Parents' Guide to

A Really Nice Prom Mess

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strip club on prom night? Worth a parent preview.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A book with great laughs and characters you'll love instantly.

Though many people will look at the "Not Age Appropriate" sides of the book, it should not over look that fact that it’s a great book that will hook you in and not let go until you're done. It’s for any teenager to read if they feel like they have to hide who they truly are. The characters are relatable and you feel like you want to become friends with the characters. They're realistic and believable to read and you'll want to know what's going to happen next for them. It's a book that will entertain you and it'll teach you a lesson on lying and taking chances. I personally loved this book and have bought it to reread over again. I recommend people to read it to be entertained and have some great laughs at the characters predicaments.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Teens may enjoy this madcap adventure, though it veers from ridiculous to absurd to preposterous. Cameron's first-person voice mannerisms can grow tedious and his epiphanies fall on the stale side. Readers may doubt Cameron's professed love of Shane when he manages to make out with four other people in one night.

Even as the unlikely coincidences rack up, though, Sloan keeps his main character grounded with heartfelt scenes, such as one where Cameron confronts his lying boyfriend: "This is not about your lame attempt to make everyone think you're straight. This is about us and the fact you don't love me. Period." There are a few gay stereotypes, but some empowered moments too: after listening to several people call him a "fag," Cameron finally bursts out that "using that term to describe us is incredibly offensive."

Book Details

  • Author: Brian Sloan
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: February 19, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 297
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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