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21 Proms

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,359 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Prom. It's a near-universal high school experience. And here at least 21 of today's bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors riff on it.

Authors include: Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, Davi
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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May 10, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-books
Don't care much about prom but JOHN GREEN indeed.
What the fuck did I just read?

This was easily the worst anthology I've ever read. There's no credited editor, which I can only take to mean that none of these stories were edited beyond the authors reading them over. Because this was the most consistently awful anthology I've ever read. There were a few good ones, but not many. Here's the (quite painful) story-by-story review of this horrendous anthology.

Note: There were so many stories with detailed reviews that I couldn't fit them all in the r
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really underwhelmed. I gotta stop reading short stories anthologies I really don't like them.

You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance - Elizabeth Craft - 1/5 stars
The girl in this story hated EVERYTHING and was an absolutely rude and bitchy nightmare. Really hated her and since she was the entire plot, really not into it.
All She Wants - Cecily Von Ziegesar - 0/5 stars (yeah, it was THAT bad)
First of all, there was no prom in this. The girl was a rude brat and yeah not even relevant to this antho
First of all I though this would be like Let It Snow with all the stories eventually coming together. That wasnt the case but strangely I liked it even more. Not only was it fun to read so many different takes on prom it was nice to find new authors I liked. All the stories were different, both character and structure wise. It was strange to read so many different stories one after another but still refreshing. It was an easy and fast read. I wish I could read about some of the characters in a ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A variety of voices and styles.
Unfortunately, this is a DNF. I thought I was going to absolutely love this collection of stories because they're set on prom night which is one of my favourite events to read about, but they just seem dry. They don't possess much charisma or excitement and they're very lacking in substance. Of course, you can't expect massive character development or plot development during stories as short as these, but I think it's just far, far too lacking for me to even try and enjoy. There's just something ...more
Catherine ♡
It feels a little weird to read this as someone who already went to prom (with friends, had a BLAST, never bothered trying to find a date) and it got a little annoying how so many of the stories were about female main characters who weren't popular to get prom dates but were desperate to do so. Some of the stories went over my head, and some were downright unbearable and made no sense (See Primate the Prom about human-gorilla love, In Vodka Veritas in which drinks are spiked and the main charact ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it

You may be surprised by this but I never went to Prom. I know, right? I mean, seriously… WTF? And, like everyone said… I regret it. I mean, if I had gone to Prom then maybe Derek Ducharme would have noticed me in my Micro short version extremely popular Sweet Dreams dress. A gorgeous peau de sois satin gown featuring a breathtaking skirt with gather detailing. A boned bustier, which fits like a glove, forms a charming neckline and proposed to me right away. We would have married after college, h
Jennifer Wardrip
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21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that mana
This boom was okay! I would kinda recommend it if you are just looking for an "easy" fun read. The story's were not that funny and they are short and rushed.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual classification: 3.75/ 5 stars

This is a curious book, filled with short stories from 21 different authors, but there’s already something negative to say about this; there’s no connection between them. I thought I’d love this book, and somehow I kept wishing for it to be like Let it Snow, where the stories tangled. But aside from that…

Why I got this book? Well I read that John Green wrote a short story here, and as a loyal fan that has nearly every book that John Green wrote, I had t
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an adorable read. I personally, hated my HS prom. We were all assigned dates and we weren't allowed to do freestyle dancing. Our prom was more of a dinner event/program. So this book was a perfect way for me to absorb the various promenade experiences.

I loved almost all of the stories in this anthology, but I have 5 specific tales that are really memorable.

1. Better Be Good to Me
Think, the 80s Springfield song "Jesse's Girl". But this one actually has a happy ending.

2. Three Fates
Estance Moriarty
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-delightful
My favorite, by a large margin, was Jacqueline Woodston's short story, Geechee Girls Dancin', 1955.
I tried to find discussion, reviews & debates about it, thinking: "This is so great, I'm excited to have discussions & exchange thoughts about this with other people! "

... but all I manage to find was short comment by ignorant peopl this would be either saying they weren't able to understand it or going further than that claiming it was illegible, badly written or not interesting. My first
First of all, what the fuck. What the fuck did I just read? What was this. Honestly, what. What the hell. Who published it. Why.

