21 Promsby David Levithan, Daniel Ehrenhaft
Authors include: Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, David Levithan, Dan Ehrenhaft, Liz Craft, Aimee Friedman, and Adrienne Vrettos
Gr 9 & Up - In a collaboration that brings together an impressive array of 21 authors, Levithan and Ehrenhaft have produced a collection worthy of exploration. Ranging from sad to funny to truly disastrous, these memorable stories mark that oh-so-important right of passage for many teenagers. Starting with dress-hating, heel-hating, bra-hating Emilie in Elizabeth Craft's "You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance"; moving on to Daniel Ehrenhaft's "Better Be Good to Me," in which aging Zack remembers his prom and being in love with his best friend's girlfriend; and ending with rebel chicks Maggie and Carly, who throw the ultimate anti-prom party in John Green's "The Great American Morp," readers are drawn into a wide cross section of prom nights from both male and female perspectives. A celebration of all that is good, bad, and sometimes unforgettable about these events, this fast-paced but carefully strung anthology speaks of pink dresses, tuxedos, first kisses, unrequited love, and the thrill of taking love to its ultimate climax. Clever writing featuring many unexpected twists and turns, as well as a stunning display of each writer's razor-sharp wit, makes this an enjoyable read. Older teens will flock to this book, which undoubtedly features some of the best teen fiction writers of our era.-Caryl Soriano, New York Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
David Levithan is a prolific young adult fiction author & editor. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, is one of his many works featuring strong gay male characters. As a teenager, he interned at Scholastic Corporation where he worked on The Baby-sitters Club series. His other books include Every Day, You Know Me Well, and Two Boys Kissing. He has collaborated with authors such as John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) & Rachel Cohn (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was adapted into a movie).
- Hoboken, New Jersey
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- Place of Birth:
- New Jersey
- B.A., Brown University, 1994
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This book is an awesome collection of prom stories from an awesome mix of authors. All in all, this book is fantastic, although some stories left me with a bittersweet mix of feelings, and some just made me want to skip them completely. Three of my favorites from this collection are the stories by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and John Green. But there are other great stories in here. Definitely worth the read.
Out of the 21 stories in this book I found only a few that I really enjoyed. I thought that Primate the Prom and Apology #1 weren't all that good. Also the story Chicken wasn't great. But! The highlight of this book is the ending story called The Great American Morp. I wish I had enjoyed every story in this book as much as I did this one. Over all, the book is not a total loss, but, I think, there are only a few true gems in the book.
this book is the best of the world! i read it, in like a day. i thought it was going to be stupid and meaningless but its interesting and awesome!
21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.
Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three-dimensional characters that I'd love to read more about. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story. Aimee Friedman's THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would. THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger's one-act play that would be wonderful to see performed. PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray's very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend -- who just happens to be a gorilla. THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well-written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother's best friend.
As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection. The two that I loved the most, however, were these: Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX-PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME. THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green's absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a "morp," a party that is a backwards prom. In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I'd absolutely love to see again.
I did notice one thing that is interesting, and I want to know why this is: people seem much more likely to write about two gay guys than two lesbians. Quite a few of the stories had gay guys in them, but I can't think of any about two girls who wanted to go to prom together; I don't know why. In fact, I can only think of one book that I've read where the main character is a lesbian: KEEPING YOU A SECRET, by Julie Anne Peters.
A good short story, one that has good characters or a hold-your-breath-suspenseful plot or something, has to do it in just a few pages. These were some of the best short stories I can ever remember reading!
i have not read this book of short stories yet but i can only guess it will be great. i say this because of the talented authors of the book, i think Libba Bray is a wonderful writer. so happy reading