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Gr 9 Up—Shannon Depola knows she is at the bottom of her high school's social hierarchy-a fact that is confirmed with a class survey that places her as one of the top three girls voted least likely to be prom queen. So starts the reality-show train wreck that is The Prom Queen Wannabees. Shannon and two other outcasts are selected to star in a hidden-camera reality show sponsored by a popular fashion and cosmetics company that promises social royalty and "One! Million! Dollars!" to the girl who climbs the social ladder to become Westfield High's prom queen. Shannon and her costars quickly learn that even that hefty prize is not worth selling the ugliness promoted by the beauty business and losing best friends and a chance at true love. Is it too late for the made-over Shannon to set aside everything she learned at Prom Queen Camp and recover her true identity and friendships? Like any successful reality show, The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High is a guilty pleasure. Such is Crompton's take on high school, commercialism, and America's obsession with reality television. The novel's themes are reminiscent of Libba Bray's Beauty Queens (Scholastic, 2011), and though the plot seems a little forced at times, and an all-out brawl at the end is over-the-top, the book makes for an entertaining read. Strong language makes this title appropriate for older teens. Although not an essential purchase, the book will circulate and be popular with chick-lit fans.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY


"[A] fun premise...leads to some newfound insights and a live prom full of over-the-top mayhem." - Publishers Weekly

"Laurie Boyle Crompton creates a story that is relatable to any reader. With the theme of being true to yourself and not letting popularity get the best of you, we totally heart everything about this book. There are surprising secrets and hilarious moments that you surely won't want to miss." - Girl's Life

"If you're looking for a fun book to crack open, try this hilarious read." -

" Crompton perfectly captures the appeal of reality television... Fantastically fun, this is also
about truth and a sizzling indictment of reality TV." - Booklist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402273460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402273469
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of, BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks/2013, 2014) and ADRENALINE CRUSH (FSG/2014, Square Fish/2016), as well as the upcoming GRAFFITI LIONS (Sourcebooks/2017). Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John's University with a BA in English and minor in Journalism. Since then, she's written for national magazines like ALLURE, survived a teaching stint at an all-boys high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, a 'toy expert' is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

She and her husband spent six months in England, hiking all over the Cotswolds and learning to properly guzzle hot tea. She lives near NYC, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. You can visit her at or check out her anti-eating-disorder artwork at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Bumble Girl on February 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you love drama, drama and more drama, comedy and a side of reality thrown at you, then this is definitely your kind of read! Ms. Crompton has a gift for creating realistic and likeable characters...

Our main character Shannon is not having the best of high school experiences - especially with a nickname like 'Elf Ucker'. She does her best to keep herself under the radar and out of the spotlight from the 'mean girls'... until her worst fears become a reality: she is voted most UNLIKELY to become prom queen. She knew things were bad, but not that bad. So when a very popular cosmetics company approaches her, and the other 2 girls most unlikely to become prom queens, to star on a reality show much like America's Next Top Model - how can she say no! How can anybody say no to a makeover, expensive clothes, new car, life coaches and the chance to win a million dollars?? It will give her the opportunity to finally become and have what she's always thought she wanted.
Will her dreams come true?
Will she win the boy of her dreams?
Will she become the prom queen?
Or, will reality become, for lack of a better word, reality!

Shannon and what the other girls go through are exactly what we've seen on reality tv with over-the-top dramatization, back-stabbing and lots of boo-hooing; but, we also get to see the other side to what these girls actually go through - the emotional breakdowns and breakthroughs, the manipulation of what the producers want you to see versus what actually happened, how these girls grow and mature for the worse and then the better and so much more. Such a page turner!

A very fun, quirky, quick read for the younger YA audience!
Definitely a book to dive into - thought provoking with good laugh out loud moments!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joli on February 7, 2014
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Rating 4.5/5
As a fan of reality TV and competition shows and a fan of Laurie's debut novel, Blaze, I knew that her new book was going to be one fun ride. I expected many laughs while reading The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High and that is exactly what I got. Laurie had me hooked from the very beginning, when Shannon unwittingly and naively agrees to participate in the hidden-camera reality TV show.

In The Real Prom Queens, Laurie takes bits and pieces of reality shows to create this outlandish reality show: The Prom Queen Wannabes! As I continued to read, it was one laughable disaster after another and build-up after build-up knowing that it wasn't going to end well. But for every moment that is meant to make the reader laugh, we also get to find out about the behind the scenes manipulations that all but destroy the participants of the reality show competition.

The wannabe characters Shannon, Amy, and Kelly were fun to read. They weren't so different from everyone that you would want to be friends with. They just weren't high on the Prom Queen social ladder. What I really liked about their interactions was that there was a level of comraderie in their status. They were competition with each-other for the title of Prom Queen and the "One! Million! Dollar!" prize, but real friendships were built out of their common experience.

I loved the "supporting" cast/characters too. Josie, Shannon's popular younger sister, Marnie, the corporation and label-hating BFF, and the nerdy and cute, love interest, Rick, kept it interesting. Even the mean-girl competition, Grace, was run to read. She kept me guessing in how she was going to ruin Shannon next.

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High was very entertaining and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aurania on July 24, 2014
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Is competition based reality TV your secret shame?

Then you will love this book.

Do you hate the staged manipulation of reality TV and everything it stands for?

You may still love this book.

I know what you're thinking. You're seeing few reviews for this book, and they are all glowing. Must be fake, right? Nope. Well, surely the reviews must be skewed, right? Nope. This book is just that fun. I first learned of it when perusing Goodreads giveaways (Crompton has a new book coming in September, so she is promoting her former works to garner interest).

What this book isn’t: a literary work of art that will change the world.

What this book is: pure, unadulterated, outrageous, off-the-rails fun. To enjoy it, you have to be willing to suspend all disbelief and accept the initial premise, which basically involves a High School allowing itself to be bought off and condoning the outrageous events that ensue (like the classwide poll described below), because nothing in this book could really happen. You have to have a light attitude towards many of the topics that come up, else you’re going to have a bad time. You have to accept that a lot of the plot is predictable, else you’re going to have a bad time. If you just go with it, this book could just be the most fun you’ve had reading a book all year. It’s like reading the worst reality show in history. It’s ridiculous and awesome.
It’s like a Lifetime movie meets an 80s movie (of the John Hughes oeuvre) meets Jawbreaker and Mean Girls.

Meet Shannon. Shannon has never climbed high on the social ladder at school, but due to an unfortunate incident occurring during a dodge ball game, Shannon has been banished to no-man’s land.
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