Prom Dates From Hell
By Rosemary Clement Moore
review by me
First off, I have to let you know that I briefly met this author. I also took one of her classes at the DFW conference. I also bought her book. I also had her sign it.
This did not in any way influence my opinion.
Well, maybe a little, but I tried to be pretty straightforward with myself as I read the book.
The main character, Maggie Quinn, is a cynical senior in high school who suddenly finds herself surrounded by strange, dangerous, possibly (probably) (well–okay, definitely) supernatural events. She has to either trust her gut and try to save the world at the risk of looking crazy, or leave the snobs of the senior class to their fate. *cue scary music*
Oh, and there are hott guys. Yes, guys as in plural.
There are swimming pools, demons, witches, elitist clicks, hazings, quirky chemistry teachers, creepy dreams, plot twists, and a Jeep, all in whirled into a mystery that propels you along to the final (formal attired) showdown.
I loved the pacing of the book–I was able to read it in about a day and a half over a hectic weekend. The MC’s perspective of high school is one many of us non-all-stars can relate to. The mystery was well woven and kept you guessing. I loved the voice and there were lots of funny descriptions and witty bits of dialogue. I may have even laughed aloud.
When I purchased this book, a lady standing at next to me at the merch table asked me if I thought it would be appropriate for her 9 year old daughter with a high reading level. Since at that point in time I hadn’t read the book yet, I admitted I had no idea. Now having read the book, all I can say is–as with many YA reads, there are a couple comments on religion and politics here, there’s also a bit of blood, cursing, and some characters with serious life issues, so parents might want to skim it first to make sure they’re okay with it, but for readers that are able to use books to strengthen their perspectives rather than weaken them, this is a fun rollercoaster ride.
Just keep the salt handy. (that’s an inside joke. You won’t get it until you read the book, so read it and then we can laugh together. mwahh ha haaa.)
I give this one 4 3/4 stars out of 5
Have a beautiful weekend.
(another review Monday!!!)