READ ´ Prom By Laurie Halse Anderson


Prom By Laurie Halse AndersElp from her large and loving if exasperating family from Nat's eccentric grandmother from the principal from her fellow classmates And in making the prom happen Ash learns some surprising things about making her life happen too. I had high hopes for this book since I like most everything Laurie Halse Anderson does but this book was a bit of a disappointment I like to read young adult literature to put in my classroom and to suggest to my children but this one will not be high on my recommendation list It tells the story of Ashley who is a senior in high school and is seriously dating her boyfriend TJ and they are discussing moving into and apartment He has dropped out of school and Ashley is barely hanging on Her family is poor but her mother in expecting child number 5 as Ashley has 3 younger brothers Her father says he is making her a room in the basement so she will no longer have to share with her brother but she has little faith in him Her best friend Natalia who lives next door is helping to organize the prom But the young female math teacher has been arrested for stealing the prom money so the students are told there will be no prom For reasons unbeknownst to Ashley she volunteers to assist her friend Nat in finding ways to make the prom happen Nat's grandmother who is Russian also lives with them and seems a bit senile only speaking in Russian and eating ravioli out of the can Ashley works in a place very similar to Chuck E Cheese which she hates and her boyfriend talks about working but never seems to have a job The girls find a way to have the prom in the gym Ashley finds a way to get a new dress which her mom proceeds to destroy in the wash but Ashley doesn't care she does not see any value in the prom But in the end she decides she wants to go as she has been a vital part of the prom planning committee But the vice principal tells her she cannot attend since she owes too many detentions When grandma goes missing Ashley decides that she must find her since Nat is at the prom with her father since she broke her leg trying t climb the stairs in high heels and grandma had made Ashley a beautiful dress after her mother had ruined hers They end up at the high school where Ashley decides to dump her loser boyfriend TJ who had found a disgusting apartment for them and only cared about getting her clothes off to use the condoms she had gotten for the prom and getting high With a diversion from her mother Ashley is able to go and enjoy the prom with her friends until she is arrested for trespassing What I did not like about this book was that I never really felt anything for the characters they were not fully developed and you never bought into their troubles or their victories While Ashley has some very admirable ualities you just never seemed to like her enough to care

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St friend Natalia who's the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money and Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance But she has plenty of h. My first modern YA book that I've read for my class this semester First of all I forgot how awesomely easy it is to read at a lower reading level these books are going to go fast I thought this book would be kind of cheesy girly story about prom that would have existed in my day a Sweet Valley High like story but I was pleasantly surprised The story is about a girl who lives a low income life in Philly and ends up getting involved with prom after a teacher steals all the prom funds I really liked the main character and that the author did a good job of showing low income life without being cynical preachy or looking down for the characters You don't often see stories written from the point of view of the kids not bound for college or parents who can't afford to buy prom dresses and you especially don't see them without any hint of let's collectively pity these kids and make an ending that will show us 'they' can become like 'us' if they really try Reading this book made me realize how many other stories take this attitude One shock I had is that the author allows the character to cuss and that the character also is sexually active But I liked that the author approached both things like they were just part of her world and not overly discussed or infected with drama I really liked this book

CHARACTERS Prom By Laurie Halse Anderson

READ ´ Prom By Laurie Halse Anderson ☆ ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Prom By Laurie Halse Anderson ✩ – Ashley Hannigan is one of the few people in her urban Philadelphia high school who doesn't care about the prom It's pretty much the only good thing that happens there and everyone plans to make the mo Ashley Ashley Hannigan is one of the few people in her urban Philadelphia high school who doesn't care about the prom It's pretty much the only good thing that happens there and everyone plans to make the most of it especially Ash's be. About 15th of the way into this book I realized that this book was what an upper middle class suburban girl would write if she was writing about normal lower middle class kidsAnderson starts referring to the number of kids that are crack whores in jail etc but none of the characters in the book get into any kind of serious trouble This is simply not the truth for large groups of lower middle class kids Many lower middle class kids have friends who get into serious trouble Ashley hangs out with hard partying kids but none of them have conseuences That's an upper middle class reality not the reality for families that are too cash strapped to get their kids a good lawyerThe narrator Ashley lacks authenticity She just doesn't feel real She has a bazillion detentions but doesn't ever earn them during the book She seems to ditch class regularly but the conseuences aren't real ie tickets contracts court dates etc The book on the whole is sweet but it lacks truth Skip Prom and go read My Most Excellent Year a story about truly normal kids