Sometimes the night of your dreams can be a total nightmareThe prom It s supposed to be one of the best nights of your life Or, at least, you re supposed to have a good time But what if you d rather be going with your best friend s date than your own What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch What if your date turns out to be of a frog than a prince Or what if he s literally an ape There are ways you can fight it You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom also known as a morp You can throw a prom for fat girls You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you You can dance to your own musicHere,of the funniest, most imaginative writers today create their own kind of prom stories Some are triumphs Some are disasters But each one is a night you ll never forget


10 thoughts on “21 Proms

  1. Shannon Shannon says:

    Don t care much about prom but JOHN GREEN indeed.


  2. Mike Mike says:

    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 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 review due to GoodReads lenght limit I had to leave some out, but you can find them in the comments below.All She Wants by Cecily von Ziegesar 1 5What the fuck was this even doing here Prom never made an appearance, and it wasn t even mentioned I might ve forgiven this if the story was better, but it was actually pretty horrible The plot was pointless all I could get from it was Girl obsessed with Molly Ringwald seduces two boys and makes out with one of them while her parents are away No, really, that s all that happens And the writing wasn t any better It was written in third person, but in present tense The only real reason to use present tense is to really get inside a character s head, so that you can do internal monologues and the like With third person narration, what s the point The writing was also a bit bizarre in that it was done in a list format for no reason It didn t help Brooke s nonexistent characterization, and it never became a part of the plot, so it just sort of sat there as an annoying gimmick Oh, and speaking of Brooke our protagonist s characterization, all the characters were boring and undeveloped And finally, the message of the story made methan a bit uncomfortable both of the boys that Brooke seduces are used as objects in Brooke s bizarre and unexplained transformation Not once does Brooke consider how they might feel at being seduced for no reason at all It just sort of seemed disconnected from human emotions So, yeah This story sucked And you know what the sad thing is This isn t even one of the bottom three worst stories that the anthology features We ll get to those later.Your Big Night by Sarah Mlynowski 1 5This story was so bad I couldn t even finish it And in case you re wondering nope, this isn t in the bottom three, either The biggest problem was the plot, because it s essentially high school drama Who will I go to the prom with I have to go with insert name of hot guy here Why won t he go with me I m sure there s an audience for this kind of thing, but I find it mind numbingly boring I simply don t care about this high school drama it can be pulled off well as we ll see later , but it s rare Outside of the plot, things weren t much better The writing was in second person for some reason hence the title It served no purpose at all, and it got pretty annoying after a while I kept expecting it to say, If you want to go to the prom alone, go to page 5 If you want to ask hot guy again, go to page 9 The only reason I could think of to justify this was that Mlynowski wanted us to connect with the narrator , but it didn t work because a the narrator had no personality other than being irresistibly attracted to a particular guy and being whinny and b the narrator did stupid things that I would never do And about how the narrator was undeveloped She wasn t the only one There wasn t a single character in the story that felt like a real person And finally, the ending was incredibly predictable the reason I haven t given a plot summary is that if I did, you d know how it ends immediately I even checked in the back of the story after I abandoned it to see because I thought, There s no way anyone, even Mlynowski, would make it that obvious, but no, I was right the entire time So, for all those reasons and , this story was made of fail.And later it gets EVEN WORSE Stick around for the snark fest that will surely follow Off Like a Prom Dress by Billy Merrell 4 5This wasn t actually a short story it was a free verse poem And Merrel certainly makes good use of the poem format anywhere else, the lack of plot would ve felt off, but here, it worked perfectly It helped that what little plot we got was really interesting And it helped that the language used was really, really nice this had some of the best writing in the entire anthology The only real problem with it was that the breaks between lines were often random, a symptom of each line having the same number of syllables, meaning that the story was often choppy But nevertheless, this was a nice, memorable poem, and I quite enjoyed it.Better Be Good to Me by Daniel Ehrenhaft 1 5This story is nominally about a father describing his prom night to his daughter I say nominally because no father would ever, ever talk like that to his daughter there are tons of explicit references to sex, and the word asshole is usedthan once Plus, gay is used as an insult Beyond being unbelievable for a father to say to his daughter, using the word as an insult is completely unacceptable I find it hard to believe Ehrenhaft got away with this in an anthology with multiple openly gay authors It was probably when I came across this word that I skipped the rest of the story It didn t help that the plot was unentertaining it was really slow, and it was mostly high school drama See my above rant about Your Big Night My last hope for staying invested would ve been the characters, as that s the only thing that would ever make me even consider reading high school drama, but they were all one dimensional and boring And finally, the story tried