Okay, let me get one thing straight - I will read anything with John Green's name on it. You slap his name on Fifty Shades of Grey and I'll read the fuck out of that book. I'm not saying I love all of his literary work (*cough*AnAbundanceOfKatherines*cough*) but I do love his writing style and... fuck, why am I defending myself, I just love him, okay? So when I found ou
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So I thought this book would have the same vibe as Geektastic... it didn't, there were very few of the stories that were actually enjoyable, most were just boring if not kinda pathetic...
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for a long review of why you shouldn't waste your time on this book from your typical pessimistic reviewer.

I'm sorry but I am completely disappointed with this book. Let's start off with giving each story (yes, there are 21 stories so prepare yourselves) a brief review and a rating, then an overall review.

And, duh, spoilers.

1) You are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance by Elizabeth Craft - 2 STARS
Friendly reminder: 2 stars is a high rating because trust me, some of the other stories make
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The basic premise behind 21 Proms being an anthology is that each person, at every prom, has a story, and this book tells a cross-section of those. As different as the people and their individual situations are, so are the entries herein. Whether it's the search for the perfect dress, just the right date, or the wish for the 1980s style perfect prom, 21 Proms covers it all--oftentimes accurately, occasionally stereotypically, and a couple of times strangely. Take, for example Holly Black's "In V ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance
by Elizabeth Craft
Ayla hates the prom.
-The ending was okay, but I hated reading about the girl who hates everything.

All She Wants
by Cecily von Ziegesar
Brooke, home with the chicken pox, wants to make her own prom.
-Kinda cute.

In Vodka Veritas
by Holly Black
The Latin Club wreaks havoc on the prom.
-Good and creepy.

Your Big Night
by Sarah Mlynowski
"Drew" wants to get back with (or at) her ex for prom. But her friends want a Winnebago party.
-It was okay
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a light-hearted collection of short stories based around the prom season look no further than 21 Proms. This novel features a variety of genres for those with differing tastes, from mysteries, to fantasy, to realistic contemporary fiction. The character personalities and backgrounds are extensive, which provides young adults with multiple opportunities to connect with the protagonists. Stories are told through the eyes of males and females, heterosexual and homosexual coupl ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This wasn't entirely what I expected (in a good way). There were plenty of stories of romance, first kisses, and questions of "am I ready for sex." But, there were also tales of Latin clubs turning proms into sex orgies via magic incantations, and other oddities. There was quite a lot of depth to a number of the stories, and the emotion was often palpable. The format of some of the stories were slightly weird, with at least two being divided into paragraphs or sections with numbers that didn't s ...more
Welp. I didn't expect much, anyway. 6/21, friends. Of all the 21 prom stories I can only positively claim to have liked around six of them.

Each story in a sentence:

You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance: With a whiny heroine I'm at a loss how she pulled off a prom night as nicely as she had. ★

All She Wants: I should've known from the title, but goddamn is this girl desperate. ★

In Vodka Veritas: I might have liked this story better if I read it stoned (which I don't think I'll dare to try). ★★

Rachel Buckley
I'm not gonna write a huge review for this, but I will say that some of these stories really knocked it out of the park (Ned Vizzini, David Levithan, John Green, and Billy Merrell were my favorites) while some...didn't (Sorry, Libba Bray).

This collection of stories was centered around the idea of prom. 21 authors writing about one topic doesn't really sound like it allows for much variety, but in this case it totally did. Not only were there stories in here, there were also plays, poems, and al
Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
Don't waste your time. I'm only sorry for the few authors that wrote good short stories (just about 4 out of TWENTY ONE) and had to be mixed with all this rubbish, and they are actually the reason why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
Charlotte Kelly
I was originally going to review each story individually, but I realised that I don't really have anything to say about most of them. Some I loved, some I really didn't like, but that just about constitutes most of my thoughts about this collection. I would recommend this as an introduction to 21 amazing YA authors, or maybe as something to read in-between full-length novels.
Marie the Librarian
A very cute and fluffy read! Full of fluffy prom novellas! Some were really good and others were okay! But mostly it was just fun and sweet :)
Some of these were really good but unfortunately more of these were ones that I either didn't like or didn't get the point of or just skimmed.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much! Definite 5 stars. I loved all the authors mini stories and read this at least 5 times! I really liked how John Green made a cameo as well. Would definitely recommend to year 9/10 and up.
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