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The Anti-Prom

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,807 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. B
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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Princess Bookie
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: Prom? Kissing? Betrayal? Friends? Check!!! We are introduced to 3 individual girls who could not be more different if they tried. First, there is Bliss who is popular, queen bee, has the perfect boyfriend (or so she thought) and is the girl who would most likely be prom queen. Next there is Jolene. Jolene seems like a rebel, she gets into trouble, she steps out against the norm. Last there is Meg. Meg is quiet, independent, nerdy, and the girl you'd want to help you with your homewo ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wanted to enjoy this book, but from the first chapter, I knew it would be a cheesy read. Cheese squelched out of all of the pages, coating almost every word. The story also sounded familiar. It was just like John Tucker Must Die, but on prom night...and not as funny. The ending was rather cute, but, sadly, it did not make up for the rest of the book.

Although there were some bad bad things about this novel, there were also a few good things. The author created three extremely distinct character
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: liked-it, chick-lit
3.5 Stars

This book was pretty cool. I really enjoy reading/watching stuff about proms, queen bees, outcasts, boyfriends etc because we don't have that kind of awesome high school in my country.
The characters here were likable, the three girls who belong to entirely different cliques come together for one night to achieve their mission.
Later the story grows and the chain of events brings all of them closer to each other. The story was well-paced, events well thought out with a good back story to
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
The Anti-Prom

AUTHOR: Abby McDonald
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
FORM: Audiobook

SYNOPSIS: Three girls who would be voted “Least Likely to Hang Out – EVER,” find themselves stuck together when what is suppose to be the best, most fun day of their entire High School career falls apart. Bliss has just caught one of her best friends, Katelyn, in a rather precarious position with her boyfriend in the back of their limo. Jocelyn, the school outcast, trouble maker, “tough girl” was suppose to meet her (
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The Anti-Prom was the perfect lazy-summer-day read. It was silly, light, funny in the right places and was narrated by characters that were actually likable.
The story grabbed me from the first few sentences where Bliss (yes, and unfortunate naming decision on McDonald's part) catches her boyfriend and best friend going at it during the prom. She quickly decides to seek revenge on the best friend and recruits resident bad girl Jolene to show her how it's done. Unfortunately, Jolene herself is
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, library
Anti-Prom was a book I thought would just be a light read. I loved that it was told from each of the three very different girls' perspectives. From each of their POVs, I got a clear picture of what made each of them the way they were. As they were such an unlikely trio to ever become friends and help one another out, I loved understanding what was fueling their decisions.

My favorite character was probably Jolene, though I felt pretty fond of Meg by the end of the book. Jolene had so many walls
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Under usual circumstances this is a book I would have put down after reading the first couple of chapters, but circumstances were not normal. This was the only audio book I had with me at work and I had a mundane task to complete so I just kept listening. By the time work was done I was nearly half way through the book and then kept listening because I wanted to know how everything turned out.

The first half of the book was just ok, it was entertaining but I really didn't care about the character
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I went into this book with a mindset that I most likely wasn't going to like it. I'd gotten it as a gift in September for my birthday and it has been staring at me from the shelf ever since.
For starters the plot just didn't sound very believable, and the three main characters seemed to be three different extremes. Not to mention the fact that it is extremely unlikely that the three of them would actually work together toward common goals. But... I was wrong. Abby McDonald did a great job in mak
Once again, I read this to see if it was a book I could recommend to the students I work with; it's meant more for 15+ young adults, IMO. Even so, it was an enjoyable read, putting three unlikely girls together for a night of mad-capped - and I mean mad-capped - adventures.

Bliss was the rich, popular girl who sees first hand her BFF making it with her boyfriend at the prom. She gets a wild idea to get back at them and gets Jolene, the "bad girl" to help her. On the way, they talk Meg, the invis
Janna Marie
The Anti-Prom is EXCITING & FUNNY.

These three girls are pretty funny when you get them all together. Not to mention, they have a lot to learn from each other. This is your average coming of age story, times three!

Bliss, a popular girl, learns that there are more important things than cool friends and fashion. Jolene, the bad girl, learns to let go of her past and embrace those who truly care about her. Meg, the dork, finally comes out of her shell and becomes more confident in herself.

The story
Paige Spell
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book does a great job of relating to the issues and conflicts of a teenage girl in high school. The most significant event to every teenage girl is prom and no matter how hard you try you there still seems to be drama and something still seems to go wrong. For Bliss, her perfectly planned night gets ruined when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. For Jolene, it is the fact that she is actually at prom while she believes her date stood her up. And for Meg, it is t ...more
Definitely enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Gack. Is there such a thing as negative stars?
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anti-Prom is a really appropriate book for young adults. The book is actually about 3 girls running around the states trying to do many illegal things having a tragedy ending.
Katie G
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book was unrealistic, cheesy, and predictable, and yet I also highly enjoyed it.

