The Real Prom Queens of Westfield Highby Laurie Boyle Crompton (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Sourcebooks Fire, Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-02-04
Genres: Adolescence, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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.
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.