Ashley Hannigan doesn’t care about the prom, but she’s the exception. It’s pretty much the only good thing that happens in her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it – especially Ash’s best 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. Suddenly, Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help- 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.

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Praise for Prom

“Modern teen life just outside Philadelphia is vividly drawn in Ashley’s first person tale, and it’s both screamingly funny and surprisingly tender. Expect teen readers to be quoting aloud to each other, and giggling.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Few adolescent girls will be able to resist Anderson’s modern fairy tale.”
—The Horn Book

“…this book will delight readers who want their realism tempered with fun.”
—School Library Journal

“…Anderson finds humor and heartache in a situation that’s pretty ordinary. But that’s the key to the book’s appeal: how normal it is, and real. In fact, Anderson has dedicated it “to all the ‘normal’ kids who… told me nobody ever writes about them.””
—Philadelphia Inquirer

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