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Promposal by Rhonda Helms • Magan Reviews

Promposal by Rhonda Helms [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: promposal, public displays of affection, LGBT, Dive Into Diversity Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When best friends Camilla and Joshua find themselves in less-than-ideal situations for prom, one of them going with someone she doesn’t want to date […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

Magan - Alexa, it sounds like even within the US Promposals are a completely different thing. I’d NEVER heard of them when I was in high school, but other commenters said they had them around that time. So interesting how it’s all spread out!

March 3, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - Promposal sounds like a super cute read! In the Philippines, going to prom is an entirely different experience; I can’t imagine anyone making promposals a big deal over there. But I am curious to see how this story plays out for both these characters. If it’s wrong to root for their happy ending, then I don’t want to be right!

February 23, 2015 - 11:22 am

Magan - Brianna, major props for originality! The idea you had was super cute. And I’m just gonna say it: That guy was a jerk for not even acknowledging your promposal. 🙁 Errr. I’m so erked right now.

February 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

Magan - Leah, I don’t even know! The promposal wasn’t a thing at my high school either. (Though, admittedly, mine was very, very small.) I think I would have been super embarrassed too. In retrospect, I’m so glad that when my husband proposed, it was just him and me. Not a huge, dramatic moment.

February 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

Magan - Jen, have you received a big Promposal? I hope you have SO MUCH FUN at your prom! Share photos! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Emma, you’re so welcome! It was a really interesting read. I felt SO wary in the beginning because I didn’t expect it to capture my attention in the way that it did.

February 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds like a really sweet book with a lot of appeal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

February 18, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I read this one very recently too and I thought it was such a cute and fun read! I myself am a senior in high school so I hope my own prom works out well. Lovely review! I agree with a lot of your thoughts; Camilla was seriously sweet and the Joshua’s crush couldn’t be cuter.

February 18, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Leah - Ooh, I haven’t heard ANYTHING about this!! When did these promposals become a thing? I graduated high school in 2006 and, at least in my area, no one did anything crazy elaborate! On the one hand, it can be really adorable (and VERY impressive when you think about how much thought and effort goes into them)…but on the other, I get secondhand embarrassment REALLY bad. REALLY bad.. Whenever a video of one goes viral (and marriage proposals too) I run away. I’m also the type of person where, if someone had pulled off some gigantic event to ask me to prom, I would have felt obligated to say yes. So I’m with Camilla there.
That said, this really does sound adorable (& yay for diversity!!)

February 18, 2015 - 10:40 am

Brianna - When I was in high school (1996-2000), asking people to dances in unique ways was all the rage, whether it was prom or otherwise. I asked a guy I liked to Sadie Hawkins using a box of Lucky Charms – he had to return one kind of marshmallow for yes, another kind for no, or the cereal if he was going with someone else. We won’t talk about how he didn’t respond. At all. Ever.

Why in 5: Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You by Tess Sharpe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: investigation, mystery, friendship, secrets, LGBTQ Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Back from an unnecessary stint in rehab after her best friend’s murder is labeled “a drug […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:12 am

Judith - My favorite part of this book is, hands down, the romance. I love love love reading LGBTQ books, because diverse books FTW, and this one was just amazingly done. Furthermore, I think Tess Sharpe’s writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from her. Interestingly enough, I didn’t like the timeline. It confused me SO MUCH at first, and once I got used to it, I still didn’t really like it. That just doesn’t always work for me, I guess.

May 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WHAT. I love carefully crafted timelines and a really good YA thriller? You know I am ALWAYS looking for those! I’ve heard a few good things about this so looks like I need to add this one to my list too!

May 22, 2014 - 7:34 am

Leah - I keep hearing such fantastic things about this book, but something kept me from paying attention (the cover maybe? I feel like it looks similar to a cover of a book that had crappy reviews..)

This sounds like such a Leah book: complicated love, kickass female lead, thriller – last year I was on a HUGE YA Thriller kick and I’m craving more! I really have no idea why I’ve been dragging my feet for so long. This is definitely a book I could get into!

May 20, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Ellice - I think we discussed this book on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and I STILL haven’t read it. I have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’m very curious! You know how much I adore How to Love, so just the fact that Far From You has one tiny little thing in common with it makes me want to read it even more 🙂

I love the name “Why in 5.” You ladies always have the best ideas for features or review styles on this blog!

May 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Summer - I have no idea why, but I remember skimming the synopsis and cover and going, “Eh, maybe someday.” Now, after reading this, I WANT IT SO BAD. I love those types of writing styles and timelines where you’re given it piece by piece. It makes for a really interesting read.

May 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Yay I’m glad you weren’t disappointed! Definitely agree that she did the alternating time lines very well, it reminded me of Dangerous Girls a lot in that respect. It is a risky move doing alternating time lines like this because it can go very wrong but I think this is probably one of the best examples of it done well that I’ve seen.

This story had SO MUCH going on that it should have been a complete mess, yet somehow it wasn’t.

May 19, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Very interesting! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while – I even have a copy – but had no clue what it was really about. Other than the short blurb. I think is the push I needed to make a point to give this one a try! Glad you liked it so much!

May 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

Alexa S. - I’m thrilled you enjoyed Far From You! It’s seriously a really great debut. I loved how deeply drawn into the story I was, and how I didn’t figure out anything at all until the end!

May 19, 2014 - 10:38 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Far From You for awhile now. I just went to the Rochester Teen Book Festival and I heard Tess Sharpe speak, and I got even more excited for Far From You. I’m glad you liked this, and I definitely need to read this.

Also, if you do like YA thrillers, have you even read or looked into I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga? That is a great thriller, but it is definitely dark and even a bit spooky. I loved it and the sequel though.

May 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

Carly - I have had this book on my to-read list for a while now! I keep checking my library to see if they have it in e-book format yet! I think I might also look into Dangerous Girls as well!