I like when characters who think they have nothing in common end up realizing there's more to the others than they expected. Bliss is the typical popular girl; Jolene is the typical bad girl; Meg is the typical loner girl. They end up spending an evening together trying to get revenge on Bliss's boyfriend and best friend, whom she caught hooking up on prom night.

I mostly liked reading about Meg. As th
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know what it was about this book.
Some thing about it made me keep reading, I think it was the character's but you can never be sure.
I didn't love anything specifically about the book, it was just the entire book, almost as if everything about it was good.
But this book isn't like the other's I've read this year, it didn't make me look at things differently, it didn't nag me when I stopped reading it. It was a good book, yes. But it wasn't one of those books.
It was the kind of book you
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, read2021, ya
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This started out as a revenge plot and ended with a new and wonderful friendship. Each of these young women were letting other people's thoughts and actions define them, and one night of wild adventures helped them see that they were more than and wanted to be more than what other people thought they could be. Fun and cute!

Amanda Bishop
Yet another from the vault of my old reading days. I’ve read this so many times I practically have the thing memorized, and yet it’s still one of those old familiars (AKA guilty pleasures) that I have absolutely zero willpower to resist. Sometimes I’ll pull it off the shelf from my local library, just to relive the teenage angst and drama that always reminds me how glad I am I didn’t go to prom. But it also has a sweet ending, and I’d say some valuable lessons are learned. A solid, quick read.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Read my full review on the Shannon A. Jade Books blog!

My 'The Anti-Prom' Top 3:
- Lots of drama!
- Fast-paced and fun
- Unlikely friendships
Kerri Jones
I thought the story line was weak and the girls weren’t believable. The writing style wasn’t great either but I gave it 100 pages before completely giving up on it.
Grace Gardner
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a little slow and boring but has a few good parts that somehow make it worth it.
Miss Jith
Lovely story about friendship
While the content is young adult, the writing is more tween than teen. So take that as you will. It'd probably make a good Netflix film with the right treatment. ...more
Kate Peterson
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just okay, not much of a storyline.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Ok, I love me a good Prom story. I have no idea why as I did not attend any of my school's proms. I was very content with just going to the parties with friends after. However, I love a fun prom YA story and that is what this book is. Just plain fun! And even better, the cover actually matches what the characters are wearing!

Synopsis: Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/31/12:

Prom is one of those rights of passage that many girls dream about from the first moment they step into a high school hallway. Visions of a fairy tale evening complete with Prince Charming in a tux, a gorgeous dress, and romantic interludes paints itself in the female mind. Everyone wants that one perfect high school memory and for some - prom is it. Abby McDonald has written a fun story for all those people out there
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It’s the night every high school girl dreams of, her junior-senior prom. For Bliss, Jolene and Meg this is a night they’ll never forget, but not entirely for the reasons you’d assume. Bliss the popular girl, Jolene the dangerous one, and Meg the quiet girl no one seems to know all team up to get revenge and make it a prom like no other. As they take a detour out of prom to avenge those that have crossed their paths they begin to realize prom may have not been the only thing they were looking for ...more
This review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

The Anti-Prom is the first novel by Abby McDonald that I've read and I will admit that it was surprisingly fun! I was expecting a light read surrounding the adventures of three girls boycotting the prom. Instead, what I got was a novel that touched on subjects that some teenagers experience nowadays in high school. McDonald's novel also acts as a reminder that we shouldn't be so quick to judge others, and sometimes we should give more credit
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, What a lady! What a night! ~♫

I had forgotten how much I love Abby McDonald's writing style, how much she makes you feel the pain and happiness her characters go through in very true to life settings. Turn the tables on them and find the comedy in dreading situations.

It's very difficult to find her books in Argentina and even then only just a few are imported. I was only able to (finally!) read "Getting Over Garrett Delaney " last year. After two years of looking everywhere for a printed vers
Jen  Bigheart
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
4 stars

Bliss, Jolene, and Meg aren't exactly BFFs. In fact, they don't know anything about each other at all. Well, maybe a few things, but those are mostly rumors. It's prom night and for Bliss, the social event of the year! Everything is going according to plan until Bliss stumbles upon her boyfriend making out with her so-called best friend Kaitlin in the back of a limo. Making out is putting it mildly. The two are going at it like it's the end of the world! Bliss is devasted, but quickly see
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