Saturday, April 5, 2008

Prom Crashers by Erin Downing


It was love at first sight for Emily and Ethan. But then Em lost his number and, with it, all the hope of finding a real boyfriend before the end of senior year. All she knows about Ethan is his first name, that he has a supercute smile, and that he's going to a prom this month. Which high school? That's anyone's guess....

Em enlists the help of her three best friends, who quickly score formal wear and hail a limo. Together, Emily, Max and Sid vow to find Ethan, to find a cure for senioritis, and most important, to find true love -- one hilarious prom night at a time.

Grade: B - Adorkable

In fifty words of less, what made this book so great?
The characters! They were drawn out well and had their own voices. Erin Downing deserves a round of applause :)
Review time yet? I'd say so!
If I had to describe Prom Crashers in a single word, it'd be "cute". (Or "adorkable". Really depends on my mindset that day :P) You know those books perfect for a lazy afternoon? This one's it. Right off the bat, we start with a conflict that is, in and of itself, indulging. Then we meet a quartet of quirky and distinguished characters who execute the plot beautifully. The composition of the book worked for me.

Perhaps what kept me turning pages the most, though, were the many subplots that emerge when you dive deeper into the story. Em may be getting herself stuck in a love triangle; Charlie might not have a clear channel of communication with his boyfriend, and it might just ruin his relationship; Sid just wants to get a break and jump start her career; Max longs to write a story that will sell.

This book isn't just about prom(s), or finding the boy you saw once almost and whose number you lost. It's about relationships: making sense of them, finding how they figure into your life, learning how they shape themselves differently with each passing day. It's not blatantly stated anywhere, but if you think about it, all of those themes subtly pop up.

I do have two little complaints though. One, I thought Em's exploration of her friendship with Max was developed well, but when it came to the end, it was dealt with in a shallow manner that was not the way that subplot deserved to be tied up. (This subplot was the most important, in my opinion.) Two, I didn't like how Em's and Max's relationship was defined and I wholeheartedly disagree!

Two isn't really a valid argument, because this is my own selfishness speaking, but hey, this is all about giving reviews and opinions, right?

All things considered, I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a light, fun read. Like any of the Romantic Comedies series' books (which I love, and will probably review all of them here), it's enjoyable without being too serious or heavy. Check it out.


Amee said...

Sounds like a good book. Great review as well. ;)

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