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There are few things sadder than Jack Grammar’s love life. So when his friends take it upon themselves to get him a date to the prom by placing an intensely humiliating ad in the school paper, they think they are doing him a favor. Jack doesn’t agree. But then the most amazing thing happens: responses to the ad are overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Jack must narrow the list down. A lot. Not an easy task. Turns out, the girls at City High are quite competitive. From drive-by flashings to breaking and ...
There are few things sadder than Jack Grammar’s love life. So when his friends take it upon themselves to get him a date to the prom by placing an intensely humiliating ad in the school paper, they think they are doing him a favor. Jack doesn’t agree. But then the most amazing thing happens: responses to the ad are overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Jack must narrow the list down. A lot. Not an easy task. Turns out, the girls at City High are quite competitive. From drive-by flashings to breaking and entering to cell phone stalkers, these potential prom dates will stop at nothing to snag the suddenly popular Jack. How will he ever choose just one?
I FEEL, TO BE HONEST, like a man in a space suit. In space. Because despite the fact that I’m in the middle of a stupid overcrowded narrow hallway surrounded by masses of my excessively chatty peers freshly released from fifth period, I can hear nothing but my own breath and I feel very separate and very far from my own planet and it seems like there’s no gravity. I might float away. There also seem to be stars twinkling at the edges of my vision.Where the heck am I headed? Who sent me on this insane quest? And to top it off, my hands are numb. My hands are very numb, but I keep moving down the hall, trudging onward, and now I can see the doorway from which Pamela Brown will appear at any moment. Oh, for the love of all that’s good and holy. Oh, for the love of frick. My comrades sent me on this mission moments ago with semihelpful encouragement.
“Luke,” Percy said, gripping my shoulders too tightly and using his best Darth Vader voice, “this is your destiny.”
“I’m not Luke,” I said.
“Don’t quibble, my son,” he said, still in character.
“Besides,” I added, “Luke didn’t get the girl. And the girl was his sister anyway.”Natalie nodded. “He’s got a point,” she said.
“Er . . . uh . . .” Percy-Darth said. Natalie winked at me. “We believe in you, Jack,” she said.
“But I don’t . . .” I protested. “I’m not up for this. I just don’t think it’s me. It’s not something I can do. It’s not something I’ve ever done. It’s not something I ever will do. I’m not good at it. Honestly.”
She clasped my shoulders and smiled, looking me right in the eyes, and instead of responding to my last-minute blabbering—the kind of excuses I’d been spewing all week, the kind of excuses she had talked me through ten times already—she simply turned me in the right direction and gave me a little push. Thus I was shot into outer space. I was off.My legs and feet seem to be working well, even without my direct involvement. Now I’m passing under the banner advertising the prom, the thing itself, the night of nights, my date with fate. XANADU, the banner reads. Or, as we’ve been calling it: Xanadon’t, Xanadope, Xanaduped, and, the twin favorites, Xanadoohickey and Xanathingamadoo.
Most of the students have already left Pamela’s classroom, but where is she? I have a sudden vision of her hiding just inside the doorway, back flat against the wall, waiting for me to pass so she can escape, but the reality of the situation is that Pamela wouldn’t hide from me because she doesn’t know who I am. Unless, of course, she has a remarkably good memory and recalls the one time we talked last year:
Setup—One Jack Grammar is waiting in line for the onlyCoke machine in the entire flipping school when he realizes a certain Pamela Brown is standing behind him. Stunned into silence by the fact of her proximity, he’s surprised by a tap on the shoulder.
PAMELA: Do you know what time it is?
Now, let’s hit the pause button, shall we, and consider our hero’s mind. John Alexander Grammar. Aka “Jack.” Aka “the Jackster.” Aka me. The question being posed to him is simple: Does he know the time? Well, does he? Yes. Therefore this should be simple, right? He is, after all, Jack Grammar, and he does, after all, have more AP credits than is possible without special permission from Dean of Students Canton Schramm. He also has a watch. He should, in all honesty, be able to answer the question before him with not only excellent accuracy, but also humor, ease, wit, and boyish charm.
JACK (looks at watch): 12:32 . . . About. I think?
PAMELA: Thanks.Not only does Jack not know what to say as a follow-up to Pamela’s expression of gratitude, but he suddenly finds himself at the front of the vending-machine line, and after shakily feeding his coins into the slot, he bumps the Diet Coke button.
