Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee - OPTIONAL

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee 234 pages, Roaring Brook Press 2019 $18.

Language: R (57 swears 49 'f'); Mature Content: PG 13; (Teen alcohol use, sexual situations) Violence: PG.



Nolan's adoptive big sister Daphne wants to make sure that Nolan has a date to prom and his first kiss before she heads off for college in the fall. Nolan is gay, and his crush doesn't have a date yet, so Daphne plans an elaborate prom-posal for him, but instead of asking Si (his crush) everything goes wrong, and Nolan ends up "fake dating" Bern and planning to go to Prom with him instead.

Goslee's representation of relationships is amazing, the family dynamics - Nolan is an adopted foster kid- the sibling interactions, dating, friends, dealing with with your friend's friends - such a great study in high school and family dynamics.  The romance is sweet, the situations are realistic - a bunch of crass high school shenanigans including talk of rude pictures drawn on Nolan's locker and the goings on at teen parties make this too mature for middle school, which is unfortunate, because Goslee has written a great story, full of humor and heart.

Lisa Librarian

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