A Really Nice Prom Mess

A Really Nice Prom Mess

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by Brian Sloan

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Cameron doesn't want to go to prom. Not with his boyfriend, Shane, and definitely not with his fake date, Virginia. Sure, it's senior prom, it's the end of high school, and Virginia's drop-dead gorgeous. But none of that matters to Cam, who's never liked any high school dance. Ever.

Then an unexpected kiss changes everything, and Cam needs to make a quick exit.


Cameron doesn't want to go to prom. Not with his boyfriend, Shane, and definitely not with his fake date, Virginia. Sure, it's senior prom, it's the end of high school, and Virginia's drop-dead gorgeous. But none of that matters to Cam, who's never liked any high school dance. Ever.

Then an unexpected kiss changes everything, and Cam needs to make a quick exit. After teaming up with a waiter who's been dealing drugs in the bathroom, Cam leaves the prom. But his night is far from over. From a high-speed car chase, to a stop at the after-prom party, to a bar with a wild dance contest...Cam's night finally ends in the most unlikely of romances.

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In his first novel for young adults, filmmaker Sloan creates a bold, sassy comedy of errors starring Cameron Hayes, a gay high-school senior in Washington, D.C., who makes the mistake of trying to play "straight" man on the night of his high-school prom. Plans for the evening are simple in principle: Cameron and his boyfriend, Shane, will take two "fake" dates to the dance and meet up afterwards. However, little goes as planned. Cameron's date turns out to be a hot-tempered lush, who is none too pleased to discover her escort's sexual preference, and Cameron makes a pass at Shane's date, which brings the males to blows. Both guys get in trouble with the vice principal and Cameron narrowly escapes punishment by making a daring getaway with a drug dealer he meets in the restroom. Any prom disasters readers may have experienced will pale in comparison to the fiascoes recorded here. The remainder of Cameron's evening is a thrilling but unsettling roller-coaster ride as he speeds from one location to another, linking up with some unlikely companions, including a deaf male stripper, a burly football player and a gay cop who eventually rescues Cameron from his nightmare. In a mere 12 hours, Cameron's world has turned completely upside-down but somewhere along the way he gains some insight into his doomed relationship with Shane and into himself. The author's impeccable sense of comedic timing and cast of offbeat characters will keep laughs coming and make larger-than-life events easy to swallow. Ages 12-up.

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to 18.

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2005: Gay activists have looked forward to a YA novel where the protagonist�s homosexuality is one aspect of character and not the problem. This book is not it. Seventeen-year-old Cameron is gay, in love, and deeply inside the closet. His secret boyfriend is a jock even more protective of his manly image. In a plan fated for disaster, Cameron and his lover decide to go to the senior prom together, but each as half of a boy-girl twosome. Problems arise when Cameron picks up his drunken date. She, having guessed Cameron�s sexuality, is loudly disappointed that she�s not going to �get laid� on prom night because her date is a fag. Thus, the night begins with Cameron trying to keep her and her announcements at bay while wanting to steal time alone with his boyfriend. The situation goes from bad to worse and before long Cameron is fighting with his boyfriend, accused of drug trafficking, chased by the police, dancing in a strip club, making out with his boyfriend�s girlfriend, and generally having �a series of unfortunate events,� which are often laugh-out-loud funny. By the end of the evening, Cameron has a better sense of who he is and what he wants in a lover. The writing is fast paced and funny, but for the non-gay there may be just a little bit too much information about what boys do together. At the same time, drunkenness, pot smoking, car theft, and sex are offered as givens of adolescent life, making this a book for older adolescents. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Sloan chronicles the outrageous prom night and post-prom morning for a gay high school senior. Cameron reluctantly agrees to go on a double date to the dance with Virginia McKinley, a red-headed bombshell beauty. Trouble is he would rather be going with his football star boyfriend, Shane Wilson. Shane and Jane are the other half of the date. It's Shane's idea so that he can keep his other relationship a secret. By the time Cameron picks up Virginia, she has figured out he is gay and tries to drown out her dissatisfaction with alcohol. They proceed to Shane's pre-prom party where she throws up into the fish tank. This is just the beginning of the night that continues a downward spiral. Cameron gets caught kissing Shane's date, Shane socks him in the stomach, and Cam runs off with a Russian waiter/drug dealer to a gay bar. Along the way he coincidentally meets other gay characters including a hearing-impaired dancer. Each meeting and situation seems a bit more absurd, but if readers suspend belief, they may enjoy the comedy that results. The characters are developed and the writing is solid despite the improbabilities. By the morning after prom, Cameron has learned more about himself, but this is one small step toward his maturation. The author's background as an independent filmmaker is evident in his many references to films and theater. The mature subject matter and language make the book best suited for public libraries.-Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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0.72(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Sloan is a writer, director, and producer working in film/TV for more than twenty years. He received his masters in film at NYU in 1993, and since then his work has screened at more than 100 film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto. He has written and directed two features—the romantic comedy I Think I Do and the indie drama WTC View—and he recently cowrote and produced August. His short films Pool Days and Bumping Heads appeared in the Boys Life shorts anthologies, which he also executive produced. On TV, Brian coproduced and wrote for Discovery’s Cookin’ In Brooklyn, and he has also directed and produced pilots for MTV, Logo, and NBC. Currently, he is working on an adaptation of his second novel, Tale of Two Summers, into a twelve-part series called Best Summer Ever that will premiere online next year. For more details, go to BestSummerEver.tv or like the show on Facebook.com/BestSummerEverSeries.

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Really Nice Prom Mess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love russian drug dealers who like to makeout with minors. :x
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Rachel93 More than 1 year ago
Brain Sloan's novel A Really Nice Prom Mess is a very entertaining. He really does a great job keeping the reader hooked in the book. All the things that happen make the reader not want to put it down. This book is about a teenage boy who is gay. He has only told one person about this. He is scared to tell anyone else because he doesn't want people to judge him. Also he doesn't want his sexuality to get back to his parents. Cameron is taking Virginia to prom, only this is not a typical prom date. Cameron has a huge secret that he is trying to keep hidden from her. It is a secret that he is keeping from everyone. Everyone that is, except his boyfriend Shane. Everything is going great for Cameron until he picks Virginia up for the prom. After that it just seems like everything is starting to fall apart. I loved this book. I enjoyed it because it is written in a way that gets the reader emotionally connected to the characters in the book. The novel makes it seem as if you are there living every moment along with Cameron, and you feel his pain. Also, it has a lot of funny parts. It is a very good read, and the reader gets through it fast because the reader doesn't want to put it down. It has about every aspect of a teenager's life, from a drunken teenage girl, to buying weed in the bathroom, to Cameron's parents thinking that he got abducted.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was really funny, but it was complicated. For some parts, I felt like it was never going to end. I did like the book though because it was different from all other prom-involved books. It was from a different prospective. Since Cam is a gay guy, sometimes he talks like a girl, and I find that hysterical, like when he says 'Ohmigod' or checks out other girls' dresses instead of their bodies.