In other words, if Pamela Brown remembers anything about me, it’s that I drink girl soda.Then suddenly there she is. She comes out of the classroom alone, holding her books to her chest, schoolgirl-style. (Well, she is a schoolgirl, I suppose, so that makes sense.) I marvel: even in doing something so simple as leaving a classroom, she oozes grace. She tours with a ballet company every summer, after all.
But—uh-oh and crap—she’s taking a most alarming course through the crowded hallway: she’s going all the way over to the opposite wall, whereas I’ve been sticking close to this wall, and that means I’m in trouble. Here we are at the moment of truth.Here I am, the spaceman in deep space, having finally spotted the green and lovely planet that is my destination—my hope, my dream, my personal springtime—and suddenly that planet is jumping from its expected orbit and I’m going to have to waste precious rocket fuel in a last-second effort to bring myself in. And if I miss this landing, I’ll fly right past the planet, careening on into the inky black void of space, likely never to return. . . . A dateless spaceman . . .
To my credit, I veer heroically across the hall.
Twenty feet, ten feet, five feet . . . I bring myself closer, and suddenly even walking is difficult, requiring all my concentration. Even breathing seems to be strangely complicated right now. . . .
This is absurd.
I think about the three possible opening lines that I had prepared for this moment. The lines that I spent all week writing, all last night rehearsing. The lines that are written on the palm of my left hand. But my beautiful and appropriate lines are gone from my head. There are no words in me. I open my palm a little, but I stop because Pamela is looking at me. I am blocking her path.
No time to read my lines! Must improvise! Alert! Alert! Improvisational chitchat, now!
“Hee,” I say. Hee? Did I just say hee?
“Hey,” she says, but she’s not sure about this whole thing.
Her eyes are these giant green globes—twin planets. Her hair, a golden cascade. Even her braces are like tiny jewels. . . .
Then she says a thing that blows my mind: “You’re Jack, aren’t you?”
How can I flub this one? “Yeah,” I say. “You’re . . . Pamela?”
She nods, says, “You have a little dog, don’t you?”
“Oh, him. I mean, yeah. He’s a Jack Russell terrier. If you likethat kind of thing.”
What? If you like that kind of thing?
She smiles. “I think I saw you guys playing Frisbee down in Riverside Park,” she says.
“Yeah, that would be us. We’re going to make the Olympics in 2008.”
“I like a man with a plan.”
What’s this? What is this most unusual sensation? Am I being flirted with? By Pamela Brown?
“I’ve never seen you in the park,” I say. (Lie.)
“I play tennis there.”
“Oh, really? That’s cool.” (She plays Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, four thirty to five forty-five, weather permitting, preferably on court 3, with her friend Reba. She uses a Prince racket, Wilson tennis balls, Diadora court shoes. Backhands are her strength, serves her weakness. She doesn’t sweat.)
“I guess,” she says. I look at my watch. I tap it. Why did I just do that?
“Tennis!” I bark, as if I just now heard what she said twelve seconds ago. “So what’s that like?”
“What’s what like?”
She’s got a blank look.
“It’s fun,” she says. “You’ve never played tennis?”
“Uh, no. Uh, just slightly. I mean, I was on the team in junior high.” Her blank look turns into a puzzled one.
“Hey!” I say, as if something brilliant has occurred to me. “Are you interested in this whole Xanadu thing? Because I realize we don’t really know each other, but I was just thinking that it would be a good opportunity to do just that. I mean, if you don’t already have plans.”
I can see her shoulders—her ballerina shoulders—getting ready to shrug me off. There’s a pre-shrug forming.
“Hm, prom . . .” she says, drawing the word out and considering it as if it were something she’d heard of but never really thought seriously about. She nods. “That sounds kinda cool.”
“I don’t know if it’ll be cool per se. But it’ll be a thing.”
“A thing? Did I just say ‘a thing’?”
“What did I mean?” I say.
“What do you mean, what did you mean?” she says.
“Ha-ha!” I say. Forced laughter. “It’s just that, well. A fine time will be had by all. That sort of thing. And, well—And, so—And, and—I guess—Well, I mean . . .”The great spirit of doubt is clouding her face. I have to rally fast.
“Well, we being seniors and all,” I explain, “it’s our last chance for us to go in for this sort of stuff. And the fantastic transgenic forces of springtime are surging around us. And who can pass up an opportunity to eat some cheap cake and all? And punch! Do you like punch?”
Her eyes have narrowed, and she’s angled her shoulders away from me, and for a brief moment I see her look past me, at someone or something behind me.
“You’re a senior?” she asks.
“Yeah . . .” I say. What’s she getting at?
