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The Prom Book: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need

The Prom Book: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need

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by Lauren Metz

For most teens, prom night is the biggest night of their high school lives. There’s romance, fashion, dancing, and drama. Some things (like who makes out with whom, and who gets voted prom queen) can’t be planned for; but for everything else there’s The Prom Book. Inside you’ll learn…

  • How to find a great


For most teens, prom night is the biggest night of their high school lives. There’s romance, fashion, dancing, and drama. Some things (like who makes out with whom, and who gets voted prom queen) can’t be planned for; but for everything else there’s The Prom Book. Inside you’ll learn…

  • How to find a great outfit—one that will still have a place in your closet even after prom is over
  • What to splurge on and when to save
  • How to get to and from the dance in style (and on a budget)
  • The best way to handle dangerous situations
A lot of work goes into planning that special night, but now teens can relax and enjoy the perfect prom knowing that all the little details are taken care of. The Prom Book also has handy fill-in sections so teens can keep all their plans organized, and also use the book afterwards, as a memento of the planning, the dancing, the partying, and the memories.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Metz helps high school–age readers plan for the social calendar pinnacle that is prom. Her book is divided into four sections: the months leading up to prom, the big day, the bigger night, and the aftermath. Perhaps fittingly, the first two sections—which involve planning one’s look, creating a budget, booking beauty appointments and transportation, and weighing makeup and hair options (celebrity photos provide examples)—account for nearly three quarters of the book. Tips for prom night parties (including avoiding peer/date pressure and staying “safe and sane”) follow. Blank pages let readers record notes, ideas, and other information, and advice from actual teens is included throughout. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“Serious prom-goers will find clear advice, a cool design, and plenty of customizable pages —Booklist
Children's Literature - Christy Devillier
While no one can guarantee a prom experience that fulfills all the glamour, romance, and "magic" young women may expect, this in-depth guide offers an excellent shot at a fun, stylish, affordable evening—memorable for all the right reasons. Prom expert Metz, who covered the subject for Seventeen magazine, guides readers through copious practicalities and decisions involved in planning the big night. Her smart strategy begins with a month-by-month timeline of recommended tasks. From there, she tackles the issue of money, offering checklists for compiling a realistic budget, creative ideas for earning extra cash, and pros and cons of splurging on limos and other transportation. On the topic of dates, she helps young women decide whether to ask a crush, take a boyfriend, or go to prom with friends. From the perfect dress and accessories to hairstyles and makeup techniques, there are several chapters devoted to strategizing a look and maximizing beauty. She also counsels readers on how to sidestep potential disaster, such as a stained dress or, even worse, a date who cancels last minute. Metz's exhaustive guidance extends to post prom, when young women will be wondering what to do with their dress and corsage. Parents will appreciate the author's cautionary advice concerning drinking, driving, and keeping in touch with mom and dad throughout the evening. In addition to color photos of celebrities, "quick tip" sidebars, and pages for jotting down notes and appointments, the book includes a keepsake section for recording memories and attaching photos. Metz's warm and enthusiastic voice is easy to trust—and those following her sound advice will find themselves equipped with essential planning and organization skills to guide them for life. Reviewer: Christy Devillier
Library Journal
For Metz, a Seventeen Magazine alumna, prom planning begins in February. This comprehensive guide includes budgeting, workouts, appointments, and more, as well as advice for the night of the party itself. The strongest and most up-to-date book in this area.
Kirkus Reviews
This slim guide, clocking in at barely 150 pages, will be helpful for prom neophytes who don't get their questions answered by the prom issues of Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Split into four sections, this book covers planning, the day and night itself, and post-prom. The planning section is the most thorough, with useful information on making a budget for prom and how to rent a limo, among other topics. The beauty tips in the prom-day section are very basic and limited; there's no advice on blush for girls with darker skin, and all but one of the suggested hairstyles is for shoulder-length or longer hair. It's commendable that the prom-night section highlights do-it-yourself after-prom events, and the post-prom section recommends donating or selling the prom dress. The note pages, fantasy boards and scrapbook pages feel rather quaint in this day of Pinterest and Tumblr, though they do add extra padding to this slight work. There's limited value in this book, but teen girls who want to be part of the crowd will snatch up this cookie-cutter guide nevertheless. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)

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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.46(d)
1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Metz started her professional career at Seventeen Magazine, and has since worked with numerous national media outlets, including E!, Bravo, AOL, Alloy Entertainment, and more. In 2011, she co-founded Life2PointOh.com, an online resource that provides style, relationship, career, and finance advice. She lives in Manhattan.

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The Prom Book: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fave part is the pre-prom party tips from Oprah's planner in Chp. 12
BritneyM More than 1 year ago
The Prom Book has something for everyone! Even though it's geared toward teens, women of all ages can benefit from the beauty, hair, and fitness advice (which comes directly from Jessica Alba's personal trainer!). Dr. Murad is also in this book providing tips for flawless skin!
Julie0 More than 1 year ago
I bought The Prom Book for my daughter, who is a junior in high school, and she loves it! She's been using the planning timeline to organize her prom plans and she's been practicing makeup and hair tips that she found in the book. As a mom, I really like the practical information about budgeting and safety on prom night. I wish I'd had something like this when I was in high school!