Monday, September 2, 2019

A Prom to Remember - Sandy Hall

Title: A Prom To Remember
Author: Sandy Hall
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 3 Stars

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...
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 picked up this book because I thought the cover was cute. I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would, even if it was just a light fluffy read.
The story revolves around 6 characters and their friends all leading up to their big prom night.  The book contains everything that one would expect to find in a YA book about prom - dress and date anxiety, promposals (which still sort of baffles me), and what to do for after prom! 
Each chapter sort of volleys back and forth between different characters, and so you get a lot of different points of view throughout the book.  The story wasn't gold standard as far as writing, but it was good enough that I wanted to read just to find out what happened.  It did have a lot of typical teenage stuff that is cute and fluffy, but that makes me happy I am not a teen anymore.  I think teenagers are fantastic, and I love that there are books that deal with all the stuff they have to go through, because lord knows y'all deserve it. I am just happy that phase of my life is over and that I can just read about it and enjoy it in a different context.
I liked *most* of the characters in this book.  They were all fun, and were well written enough that it was easy to tell them apart from each other personality and development wise.  
The only character I didn't like was Paisley.  I had a lot of issues with the way she treated her boyfriend, in the sense that she was pretty disrespectful in the way that she broke up with him.  She started by talking to everyone and their dog about how she was thinking of breaking up with him and why, instead of just going to him from the get go and telling him what was on her mind.  I mean, did she think there was no chance he would hear about this from someone?!  It does stand to reason, after all, that they probably have some friends in common, and that teenagers love a good gossip.  I think Paisley could have handled ALL that so much better. 
If you are looking for a cute, fluffy read that you don't really have to think too much about, give this book a shot. 

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