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The Gay Girl's Guide to Ruining Prom

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  94 reviews
She’s sleeping with the enemy …and might be catching feelings.

When Zoey Seever’s best and only friend Skylar is unceremoniously dumped on the night of her Prom, the last thing Zoey wants to do is get involved with the girl responsible for breaking her best friend’s heart. Chelsea McDaniel has a reputation at their rival school for using girls up and tossing them a

Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published December 5th 2019 by SM Books
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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian, bisexual, sapphic
in a perfect world, this would end with zoey and chelsea’s friend group banding together to beat the shit out of skylar

rep: lesbian mcs, 3 bi side characters
"I was stuck swinging like a pendulum, going back and forth between liking her and reminding myself that she was probably evil."

The plot was a bit similar to 'John Tucker Must Die' but the author made it gay which always equals better to me.
Siera Maley's books always have the most adorable couple, Zoey and Chelsea being each other's first kiss at 12 *swoon*, Zoey saving her contact name as “First Crush” in Chelsea's phone etc . It'd be going so well and then Zoey would always be like 'plan,
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Players and heartbreakers aren’t generally my go-to reads. But, Maley did a great job bringing the pressure cooker that is high school to life and all the crap that goes with it. I commend her for elevating what could’ve been a two dimensional and catty storyline to something much more complex and redeemable. I loved the characters, the journey we were taken on, and the dialogue was excellent. Well done.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: lesbian mc & li, bi side characters

CWs: homophobia, mc gets kicked out by parents
Lexxi Kitty
I have a one to two page review I wrote that I do not have access to at moment. Of the things I noted, I made some comment about how it is quite rare for me to read everything by an author. And Maley is basically the only F-F author who has at least five books published and I've read them all.

Right, so, this is a solo POV book about someone around the age of 17 & currently a high school student. She is very much a not likable character.

I seem to alternate rating Maley books something near 5 star
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-reads, f-f

I really love this author's writing style! I was super addicted to reading this and tried to read this in every spare moment I had. But the only problem was...I didn't really like Zoey. Everyone talks about how horrible her friends are (and I an extent) but Zoey really isn't that good of a person either and I struggled with not judging her some times which I hated but I couldn't help it. I actually ended up feeling really bad for Chelsea with the whole prank and the fact that Zoey kep
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, favourites
everybody shut up im about to uwu
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-s-books
it went better than i expected and surprisingly well
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, its been a while since I’ve read Siera Maley book. She’s actually one of my go to authors.

Okay, so if you’re looking for a classic kind of YA book you got it here.
Angst, full of teenage drama, Lies and denial. Homophobe parents, fake friends etc. wow!

I actually like Chelsea and Zoey but I also like Alex.
I find it weird that I also like her history with Zoey.
Bummer! Fake friends everywhere.
I hate Skylar! I can smell her from the beginning, she’s actually worse than Zoey’s mom.

Why do I
Paradise Lost
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
I'm having a little trouble reviewing this, to be honest. Maley's writing style really resonates with me. I think I've read most of her books. My favourite by far, though, is "taking flight". I really enjoyed that book. And the characters were exactly what I needed them to be, as well as the general story.

This... Not so much. Character motivations seemed a bit... flimsy, at best, I guess. As well as the plot.

I guess what I'm saying is, I love maley's style, and I can go through her books pretty
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- tw homophobia (from mc’s parents)
- Siera maley has become an auto read author for me, I’ll read anything and everything by her bc I love so many of her works (taking flight, colourblind, dating sarah cooper, on the outside)
- That said .. when I read this synopsis .. I was not super excited just because I’m just not a huge fan of revenge-dating type plots
- If you liked the sound of the synopsis I doubt you’ll be disappointed, I think the romance, the story the pacing are all up to par wi
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable little lesbian romance with just enough angst to keep it interesting! I literally can never get enough of gays in high school falling in love, and since we don’t get lesbian movie rom-coms, I have to get those feels from somewhere! Devoured it in one sitting.

*I received an advance reader copy from the author
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8 Stars

Zoey Seever:
1st Person POV. Homophobic parents. Loyal. Good-hearted. Brunette. Stem. Attractive. Experienced. Age: 17

Chelsea McDaniel:
Lesbian heartbreaker. Old middle school friend of Zoey. Commitment-phobe. Brunette. Femme. Attractive. Age: 17

Fade-to-Black. First Love. Revenge.

