Synopses & Reviews
Chloe Thomas is going to the prom. Of course, she doesn't have a date, she needs a dress, and she's the last person anyone expects to see there. But her two oldest friends asked her to go, and she said yes. Right away things start to fall apart. Laura and Jace are too busy with their own preparations to help Chloe, her "real" friends think she's insane, and her parents are so excited that she can't even be in the same room with them. Why on earth did she agree to do this?
With drama, humor, and a touch of prom magic, Blake Nelson delivers a story as memorable as prom itself.
"Pre-prom dilemmas have never been so amusing as in Nelson's (Gender Blender, reviewed above) lively novel featuring three main characters with contrasting personalities. The excitement begins in the spring of junior year when romantic-minded Laura decides it might be fun to triple date to prom with two of her oldest friends even though they have drifted apart and joined different cliques in high school. While simple in theory, Laura's plan leads to some predictable complications like trying to find a date for artsy Chloe, who is more interested in Sylvia Plath than in boys, and trying to get tomboy Jace to screw up enough courage to ask out newcomer Paul, a good-looking tennis champ. Meanwhile, Laura's own boyfriend isn't so keen on the whole idea of going to the dance with Chloe and Jace, and would rather spend prom evening hanging out with his pals. Told in third-person narrative from the alternate points of view of the three girls, the book contains several priceless moments (such as when Jace discovers her date suffers from a mental illness) and witty confrontations between characters (e.g., when Chloe blurts out to her blind date that she's written 31 poems about him). As might be expected, prom night is filled with crises, but creative resolutions make for a gratifying all's-well-that-ends-well conclusion. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[D]eals with mature issues like drinking, sex, and relationships." Children's Literature
"Yes, it's a who-will-date-whom story, but with laughter and surprising depth. The target audience of young girls should find it plenty of fun." Kirkus Reviews
"This is a fun read with decently drawn characters, some serious issues, a fair amount of teenage drinking, and a satisfying ending. Most high school girls will be able to identify with at least one of the main characters." School Library Journal
"Because of some mature content, reserve this for readers who are actually approaching the age for prom." Booklist
About the Author
Blake Nelson lives in New York City.