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The Anti-Prom

The Anti-Prom

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by Abby McDonald

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Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making


Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, über-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In McDonald's (Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots) third novel for teens, three dissimilar upperclassgirls—popular Bliss, bad girl Jolene, and shy romantic Meg—find that they have something in common on prom night: they have each been wronged. Bliss catches her best friend making out with her boyfriend, and both Jolene and Meg get stood up. Bliss wonders if all her social climbing has been worth it ("I worked so hard to get everything perfect, the way high school is supposed to be. And now I'm left with this ache in my chest, knowing that it was all a lie"); Jolene resents her father's desertion of the family; and Meg is sick of being invisible. Their quest for revenge takes them everywhere, from Dairy Queen to the local college and Jolene's father's office. Alternating between the three girls' perspectives, the novel is lightly wicked fun in formal wear, filled with bickering, breaking and entering, and quick getaways. The girls basically play to type, but grow enough to make their journey an amusing diversion. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
ALAN Review - Libby Byrnes
"It was supposed to be freaking perfect," Bliss thinks as she prepares for her high school prom. Prom night is filled with dresses, dancing, and dates; however, for Bliss Merino, Jolene Nelson, and Meg Rose Zuckerman, it becomes a night they will never forget. With a popular girl, an outcast, and a wallflower, the three girls team up to seek revenge on the boyfriend and best friend that have ruined this night for Bliss. After discovering a journal that belongs to the best friend, the three girls attempt to carry out their revenge, but their plan backfires. Despite spending an entire night together, the girls find themselves dealing with drama that could potentially lead to an end to their friendships. They discover how much they would be willing to sacrifice for someone they barely even know. Reviewer: Libby Byrnes
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Bliss, Jolene, and Meg all have high expectations for prom night. They have been planning all year, and Bliss knows that it will be as perfect as her boyfriend, Cameron, until she finds him making out with her best friend in the back of the limo. Jolene, "the baddest girl in school," made a deal with her ex-best friend, Dante, to show up at prom as a joke. Only Dante doesn't show, and Jolene is feeling stupid in the frilly pink dress. Meg's mom made some phone calls and got her daughter a date with the son of a friend. He just called and said he couldn't make it. Now Meg is trying to pluck up the courage to walk through the doors alone. These three very different girls who barely know one another are about to cross paths at just the right moment. Two want revenge. One just wants to belong. But all are going to get far more than they expect. This high school drama offers a different spin on that special night in a teen's life. The plot moves along quickly, told in alternating chapters by each of the protagonists. Bliss, Jolene, and Meg are well developed and their actions are believable. And, most importantly, there's a happy ending. Expect this book to fly off your shelves.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Bliss, Jolene and Meg are each, for their own reasons, having an awful time at the prom. When boredom, shame and a thirst for revenge throw them into each other's paths, they take off together on an all-night odyssey to change their lives. The characters lack chemistry, relying on the tired trope of three mismatched high-school archetypes—the shallow popular girl who lacks compassion, the rebel outcast who needs to relax and trust people and the nerd who needs to loosen up and have fun—drawn together by circumstance so they can learn valuable lessons from each others' wisecracking wisdom. Jolene has the most intriguing potential, but the rotating first-person narrative doles out the details slowly and prevents her story from being fully realized. The obstacles they encounter (hostile coeds, suspicious parents, high-tech security systems) are handily overcome, giving the whole affair a superficial sheen. Readers who foundSophomore Switch(2009) both fun and substantive will be disappointed with this effort, the literary equivalent of cotton candy: sweet and easy, but dissolves on contact.(Fiction. 14 & up)

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.82(d)
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Abby McDonald is the author of two other novels for young adults - Sophomore Switch and Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - as well as two adult novels. Born in England, she now lives in Los Angeles.

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The Anti-Prom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
While Prom is the dream of many high school students, for three girls it becomes the worst night of their lives. Bliss finds her boyfriend and her best friend making out in the limo. She can't bear to go back into the dance and pretend that everything's fine. She wants revenge. Jolene isn't the type of girl who goes to Prom, but she's there against her will. She's wearing a pink dress with ruffles and she's hating every minute of it. When Bliss breaks down and asks for her help, she thinks there might be a way to save the night, after all. Plus, she might find a way to get back at her father. As the two girls stumble into the night, they come across Meg driving away from the Prom. Meg doesn't have a date or any friends waiting for her. Her Mom would have wanted her to have this experience, so she came. But she can't bring herself to go inside. When their paths cross, Meg reluctantly helps the two girls. Although the three of them would never have been caught dead hanging out together, for one night, they might break the social cliques of high school and become friends. One thing is for certain - it will be a Prom night to remember. Abby McDonald has a knack for taking ordinary life situations and creating engrossing reads full of drama, friendship, and a little romance. THE ANTI-PROM takes a hard look at high school cliques, questioning their significance and their worth, and provides an entertaining read in the bargain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book like four years ago. I dont remember anything but that it was FREAKIN AWESOME!!!! The first chapter is a little iffy for the restof the book but it was still awesome. I recomd it for the age group of 9 to 13 year olds. :)
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
A good adventures prom story. I would recommend The Anti-Prom to a person who is looking to read a fluff and adventurous read. My favorite character was Meg. She was always nervous and worried. Jolene was the rebel girl. Bliss was miss popular.I was surprised that Meg did not stay with Tristan, since she had a crush on him. In the end Scott was a great match for Meg. During, prom Bliss uncovers her boyfriend, Cameron cheating on her with one of her friends named, Katiyln. She immediately wants to seek revenge and asks Jolene to help her.They seek out to destroy Katiyln in any possible way. Meg provides Bliss and Jolene with a ride to their destinations.Along the way they use Katiyln's diary to damage her reputation, but what they don't realize is that the diary will destroy many students' lifes. The diary contains material on students deepest secrets.My final thoughts were that Bliss never blamed Cameron, instead she took out her anger all on Katiyln. In my opinion Cameron deserved a good slap on the face.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
The Anti-Prom was everything I wish my own prom had been: wildly adventurous, dangerous, and romantic. But Abby McDonald gives us all that one night in this book and its so much fun to tag along. Three very different girls, popular Bliss, rebel Jolene, and geeky Meg are thrown together in an unlikely threesome determined to make prom night what each one wants. Bliss is driven by revenge on her boyfriend Cameron who she sees fooling around with Kristen in the back of their limo. Jolene has years of built up hatred for her father, who she sees as turning his back on her and ruining her college fund. And Meg, who I identified so much with, is just always in the shadows. No one could believe she went to prom, or how she looks after her transformation by the other two. But I get ahead of myself here. The story is told from each girls perspective and it really flows nicely. There are a lot of wild scenes and by the end, each girl's story ends with things all right. Perfect for a beginning of summer read where you can laugh and sigh, and remember your prom, and just how different one night can be for a girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book now! I loved it so much and I really couldn't put it down. It's full of drama and it's really funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many hearts and stars for this awesome book. It was wonderfully created and I wished it had a sequel. &hearts &hearts #&9541
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I read this book and i am 11! Great book!
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PLEASE make this a free Friday book! PLEASE!
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I hate Cameron. He's such a jerk...