.
Now I just really want to see the musical.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbt
tldr; the musical is better, the writing is eeeh inconsistent, save your money and get the audible free trial for a happy lesbian love story with good good narrators, or just read some fanfic

i really wanted to love this book, and i only loved bits of it. the prom musical has been my obsession for the past few months and so i was eager (and trepidatious because, novelisation) to read this.
as an adaption, i have only a few complaints. the plot was handled fairly well - as an overly hammy broadway
Laura Wilson
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
The final release of this book corrected the ARCs horrific handling of Alyssa's sexuality, however it does not save the abysmal writing, nor does it correct how Saundra Mitchell butchered the plot of a fantastic musical. She clearly does not understand the characters or the show. If you want The Prom, listen to the soundtrack. Don't waste your time with this book. If you absolutely must read it, at least listen to the audiobook, where you can hear the cast try their best to save the material.
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
to not only erase a character’s sexuality but to then ignore the actual real life community affected by it ... i can’t imagine being able to enjoy or support this book in any way, shape, or form; you have completely destroyed alyssa’s character.
Kali Cole
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In terms of the book itself, I really enjoyed this. I have not heard the musical yet, but I learned the Alyssa should actually be a lesbian and not pansexual, which she is in this book versus the musical. Taking that huge misrepresentation away, I felt that Emma’s story is definitely one that relates to many lgbtqia+ people that are surrounded by religious individuals. I can’t even imagine the abuse that some of these people face in those parts of the world and it is so unfair because that ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
i’m very disappointed in saundra mitchell for writing this story and penguin random house for allowing this lesbophobic book to be published. in addition to erasing a canon lesbian’s sexuality (the author changed alyssa greene’s sexuality from lesbian to pansexual), saundra mitchell has been active on social media websites, despite numerous accounts making posts describing the terribleness of this book and tagging her in them. please don’t support this book. don’t request ARCs or buy it when it ...more
Ana P
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
you want me to like this when theres lesbian erasure? i dont know why theres still things like this happening, this is so disappointing
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to preface this by addressing the other reviews. I pre-ordered this book, never read more about it, and didn't know it changed Alyssa from a lesbian to a pansexual. I didn't realize that until I logged on here to mark the book as 'read'. It seems that was fixed, as Alyssa calls herself a lesbian quite explicitly in the book I read. I'm glad. Pansexuals deserve representation. Asexuals deserve representation. Bisexuals deserve representation. Every damn person in the acronym does.
But you
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, favorites
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warning: homophobia, transphobia, bullying

(NOTE: having not seen the musical, I wasn't aware that Alyssa is canonically a lesbian. I would like to mention that changing a character sexuality is not cool, even though pansexual people are generally less represented - and more frequently erased - than lesbians. I knocked off half a star on my rating for this reason.)

OMG THIS WAS SO CUTE! I legit felt
Bridget Mutton
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot of these reviews mention differences from the musical as major negatives. As someone who hasn’t seen the show I found this didn’t at all affect my enjoyment of the book. Whilst I do understand the furor over the changing of Alyssa’s sexuality, again as someone mostly new to the story it didn’t affect my enjoyment, especially as the story still had a f/f relationship at its heart. Much like movies can be quite different from the books being adapted, I’d recommend reading and judging on its ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay so firstly, this is a retelling of a musical. So is this the best written book out there? No. But it's such an important story everyone needs to read it.

I cried like 5 times while reading this.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
lesbian erasure isn’t fucking cool. alyssa is not pansexual, she is a lesbian. awful.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Alyssa is a canonical lesbian in the musical, and changing her sexuality in the book *is* lesbian erasure. Don’t read it.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
alyssa greene is a lesbian. end of story.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and Viking Books for the advance copy of this book. It is out on 9/10. All opinions are my own.

I really struggled with rating this one. I have lots of students who ask for adaptations of musicals, and I was excited to see this one, especially since it is written by an Indiana author. Then I saw the Goodreads reviews slamming it for erasing a character’s sexuality and was like, “Whoa.” So I read it. Having not seen the musical, I enjoyed it as a story about coming out in
Cody Roecker
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable.
Sean Kennedy
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a novelisation based on a musical theatre script it feels like there has been a lot of effort put into this adaption.
Erica Hinders
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
For being a novel adaptation of a musical, this was pretty good! It was enjoyable to read and fun to know a bit more of the story line behind what I could pick up from the cast recording.

After following several members of the cast on social media but never making it to NYC, I’m glad to have read it.

There were a few wording choices that seemed a bit bizarre enough that I paused and questioned the word choice. I think the one that got to me the most is when Barry says some of the costumes need
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Saundra Mitchell is the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER. In non-fiction, she’s the author of the THEY DID WHAT!? series for middle grade readers. She’s also the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK. IN 2018, HarlequinTEEN will publish her next anthology, ALL OUT.

Writing as Jessa Holbrook, she published her first romantic contemporary YA