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21 Proms Paperback – March 1, 2007

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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–In a collaboration that brings together an impressive array of 21 authors, Levithan and Ehrenhaft have produced a collection worthy of exploration. Ranging from sad to funny to truly disastrous, these memorable stories mark that oh-so-important right of passage for many teenagers. Starting with dress-hating, heel-hating, bra-hating Emilie in Elizabeth Craft's You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance; moving on to Daniel Ehrenhaft's Better Be Good to Me, in which aging Zack remembers his prom and being in love with his best friend's girlfriend; and ending with rebel chicks Maggie and Carly, who throw the ultimate anti-prom party in John Green's The Great American Morp, readers are drawn into a wide cross section of prom nights from both male and female perspectives. A celebration of all that is good, bad, and sometimes unforgettable about these events, this fast-paced but carefully strung anthology speaks of pink dresses, tuxedos, first kisses, unrequited love, and the thrill of taking love to its ultimate climax. Clever writing featuring many unexpected twists and turns, as well as a stunning display of each writer's razor-sharp wit, makes this an enjoyable read. Older teens will flock to this book, which undoubtedly features some of the best teen fiction writers of our era.–Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library
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About the Author

DANIEL EHRENHAFT's books include 10 Things to Do Before I Die and Drawing a Blank. He went to one prom.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439890292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439890298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Dickens on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was rather disappointed with this collection. Most of the stories were either overly contrived, or simply boring. There are only three that really stand out as "good" in my mind, which are "Three Fates", "Mom Called, She Said You Have to Go to Prom", and "The Question." Unfortunately, they weren't enough to make up for the rest of the book. It may be worth finding at a library in order to read the previously mentioned pieces, but overall I'd suggest skipping this book.
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By LSS on June 26, 2012
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I really like how this book was filled with several smaller stories. The variety kept me interested (although there were a few that felt like they overlapped in content). I like how many managed to capture the excitement and fun of prom. There were some that tried to stretch the prompt and come up with other ways to tie in to the theme, and those were fun too, although I would have preferred all stories about the primary subject.
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This was a quick read compiled by lots of excellent authors. The teens seemed to fly through it and I'm sure the next bunch will too. Short stories by popular authors are making a comeback, allowing a quick indulgence in study hall or before or after homework. I hope to see moe of these with more great authors!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 8, 2007
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21 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 read more about. 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.
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By Dawn on February 15, 2015
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I went into this book with high hopes because it featured short stories from many authors I have enjoyed in the past. I found it a bit disappointing. None of the stories really stood out as memorable or exceptionally entertaining. Some were ok and others were just kind of a let down.
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