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A Prom to Remember
Contributor(s): Hall, Sandy
ISBN: 1250119146     ISBN-13: 9781250119148
Publisher: Swoon Reads
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: From seven viewpoints, relates the events of Senior Prom at Roosevelt High School.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Proms; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017041901
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 6.50" W x 1.50" (0.95 lbs) 310 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Sandy Hall is the author of A Little Something Different, Signs Point to Yes, and Been Here All Along. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers university. After spending several years aas a teen librarian, she decided to try writing books instead of just reading them. It worked out pretty well. When she isn't writing, she enjoyes Netflix marathons, Broadway shows, taking long scrolls through Tumblr, and living in New Jersey.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Seven high-school seniors prepare for the Big Night while facing social, familial, and societal pressures. Each protagonist's voice is given equal weight, and plot lines are deftly woven into a cohesive narrative. Hall's understanding of the teenage psyche is evident through the natural-sounding dialogue and occasional text messages and through the authentic characters' thoughts, full of adolescent awkwardness and insecurity. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 9 Up—Seven high school seniors, seven stories, and one prom to remember. Hall's latest romance spotlights all of the emotions and excitement leading up to the big night. Cora is over-involved with her school and feeling the pressure to maintain the perfect relationship with her boyfriend. Lizzie looks forward to English class so she can write messages to her Mystery Boy. Otis really likes his boyfriend, but is he in love with him? Told from the perspectives of a diverse group of seniors, this romance explores first love, break-ups, promposals, and the anxiety and anticipation of an after-prom hotel room stay. Hall adeptly balances seven different voices without using stereotypical teen tropes. Each character has their own set of obstacles and issues to overcome. The high school experience is given nuanced care with likable, relatable protagonists young people will root for. Little emphasis on the physical setting gives readers a sense that this could be happening in their own communities. Twists and turns and the intertwining of stories will keep readers engaged. VERDICT Highly recommended for all teen collections.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.