Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Promposal

PromposalAuthor: Rhonda Helms
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?

Promposal (n.) an often very public proposal, in which one person asks another person to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.

Camilla can’t help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. But when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance who’s wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew; she’s forced to say yes. However, all hope is not lost, as a timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. Is she reading into something that isn’t there, or will she get her dream guy just in time for prom?

Joshua has been secretly in love with his best friend Ethan since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’d go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.

The road to the perfect promposal isn’t easy to navigate. But one thing’s certain, prom season is going to be memorable.

Social norms are a challenging thing for us to face.

I was met with swooning girls, snorting guys.

I stood there in the doorway for a couple of minutes, trying to smile, trying to pretend that I wasn’t making what felt like the biggest sacrifice of my life.

Promposal is a short, cute novel about best friends, Camilla and Joshua, who hope that they will be able to attend their high school prom with the people of their dreams. Camilla receives a huge promposal full of flowers, music, and the attention of what seems like everyone in their school. However, there is only one problem, she does not want to go with this boy, but wants to go with her crush, Benjamin instead. Then we have Joshua who has a crush on their other BFF, Ethan, but Joshua is let down when Ethan asks Josh to help him put together a promposal for another guy in their class. I think so many people can relate to these two teens and their awkward high school years. They both must learn to be brave and communicate their feelings to the ones they want to attend prom with!

What sold me the most about this book was the alternating chapters. We get to see things from Camilla’s perspective as well as from Joshua’s. Their voices are so different and it interesting to see them handle the same topics, just in different ways. I would have loved to have had Ethan’s point of view as well, just because he was a part of their group and was so close to both of them. This book was a nice little escape for me and took me no time at all to finish. I am a high school teacher, so the term “promposal” only became familiar to me in the past few years. Students go above and beyond to make these special, and I love that this was included in a book! Props to Rhonda Helms!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Simon Pulse in exchange for my honest review***

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