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Ashley has enough problems in her life already, starting with the complexities of her crowded but loving working class family -- her extremely pregnant mother and her three exuberant and prom-crazy aunts, and her cab-driving father and three younger brothers, who think nothing of happily trashing the kitchen in a game of hot dog baseball. Then theres Mr. Gilroy, the evil vice principal of discipline, who has Ashley on endless detention, her awful job at EZ-CHEEZ-E, where she has trouble seeing the customers through the eyeholes of her rat costume, and her good-looking but lowlife boyfriend TJ, who wants her to join him in a future as depressing as the dank one-room apartment he has so proudly rented for them. Not to speak of Nats loony grandmother, who wears her red bathing cap even when shes not doing the backstroke in a wading pool, babbles at Ashley in Russian, and spits on the floor to show her disapproval.
But in the end its grandma with her skill at baking (pastries to bribe the custodians) and sewing (a magical prom dress) who saves both the prom and Ashleys belief in herself and her future in this delightful and heartfelt novel. --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
great alternative to reading the book , for my teenage daughter class independent reading assignmentPublished 2 months ago by Joann
First of all, ignore the negative reviews, this book is fantastic. As an aspiring author of YA fiction - and thus, an avid reader of it as well - I love Laurie Halse Anderson's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry Boodry
I love how it kind of like you are reading a dairy or something like that. I also like how it is about a normal kid, not a school queen or something. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book because it's funny, unexpected and true to life about high school (at least from my experience). It is LIGHT reading - this is not a sequel to Speak. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A mom
This book is by far the best book I've read in a long time!!
I Would definitely encourage others to read this!!
i love this book it has some strong language and talk of sex in it but other than that huge thumbs upPublished 15 months ago by Lia Hollenbeck
what a disappointment.
written by the same author as 'Speak', i was looking forward to a much deeper book than this superficial tromp through prom-land. Read more