desperately to be funny, and it failed epically most of the jokes were quite painful, and I didn t laugh once.The Question by Brent Hartinger 5 5This was my third favorite story in the anthology Or maybe it should be fourth favorite, since there were two stories tied for best Whatever Although I shouldn t say story , because like Off Like a Prom Dress, this isn t a story This entry is actually a short, one act play Also like Off Like a Prom Dress, it makes good use of its format I couldn t imagine this working as a short story It helps that the play was AWESOME I m not sure how to describe the romance without spoiling it for you, except to say that it was adorable The characters in the story are both well rendered, and their dialogue was quite well written I didn t enjoy Shadow Walkers, but I ve been told that was one of his worst books, and this play showed me how that might be true I might end up trying out something else of his.Geechee Girls Dancin , 1955 by Jacqueline Woodson 1 5Um what just happened It s hard to pick a single worst story in this anthology, but this was definitely a strong contender The entire thing was written in a dialect that I think is supposed to be how black people talked during the slave period so don t ask why the main action is set in 1955 , but it was extremely confusing and annoying to read Maybe this would ve been justified if it served the plot at all, but there wasn t really a plot for it to serve I couldn t even tell you what the story was about, other than that the main character seemed to be an attractive black girl whose ancestors were slaves Oh, and that character We get no development on her, no reason for her to connect to her at all Overall, this story stood in stark contrast to the other stories in the anthology, and it even made me wonder what it was doing here.How I Wrote to Toby by E Lockhart 5 5This is tied for my favorite story in the anthology, with another one that we ll get too later Right off the bat, the heroine was relatable and well rendered There were a few factors that contributed to this, but the biggest one was the fact that her brother Toby was in rehab This shows up in almost everything she does, and it really made her character, at least for me The side characters were equally well rendered, if not quite as riveting The plot was one that really pushed the narrator s strengths as a character to the forefront, along with Lockhart s ability to handle angst we get the impression that the narrator is mildly tortured, without her ever being whiny or annoying And the writing, which is completely believable for a teenage girl, is just the icing on the cake This anthology had its fair share of weakness, but this story makes it easier to forget.A Six Pace of Bud, a Fifth of Whisky, and Me by Melissa de la Cruz 3 5I d read a piece of de la Cruz s short fiction before, Shelter Island in 666 The Number of the Beast and I wasn t a huge fan, so I didn t have high hopes for this one That being said, this story was better than I expected, but still not particularly good Like Shelter Island, the writing was easily the best part But other than that well, that s a bit complicated You see, according to the about the authors section in the back of the book, this story was based on a real experience that de la Cruz actually had This makes it sort of difficult to rate the plot and characters the way I normally would ve But, after reading it, my opinion is that the story would ve been better if de la Cruz fictionalized it There wasn t much dialogue, which gave the story a surreal effect, and the narrator was unrelatable The plot was entertaining, which made this story a good choice if de la Cruz had to write about some real experience, but, like most fiction based on real experiences, it works better to fictionalize it.Primate the Prom by Libba Bray 1 5 Note This part of the review will be longer and snarkier than normal I tried to avoid it, but this story makes me fucking mad Oh, dear lord This one I wasn t a fan of Bray s short story from Geektastic, so I expected not to like this one, either I had no fucking clue Let me explain the premise to you Our narrator is apparently romantically attracted to primates At the insistence of his friend, he takes his primate boyfriend, Carter, to the prom with him His parents, particularly his dad, don t approve of the him dating Carter at all, and there are several references to Carter and the narrator not being out yet Basically, this was BESTIALITY AS A METAPHOR FOR HOMOSEXUALITY.No Fuck no That is not right Correct me if I m wrong, but bestiality normally comes from a MENTAL DISEASE It is NOT natural and healthy there are usually other mental problems associated with it Note the contrast to homosexuality, which is completely natural, and which has no other mental problems associated with it DO YOU SEE WHY I AM ANGRY AT BRAY FOR THIS I know think that her intentions were good, but it s still completely unacceptable to compare homosexuality to a disease It s offensive and wrong If you want to write something that shows you support gay people, then WRITE ABOUT SOME FRIGGIN GAY PEOPLE This is not the 70 s You will not get a shitload of controversy for it.So, other than that, this story was STILL an enormous disaster The writing was confusing, and ridden with the occasional typo Plus, the dialogue was atrocious Here s something that the narrator s mom says in one of the early pages It s about a yogurt place that also serves as a history museum Oh, I love their soft serve So good and historical, too Hahaha did ANYBODY EDIT THIS AT ALL And then there was the world that the characters lived in, that supported the goddamned metaphor It made no sense Here s what we know about it Apparently, being in love with chimps is common enough that people know about it off hand There seem to be a significant number of chimps walking around Carter goes to school, and the narrator met him in a CD shop Nevertheless, these chimps can t talk or if they can, we ve never seem them , so don t ask me how they go to school And even though they seem to be intelligent, the media