Cameron didn t want his prom to be this way He just wanted to go with Shane, his boyfriend, and be able to dance with him and whatever else people do on their prom nights.But Shane came up with a plan for their prom night, since no one else, besides Jane, Shane s best friend, knew they were gay They would go with dates, but stick together Shane goes with Jane, and Cameron goes with Jane s friend, Virginia.Cameron didn t know that his prom night would lead to breaking up with his boyfriend, bu Cameron didn t want his prom to be this way He just wanted to go with Shane, his boyfriend, and be able to dance with him and whatever else people do on their prom nights.But Shane came up with a plan for their prom night, since no one else, besides Jane, Shane s best friend, knew they were gay They would go with dates, but stick together Shane goes with Jane, and Cameron goes with Jane s friend, Virginia.Cameron didn t know that his prom night would lead to breaking up with his boyfriend, burning his dates hair, and being chased by the police, just to name a fewA Really Nice Prom Mess was a really good book Brian Sloan made parts really funny, so you were sitting and laughing your head off, and others serious You feel like you are right there, sitting and watching the action happen If you like reading books about the prom, I would definitely recommend this book It s not the normal they went to prom, they danced, they went to the after party kind of book Far from it, actually It s very unique, which I like This book is a total, improbably rollicking blast She s drunk, she s loud, she s Virginia the book also takes place in the DC suburbs, with lots of locations that we will recognize.Not literary, but loads of fun. This book suffered from the same pitfalls that are found pretty much across the board in young adult books, namely pretentious writing and cliched characterization It was occasionally funny but not enough to make up for all the jokes that didn t work, and its attempts to make any emotional impact fell decidedly flat The only two interesting characters Jane Virginia were just support characters so they didn t get much screen time, just popped in and out whenever it was their turn to move th This book suffered from the same pitfalls that are found pretty much across the board in young adult books, namely pretentious writing and cliched characterization It was occasionally funny but not enough to make up for all the jokes that didn t work, and its attempts to make any emotional impact fell decidedly flat The only two interesting characters Jane Virginia were just support characters so they didn t get much screen time, just popped in and out whenever it was their turn to move the plot forward I use the term screen time because this author is actually a screenwriter rather than a novelist, and you can definitely tell This is his first novel, and it s not bad , but it is markedly amateurish and runs about 100 pages too long for this kind of story But considering its sparsely populated genre, which is young adult LGBT fiction, you could definitely do worse It s a hilariously funny read I love the main character s voice He s a snarky little bitch queen and that saves the whole book, not that the plot needs saving One just can t go at this book in a way expecting it to be realistic The amount of pure coincidences in it is what makes it so hilarious, along with the gritty dialogue, the nice writing style and the characterization.And when there s angst, it sure hits the solar plexus And the heart, obviously Because this book has lots of heart. Well, in summary, your fake date s in the bathroom with a hangover and a crispy hairdo, while my fake date is out wandering the Willard, searching for his heterosexuality or somethingHigh school senior Cameron Hayes gets coerced into going to the prom with a girl, even though he d rather be with his boyfriend The evening goes from bad to worse when his fake date gets sloshed, his boyfriend slugs him when he sees Cam kissing his fake date, and Cam flees the prom in disguise with a drug dealer Then things really spin out of control Over the course of one harrowing and hysterical night, Cameron s life comes undone, leading to accidental revelations, criminal adventures, and an unlikely romanceBrian Sloan s madcap romp is a hilarious take on a teenage rite of passage with a decided twist Brian Sloan is hilariousunfortunately, he s only written two books, this on being the better of the two. 2.5 5 stars official Man I m so glad we live in 2017 now where at least our GLBT LGBTQ fiction doesn t have to be mutually inclusive with slut shaming body shaming alcoholic shaming reinforcing stereotypes that gay men are into underaged teens or gay underaged teens are into older men and standing up for abusive partners although it does turn around at the end, almost if not on the 11th hour Reading YA fiction, regardless of its LGBT or diversity status, from the twilight of the 2.5 5 stars official Man I m so glad we live in 2017 now where at least our GLBT LGBTQ fiction doesn t have to be mutually inclusive with slut shaming body shaming alcoholic shaming reinforcing stereotypes that gay men are into underaged teens or gay underaged teens are into older men and standing up for abusive partners although it does turn around at the end, almost if not on the 11th hour Reading YA fiction, regardless of its LGBT or diversity status, from the twilight of the Bush years can often be problematic today and it shows in spades in A Really Nice Prom Mess And there s certainly tons and tons of great YA from that era my read shelf is full of literally hundreds of examples but