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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.
This book helps people realize that taking part in something, you are able to really see the good in being involved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are so varied and well-developed, they come across as real people and not the idealized versions of characters that are so prevalent... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly Mills
It was pretty cool! Prom might have dragged at a few points, but well worth the read. I love the part about her little baby sister.Published 4 months ago by K. Kirk
This review is the only way I could review AMAZON PROM. Dress looks NOTHING like like what was pictured. Choose color as pictured. It should have been a lavender shade. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angela
great alternative to reading the book , for my teenage daughter class independent reading assignmentPublished 8 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 11 months ago by Larry Boodry