Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

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I haven’t posted in awhile… I think I haven’t read anything outstanding or maybe I am just in a funk.
Finished Prom today by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think there is an audience for this book that has been untapped… the “normal” kid who isn’t college bound, has a kooky family (she seems to resent them more than they deserve), and has sex with her boyfriend without getting pregnant or dumped or cheated on. It was just a bit of a disappointment though since it is so different from Anderson’s other books which may not be fair to her. Prom has it’s funny, quirky, poignant moments but I did not find it as compelling as Speak or Catalyst. But for all those kids (and YA Librarians) who want a “soft” read this will nicely fit the bill. My favorite is still Fever 1793 … before that I never really liked historical fiction. I think that book is brilliant. Will we see anything like that again I hope?

Other recent reads:
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
Thirsty by MT Anderson

Sarah Vowell will be in Boston this Wednesday. I wanted to read (or at least start) Assassination Vacation before (hopefully) seeing her but my library hadn’t ordered it (for shame!) and the waiting list is long. I also just put myself on hold for Small Town Odds… see the blog does work 🙂 A very compelling review.

~posted by April M

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