Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Prom by Saundra Mitchell - ADVISABLE

The Prom by Saundra Mitchell, with Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar 212 pages. Viking (Penguin, Random House), 2019. $18.

Language: PG (27 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: G.



When 17yo Emma wants to take her girlfriend to Prom, the PTA - who sponsors the event - especially PTA President Mrs. Greene, isn't having it. They immediately add rules to attend the prom (and same sex couples are not allowed). What Mrs. Greene doesn't know is Emma's girlfriend is her daughter, Alyssa Greene - head of student council, but not yet out like Emma is. Things heat up when two Broadway stars come to town to help Emma's cause (which she didn't know she had) and things go from bad to worse. She just wants to dance with her date at Prom!

I enjoyed the story - I am familiar with the Broadway musical the novel is based on, and was excited to see a novelization. There are a lot of issues touched on, and a bit too easily resolved (as Broadway does, in a song or two) like homophobia; the fear of homelessness and the numbers of queer kids experiencing it, even in small towns; bigotry, coming out, and inclusivity. I think this is a good read - funny, poignant, touching and timely.

Lisa Librarian

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