High school. Fauxmance Revenge.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, sapphic
Alex, date me.
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so this is basically john tucker must die but lesbians and better??
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a lot excited and a little scared to read this because I’ve been real disappointed with lesfic lately but I didn’t need to worry. Siera Maley delivers! She’s one of my favorite lesfic authors and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for her new novel and I love it. The build up, the feelings, the characters. I can feel the emotions. I haven’t ever been disappointed with Siera Maley and her writing and I’m (im)patiently waiting for her next book.
My only “problem” with her books is that I wish t
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqiap
2.5 - I liked that this book used the plot that was prominent in a lot of 90s teen movies, where someone dates a person as part of a bet or a scheme, but then actually starts to fall for them… just making it with two girls instead of a straight couple. It’s always interesting to see how the other person finds out that their relationship started as a lie and if it can recover from that.

However, I felt pretty “meh” about this book overall. I did appreciate that the main character Zoey felt confli
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So let me start off by saying Siera Maley is one of my go to writers. I admit it, I really like her YA books. I have read pretty much everything she has done and given her 4 pluses on all of them I think. She is a go to for me and a re-read as well. BUT..not this one. I didn't really like this book. It started out good, and then just, blea. Don't get me wrong it is a worthwhile read but not up to her usual class. In fact I didn't really like the MC. And the end was not the outcome I would have w ...more
Giovanna Mandarino
This book has one of the most commom plots for teen romance but it's lesbian and i dare to say Siera Maley handled the ending better than any other straight movie ever did. Chelsea and Zoey are cute as hell and they have the amazing ability to TALK which most of YA books protagonists don't. I love all Siera Maley's books and this one is probably the best one so far... I loved it so much. ...more
Josalynne Balajadia
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book surprised me. It's based on a common teen movie plot, but with the classic lesbian romance "lets talk about the things" mixed in. So unassuming.

The author did a great job of subtly increasing the intensity throughout the novel. I am still reeling that one of the more exciting reads I have had in the last few months came from this YA romance.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and I'm so so glad with how it all turned to be because I was actually kinda scared that I would hate it !! Gladly the author did very well with the story and I also really appreciate how the characters would proudly say the word lesbian :( ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It has gay. What else do you need?
this swept me up within the first chapter and I literally finished it in one sitting. amazing.
Cindy Stein
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, lesfic-ya, 5-star
When Zoey's best friend is suddenly dumped by Chelsea on the night the two were supposed to go to the prom together, Zoey is enlisted to get Chelsea interested in her so she can dump Chelsea. Zoey reluctantly goes along with the plan because she's worried about losing her best friend, especially since she's getting no support from her religious parents who aren't happy about her being a lesbian. It turns out Zoey and Chelsea knew each other in middle school before they went off to different high ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read. Once in a while, I enjoy the kind of messy romance that blooms in a situation that always tethers on the brink of violently exploding, and eventually it does, but finds a good ending.

I also like it when characters do the wrong things for the right reasons.

The two leads, Zoey and Chelsea, were deep and well-written, in my opinion, and I was surprised what I could still learn about them, the longer the story went on. Not in a "the author made up new stuff about them
Story of a Book Reader
I knew if I ever wanted a real relationship I’d have to be myself, but I was scared if I did that I’d be a disappointment.

Zoey’s best friend, Skylar, gets dumped the day of prom. She doesn’t take it well. So she devises an evil plan, but she needs Zoey’s help in order to put it into action. They want to make the girl who broke Skylar’s heart pay. They want her to suffer the same way she did. In order for her plan to work, Zoey has to seduce her best friend’s ex, Chelsea.
But there are two mai
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
3.5 ⭐️

If there had been slightly less lying and deceiving and double-crossing, I’d have rated this higher. I just found it so stressful to read 😬

Also Skylar is a TERRIBLE friend and this should have been stated more.
Zarah Larsson
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. i liked this so much oh my god. enemies to lovers? bitch i was sold immediately. and the story was really good, the way chelsea and zoe reconnected and seeing them truly fall in love with each other was beautiful. this book also dealt with homophobic parents which was really hard to read, especially since im bi myself, i got really lucky with my dad thankfully but it could've easily gone badly too.. this book was really well written because it truly made you feel things while reading ...more
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Siera Maley was born and raised in the southern Bible Belt. After coming out as a lesbian as a teen, she relocated to a more suburban area and now lives with her girlfriend and very adorable dogs while she works on writing young adult lesbian fiction.

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