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Prom Paperback – February 2, 2006
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked this book and I thought it had great details. The only thing that I did not like was that it had some bad things in it even though they are very few of these parts, but it was still a very good book and it is well worth the time to read it. The book had some adventure and a little mystery on whether or not they would get to go to the prom.
I would recommend this book to any teenage girl who loves sort of a mystery, but more of a prom loving kind of book. Any girl or maybe even guy who likes to hear about teenagers who stick together to get what they want would also love this book.
This is a book that will have some appeal to reluctant readers who are sick of reading about perfect goody too shoes girls who do everything right. Ash has a looser boyfriend, no college ambitions and doesn't come from a well off family or go to a good school. This is unlike Anderson's other heavier books and instead reads more like a generic fun fluffy teen chic lit prom book (but with a non-perfect heroine). Because I'm a fan of that type of novel I loved this book and tore through it quickly with a smile on my face at the happy ending.
Appropriateness: There is a lot of adult behavior in this book. Ash is sexually active with her boyfriend (although there are no sex scenes) and does not think twice about getting drunk. Ash is the type of kid that you hope your daughter doesn't end up like, barely graduating high school and attached to a looser boyfriend although she does have a good heart. I'd recommend this book to readers 13+ and use it as an excuse to talk to your kids about how the choices you make in your teens have long term consequences.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was interesting and very engaging since the first chapter.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely love this book. I wish it was a longer book. I love how the author took a girly chick stereotypical subject, plot plus cover and transformed the story into something... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kea Duarte
A real depiction of high school experiences of growing up and making better decisions to have a successful life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deborah Milks
I absolutely loved this book! I would recommend it to anyone who has dreams of going to the Prom someday. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lillian Ortiz
This book helps people realize that taking part in something, you are able to really see the good in being involved. Read morePublished 15 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 16 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 17 months ago by K. Kirk