is completely unaffected by this Curious George and King Kong still exist as normal So, yeah, none of this makes sense But who knows Maybe chimps going to school is a normal thing and I ve just never heard of it Anything s possible when the story is badly written And, other than that, the narrator was bland, and there was no plot three quarters of the story was the narrator giving us background about his parents finding out he loved chimps, and him meeting Carter This story didn t work for me on an enormous level the world made no sense, the writing was bad, and if I talk about the metaphor, I ll go on another rant.See Me by Lisa Ann Sandell 5 5This is another story that should ve been a full novel, but for completely different reasons The reason is that I want to readabout Katie, the protagonist I connected to her instantly, and she s one of the best protagonists I ve read in a long, long time Moreover, Sandell demonstrates her rare, almost nonexistent ability to write high school drama that I can actually stand This is something I ve never read before, and that I m likely to never read again, but this just proves that no matter how bad the genre, a good writer can always make it awesome The reason that I liked it other than Katie was probably that while the plot focused mainly on this drama, we also got to see other elements of Katie s life, however briefly The plot was alright on its own, but I can hardly discuss it without talking about how much Katie shines in it Coupled with the great writing, this is the story that s tied with How I Wrote to Toby for best I never would ve suspected it would be good based on the premise, but it surprised me in the best way possible.Prom for Fat Girls by Rachel Cohn 1 5Rachel Cohn is an author I m familiar with, and considering that my feelings about her have been mixed at best, this isn t a huge disappointment I honestly don t know what Cohn was going for here, but from what I can tell, she tried to write too much in too little pages, making it a muddled and confusing mess There were far too many characters, but not a single one was developed, and not a single one made me care about them at all This might ve been because there wasn t much of a plot, just brief descriptions of characters and their interactions with each other And then there was the writing It wasn t quite as bad as Very LeFreak, but it certainly wasn t good it was annoying and confusing on a consistent basis All this meant that nothing made sense, and nothing was at all entertaining.Chicken by Jodi Lynn Anderson 1 5Ugh This is another one of those stories that was so unbelievably awful, I had to think, what was the author thinking when she wrote this The worst part was the writing it was good for the first page or so, but then it became COLLASALLY STUPID I don t think I can accurately describe how bad it was, so YOU GET A QUOTESPAN She watched the Pagan moonfoloowing them to Bowie Maybe following her She was that full of bigness.On the dance floor, she and Newley began gently, their bodies slowly pulled together in stages like two things melting.and everyone laughed because she d written her essay in a witty way.He looked completely perpindicular.Elise froze There was the bigness of the guys No, really All of those are actual quotes from the story And the entire thing is written like that it s so goddamned stupid.And not much of the rest of the story was better The characters all felt like caricatures, for one thing And for another, this was a complete Random Events Plot The story would take a long time to describe, and I just used a lot of space with the quotespan, but just trust me that none of the events made sense or felt at all connected This was a strong contender for worst story here It was truly awful.Lost Sometimes by David Levithan 3 5This was a bit of a bizarre experience to read, if only because it was so radically different from Levithan s other work I m a big Levithan fan, both in terms of short fiction and full novels Levithan s work is normally sort of fun and light hearted, and that was present here, but it felt strained, like Levithan felt like it was obligatory It was also bizarre in that the characters sort of sucked I mean that in both the figurative and the literal sense The narrator was the only one we really got to know, and he was a gay stereotype, the kind you d think Levithan would want to avoid I m giving him a little leniency, since Levithan is gay himself, but it was still a little annoying Also, there was no plot It was almost entirely the narrator and his boyfriend doing it, which made for an off putting reading experience It had its positives the writing was good, and it was a nice exploration of the need for sex but it was so weird and bizarre that I couldn t really enjoy it Edit I read this story again when it appeared in How They Met and Other Stories, and my opinion on it changed a lot For , go here The Great American Morp by John Green 5 5This, on the other hand, captured exactly what made Green s short fiction awesome it was fun, light, and funny I honestly think I like his short fiction better than his full novels, Will Grayson Will Grayson notwithstanding First off, it was hilarious, in a way that only John Green ever is It also had great, developed characters that all felt like real people I instantly related to the narrator and her friends The plot mainly served to contribute to the lightness, which was fine anythingserious would ve felt off, especially considering how awkward the last story was And the writing was pretty good, too Overall, this is my second favorite story here It was awesome.So overall, sighs It s clear that this wasn t edited, at least by a professional There were a few good stories, but the stories that I hated were so intensely bad that I can t justify giving it anything above two stars.Standouts The Question, How I Wrote to Toby, See Me, The Great American MorpThe worst GOD, THERE ARE SO MANY HOW DO I CHOOSE Your Big Night, Better Be Good to Me, Three Fates, Geechee Girls Dancin , 1955, Primate the Prom, Prom for Fat Girls, Chicken, The Backup Date


