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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763649562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649562
  • ASIN: 0763649562
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sherman on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Tina on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Avalon on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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 girls. Popular girl Bliss just saw her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend, Bad girl outcast Jolene is completely out of her element, and in pink, wondering why she thought he would show up. Shy, invisible Megan is ready to take control of her life and stand out, until her date cancels on her at the last minute. When the three girls come together for a little revenge and rebellion, then end up with a night that none of them could've imagined.

This book was cute. It wasn't special, it wasn't unique, it wasn't fabulous, it was cute. This is one of those cute coming of age stories where the characters look at their lives, hate what they see, and change it in ways they didn't think would happen. It's light, it's fluffy, it puts a smile on your face and then you move on. It isn't the type to endear itself to you and leave you thinking about it for hours afterwards. It entertains you until the last page, and then you move on.

The characters are cute. I liked the three main girls. Their stories make sense, they fit the roles that were created for them. They have a lot of fun, they fight, they yell, they laugh, they have a great time with each other. The other characters in the story were perfect as well. There was nothing wrong with any of them. None of them really stand out and make you think about them, but they all played their roles really well.

The plot was simple and it was written smoothly. The story keeps you glued and you want to know what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivy on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Anti-Prom was okay. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't over the top. It was interesting and I did have a nice little adventure with the three main characters, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg.

Bliss, Jolene, and Meg are three different people from three different worlds, meaning they all belong with a different kind of clique in high school. Together, they had an anti-prom adventure where they got a chance to get to know each other better.

Bliss: Bliss is those typical popular girls until she found out that her boyfriend was messing around with another girl behind her back. That girl happens to be one of Bliss' best friends. Who could say, drama?! She goes and tries to get back at her best friend by stealing something of hers to reveal to every.

She seems like the typical popular girl. She is a snob, but people can change right? And so she does. Throughout the little adventure she goes on with the other two girls, she learns something...learns something good. However, when she couldn't take how her boyfriend can treat her like nothing has happened, she bursts!

Jolene: Jolene is one of those bad girls. She has a reputation to hold up. Everyone has his or her own troubles and Jolene does too. She has daddy issues. Her daddy left her and her mom and Jolene acts out because of this. Until she realizes that it's not going to solve anything.

Along the way, she has receive advice and help from not only her new friends, but also an ex-friend. She learns to cope and deal with her problems knowing that it wouldn't solve anything.

Meg: An invisible girl. She is also a good girl who follows the rules and listens to her parents, until she meets Bliss and Jolene.
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