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Booklist: Prom

May 12th, 2009 (04:24 pm)

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Current Song: To the Beat of Our Noisy Hearts by Matt Nathanson

prom – noun
a formal dance, esp. one held by a high school or college class at the end of an academic year.
[Origin: 1890–95, Americanism; short for promenade]
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006

Though I never went to a real prom - no desire - I have virtually attended dozens of fictional proms. I prefer atypical shindigs in which the characters dance to their own beat rather than move with the pack.

Want your prom in prose? Kick off your shoes and pick up the following books:

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (the book pick for readergirlz in June 2008)
Prom Kings & Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone
Prom Dates from H@!! by Rosemary Clement-Moore (last word masked for the sake of younger readers)
Prom Crashers by Erin Downing
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Good Girls by Laura Ruby
How I Found the Perfect Dress by Maryrose Wood (sequel to Why I Let My Hair Grow Out)
21 Proms anthology edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft

Here's a non-fiction pick:

Wonderland by Michael Bamberger

A special note to my readers who are going to prom: Have a great night, but be safe out there! There's no need to do what everyone else is doing. You don't have to have a date nor spend a ton of money to have fun. Go stag to the big dance or go with friends. Take your crush out for ice cream or visit the planetarium. Have a picnic. Have a movie marathon. Have fun.

But wait! There's more! Check out the roundtable discussion of Laurie Halse Anderson's book Prom, complete with photo album!


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)

I also want to read Prama by Jamie Ponti.

Posted by: boothyisawesome (boothyisawesome)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)

lol, I was just about to mention this title. There's also the short story anthology Prom Nights From Hell.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)

Yep - have yet to read that one!

Posted by: steve_vernon (steve_vernon)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

I never attended my high school prom. Actually, I'm not even sure if there was one.

I am, however, palm reading at a local prom next month.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)

Have fun!

Posted by: alixwrites (alexflinn)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)

What fun! I went to bring something to my 12-year-old at school Friday and was stuck behind 20 or 30 parents who had come to pick their kids up early so they could get ready for the 8th grade dance (which, in our school, is built up almost to the level of the prom -- I know a girl who's getting a designer original dress). The school has a policy that kids have to go to school if they want to attend the dance -- but they can leave early. What surprised me was that even boys' mothers were picking them up. Like, do boys have to get their hair done for the dance?

The Miami Herald had an article yesterday about people's prom memories. http://www.miamiherald.com/tropical_life/story/518143.html

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)

Oh, wow. That's so young.

Thanks for the link! That's a great piece!

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)

I stayed home and had ice cream. Best prom ever! I think prom is too materialistic, too risky, and too overblown nowadays.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)

I agree. That's why most of the books I picked are about making the night your own and having your own celebrations instead. One of them has SKEE-BALL!

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