  3. Mel Mel says:

    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 starsThe 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 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 starsThe 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 anthology Remind me never to read Gossip GirlIn Vodka Veritas Holly Black 2 5 starsNo The plot of this was a group of students and a TEACHER poison the entire school at prom in a cult circle and everyone at prom gets naked and has a mass orgy while they take pictures and use it for blackmail Not only is that so so so unrealistic and not even in the realm of could happen , it was absolutely ridiculous And it s illegal This made me really uncomfortable and just unhappy and I was like when will the reveal happen that it was just a dream but that didn t happen so yeah 2 stars only because it was so messed up I actually finished the story Your Big Night Sarah Mlynowski 1 5 stars Hated the story Hated the character She was just weak and whiny like who CARES And why was this written in second person Off Like a Prom Dress Billy Merrell 3 5 starsIt was a cute poem and a cute idea Not amazing but the best so far Mom Called, she says you have to go to prom Adrienne Maria Vrettos 5 5 stars My favourite story of the bunch God I LOVED this character I want an entire book of this In 15 pages you get an actual plot, a storyline, backgrounds and well developed characters She doesn t even care what people think of her and I love it and she s such a strong role model character I want a book of her.Better Be Good to Me Daniel Ehrenhaft 5 5 starsThis story is a dad telling his daughter about how he met his wife and lost his virginity at prom While I DOUBT a dad would ever tell his daughter this story, maybe a son, this was one of the best stories for me.Three Fates Aimee Friendman 4 5 starsThis started out so boring Honestly I wanted to read just to see who she went to prom with, but the twist had me CACKLING out loud it was hysterical and I absolutely LOVED the ending.Though, can we please talk about the fact that it s 2015 and im reading a story where the characters all use MySpace The Question A Play in One Act Brett Hartinger 1.5 5 starsI didn t really like this ambiguity of this I didn t like the whole i ll teach you storyline because I ve never met a guy who is willing to teach their guy friends how to dance and kiss.Shutter Will Leitch 2 5 starsI liked this, in theory, but I didn t really understand it.Geechee Girls Dancing Jacqueline WoodsonDidn t read I read one line and I hated the dialogue and writing How I Wrote to Today E Lockhart 1 5 starsToo much tragic backstory for 10 pages You don t need to add some sad tragic backstory into a short story about prom REALLY dumb.A Six pack of Bud, a Fifth of Whiskey, and Me Melissa de la CruzI didn t read much but I didn t like it I also don t like that her date puked on her and she was super happy to kiss his puke tasting mouth.Primate the Prom Libba Bray 1 5 starsTHIS WAS MESSED UP He is dating a real Gorilla, who is a guy This is meant to be a homosexual story but it s actually just kind of making fun of it and yeah I hated this.Apology 1 Ned Vizzini 1.5 5 starsI didn t like the character See Me Lisa Ann SandellProm for Fat Girls Rachel CohnChicken Jodi Lynn AndersonThe Backup Date Leslie MargolisDidn t read a single one of these I just didn t want to continue the book I only read the next stories because the authors of the anthology.Lost Sometimes David Levithan 2.5 5 starsThere was no plot It was a how many places my boyfriend and I had sex retelling and it was just gross and raunchy and no purpose and kind of disgusting in a sense because why would you have sex at prom like how disrespectful can you actually be The Great American Morp John Green 3 5 starsI liked the idea of a Morp I liked the idea But I really don t like JG s writing.Overall really not great 3 great stories but yeah I definitely wasted my time with this one


  4. Yoda Yoda says:

    First of all I though this would be likeLet It Snowwith all the stories eventually coming together That wasn t the case but strangely I liked it evenNot 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 First of all I though this would be likeLet It Snowwith all the stories eventually coming together That wasn t the case but strangely I liked it evenNot 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 longer story Here are some of my favoritesThe Great American Morpby John GreenThree Fatesby Aimee FriedmanThe Backup Dateby Leslie MargolisSee Meby Lisa Ann SandellYour Big Nightby Sarah MlynowskiBetter Be Good to Meby Daniel EhrenhaftHow I Wrote to Tobyby E LockhartLost Sometimesby David Levithan Since most of the stories are rather short, I can t really say much about them without spoiling all of it


  5. Shweta Shweta says:

    A variety of voices and styles.


