Author: Julie Anne Peters
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 77% or C+
Buy It: Amazon
My Thoughts::When Azure's principal gives her the chance to turn the school's traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders, she jumps at the opportunity. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends, Luke and Radhika, to join the prom committee as well.Facing heavy opposition and admittedly clueless about prom logistics, the three friends are nonetheless determined to succeed — if Luke's and Azure's secret crushes on Radhika don't push the committee members, and their friendships, to the breaking point first.
I remember in student council my Junior year playing a large part in planning prom, so I could definitely relate to that part of the book, which was one of the bigger reasons why I requested it for review. Plus, I also shared those feelings about how prom is mostly meant for certain types of people, and agree with the idea of an alternate prom.
The plot of this novel had a lot going on. There were a lot of subplots, which I usually don't mind except this was a standalone novel. It was hard to gauge how important certain information and events were supposed to be, because some of them would be discussed again and expanded, but others would just be dropped. Then the topics we were supposed to care about just kept piling up, which made the book a bit messy. Plus these topics were very underdeveloped. On the other end of things, I always had something to think about and I wasn't bored.
I was very pleased with the characters thrown our way. Well, for the most part. Luke was awesome and I loved everything that came with his chapters. I was thoroughly interested in his life and wanted to know how he would deal with living with his brother and the other stress in his life. Azure was also pretty cool, but I couldn't connect with her like I could with Luke. I don't blame the writing, I just didn't like her personality. I did really like her dad though. Rarely do I encounter a parent in a book that I actually feel some kind of feelings for. Usually I barely think about the parents at all. I didn't like Radhika and I couldn't understand why Luke and Azure were in love with her, which was frustrating and made everything they thought about her so teenagery and dramatic.
The ending was sweet, but maybe too sweet. It wrapped up in a pretty little bow with everybody happy and getting what they want. This is nice..but not very powerful.