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The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
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Jul 24, 2011

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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 dealing with all sorts of craziness and might not be the most stable accomplice. Meg enters the story when she almost runs the other two girls over. She is apologetic where they see her as a chauffeur service.
The Anti-Prom basically takes you on a long journey of misadventure taking place over the course of a few hours. Think "watered down version of The Hangover - but for teen girls."
I liked how the chapters alternated p.o.v. between the three characters. It was nice to get to see inside all of their minds. And although this didn't always follow the most realistic plot line, that's what made it fun and indulgent.
This is an easy one to recommend to older high school girls. Unfortunately, although the cover and the story line are very appealing, the content is all that appropriate for that tween/middle school group.

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