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Prom Dates from Hell

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Humorous high school horror; some edgy material.

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my son jason loved it

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Cross Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Ghostbusters, and you'll have a good sense of the tone and fun of PROM DATES FROM HELL. Fans of those movies will enjoy the many references to them scattered throughout the book. Maggie has many of Buffy's characteristics: a reluctant talent with the supernatural; a sarcastic wit when dealing with demons, bullies, and her own fears; and a way of comparing high school with Hell that provides much of the book's humor.

In the second half, the story turns darker, as the action and horror move toward their climax at the prom, and the humor gives way to suspense. Not all of the plotting makes complete sense, but it's all in good fun, and Maggie's sardonic voice keeps it light and entertaining. As with Buffy and Ghostbusters, it's best not to scrutinize the details -- just sit back and enjoy the wacky ride.

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