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24 Girls in 7 Days Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bradley, Alex
ISBN: 0142405434     ISBN-13: 9780142405437
Publisher: Speak
    OUR PRICE: $8.39  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2006
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Annotation: In his first novel for teenagers, newcomer Bradley shares a fresh and funny story told from the boy's perspective about the trauma and pageantry that is the prom.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dating (Social customs); Juvenile fiction.
High school seniors; Juvenile fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2006274058
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 4.50" W x 0.50" (0.40 lbs) 265 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 86347
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38364
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
When Jack strikes out asking a girl to the prom, his friends place a personal ad in the paper on his behalf. Jack dates twenty-four girls in one week, but what's behind this madcap contest that his friend Natalie isn't telling him? Readers will be surprised and delighted by the plotting pyrotechnics and the emotional grace notes of this romantic comedy. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #2)
When seventeen-year-old Jack strikes out asking a girl to the prom, his friends Natalie and Percy place a personal ad in the school paper on his behalf. At first outraged, Jack finally agrees to participate in the contest, dating the twenty-four girls on the list and choosing one to take to the prom, a week away. Swimming drunkenly at midnight with Laura Gilden or setting off illegal fireworks with Sarah Shay helps Jack come out of his shell, and his process of self-discovery in the midst of his madcap dating schedule is one of the most appealing aspects of the story. The other is the suspense -- does a kissing tutorial with Natalie mean they're meant to be together, or will that relationship end quickly and unhappily? What's behind this 24/7 contest that Natalie isn't telling him? Who is the beguiling mystery e-mailer screen-named FancyPants? Bradley keeps readers guessing, and although the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too ending isn't satisfying (either resolution would have sufficed on its own), readers will be consistently surprised and delighted by both the plotting pyrotechnics and the emotional grace notes of this coming-of-age romantic comedy. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 March #3)
"This comical debut novel introduces high school senior Jack Grammar, who is so unlucky in love that his two best friends go behind his back to design a personal ad for him [so he can go to the prom]," wrote PW. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 February #2)
This comical debut novel introduces high school senior Jack Grammar, who is so unlucky in love that his two best friends go behind his back to design a personal ad for him ("Jack Grammar is looking for a prom date. Could it be you?"). Natalie and Percy tell their pal that there have been a slew of responses, and they design a plan: They will select 24 girls in the seven days before prom, one of whom he will choose for a date. But as he goes on the dates, he connects with many of the girls, and he finds himself falling for Natalie, and a girl he met online whose screen name is FancyPants. Jack is both romantic and self-deprecating ("If this prom slipped by without conjuring up some kind of magic-some romantic miracle-I was pretty sure that it would only be a sign of things to come or, more precisely, a sign of nothing to come"), and the premise is fun. Jack's string of dates grows a tad tiresome, and it takes a long time for him to suspect why so many girls are interested. But Jack's first-person narration will charm most readers, and his family and friends come across as both warm and real; a subplot about Percy's grandfather's heart attack allows Jack to reveal more of his sensitive side. All in all, teens will enjoy getting to know Jack, and speculating on who will be his choice for prom date. Ages 14-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 March)
Gr 7 Up-When the love of his life rejects his invitation to the senior prom, Jack Grammar's so-called best friends pose as Jack and run a personal ad in the online school newspaper soliciting a date. At first, the teen is not amused, but he agrees to go along with the plan because his friends have a list of girls eager to go out with him. In fact, it is hard to avoid the young ladies who descend on him without warning. The result is a hilarious adventure as Jack tries to speed-date 24 girls in 7 days. The author cleverly gives just enough details about each girl's personality to make her a real character, and these girls are characters. The adults are wonderful role models without being didactic. As if dating isn't enough, Jack has to contend with a mysterious online pen pal who gives him dating advice. The author superbly keeps up the suspense about the big day to the very end. This entertaining guy's-eye view on dating, friendship, and understanding one's self is one that most libraries will want to own.-Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.