“I thought you were, like, a sophomore.”
“Well, I was,” I say. “I used to be. . . .”
“Hm,” she says. “Weird.”
“But should I call you or something, or . . .”
“It’s just,” she says, “that I don’t think I’m going to the prom.” And she walks away.
Posted June 15, 2011
24 Girls in 7 Days is a great book. Jack Grammar can't get a prom date, so his two best friends start a personal ad in their school's online newspaper. It all started as a joke to get Jack's confidence up to allow him to get a prom date. However, it eventually gets to the point where they create a program called 24/7--24 girls in 7 days. This book is full of romance and humor. It's a great book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, funny, worth-while read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
24 Girls in 7 Days
In the book 24 Girls in 7 Days, by Alex Bradley, Jack Grammar, the main character, fails miserably when he tries to ask his long time crush, Pamela, to prom. While Jack and his two best friends, Natalie and Percy, know that Pamela is completely out of the picture they try and figure out what Jack will have to do to find a date for prom. Jack is showed by one of his fans an ad that was put in the school newspaper supposedly by himself. The ad states that an girl who wants to go to prom with him should email him and he will get back to them. When Jack discovers this he gets super mad and begins to blame Natalie and Percy for making the ad. It was Natalie and Percy that put the ad in the newspaper and when jack tries to confront them, they both tell him about how many responses he has already gotten.
Although he is mad, he cant resist looking at the responses and thinking how prom could turn out to be great. Soon Jack is a wanted man by hundreds of girls. Because there are so many girls, Natalie and Percy decide to narrow it down to twenty- four. They also make it into a contest to see if Jack can go out with twenty-four girls in a week and pick his prom date out of the list. Soon Jack is intrigued with emails from "Miss FancyPants," but he does not know who she is because she want tell him her name. In the meantime, Jack is busy meeting the twenty-four girls on the list and trying to make a decision. Who is Miss FancyPants, and who will be the lucky girl that Jack chooses as his prom date?
Posted December 13, 2008
Posted September 30, 2008
Jake Grammar needs a date for prom because he has never had a date in his life. Therefore, his friends, Natalie and Percy, set an internet ad on the school website for Jake to get a prom date that he wasn¿t notified of. Now, Jake needs to pick twenty-four girls to go out on dates with in seven days. Can he do it? Throughout his dates, he experiments drinking, getting hangovers, blowing dangerous stuff up, and kissing. What will he get into next? In addition, through his journey, he starts getting e-mails from a girl named `Fancypants¿. Is she his true? Whom will he take to the prom with? 24 Girls in 7 Days, by Alex Bradley, would be a good book for girls at the sixth grade level and up because of some of the words and wordings r hard to understand for that age. In addition, that¿s when some kids getting into funny romance books, which this one is. Jake keeps on doing stupid funny stuff like getting turned down, turning down the wrong girl, and asking girls how to kiss. It is funny when Adrian, a girl who actually likes Jake, always seems to know the right time to see Jake kiss other girls, which was about three different girls. Also, when Jake goes out with one of his friends, but they brake up like the next day is hilarious. However, I did not like that it didn¿t keep me up at night reading the book or at least thinking about it. I guess 24 Girls in 7 Days just isn¿t the right book for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2008
The book is 24 Girls and 7 Days, by Alex Bradley. When two friends put an ad in the school newspaper, that Jack needs a prom date. Lots of girls were responding to the ad, there were so many that it had to be narrow down to 24 girls. He goes out with lots of girls that he is not sure whom to pick. Who is he going to pick? In some way you can compare you life to Jack, the way he is, or what he is going though. This book is really for teens to read. If you are not into the whole prom thing this book is not good for you. I would rate this book 10. I like this book because this is something that a person might go thought in their senor year in high school, going to prom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2007
24 Girls in 7 Days is a very good book. If is about a guy named Jack Grammar and the difficulties that he is having trying to get a date for home coming. I guarantee that if you like the types of books where the main character is having all sorts of troubles and seems like they¿ll never get out of it, you will fall in love with this book. If may seem as if this book is all about one guy and his problems but it¿s not, it also has some problems that his two best friends are having. All three of these characters make it seem as if you are in the story with them. 24 Girls in 7 Days is definitely the type of book that makes you want to jump up and down at times, and at other times it makes you either want to cry or crawl under the covers and think about how your life has been compared to the life of Jack Grammar. After reading this book it may make you think about how your senior year was or is going to be. Although this book may make you feel excited about making it to your senior year, it also might leave you dazed and confused about what you will do when you get to twelfth grade. ¿Jack¿ has made me think more detailed about how many different groups of people there are in school. 24 Girls in 7 Days is the type of book that you could read over and over again and not get bored. I hope that someday I¿ll have a life like Jack Grammar and some of the greatest friends in the world like him. I¿m pretty sure you¿ll feel that way too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2007
