How did I get it?:
I bought it!
They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect prom dress – and now the perfect case for revenge after finding her best friend and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet (due to her mother’s ultimatum) here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, wondering whether boot camp might have been the better choice. And shy, studious, uber-planner Meg, ready to stop being a wallflower and start experiencing life firsthand, never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the car park outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls on one crazy night.
Right from the offset, I knew The Anti-Prom was going to be a cheesy read. A very cheesy read. The story is quite familiar, teenage girls at prom out for revenge after being scorned.
I think Abby McDonald has created some very distinct characters. Bliss, Meg and Jolene are all completely different, but they make sense together and their stories wove into one another nicely. The narration comes from the three girls on alternating chapters. It can be a bit confusing at times, but when you get used to the different voices, it’s easy to follow.
Bliss is the typical popular girl at high school. There’s more to her than meets the eye though. At first she seemed incredibly self-centred and annoying. She was more concerned with her reputation than anything else. Bliss is looking for revenge and looks for the school’s bad girl to help her. Jolene, the bad girl, had issues of her own and used the prom night in order to sort through them. She didn’t seem as real as the other two girls, and she seemed much older than her age. Meg is the character that I found the most relatable and easy to like. She has had a hard life so far and isolated herself from the rest of her peers. She was pressurised into being Bliss and Jolene’s designated driver for their activities. She didn’t want to get into trouble, but felt pressure from the others to join in. I really liked when Meg came out of her shell though. It was much needed as I hate seeing characters that people take advantage of!
The Anti-Prom is predictable and cheesy, but sometimes that’s exactly the book that I’m looking for. I would recommend this book to fans of high school drama reads or films.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes- for fans of cheesy teenage films/reads