Prom, Laurie Halse Anderson
Book Review by Cat C
Grade 8 English
Bigelow Middle School
Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Prom is like a dance with no music. It goes nowhere. It has a beginning, and middle, but, is so loose there should be an epilogue to tie the book together.
Prom, Anderson’s Hannigan is Bad News
The main character Ashley Hannigan is just bad news. She drinks on weekends, her boyfriend is a high school drop out and she has more detentions than you can count. It is Ashley Hannigan’s senior year and she doesn’t care about the prom at all. To her it is just like any other dance, but her friend Natalia is head of the prom committee and has planned her entire year around this event. The prom committee has everything planned to the very last detail and everything is going great, until the prom money is stolen by one of the teachers. This is when Ashley jumps in to help. Well, actually it’s help with the prom or serve detention. She helps put together a prom that (hopefully) everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.
Ashley ends up going to the prom but gets arrested for not serving her detentions.
Ashley had a rocky relationship with her friends. They didn’t like her boyfriend, and since Ashley was not into the prom like they were it caused a lot of friction between them.
Sample of the writing:
“I decided to move out of my parent’s house for a while. At least until my bedroom was finished. I still don’t know if I wanted to stay and live with my parents. Now TJ was gone and I couldn’t move in with him. And there was no chance that I was going to college.”
Anderson’s Prom, The Verdict
Cons: Nothing is ever fully explained in this book. The teacher is arrested and there is no explanation how or why she took the money for the prom. Ashley did help with the prom she still had to serve detention and was arrested at the prom. And even though Anderson mentions that Ashley’s baby sister helps her, it never explains how.
Final word: Find something else to read.
TagsBigelow Middle School, Book Review, Fiction, Laurie Halse Anderson, Literature, Prom, The Open Critic
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