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Ages 12 and up. Who would have thought the author of the gritty classic Speak had a gift for comedy? Here she demonstrates her comedic talent in the warm and witty story of Ashley, who is definitely not a prom-type person, and her best friend Nat, who lives for the prom. When the math teacher disappears with the funds just eleven days before the dance, determined and organized Nat goes into high gear to find alternative ways to make the prom happen and drags an unwilling Ashley into the flurry of urgent details.

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 there’s 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 Nat’s loony grandmother, who wears her red bathing cap even when she’s 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 it’s grandma with her skill at baking (pastries to bribe the custodians) and sewing (a magical prom dress) who saves both the prom and Ashley’s 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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Grade 8 Up - Ashley is (in her own words) normal - a senior from a lower-middle-class family, dating a high school dropout, and gearing up for graduation but with no plans for college. But when the new math teacher steals the prom money, Ashley - who swears she doesn't care - finds herself sucked into turning nothing into the best prom ever because it means the world to her best friend, Nat. This is a light, fast read, with "chapters" that range from one line to five pages and a narrative voice that is only a little smarter than it should be. Some secondary characters - Ashley's mother and Nat's grandmother - jump off the pages; unfortunately, the teens do not fare as well. Boyfriend TJ is a stereotypical tough boy, and Ash and Nat's other friends are there mostly as filler. But the first-person narration and the essentially personal nature of the story - Ashley finally comes into her own and proves herself successful at something other than garnering undeserved detentions - makes this a flaw that readers will overlook. In fact, the major flaw is that it's hard to believe Ashley is as bad a kid as she might have you believe. But teens are notorious for making petty misbehavior sound bigger and badder, so this could be read as further proof of just how normal she is. Those looking for another Speak (Farrar, 1999) may be disappointed, but this book will delight readers who want their realism tempered with fun. - Karyn N. Silverman, Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York City
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: HL690L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142405701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142405703
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tamela Mccann VINE VOICE on June 28, 2005
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Prom is very different from Anderson's earlier books, but it is warm and funny and very well-written. Ashley is a regular senior in high school (notice I tried not to say she's "normal"--Anderson does that enough) who couldn't care less about prom until her best friend Natalia drags her onto the prom committee at the last moment. Ashley is cynical about everything, including her boisterous family, and this attitude carries over into her school work and in particular the prom. Ashley's boyfriend TJ foresees the two of them together after her graduation in a dump of an apartment with going-nowhere futures. As the story goes on, of course Ashley begins to realize she really has more to offer than just a counter job in a store, tho she never loses her edge in expressing herself. At times this book is laugh out loud funny and at times it provokes the reader into anger but it is never boring. The sex is implied, not graphically stated, and is realistically done. I liked this book a lot and recommend it.
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By Jinhee Lee on December 4, 2005
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According to Ashley, she is an average student with average family. She could not think of going to a prom because she does not believe in one magical night. But, when Nat, her best friend, asks for help to reschedule a prom after a teacher used up most of the prom money, Ashley becomes more and more involved in prom. As she gets into the prom, her life starts to change as well. If you Expect this novel to be another `Speak,' you will be disappointed. It is funny rather than serious. This novel is written in cynical tone with funny, tough, and sometimes sweet attitude of Ashley. Anderson wrote this with teen's tone of voice and teens will find this novel as if it is their real story. Anderson takes one of the popular subjects of teens, the prom, and turns that into a real magical transition of real life. She proves that one night of magic can make your life even more magical than ever. It is very entertaining than educational but it is worth reading because everyone should believe in some kind of magic in their life.
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A Cinderella story, though not quite as straightforward as the fairytale. Ash is a 'normal' kid, planning to move into a teeny-tiny apartment with boyfriend TJ after graduation rather than going to college, works a job which involves dressing up as a rat and dealing with obnoxious customers, and is going to have to attend detention every day between now and the end of term if she wants to graduate. She isn't remotely enthused about the upcoming prom and thinks it's pretty stupid but when disaster strikes and she finds herself getting involved, she might just get a magical night of her very own. This is sweet and realistic and even though it's quite different to Catalyst or Speak, still brilliant and extremely readable.
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Ashley Hannigan is an eighteen year-old girl who could care less about the prom, but all her friends are going crazy over it. The students at Ashley's high school go to school and stay out for trouble every day just so they can go to the prom until one day their crazy math teacher, Mrs. Banks, stole some of the money that was going to be used for the prom. Ashley has a best friend named Natalie who is bound determined to keep the prom up and going, since they do not have much money they are begging for prom donations. Even though Ashley could care less about the prom her friends find a way to drag her into making the prom happen. The families of the students are helping each other out so that their children will get to go even though the prom will be held in the school gym because none of the nice hotels want them since they do not have any money. They work their butts off for quite a long time for the prom and they finally thought they were going to be able to go get ready for the prom when something happens to two of the girls. Read the book to find out what happens.

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.
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Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson features Ash, a lower class Philadelphia senior who is more interested in hanging out with her dropout boyfriend than the prom. But when the prom adviser is arrested for stealing the entire prom budget she somehow becomes in charge of organizing and fundraising to keep the prom alive.

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.
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