A Prom to Remember was just released yesterday and today is my stop on the blog tour. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for giving me a review copy to read for this tour. This contemporary sounded like the perfect book for this time of year. Did it meet my expectations?
A Prom to Remember
by Sandy Hall
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.
Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…
Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…
Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!
Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…
Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.
Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…
Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.
I love this cover. The colors are perfect and I love how it fits the book!
At first I wasn’t sure if a book being told from seven different POVs would be too much, but the author really figured out how to do this smoothly. It was clear everytime the POV changed and they didn’t change out of the blue. In the end the author managed to bring all of the characters together in some way and it just worked. Prom is a time a lot of teenagers are looking forward to, but it can also be stressful. I loved how the author took many different things a teenager can be dealing with: changes in the family that are hard to deal with, not feeling heard and trying to find their voice, their sexuality and how to deal with it, finding social situations difficult to deal with and trying to be perfect and maybe taking on just a bit too much. Besides being serious, there were a lot of funny moments and romantic gestures. The whole ‘promposal’ was used here in this book and it gave us some funny situations. While I read this book I had a smile on my face and was hoping that all the characters would get their happily ever after, even if only on prom night! Especially when the night goes differently than expected for everyone.
This is a book that has more main characters than I’m used to, haha. They were all interesting and I connected with them all. Even though we had seven main characters, the author was able to make them all shine.
Cora is a good student, well known at school and is with a pretty good guy. This is her senior year and she’s starting to feel some pressure. Cora has a lot going on between her classes, extracurricular activities, friends and her boyfriend who she has been with for awhile. With prom getting closer, she starts noticing she’s not so sure she wants to be with Jamie anymore. Or even if girls may be attractive? Cora has to figure out how to deal with her feelings and realize life doesn’t always go according to plan. She is a character that wants things to go as planned, so it’s nice to see that even she started learning to go with the flow. It gets rid of a lot of pressure.
Paisley is really close to her best friend Henry. There is nothing more than friendship, but she somehow managed to nominatie him for prom king. This isn’t good, because he has a lot of anxiety and it’s not something he would really be up for. During this book, she comes to realize that doing that wasn’t such a good idea and tries to make it up to him as best as she can. Even if that means going to prom as well. Not something she expected to be doing. In the end she realizes it wasn’t so bad and actually comes to find out things can be fun when you take a chance.
Henry is happy when he’s at home or in places without a lot of people. He plays a game everyday to not touch anyone in the hallway. Henry is really only comfortable with his best friend Paisley. Being nominated Prom King is definitely something that he isn’t comfortable with, but Paisley kind of pushes him to do it. When he starts to become friends with Cameron again, this becomes a bit easier. In the end, even Henry realizes it was a good thing to step a bit out of his comfort zone.
Otis is a happy person and in a good relationship. He came out to his parents and they are fine with everything and love him. The only thing is, Otis isn’t completely sure he’s in love with his boyfriend. He’s still trying to figure it out and isn’t always good with romantic gestures. Things get complicated when his boyfriend makes reservations at a hotel room after prom. What is supposed to happen that night? This kind of scares him and makes him do things to get out of prom. Otis just needed to deal with his feelings and realize that he’s allowed to talk about them. He’s not in it alone.
Lizzie is shy, but has a good group of friends. In English she’s been talking to a boy on a laptop that they use in class. She doesn’t know who he is, but he’s been there for her and made her day a lot better. Sometime his messages were just what she needed. Lizzie doesn’t have a date for prom and does want to go. They decide to meet up at prom, but this isn’t easy. What if he doesn’t like her when they meet? Will he even show up? This makes her insecure, but she goes for it. It may not go as planned, but she definitely stepped out of her comfort zone.
Cameron hasn’t had an easy year. Her mother met a new guy and got married pretty quickly. It was always them against the world, so when this happens suddenly, he’s not really sure what to do. Cameron doesn’t know the guy and feels kind of left out of this new family life. He starts working two jobs to go to college (no way will he let his stepfather pay for his tuition) and drops out of the baseball team to do it. He even stops talking to Henry (a best friend). Life got pretty lonely for Cameron. Laptop Girl is the only thing keeping him going. Meeting her at prom is scary, but he’s hoping to continue something good with the girl that has been helping him hold on. I think Cameron is my favorite character. He is so sweet and I just wanted for him to be happy again. It just came from an unexpected place.
Jacinta is part of a big family and doesn’t feel that she’s really heard. Her parents don’t pay much attention to her and at school she is rather invisible. Jacinta has decided that she needs to start being the star of her own life and hopes prom will change this. She is involved with the committee and wants to find a date. This doesn’t go as planned and it even seems it won’t work out. In the end she learns to take charge and even surprises herself. Apparently people were paying more attention to her than she thought.
During this tour there is a giveaway (not hosted by us). For our readers who live in the US or Canada, you have the chance to win a print copy of A Prom to Remember. This giveaway ends on May 3rd.
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I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.
This book definitely didn’t disappoint! I would really recommend this book to all contemporary lovers! It definitely was a prom to remember!
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