The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
Published March 8, 2011
The Anti-Prom is one of those extremely light-hearted reading – a perfect summer/beach read. It’s quick, cute, entertaining and relatively cliché. The story essentially followed three girls – Bliss, Jolene, and Meg on the night of prom and how they went from complete strangers and best friends at the end. Incredibly cheesy but at the same time, extremely cute.
Bliss is your typical popular girl but rather than having all of that by doing nothing, Bliss had to work her way up the social ladder to get where she is now. And of course, being part of the popular crowd, prom was a huge deal and she had spent tons of time and effort to prepare for the perfect night. Unfortunately, the night was far from perfect since she caught her boyfriend and her supposedly best friend hooking up. Needless to say, she decided to plot revenge and went to seek for help from the “bad girl”, Jolene. This is main backbone of the plot and honestly, it was quite cheesy and unrealistic. Nonetheless, it was still amusing. I wasn’t particularly fond of Bliss – she was whiney and relatively bossy when it came to certain things such as her clothes and how she looked.
Jolene, the resident “bad girl” in the book and notorious among her school peers as the typical rebel. She came off as a cold, bad-ass chick but as the book progresses, she softened up and you start to see her more as a teenage girl with her own problems. But boy did she have problems. She had daddy issues and boy issues which was evident because she also wanted to dish out revenge for her father and planned to use Bliss as a means to an end. Thankfully, she progressed as a character and grew up throughout the book.
Meg was the last main character in this book. She was the one I was most frustrated with but at the same time, she was the one who seemed most realistic. She was a wallflower – blended in, had no friends and did not even try to live yet she complained about it all the time. Frustrating, to say the least. She kept complaining and placed blame on her “circumstances” – if only she took different classes, if only she had a locker next to someone else, IF ONLY then she would have the life she had always wanted. Thankfully though, she got a reality check from Bliss who pointed it out to her and she finally decided to take a stand for herself. And I considered her as the most realistic and most likely to connect with because how many times do we place blame on our situations when in reality, we are more than capable of taking things by the horn and figuring it out for ourselves?
Overall, like I had said, cheesy and utterly cliché book but perfect for a light summer read.