Saturday, August 27, 2011
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ashley's life is normal. She's struggling to graduate, has a boyfriend who may or may not be a loser, has great friends and goes to an inner city school that has its normal share of problems. But the problems become extreme when a math teacher absconds with the funds for prom and Ashley is sucked into helping pull off a new prom with no money. As Ashley tries to help patch together a prom, she begins to take a look at her own life. She has no plans, no goals, and it might be time for her to make something happen with herself, just like she's made something happen with prom.
A less serious book from Anderson, this one deals with a girl who is in almost every way a normal girl. She's not a good student, she's moderately popular, she makes really stupid decisions in the men department. Her parents aren't rich and they aren't dysfunctional, but she doesn't want to live at home. Her school is full of metal detectors and normal teenage chatter, rather than the small town or peaceful high schools sometimes written into YA novels. Ashley is likable, but she's no overachiever. She is slowly coming to the realization that if she doesn't figure out what she's going to do with her life, she's going to end up knocked up and living in a rut with her blue collar, lack luster boyfriend. It was an interesting take on high school life. Ashley is smart enough and nice enough, but it just takes her a while to get motivated to do anything. This is possibly a good book for readers who aren't straight A students and who don't know what they want to do with life, as Ashley thoughtfully realizes she might want something more in life than what she has.