The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Posted 13 February, 2014 by Danny in Danny, Danny's Book Review / 8 Comments

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High

by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Sourcebooks Fire, Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-02-04
Genres: Adolescence, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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3.5 Stars
Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she's willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.

Laurie Boyle Crompton is a fantastic Author! Last year I read BLAZE which was so damn entertaining and awesome! So of course, when I saw her new book coming out, I was just as thrilled to pick it up and start reading!

From being the Grey Mouse to Prom Queen!

The idea about making the outsider girls to prom queens in just one semester is both funny and feels like a dream for so many girls. I loved how this story both felt like a satire but then also holds so much truth underneath the silly and fun. Shannon really has it bad and basically has one best friend, but then who doesn’t want to be super popular?  Have everything High School kids dream about? The right friends, the right boyfriend and .. the right look? What if someone would help you getting there? And…. with a chance to win a Million in the end?

Smart, Funny Satire

Of course, everything was a little overdone. The drama, the people that run the Reality Show and the kids themselves. But, it worked! It made me laugh and definitely managed to entertain me! The Characters were perfectly woven into this story of Wannabee’s and Prom Queens and we find all the classic characters in the story.

We get lots of drama and also some cute romance, which was actually truly endearing. The drama was of course slightly predicable and we as the reader could see from a mile away what will happen to Shannon and where this will all end. The final showdown was maybe a little too much for my liking, but in the end there are some important massages for the kids at school about popularity and real friendship.

Bewitched Rating

Rating 3.5

Bottom Line

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton is a smart and witty Satire the hits the nerve of many girls in High School who think that being popular is all that matters. Even though there is so much to laugh about, we still get the underlying messages as they were wonderfully woven into this witty story. What counts is being yourself and not trying so hard to be someone and then leaving the real self behind.

 

 contemporary

Additional Info

 Laurie Boyle Crompton next book will abslo be released this year and is called  “Adrenaline Crush” and about “About a thrill-seeking girl who pushes herself too close to the edge one fateful day, and must learn to live with the consequences of her actions.” I’m super excited for it!!
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8 Responses to “The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton”

  1. Oh I’ve heard such great things about Blaze! I still need to read that one, and now I have another of her books to add to the list. I sometimes am just in the mood for something a little over the top and outlandish like this story, so I’m excited to give it a try. I’m in the mood to simply be entertained:)

  2. Chanpreet

    I think I’d enjoy this, even with the over the top drama. The concept is somewhat new which is cool. I didn’t think there were many more variations of this theme that could be done.

  3. Em

    I think that this sounds like something that I would read……At least it sounds entertaining! Glad that there are also some underlining messages also though!

  4. You know I loved Blaze last year but I forgot all about this author. It’s like I need a list beside my bed and I need to go through Goodreads every quarter to see if they have any new books coming out. There is just no way to keep up! I’m so glad you featured this one. It seems you didn’t like this one as much as you could have. No romance??? Was that it?

    Could I have all the stuff to be popular without going back to high school? Just being in the PTO is competitive enough. I feel like I’m in high school again sometimes! But I got the good guy, so there is that. And I bet I could rock a tiara 🙂

    Great review Danny!

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