This was one of the greatest books I've ever read. It was absolutely phenomenal!!! It's the sort of book where once you put it down you can't stop thinking about it and yearning for a sequel! I am completely smitten with charming Jack Grammar!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2007
Wow. This book was so amazing. It was funny, and provides insight into a average person's life. It shows that not everyone is really confidant and cool. Fancy Pants was definately my favorite character '. I also enjoyed rereading the book and picking up on some of the more subtle hints/foreshadowing. It is one of my favorite books. You should read it!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2007
I loved this book! I read it in like only 6 hours. I absolutely loved it. I can't really say anything else, because I just finished it and I am speechless. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a romance/comedy book. This book was awesome! Great plot, and it showed the sturugles of teenage love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2007
I am on a reading roll lately. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD THAT I READ IT IN A DAY! I couldnt put this down. The dialouge was witty. Especially since Alex Bradley considers Diet Coke a GIRLY soda. haha Stronly recommended to kids my age or girls that like lovey-ish girly books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2007
What a great book! This book was funny (it had GREAT tongue and cheek humor) and it was also one of those books where you fall in love with the main character. Jack Grammar was soo funny and delightful that when he finally showed up with his prom date, you were smiling from ear to ear. Though this book lacks emotional depth, it makes up for it in its excellent style of writing, and its share humor. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2007
this isnt like an AMAZING book...but i really liked it. its just cute. its a really easy read if you just need to like read pages for school or something...but if not...its still a good book! :) i liked it...and Jack is so adorable! haha!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2007
Jack Grammar is not the pro when it comes to being a ladies man. Prom is coming up in a week and he doesn¿t have a date, so his best friends Percy and Natalie arrange dates for him so he can have a date for prom. Then he will get to decide what girl he wants to go to prom with. Jack wasn¿t too happy with the plan at first because he thought it would cause stress for him to choose a girl, but he just went with the flow. By the end of the dating week will jack have chosen a girl to take to prom or will it come out as a big disaster? Some reasons I didn¿t really care for this book was because the ending of it just left you hanging, and really didn¿t give you a good complete thought. At the beginning of the book it was really a cliff hanger after every chapter, but as it got near the middle and towards the end the book got really long and boring. It was boring because it just kept talking about the dates Jack went on and there were all mostly similar. This book reminds me of the MTV show Next because in the show one person gets to go on five dates with five different people and at the end of the dates the person gets to pick someone to go on a date with again. That is sort of the same thing with Jack he gets to go on dates with different people and then he gets to choose one girl to take to prom. Overall this wasn¿t a bad book it just had some slow parts, and the ending was a total surprise, but I didn¿t even like the ending at all. If you like humorous sort of romance books this might be a good book for you to check into reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2006
its funny, i give it that, but the writing itself wasn't all that. also, it was confusing, the events didnt go with each other. if your bored, then you should read this, but if you're looking for something great to read, then ...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2006
Posted June 11, 2006
i just finished reading this book a few days ago and i thought it was amazing! i usally do not enjoy reading books that often but after reading this book it has inspired me to read more. i could not put the book down! this book was very funny and written very well. I tought the ending was kind of disappointing but overall the book was great...would recommend this book to any teen!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2005
I thought that this was a really good book. I live in Iowa City, and didn't know that that was where the book was set! It was really cool to make the personal connections to the places they went, like Dane's Dairy, and downtown. Overall, the book was kind of confusing, and I thought it was interesting, but kind of predictable who FancyPants was. His writing style was kind of choppy, but I thought it portrayed the whole Prom dilemma rather well. It was a good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2005
No offense to mr. bradley but i hated this book it's ending sucked! I think he totally should have ended with natalie and not adrian it was making me crazy i read the whole book just in case there was a twist and they ended up together. i just wish that he wouldn't have led me on cause i was totally number one: not expecting them to break up in the first place and number 2: hoping and praying that they would get back together i'm not angry just a little sad and disapointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2005
Posted February 3, 2005
Finally a young adult novel that isn¿t packed with sexual undertones! Humorous. I read it in a day. Oh the stresses of Prom, trying to find a date, and the practical jokes of close friends!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.