Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling

Prom Impossible 

Published: May 1, 2014, Redpoint Press
My Source: I received a copy from Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Description: 1 girl + 1 prom + 3 guys = Prom Impossible!

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.

My Review: Prom Impossible starts out with a bang--almost literally. Cassidy is caught setting off smoke bombs at school and is sentenced to a summer camp for troubled kids. She meets a former bad boy, Zeke, there and they have a partnership full of friction. She is determined to win her dorky friend, Michael, over because she's convinced that he's her soul mate--but he doesn't seem to think the same way. Jasper, one of the most popular guys, ends up being a part of her plan to make Michael jealous and that opens up a different can of worms.

Yes, I get the whole Shakespeare relation, but I had a hard time connecting with Cassidy. From the things she does, to the things she says, she is front and center in the spotlight, even though she claims she doesn't like that type of attention. I felt that her whole life was a twisted mass of half-truths and lies. She even resorts to stealing and cheating to save herself. I really would have liked to get to know the real her, because the glimpses were that of a fun girl, but I often wondered who she really was and if she even knew. I didn't like the way she stepped on people to get to where she wanted to be--she didn't treat people very good. Jules, Cassidy's BFF and cousin, wasn't much better in the likability department. Would a true friend let you take the complete blame for a prank gone wrong that was your idea? Probably not, yet Jules did just that. 

One of the great parts of the book was Carter, Cassidy's twin brother. He didn't get wrapped up in all of the drama. He was his own individual, doing things that wouldn't seem popular, but he didn't care and that made him all the more popular and likable. I also liked the lessons learned, even though most of them were learned the hard way. Being a teenager isn't ever easy, but sometimes a person just needs to stand up for who s/he is. Choices don't ever come without consequences, both good and bad, but it's also nice when one learns from the bad ones and makes changes to his/her life. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

language--a few mild instances (mostly taking the name in vain)
romance--non-descriptive kissing; rumor of sex (not detailed and not true).

About the Author:
Laura PaulingLaura writes young adult romantic suspense and romantic comedy. She’s the author of the exciting Circle of Spies Series, and the time travel mystery, HEIST. She’s a former elementary teacher and currently lives in New England. After spending time reading books to her kids and loving a good plot turn, she put her fingers to the keyboard. Don’t ask her about the unfinished quilts and scrapbooks. Stories are way more exciting.

She writes to entertain and experience a great story…and to be able to work in her jammies and slippers.

PROM IMPOSSIBLE, a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy will be released in May 2014.

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