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Reader Prom + prom reading

Tomorrow evening’s Reader Prom hosted by Porter Square Books looks like so much fun!

Join Porter Square Books at the Davis Square VFW for our first ever Reader Prom and Book drive. All the proceeds will go to the Porter Square Books Foundation.

Dress up in your finest prom fashion. Bring a copy of your favorite book as your date to donate to the Y2Y Homeless Shelter in Harvard Square. (It’s the only prom where you’re supposed to dump your date at the door!)

There will be free snacks and soft drinks, a cash bar, music, dancing, “after-prom” style games and activities, and, of course, “chaperones.” You’ll also be able to get a formal prom picture with your “date” and a bookish corsage.

Get all the details and buy tickets (before noon tomorrow, when sales close) at PSB’s event page.

If you can’t go — or you just can’t wait to go — make a date with one of these new additions to our prom-themed booklist. It might be love! (P.S. With a little sleuthing, you can find some Horn Bookers’ vintage prom pics on our site!)

Hall, Sandy  A Prom to Remember
310 pp.     Feiwel/Swoon     2018
Trade ISBN 978-1-250-11914-8
Ebook 978-1-250-11913-1

Seven high school seniors prepare for the Big Night while facing social, familial, and societal pressures. Each protagonist’s voice is given equal weight, and plot lines are deftly woven into a cohesive narrative. Hall’s understanding of the teenage psyche is evident through the natural-sounding dialogue and occasional text messages and through the authentic characters’ insightful thoughts full of adolescent awkwardness and insecurity.

Helgeson, Kat  Say No to the Bro
264 pp.     Simon     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-7193-0
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-7195-4

Ava, the football coach’s daughter, is drafted as the “Wild Card” into the date auction fundraiser known as Prom Bowl; quarterback Mark is dating her but can’t afford to bid on her. Though this is a breezy read, different narrators (Ava, Mark, and other characters) provide varied perspectives on a tradition some find problematic and on the difficulties inherent in making waves.

Katcher, Brian  Deacon Locke Went to Prom
389 pp.     HarperCollins/Tegen     2017
Trade ISBN 978-0-06-242252-1

Tall and awkward Deacon takes his grandmother to prom, but he doesn’t expect a video of them dancing to go viral. Deacon gets a reality-TV offer just when his grandmother may be losing her faculties, and minor fame also complicates his blossoming relationship with Muslim girl Soraya. Deacon’s internal commentary on the story’s situations and conversations displays an endearing genuineness and healthy perseverance.

McCoy, Chris  The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion
294 pp.     Knopf     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-375-85599-3
Library binding ISBN 978-0-375-95599-0
Ebook ISBN 978-0-375-89711-5

Eighteen-year-old Bennett finally gets his dream girl to agree to be his prom date, and immediately afterwards she’s abducted by aliens. To find her he hitches a ride with an interstellar rock band. The over-the-top premise works well with a narrative that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Characters manage to be grounded and realistic while still generating lots of humor.

Reinhardt, Liz  Rebels like Us
492 pp.     Harlequin/Seventeen     2017
Trade ISBN 978-0-373-21220-0

Preppy, biracial New Yorker Agnes (“Nes”) lands in rural Georgia for the end of high school. The stark contrast between those settings is made palpable when the deep-seated racism of the South shows up at her doorstep. Amid a whirlwind, page-turning romance with “golden boy” Doyle, Nes fights to desegregate her school’s prom in this dramatic story of modern bigotry.

Rubin, Lance  Denton Little’s Deathdate
346 pp.     Knopf     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-553-49696-3
Library binding ISBN 978-0-553-49697-0
Ebook ISBN 978-0-553-49698-7

In seventeen-year-old Denton’s world, AstroThanatoGenetics makes it possible to find out the date of a person’s death at birth, though not the exact moment and cause. Denton spends his deathdate, which happens to be the day of his senior prom, wondering how he’ll go. There’s dark humor in spades here, along with fully developed relationships and a mystery that will keep pages turning.

Saeed, Aisha  Written in the Stars
289 pp.     Penguin/Paulsen     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-399-17170-3

High-school senior Naila’s college plans are derailed when her conservative Pakistani American parents catch her attending prom and whisk her away to Pakistan for a “visit.” To her increasing horror, Naila realizes that her parents intend to force her into marriage with a Pakistani man. Saeed’s suspenseful, emotional novel is elevated by Naila’s intelligent voice and her unwillingness to become a victim.


Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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