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The Anti-Prom [Kindle Edition]

Abby McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, über-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.

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About the Author

Abby McDonald is the author of two other novels for young adults - Sophomore Switch and Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - as well as two adult novels. Born in England, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763649562
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V9FKPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll read it in one sitting March 16, 2011
The Anti-Prom is the most fun I've had in YA for quite some time. It's a night-in-the-life romp of three unlikely friends - popular Bliss, bad girl Jolene, and shy Meg - who team up to get sweet revenge on the people who've wronged them. Like McDonald's other books, particularly Sophomore Switch, it manages to upend its YA formula for a really sweet and touching story of friendship. Jolene is my favorite character, a total badass who's secretly a marshmallow with daddy issues. There's something to relate to for all readers. It's really refreshing to read a solid realistic YA that's not about creatures that go bump in the night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy Teen Read June 1, 2011
It's prom night for Bliss, the popular girl, Jolene the bad girl, and Meg the wallflower. All three of them have prom nights that take a turn for the worse and thrust them together in quite the adventure. There is rebellion, romance, and some growing up that takes place for all of them.
There is nothing life-shattering or dramatic that will make the reader be forced to stay up for hours on end reading what will happen next. With the three characters being so different, it makes it easy for a teen girl to relate to at least one of them. It has a bit of a Breakfast Club feel to it, which isn't always a bad thing. This is a good teen read for anyone looking for the happy ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 16, 2011
By Tina
I had been waiting forever to read this book as it was on my "list" for months and months. I simply love reading any YA book that centers, at least in part, on the prom - I guess it makes me relive my own prom experiences which were, UGH! quite a few years ago.

Anyway, this book actually has a very interesting "twist" quite early on in the storyline (and I feel as though I can share it without spoiling it for anyone as it is indicated right on the back cover). Yes, our main character discovers, while at her prom that her "perfect" boyfriend is actually "doing it" with another girl.

Bliss freaks out, however, decides to get even. Coincidentally, she comes across Jolene who has issues of her own - starting with her father and ending with her reputation as a rebel at school. Together, they start to plot revenge against Bliss' so called boyfriend. Then Meg enters the triangle, bringing along her own set of issues. Together this little trio will end up finding more than just revenge.

I loved the writing style. Breezy and down to earth, the author tells her story by inviting us to connect with the characters (the good and the bad). I immediately connected with Bliss - I know how hurtful it can be to discover that the guy who are with can cheat on you so easily! I also believe in karma!!!! which is a huge reason I enjoyed this book so much.

Additionally, I am always entranced by stories about people finding each other and while the anti-prom is meant to be cute and funny, it also sends another message - one of friendship and hope. People in need automatically find each other.

I loved this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Imagination Reviews April 8, 2011
This book was way more adventuresome than I thought it was going to be! I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't the high stakes romp that takes place!
It's Prom night and everything is supposed to be perfect, but when Bliss finds her boyfriend doing some serious making out with her friend her first thought is revenge. This sets in motion a night of semi illegal and flat out illegal activities.

All three of the characters are completely different. Bliss if the bitchy popular girl, Jolene is the bad girl, and Meg is the nobody. When they all teamed up it made for good drama, if a bit cliched. Meg was my favorite. Maybe because I could relate to her the best. She's the quiet one, always on the fringes of conversations. Jolene was very interesting too. She's self destructive so you have to find out what she's going to do next.

I wish that there could have been a tad bit more romance in the book, but it focuses more on friendship and the girls coming into their own. Overall, this was a fun read. I recommend it if you are in the mood for something lighthearted and fast!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take it or Leave it... June 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Under usual circumstances this is a book I would have put down after reading the first couple of chapters, but circumstances were not normal. This was the only audio book I had with me at work and I had a mundane task to complete so I just kept listening. By the time work was done I was nearly half way through the book and then kept listening because I wanted to know how everything turned out.

The first half of the book was just ok, it was entertaining but I really didn’t care about the characters and found it to be a little far-fetched and cheesy. However it held my interest enough to continue to the end and I did like the ending. So its rating went from a “not my kind of book” or “wouldn’t recommend” to a “take it or leave it” kind of read by the end. There really isn’t much more I have to say other than if it looks like something you might enjoy perhaps you should check out a few other reviews to see what others thought about it since it really wasn’t my cup of tea.

Rating: 2.5 Stars – Take it or Leave it

Content: Too much for my liking. Lots of language including a couple uses of the F word, talk and descriptions of everything that goes with a stereotypical prom, after parties & frat parties.

Source: Library
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ope's review of The Anti-Prom
This book was not at all what I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be a cute read about three girls going to their prom. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Margie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun YA Contemporary
This caught my attention from the beginning and I read through it as quickly as I could. I enjoyed watching the characters help each other to discover things about themselves.
Published 14 months ago by Matching Socks
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun glimpse into teen angst
This story of 3 very different girls on their prom night was a good read. I thought the author did a good job of including all types of teens. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Megan S
4.0 out of 5 stars the anti-prom
Really good. It grabbed my attention and I read this book in one day. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick and fun read.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a great Young Adult novel about 3 teenagers from different circles who come together for one mission. Highly recommended!
Published 15 months ago by Packerchick216
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not as good as her other novels.
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It's prom night, but the perfect night of dances, dresses and lipglosses is going anything but perfect for three very different... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ariel Avalon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Just as I was really, really starting to like all these folks, the book ended. What a disappointment! I'd like to see some more about this gang. Read more
Published 16 months ago by dolphin girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book like ever
Well doesn't the title explain it all??? This book was like crazy awesome. I'm going to try to read all her books
Published 17 months ago by G.Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The anti-prom
Found it very sad at the start but as it went on i found it better and better and time i expect to happen to turn to something was very good :]
Published 20 months ago by Katie Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Prom
While Prom is the dream of many high school students, for three girls it becomes the worst night of their lives. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd
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More About the Author

Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She began writing at college, and graduated to work as a music journalist and entertainment critic; drawing on her loves of pop culture, film and feminism, and interviewing acts as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, The Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson. She is now a full-time novelist and screen-writer.

Her debut book for teens, 'Sophomore Switch', was published by Candlewick Press in 2009. It was a Kirkus starred review, ALAN pick, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Polish. A second title, 'Boys, Bears & a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots', followed in April 2010, and a third, 'The Anti-Prom', will be published in Spring 2011.

Abby also writes for adults. 'The Popularity Rules' was published in the UK by Arrow Books in 2009; it was a Glamour Magazine 'must-read' pick, and received a 4-star review from Heat magazine. Her second adult title, 'The Liberation of Alice Love', was published in July 2010, to glowing reviews in Closer and NOW magazines. Both titles will be published in the US in 2011 by Sourcebooks.

After spells in Montreal and London, Abby recently moved to Los Angeles, where she is enjoying blue skies, drive-thru everything, and an abundance of frozen yoghurt. She is twenty-five years old.

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