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Prom Night
by Megan Stine
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2006 (2006)
*   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Three friends with three rules:

1. Never break up with your boyfriend before the prom without a backup.
2. Never buy the same dress as anyone else at your school.
3. Never forget that the real fun begins at the after-party.

The story of Prom Night: Making Out by Megan Stine begins where might be expected for a month or so before prom - at the mall. Friends Heather, Lisa Marie, and Marianna are dress and shoe shopping for the big dance. The girls are all expecting the night to be the biggest in their lives so far, but for each it turns out far differently than they expect, as each one learns something new about themselves.

Lisa Marie finds the perfect dress, but can't afford it. To make the ends of her prom budget meet she takes a job at Starbucks. The night of her first shift, her stodgy boyfriend breaks up with her. Lisa Marie retaliates by unwittingly making dates with five other guys, thinking they'll all just hang out together.

Marianna finds the perfect date for the prom - except her father won't even let her go out past dark. With her friends' help she finds a way to meet Luke, a fellow cross-country runner. The two quickly fall for each other and with the help of her two friends, Marianna meets him on prom night.

Heather, on the other hand, is wondering if she even likes boys. She's not interested in finding a dress, discussing dates, or being fixed up. She's more interested in watching another girl, Katie Morgan, who is a lesbian. Heather also wonders the same about herself.

Prom night goes from giddy to disastrous at times for all three of the girls. They all split up, but ultimately back each other up in the end. Despite what they expected from the evening they grow in different ways than they thought and emerge a bit wiser from the experience.

In Prom Night: Making Out, the author paints a ditzy portrayal of three different girls who are friends. It's sometimes difficult to imagine such extreme personalities. It's also tough to imagine three girls who wouldn't think twice about the consequences of drinking, hooking up, and relying on drunk, jealous boyfriends to get them home safely by curfew time. Although the book is fun to read at times, it is just one more caricature of teenaged boy-crazed girls in an era of chick-lit that could maybe bring a bit more to the table.

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