Sunday, July 13, 2014

Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling

Prom Impossible
By Laura Pauling
Published: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Redpoint Press
Pages: 200
2 stars

1 girl + 1 prom + 3 guys = Prom Impossible!

Cassidy decides her senior year, including prom, will be about Michael Greenwood, the boy destined to be her soul mate. One problem. He hasn’t figured that out yet. 

But certain events meant as innocent pranks—that weren’t completely her fault—introduce her to Zeke, the reformed bad boy. And cutting deals in the boys’ bathroom with Jasper, the hottest guy in school, lands her in a complicated web of half-truths that spirals out of control. 

At the end of the year, she’s dateless the day before the big night but risks a lot more than her pride if she can’t find a way to fix her mistakes. 

PROM IMPOSSIBLE is a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy in the world of teens, true love, and life.

Novel provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

Opening Thoughts
I think that my expectations for this book were way to high, and that there was no way that this book could have possibly met them. This book was meant for a younger audience, than what I am. I think that this book was better suited for middle school or early high school, and that's not really the reading group that I'm in.

I found it extremely difficult to summon any sympathy for our main character, Cassidy. We start off the book with Cassidy and her cousin, Jules, as juniors, setting up smoke bombs at prom, and then Cassidy spends the rest of the book attempting to ensure that she will have the perfect prom, which in my eyes, is incredibly selfish, because why should she get to have the perfect prom when she ruined it for all of the seniors the year before. This is just one example of Cassidy being selfish and annoying, but that trait does occur constantly throughout the book, this just happens to be the one that stood out the most in my mind.

The guys in this book, of which there are three, seemed underdeveloped and kind of stupid. I suppose that stupid isn't really the best word to describe them, but they definitely seemed like their thought processes were kind of off, or at least nowhere close to what mine is. It was so obvious to me from the very beginning of the book that Zeke liked Cassidy. I don't really understand why Cassidy was so totally blind to it. And then, she ignores him, and is really quite mean to him pretty much the entire book, yet that doesn't affect his feelings to her at all. And then there's Michael of course, the boy that Cassidy is convinced is her soul mate. It made no sense to me whatsoever why Cassidy felt that Michael was her soul mate, because they don't really know each other at all, and we don't really learn anything about him in the book. I found it to be pretty annoying that every time Michael would flirt with a girl, Cassidy would get all jealous and mean, and I'm like, c'mon girl, I'm pretty sure he barely knows you exist. And then when she totally ruined Jasper's paper, and not just one of them, multiple paper, he was just like, naw girl, it's all good. That caused much annoyance for me.

This plot is so simple, I feel that it doesn't even need much of a review. It's very simplistic, just about a girl and her efforts to have a perfect prom. The writing is also very simple, and it almost felt as if it were meant for a younger audience than what the book is actually targeted towards.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this book that much. It wasn't horrid, but it wasn't god either, it was just okay. I'd recommend it to people who really enjoy prom/teenage drama stories, but if you're looking for a deep book, or a good romance, than this is definitely not the book for you. 

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