Source: Public Library
Audiobook, 5 CDs
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Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, is a story about the chaos of prom, but it also begs the question just how important prom is to teenagers. Ashley Hannigan is a barely graduating senior who does not care about prom, or dressing up, or other girlie things. She’s got problems with authority, she steers clear of her mother’s over-exuberance for all things “normal,” and she suddenly finds her bad-girl reputation is on the line as she thrusts herself into the prom planning process just to help out a friend. Anderson has got the voice of the misfit teen down, and Kellgren is a great narrator, except for the accent that seemed a little too New Jersey some times and a little less Philly.
As the teens scramble to recoup the lost time and money from the prom fund, which was stolen, Ashley suddenly becomes a “good” student. She comes up with solutions to their problems with vendors who are mad they were not paid and venues that are solidly booked. Ash helps her friends plan a prom, but she wants to continue hiding her involvement from her own mother. Secrets always come out.
Her best friend’s grandmother, who’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, is a woman who speaks mostly Russian, but she’s got a fantastic talent — sewing. She may show up in the weirdest places, like pools where people are blessed, but she has a heart of gold. Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, is a fun novel about teen girls and their top priorities, but it’s also about finding yourself when you don’t really know who you are or where you fit in.
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