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Rather Be Prom-ing

Looking back, I feel disdain for about a handful of high school memories but never about prom. Even though my boyfriend and I had just broken up and we decided to go to the dance as friends, it was still a total blast and one of my favorite memories ever. I survived self-tanner and missing the complimentary makeup appointment I won. (Truth: I got way lost. Some things never change.) I couldn’t have asked for a better date, and a better final weekend with my closest friends (in true Jersey fashion, we spent it down the shore).

Estelle Prom 2013

To get in the spirit — my mom informed me that our high school prom is occurring this weekend (lucky ducks! It’s Memorial Day weekend!) — I’m sharing a few prom-worthy reads AND a prom-tastic Spotify playlist to get you grooving on your next walk, while you’re sitting at your desk at work, or maybe for your own personal dance party. Thanks to those of you who sent in suggestions to our Twitter account and also told us a little bit about your prom! I love taking trips down memory lane with you.

Your prom book list:

  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: A modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Prom & Prejudice focuses on the pressures of getting to the actual dance. It was so light and fun, and inspired me to pick up my dog-earred copy of Pride & Prejudice ASAP.
  • Promposal by Rhonda Helms: Magan dubbed this book “worth it”. Here’s a short blurb from her: “Promposal reads easily and was a quick, enjoyable book. The story is about two genuine, innocent characters who want things to finally work out for them.”
  • We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg: What is it with Eulberg and dances?! I love it! This book might not be about prom, per say, but it is about girlfriends hanging out, making time for one another, and having so much fun.
  • Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas: How about getting a glimpse into one girl’s prom — and two different journeys? This book was SO much fun, and relatively low drama for a book about a big dance that gets everyone a little obsessive.

And now for some tunes:

A note: Write down the songs you remember to from prom because I guarantee 10-ish years later, you will not remember any of them. (I swear! I asked my best friends.) I even danced a lot! Second, you may notice some modern tunes mixed it. Well, these are songs we would love to dance to at prom NOW if we could. Happy listening!

If you feel like sharing, we’d love love love to hear about your prom. Did you go on a trip afterwards? Was there a theme? Did you go with a friend or was it your sweetheart? WE LOVE STORIES so feel free to tell us some.

May 24, 2015 - 9:14 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love prom season! I’ve seen so many limos around lately and a friend at work has a much younger sister that has her prom coming up and it’s so fun to hear about. I can’t believe my prom was 14 years ago, ahhh!

May 22, 2015 - 1:00 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Aww what a cute picture! 🙂 I love this post! I went with a guy friend and our whole group of friends and it was so much fun. I’m trying to remember what songs were played there but I can’t remember! :/ love that spotify playlist though!

May 21, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Alexa S. - Such a fun post! The theme of our prom was Asian fusion, which didn’t really translate in the decorations at all. I went with a family friend who I didn’t really know (AKA a bit of awkwardness) but I did have a lot of fun with my girls that night, dancing the night away 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 6:28 am

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - I remember my prom being so much fun! I’m from England so it’s not as big over here as it is in the U.S. and other parts of the world but we had it on a boat on the River Thames and it was beautiful. It was so nice to have one final night together before we all split up and everything got messy.

May 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My prom was ridiculous. I wasn’t near any of my friends so I took a taxi there with my mom (she made sure my dress–which I bought online–didn’t get caught in any doors!) and met friends there. I don’t talk to any of the people I knew or friends I had in high school anymore but I can still look back on the night with fond memories. When else will I be told I look like a princess?! You also got me thinking about music at my prom and I can’t believe it but I cannot remember a single song. Not even one!

Bringing things back to this post: I totally loved Prom and Prejudice–so cute! so fun!

May 20, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Layla - My prom was also 10+ years ago – c/o 2007, woo – and I don’t remember a single song that played. Or if I danced at all. Whoops. To be totally honest, what I remember is wanting to punch my date in the limo and then the sleepover my BFFs and I had after prom. Not much about prom itself. I’ll have to check out some of the books you mentioned instead and see if it sparks anything!

May 20, 2015 - 8:51 am

Melissa Ryall - I love this post! My favorite prom memory is at the end of the night my friends and I dancing to “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and singing as loud as we could. That is the only song I remember being played at my dance.

I just added Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas to my reading list. I can’t wait to check it out.

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