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21 Proms Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439890292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439890298
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Levithan is the author of "The Lover's Dictionary "and many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the "New York Times "bestselling "Nick & Norah s Infinite Playlist "(with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic.

Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of many books for teens, including the Edgar Award-winning Wessex Papers (under the pseudonym Daniel Parker), Dirty Laundry, and Drawing a Blank. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I, I'm sure like many others, bought this simply because it features a story by John Green. He is one of my favourite authors and I will pretty much buy anything that has anything to do with him. Through this I got a book featuring 21 storys about 21 proms and it was a real mixed bag. Some were excellent, some were good, some were a bit dire but overall I enjoyed reading this but they were right to put John Green's contribution at the end, they saved the best til last!

First the good : In Vodka Veritas - Hooly Black, Your Big Night - Sarah Mlynowski, Mom Called She Says You Have to go to Prom - Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Better be Good to Me - Daniel Ehrenhaft, How I Wrote to Toby - E. Lockhart, Chicken - Jodi Lynn Anderson, all these were very good, some funny, some a bit sad but all excellent short stories that give some amazing characters that I would happily read more about.

The bad/seriously weird : Geechee Girls Dancin - Jacqueline Woodson (It may just be me but this made little sense, it was like a riddle, one I couldn't figure out.) Primate the Prom - Libba Bray (Not bad, but definitely weird, I like monkeys but as prom dates? Nah!)

The Freaking Excellent : Three Fates - Aimee Friedman (Funny, very sweet, wouldn't we all want 3 dates? Enjoyed this one, figuring out who she would get with (obviously not her brother!!) Excellent.) The Back-up Date - Leslie Margolis (So so funny, some action, a girl who was clearly kidding herself in the best way!) Prom for Fat Girls - Rachel Cohn (I'm a big fan, has she ever written anything bad?) The Great American Morp - John Green (Genious, who can better create three dimensional characters who you love in less that 20 pages? Only the man himself.
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21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three-dimensional characters that I'd love to read more about. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story. Aimee Friedman's THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would. THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger's one-act play that would be wonderful to see performed. PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray's very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend -- who just happens to be a gorilla. THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well-written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother's best friend.

As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection. The two that I loved the most, however, were these: Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX-PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME. THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green's absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a "morp," a party that is a backwards prom. In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I'd absolutely love to see again.
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brought this for my teen daughter she loves it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Skip It 17 Mar. 2011
By A. Dickens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was rather disappointed with this collection. Most of the stories were either overly contrived, or simply boring. There are only three that really stand out as "good" in my mind, which are "Three Fates", "Mom Called, She Said You Have to Go to Prom", and "The Question." Unfortunately, they weren't enough to make up for the rest of the book. It may be worth finding at a library in order to read the previously mentioned pieces, but overall I'd suggest skipping this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 Feb. 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
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21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three-dimensional characters that I'd love to read more about. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story. Aimee Friedman's THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would. THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger's one-act play that would be wonderful to see performed. PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray's very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend -- who just happens to be a gorilla. THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well-written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother's best friend.

As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection. The two that I loved the most, however, were these: Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX-PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME. THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green's absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a "morp," a party that is a backwards prom. In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I'd absolutely love to see again.

I did notice one thing that is interesting, and I want to know why this is: people seem much more likely to write about two gay guys than two lesbians. Quite a few of the stories had gay guys in them, but I can't think of any about two girls who wanted to go to prom together; I don't know why. In fact, I can only think of one book that I've read where the main character is a lesbian: KEEPING YOU A SECRET, by Julie Anne Peters.

A good short story, one that has good characters or a hold-your-breath-suspenseful plot or something, has to do it in just a few pages. These were some of the best short stories I can ever remember reading!

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone 26 Jun. 2012
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I really like how this book was filled with several smaller stories. The variety kept me interested (although there were a few that felt like they overlapped in content). I like how many managed to capture the excitement and fun of prom. There were some that tried to stretch the prompt and come up with other ways to tie in to the theme, and those were fun too, although I would have preferred all stories about the primary subject.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for you student to have in their backpack! 2 Jun. 2015
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a quick read compiled by lots of excellent authors. The teens seemed to fly through it and I'm sure the next bunch will too. Short stories by popular authors are making a comeback, allowing a quick indulgence in study hall or before or after homework. I hope to see moe of these with more great authors!
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slight Let down 16 Feb. 2015
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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I went into this book with high hopes because it featured short stories from many authors I have enjoyed in the past. I found it a bit disappointing. None of the stories really stood out as memorable or exceptionally entertaining. Some were ok and others were just kind of a let down.
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