How I Created My Perfect Prom Date

How I Created My Perfect Prom Date

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by Todd Strasser
     
 

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Nicole Maris has it all: looks, popularity, and Brad Selden, the hottest guy in school, at her fingertips. But then Brad decides to take someone else to the prom! Now Nicole's got a project on her hands: find an even better prom date.

Enter Chase Hammond. He's not exactly Mr. Popular, but with a makeover and some help form Nicole, he just might be prom

Overview

Nicole Maris has it all: looks, popularity, and Brad Selden, the hottest guy in school, at her fingertips. But then Brad decides to take someone else to the prom! Now Nicole's got a project on her hands: find an even better prom date.

Enter Chase Hammond. He's not exactly Mr. Popular, but with a makeover and some help form Nicole, he just might be prom king material.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Formerly titled Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date, this companion novel to How I Changed My Life follows Nicole, who plans to shape Chase into the perfect prom escort after she's jilted by her ideal Brad. Ages 12-up. (June)
VOYA - Marcia Mann
Nicole would like to save the whales and stop depletion of the ozone layer, but more importantly, she would like Brad Selden, the most popular boy in school, to ask her to the senior prom. When Brad fails to cooperate with her plans, Nicole decides to mold Chase, the boy next door, into the perfect prom date. Chase's comical ascension from outsider leads both him and Nicole to question the value of popularity and whether or not people always match up to their appearance. Alternating chapters narrated by Nicole and Chase give the story a little depth and wider appeal. Issues such as identity, self-acceptance, divorce, drug use, and loyalty to friends are all dealt with in a fairly breezy style. The minor characters are particularly entertaining and Nicole and Chase-though mostly self-absorbed-are still likeable. The story is a fast-paced, quick read. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10A companion to How I Changed My Life (S & S, 1995), this novel follows students at Time Zone High School preparing for the prom. Nicole, who is not ashamed that she enjoys being "the P word," is certain she will be asked by Brad, who is also popular. Together, the two are certain to be among the enviable "Final Four" in the Grand March. When Brad and Dulcie start going together, Nicole panics. Her solution? She gives her childhood friend, Chase, a make-over, and the two pretend to be a couple, bringing Chase into her clique. Before the prom, though, breakups reshuffle some couples, resulting in some unlikely pairs on the big night. Although this novel delivers its share of laughs, it does not live up to its companion. The narrative style of shifting the perspective between characters every few pages continues, but is less effective here. While the shifts occur at natural breaks in the first novel, they seem more for the sake of imitation in the secondan unnecessary interruption of a scene continued in a later segment. The characters, also, are not as likable as those in the previous book. Compared to the issues Bo and Kyle tackle, Nicole and Chase's problems seem trivial. Readers unfamiliar with How I Changed My Life are likely to enjoy this one more than fans of the first story, who will experience "sequel letdown."Kelly Diller, Humboldt High School, IA
Kirkus Reviews
The prolific Strasser strikes again with a companion novel to his very funny first look at Time Zone High, How I Changed My Life (1995), and this one's even more fresh and irreverently funny than its predecessor. Nicole is a senior at TZH who takes life seriously and plans to find "a cause or disease or something" to devote her life to, but only after basketball star and hunk Brad asks her to the prom. To her surprise and consternation, Brad asks someone else. Drastic times require drastic measures, so Nicole transforms her next-door neighbor and oldest friend, grunge-king Chase, who's handsome but not very clean, into a stud muffin. She succeeds, of course (making true the book's reader-grabbing title), but not without a whole series of the hilarious, well-concocted misadventures. Both Nicole and Chase are corking characters, as are all their friends. Best of all, the high humor doesn't detract at all from Strasser's serious but understated message about nonconformity and self-acceptance; it's there, behind all the goofy plot twists and effervescent dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416954101
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,122,511
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

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How I Created My Perfect Prom Date 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book came out summer 2011 but theres comments from 1999 and 2000 o and good book
paigepurvis More than 1 year ago
It was hard to follow with so many generic names. There where quite a few spelling mistakes and you can not change the font alao there is no chapters
sheila bender More than 1 year ago
The book was good but it haf a few parts where they talked sexual. For example this mom of a lttle girl being a strippper. A boy trying to get up a girlsz shirt... but itherwise very good. Kinda heartbreaking . There were huge twists
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! This is a fabulous book! MillNiuMBriT (above) is a LOSER to think that this isn't a good book! It is (pretty much) the BEST book I've EVER read! It has a GREAT twist and a GREAT main plot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book! I like how it's like a new-kind of 'Grease' (John Travolta and Olivia Newton John). I think it has to be a really good book, concidering it was turned into a movie, 'Drive Me Crazy' (Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Greenier), but it's not the best book I've ever read. I did like it, though!! I do recomend it to many people, but I'm sure some of you will not enjoy it.