Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

by Emily Franklin, Brendan Halpin


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Lucas and Tessa have always had a close friendship. So it's no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his true feeling for Tessa and he asks her to Prom. What no one expected, especially Lucas, was for Tessa to come out as a lesbian-or for Tessa's decision to wear a tuxedo and escort her female crush to Prom, to spark a firestorm of controversy. Humiliated and confused, Lucas must decide if he should stand on the sidelines or if he should stand by his friend to make sure that Tessa Masterson will go to Prom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802723598
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily Franklin collaborated with Brendan Halpin for their novels Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance and The Half-Life of Planets. She has also written a dozen novels for young adults, including the Principles of Love series and The Other Half of Me, and she edited It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties. Emily's work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and national magazines.


Brendan Halpin was a high school English teacher for ten years before penning his first novel. He is the author of How Ya Like Me Now and Forever Changes, as well as several novels for adults.


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Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally loved this book. It wasn't offensive at all, it showed how ignorant and narrow minded this world really can be. It showed the point of view from two seperate people and it made a lot of sense. I just wish things like this wouldn't happen and people could be who they wanted. This book shows you the true meaning of never give up and it gets better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I loved the book and the characters. Go Tessa!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this was really a believe able book, while the story is about coming out the main focus is two friends who try to sort through the aftermath of coming out. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth your timeM
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tessa Masterson wasn't expecting to come out that day. Living in a small town, being a part of a family business, and never one to hog the spotlight, Tessa didn't exactly have a plan for coming out. And this definitely wasn't it. But when her best friend Lucas asks her to prom -- on a giant sign outside her parents' store, no less -- she can't say yes. And she has to tell him why: she likes girls. And here's what I love the most about this book, and about all of the books that I've read by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin: the reaction is gut wrenching and genuine. The characters reveal their true selves when confronted with a big truth. And in this case, Lucas freaks out. And before he realizes it, he's contributing to the gossip mongers and the hate fest at their high school. And Tessa's life is, well, ruined.But things are only getting worse. Tessa still wants to go to prom -- with a girl she likes. She goes tux shopping with her brother and picks one out for herself, has it tailored to fit her figure. Like every other girl she wants a magical night, the quintessential high school experience. But when school officials hear about this -- and, worse, the religious parents of her peers -- they first ban her from prom and then threaten to cancel it. Tessa is caught up in a political battle that she didn't want. People in the town are refusing to shop at her parents' store, now buying groceries at the large chain. Kids hate her now not for being a lesbian but for ruining prom. And, worst of all, she no longer has Lucas, her best friend.I love TESSA MASTERSON WILL GO TO PROM. I love that this is not a coming out story, but a story of friendship. I love that this isn't a story about politics but about people. And I love how much it gives hope to the Tessas and the Lucases out there, who are struggling not only with coming of age, and with being different, but also with learning to accept each other in spite of differences that are hard to reconcile. And, most of all, I love how fun this book was to read. I love the clever writing, the jokes, the heartwrenching moments, the moments of joy and triumph. TESSA is a must-read for 2012.
BrianneRS1979 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin is about Tessa who's best friend Lucas realizes he has feelings for her and asks her to prom. Tessa decides it's finally time to let Lucas know that she is a lesbian, and that she has planned to go to the prom wearing a tailored tuxedo with her female crush. Living in a small town, this plan creates a lot of controversy. Lucas feels betrayed and isn't sure what side to stand on Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom is such an awesome read for anyone of any sexuality. I has great message of friendship and acceptance. I loved every word. The characters were fantastically written and the story flowed well, but I would have liked to have read a little bit more about Tessa's girlfriend, Josie. She was just a back ground character, that we don't really read much about. Overall this was a great read and sends a great message! Highly recommend to young and old Special thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children's Books for providing a e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Kinda boring
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