  6. Becky Becky says:

    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 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 missing from these unfortunately I ll leave my bookmark in it and will pick it back up at some point, definitely, because I hate leaving books unread and there s something telling me that there might be a hidden gem or two that might make the whole thing worth it


  7. catherine ♡ catherine ♡ says:

    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 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 characters kiss everyone and there is some naked stuff happening, and Geechee Girls Dancin , 1955 which had such a whack writing style I don t even know what it was about Still, there were some I did enjoy Three Fates by Aimee Friedman probably my favorite in the anthology it was hilarious though I didn t care much for the ship The Backup Date by Leslie Margolis loved it for the reveal and the cliche, but honestly it was just okay The Great American Morp by John Green refreshing main character and plot


  8. Kim Kim says:

    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 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, he d be a business major and I d stay home selling Mary Kay We d make beautiful babies that would grow up to be bullies that would spit on the silly goth girls at pep rallies and we d laugh and laugh and laugh Ahhh If only Uh huh And exploding monkeys eating pie will fly out of butt.Why then why would I subject myself to a book of short stories all about proms Because these are some of the best damn writers in young adult right now A few weeks ago I finished Geektastic and wantedMORE I did falter a bit when I saw the topic Christ, PROM Who the fuck cares Seriously people treat this like a major life moment It s supposed to define you or your entire school self. this is when you can get back at Troy Smith for letting go of Tyler Ferguson s hand during Red Rover Red Rover causing you to fall flat on the cement playground knocking out your front top tooth in 2nd grade This is your moment to shine, buddy Well, Troy Smith is now gay and his BF is so freaking hot that you end up crying in the bathroom while Twissa the cheerleader that s berated you for the past 6 years is puking in the stall behind you, her Bo Derek braids she and every other slut that went on the senior trip to the Bahamas decided was the cool look clank against the toilet rim Yeah good times, good times 21 Proms is what it is Kids obsessed with Prom I wasn t impressed with most of the plot lines since I could care less about the event, but the writing and the characters well, I can accept the Under The Sea motifs for a bit These stories deal with all the teen angst that high school can bring and yet some. okay most are endearing Like the Libba Bray story Primate the PromFlash told me about this movement It s called Primate the Prom It started in Kansas, after what happened to William Lamb William Lamb was a band boy cute seventeen year old from some small town in Kansas He had a gorilla boyfriend named Johnny The two of them tried to make a statement by crashing their prom A mob of kids in tuxes and prom dresses beat them bloody and tied them to the flagpole They shaved Johnny of all his fur And William Lamb ended up with serious brain damage He won t date another ape He won t date at all Yes, slick and snarky But, fun all the same The John Green story about Morps backward proms I guess all the kids are doing it is wonderful, but John Green is wonderful as is Ned Vizzini and Will Leitch and Jacqueline Woodson and all the other writers in this anthology This quote from Chicken by Jodi Lynn Anderson sums it all upDo you ever feel like you re living in a circle, instead of a line Ben asked Like, you never change Elsie squinted at him, sleepy Like, I m me now, he went on, but I m also me on this big hike my dad and I took when I was ten, and I m also me the first day of school freshman year And I m me in the future It s like one of those wooden dolls With all those smaller dolls inside He blinked up at the sky Even when I m surprised by how things turn out, deep down I m never surprised, you know Because it s all already there, and none of it disappears Prom will always be Angst is forever Let them drink cheap punch and lose their virginity do they still do that on Prom Night Some day they will rule the world


  9. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com21 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 Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com21 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 manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three dimensional characters that I d love to readabout BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story Aimee Friedman s THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger s one act play that would be wonderful to see performed PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray s very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend who just happens to be a gorilla THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother s best friend.As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection The two that I loved the most, however, were these Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green s absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a morp, a party that is a backwards prom In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I d absolutely love to see again.I did notice one thing that is interesting, and I want to know why this is people seem muchlikely to write about two gay guys than two lesbians Quite a few of the stories had gay guys in them, but I can t think of any about two girls who wanted to go to prom together I don t know why In fact, I can only think of one book that I ve read where the main character is a lesbian KEEPING YOU A SECRET, by Julie Anne Peters.A good short story, one that has good characters or a hold your breath suspenseful plot or something, has to do it in just a few pages These were some of the best short stories I can ever remember reading


  10. Emily Emily says:

    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.