many books from that era like this one shows that we ve certainly gone a long ways since Now that we have excellent writers like David Levithan, John Green yes really , Rainbow Rowell yes really Matthew Quick and counting and writers and society in general are hopefullyaware of issues, and how certain behaviors of characters can often come to odds with a book s message In fact I m not entirely convinced the author actually identifies on the LGBTQ spectrum.I d give it 2.5 stars and this is why I hate 5 star rating systems and I wish Goodreads would just go to six stars already but because it does feature some LGBT positivity probably honestly not as much as the writer first thought and it does have a message against abusive partners, I ll be generous and round up on the Goodreads scale instead of down.But make no mistake, as far as I m concerned the official score is 2.5 5 Meh was my overall feeling I m a big fan of any book with LGBTQ themes but this just felt a bit amateurish I liked some of the characters even though there were also characters that were massive cliches, but I just found the writing annoying and I couldn t really get into the story I wish I liked it. This book has been sitting on my shelf for about a year I had bought it while I was in San Fran on business, but then I didn t get to it while out of town, and it just didn t pull me in when I got back Sometime during the last couple weeks, I came across a blog entry that actually made the book sound interesting, so I tried it again.Initially, I wasn t digging the book The action was rather blah and I wasn t overly fond of the protagonist s voice either Fortunately, that all changed when Cam This book has been sitting on my shelf for about a year I had bought it while I was in San Fran on business, but then I didn t get to it while out of town, and it just didn t pull me in when I got back Sometime during the last couple weeks, I came across a blog entry that actually made the book sound interesting, so I tried it again.Initially, I wasn t digging the book The action was rather blah and I wasn t overly fond of the protagonist s voice either Fortunately, that all changed when Cameron left the prom with the bisexual Russian pot dealer Suddenly there was something interesting happening And suddenly Cameron s voice wasn t quite so irritating and whiny Now he had something to whine about.Still, in the end, the book isn t grand literature It s probably on a par with most Rick Sanchez novels, primarily due to the overly melodramatic nature of the writing The supporting characters areinteresting than most The events of the evening seem a bit implausible, but it is a prom night, so I m willing to cut a little bit of slack there.Interestingly, I think part of my lack of enthusiasm for this novel is that the author isn t a novelist Well, except that I guess he does have a second novel out now Last night, we watched WTC View, which is also written by Sloan Again, this has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time But we didn t have anything to watch on the DVR since we have to wait for a friend to come over before we can watch the next episode of Brothers Sisters I pulled out this movie because it stars Michael Urie, whom I find absolutely adorable and whom I m having significant withdrawals from while waiting for Ugly Betty to kick back in.Anyway WTC View is about Eric, who is trying to rent out a room in his apartment He puts the ad up on 10 September 2001 and then, well, life changes So you get this mix of stories as other guys come to check out the apartment They talk about their experiences with Eric, and you learn about the trauma he s going through Originally, this was written as a play, which I think I would have enjoyedThough I thought the themes of connection and trauma and change were well done Review from 2006 Alrighty I had to read this book for the GSA teenage group that talks with college kids who ve read the same book group thing.The set up is that a gay boy is going to prom with a girl he doesn t want to go with, but his boyfriend thinks it d be cool because it s the only way they can kind of go to prom together by both going with girls and then both couples hanging out Tons of things go wrong through out the whole night it s a bit unrealistic, but fun unrealistic, all the thing Review from 2006 Alrighty I had to read this book for the GSA teenage group that talks with college kids who ve read the same book group thing.The set up is that a gay boy is going to prom with a girl he doesn t want to go with, but his boyfriend thinks it d be cool because it s the only way they can kind of go to prom together by both going with girls and then both couples hanging out Tons of things go wrong through out the whole night it s a bit unrealistic, but fun unrealistic, all the things that happen to him that night.It took me a little while to get into it, then the middle chunk was a lot of fun and really kept me reading, and then after the middle chunk everything really died down and didn t really get exciting again The climax was at the middle of the book, and though the ending is what should maybe happen, It s not really what I wanted to happen, and it didn t interest me much By the end it just seemed like this is the good and safe way things should happen Or something A lot of it was cute, and I had fun with all the modern day references that I totally got, but will totally date the book But all in all, it wasn t anything too special Felt kind of like a teenage flick, except it didn t even have the same satisfactory ending that teen flicks usually have.3 stars, nothing special, nothing that bad either