Title: Prom Impossible
Author: Laura Pauling
Genre: Young Adult,
Copy from: Netgalley
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.
This book belongs to the second.
With the onslaught of New Adult books these days, readers are used to more meat in the story (i.e. broken girl/boy, had a bad childhood but has grown or on his/her way to becoming a better person, a little bit of "ehem ehem" with the retribution, salvation, peace added to the mix).
Having read quite a lot of the category above, I still have a penchant for Young Adult books especially those whose characters have a strong, uhm, character. Sadly, this book is a little lacking in that department. All that I ever got from this book was that girls can't just live without having the perfect prom. Sure, there are other things such as discovering her inner heart, how she's making herself a loony for the wrong boy when in fact there is that one guy who's perfect for her. Go figure.
I also found one line in the book that quite summarizes it.
"Senior year was supposed to rock. And it sucked. Everything I did was an attempt to make this year the best of my life with friends, a boyfriend, and prom. But obviously, that was impossible."
Let me just show my emotion after reading this book.
And, based on her About page, Prom Impossible is "a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy". Sadly, I haven't seen which of Shakespeare's works this book has an inclination to.
Maybe, just maybe, the thing that can save this plot is when a companion book be written on Zeke's perspective.