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Much Ado about Prom Night Paperback – June 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015200081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152000813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,405,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This sassy caper lives up to its eye-catching cover (see p. 106). As in McCants's debut, Anything Can Happen in High School (and it usually does), the action-narrated in peppy surfspeak-centers on a bevy of ultra-hip but clean-cut California high schoolers with a penchant for defending their right to free speech. Becca, the outspoken narrator, and Jeff, the editor of the school paper, hide their true feelings for each other behind a wall of bickering. But when the Peer Counseling Network (PCN) Becca has organized is attacked by conservative parents, the squabbling teens find themselves working in tandem. Becca defends the PCN at a raucous school board meeting, sorts out her feelings for Jeff and finds herself a dream date for the upcoming prom. The PCN is a particularly nifty narrative gimmick, allowing readers glimpses of difficulties facing a variety of characters. Even better, the advice that Becca and her PCN "buds" dish up is plain-spoken, wise and fresh (it even includes tips on using body language to gauge the interest of a potential beau). Underneath all the bubbly fun, pre-dawn surfing and romantic sparring lies an earnest message about teen empowerment. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up?Being involved in the Peer Counseling Network (PCN) at Luna Point High School, CA, gives Becca Singleton a great opportunity to help solve "vexing probs." Her surfing pal and best bud, Kayla, is in love with their other best friend, Zoner, also a peer counselor. Becca's boyfriend dumps her, and her younger brother is strangely uncommunicative and disobedient. Worst of all, Jeff Gardiner, the powerful school newspaper editor, constantly attacks PCN as a waste of time. As Becca and Jeff verbally spar over almost every issue, their romantic interest in one another grows. Then an angry school board accuses PCN of encouraging students to have sex on prom night and promoting the use of condoms instead of abstinence. Much Ado About Prom Night is jammed full of contemporary social issues, including free speech and teen sex and romance, revolving around the anxieties of not having a date for the big dance. McCants writes with a comfortable intimacy about the teen psyche and cleverly incorporates contemporary speech and popular culture into this highly enjoyable novel. YAs will identify with the angst and frustrations of high school life, and the joys and the embarrassments of Becca and her friends. And the ebb and flow of this book's natural tide of emotions will have the audience riding a wave of satisfaction through to the end.?Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Normally I don't send in a review, but this book was so good I just had to! I read this book in 2 hours! I couldn't put it down! It talks about real-life problems and is funny too! After I read it I gave it to my friends to read and the loved it too! This is the best book I have ever read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By athenafire@hotmail.com on March 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The total best romance book i've read lately. It totally rocks! Is up to date and very cool.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
Wow! This is one of the best young adult books I've ever read. It talks about all of the questions that teenagers may have on their minds these days. And it has some great jokes in it that'll make you laugh even when the subject isn't all that funny. I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down. So good in fact that I read it in less than one day. This is a book that every teen should read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "greengoldfairy" on November 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
It took me a while to finally check this book out of the library, and, yes, I admit it. The reason for all of that time elapsing was mainly the title and the cover. I usually try not to break the age old "never judge a book by its cover" rule, but every now and then I slip up. This time, however, I was able to recover my balance before I fell completely.
MUCH ADO ABOUT PROM NIGHT is a very witty rendition of Shakespeare's classic play "Much Ado About Nothing." McCant's story, however, takes place in a Southern California high school during the weeks preceeding the school's highly anticipated Junior Prom. The protagonist, Becky is a counselor for the school's somewhat controversial Peer Counseling Network (PCN). and many of the best parts of the book are from when she's helping her "patients" through the agonies of pre-prom stress. Her friendly adversary is the liberal-minded Jeff, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Their verbal sparring was another of my favorite parts of this book as I've always apprecited intelligent arguments.
Overall, this is quite an enjoyable book. It's not great literature, that's for sure, and the story seems to run out of steam towards the very end, and some of the characters seem a little flat, but I still enjoyed it. Good reading for the beach or something like that.
Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dsnyfan361@Aol.com on January 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book for teens and parents alike. This book will remind parents of our own carefree youth when we endured the trials and tribulations of being accepted by our own peer group. We can tell our kids we know what they are going through and mean it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was a pretty unique book that was good because some of the charcters were so differant.
Rebecca is the main charcter who runs a peer counseling program at her school. She has just been dumped by her boyfriend and no longer has a date to the prom.
Roger is her younger brother who lives in her shadow and lives for getting in trouble.
Kayla and Zoner are her two best friends who are starting to develop feelings for each other.
Jeff is the handsome editor of the school nespaper who is obsessed with trying to get Peer Counsling Network closed. Maybe to hide his feelings towards Rebecca??
Eddie is a rich, arrogant guy who placed Rebecca in the number 10 spot for most desirable prom dates. He also has a weird fixation on her chest. (Which judging by his comments and the book cover must be huge) He says such things as "Did you wash your hair this morning? It looks kind of flat...unlike the rest of you." and "...you'll be entering the company of a guy who has only the highest esteem for your many breasttaking qualities."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was a pretty unique book that was good because some of the charcters were so differant.
Rebecca is the main charcter who runs a peer counseling program at her school. She has just been dumped by her boyfriend and no longer has a date to the prom.
Roger is her younger brother who lives in her shadow and lives for getting in trouble.
Kayla and Zoner are her two best friends who are starting to develop feelings for each other.
Jeff is the handsome editor of the school nespaper who is obsessed with trying to get Peer Counsling Network closed. Maybe to hide his feelings towards Rebecca??
Eddie is a rich, arrogant guy who placed Rebecca in the number 10 spot for most desirable prom dates. He also has a weird fixation on her chest. (Which judging by his comments and the book cover must be huge) He says such things as "Did you wash your hair this morning? It looks kind of flat...unlike the rest of you." and "...you'll be entering the company of a guy who has only the highest esteem for your many breasttaking qualities."
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