Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Earlier this weekI got my hands on Prom, the new book by Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak and Catalyst) and I just finished reading it today.

It was a book that I read quickly because it was a good story and I wanted to see how it would turn out. The main character in "Prom," is a self-described 'normal' kid who is a high school senior just barely getting by until graduation. Ashley doesn't plan on college instead she thinks about moving in with her boyfriend (until she sees the apartment he found for them!)

But her best friend Natalia is one of the prom organizers and can't talk about anything else which makes Ash crazy. Then a few weeks before the prom, it's discovered that their teacher/advisor has stolen all the money they had saved for the event and the prom may be canceled!

So, rather than see her best friend disappointed, Ash works with her to pull off a senior prom no one will soon forget. The book has some very funny moments especially when Ashley's very pregnant, bus-driver mom tries to get things her way by pretending to be in labor! Can't wait to see what you think about it ... let me know!