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Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun main character, but lots of teen drinking too.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+
poop rocks in this story and pregnancy is a big issue where bridget gets pregnant is really bad but i love it

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1):

This is a fun enough addition to the prom genre for mature teens, if not a particularly deep one. Margarita Diaz is different than most prom candidates: She is unapologetically fat, wears outrageous clothes, sometimes with feathers attached -- and can swear like a sailor in both Spanish and English. Also, unlike a lot of queen bee prom wannabes, she is actually nice to everyone. Her energy certainly breathes life into this rather meandering revenge story. Readers may laugh at some of the antics -- like when Madge wakes up to find that she has passed out drunk in a college football stadium next to an empty box of Krispy Kremes -- and they will certainly cheer when she tells off her arch-rival Bridget Benson.

But by the time readers make it towards the end of the book, they may have forgotten what the whole point was. And this is exactly when the author decides to build Bridget's unfortunate -- and rather outrageous -- secret past (which includes a trashy drug-addicted mother who hits on Madge's gay best friend). All this -- of course -- leads to a very-scripted resolution between Madge and Bridget. Ultimately, it's Madge and her ebullient narration that keeps this story afloat.

Book Details

  • Author: Nico Medina
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: May 6, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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