21 Proms

21 Proms

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Prom night.
The stress. The dress.
The hype. The anticipation.

Nothing ever goes the way it's planned.

Whether it's the girl whose date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince. Or the guy who wants to get up the courage to say "I love you"...to his best friend's date. Or the girl who decides to plan a backwards prom--a morp--to protest the silliness of a regular prom. Or the girl who wants a picture-perfect movielife prom...no matter what.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786298662
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 395
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Levithan is a prolific young adult fiction author & editor. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, is one of his many works featuring strong gay male characters. As a teenager, he interned at Scholastic Corporation where he worked on The Baby-sitters Club series. His other books include Every Day, You Know Me Well, and Two Boys Kissing. He has collaborated with authors such as John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) & Rachel Cohn (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was adapted into a movie).


Hoboken, New Jersey

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

New Jersey


B.A., Brown University, 1994

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21 Proms 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an awesome collection of prom stories from an awesome mix of authors. All in all, this book is fantastic, although some stories left me with a bittersweet mix of feelings, and some just made me want to skip them completely. Three of my favorites from this collection are the stories by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and John Green. But there are other great stories in here. Definitely worth the read.
ruststar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Not all the stories were fabulous (Brett Hartinger's one act play was a particular low note), but I enjoyed many of the stories. Standouts for me were David Levithan's story Lost Sometimes and John Green's The Great American Morp.
KeFu0718 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now I haven't been to prom yet but this book pretty much summarizes what I thought it would be like. I can say for 1 I can't wait.
drholambda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contains one outstanding short story ("How I Wrote to Toby" by E. Lockhart), a few good stories, and several that just didn't appeal to me very much.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A series of 21 short stories about prom. Makes sense, right? I enjoyed almost all of the stories and together, they made up a nice collection of both good and bad prom stories. The collection fit nicely together and the stories flowed quite well from one to the other. I won't go into detail about all of them, but here are the ones I liked best: 'You are a prom queen, dance dance dance' by Elizabeth Craft, 'In Vodka Veritas' by Holly Black, 'Three fates' by Aimee Friedman, 'Shutter' by Will Leitch, Prom for fat girls by Rachel Cohn, 'Lost Sometimes' by David Levithan, and 'The Great American Morp' by John Green.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great stories by well known YA authors about PROM!
cinf0master on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Illustrating the best and worst of the quintessential teen rite of passage, Levithan and Ehrenhaft guide readers through proms both avant-garde and traditional, cynical and inspiring, humorous and tragic. Traditional pink prom dress blends with fat girl anti-prom and compliments a primate prom acceptance movement, with plenty of heartbreaks and hookups in between. The pacing is frantic, the characterization is brief, and like a favorite song, the vignettes are over too quickly. Contributions from the hottest young adult authors will help to increase the appeal, but any teen who dreams of or dreads prom night will find these stories compelling and refreshing.
Mtnpersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like all short stories some good, some bad. I didn't breeze through, put it down about midway. The story that stood out and that I remember is by Adrienne Maria Vrettos.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not finish it. It did NOT read like a book geared for young adults, or at least not for this generation of young adults. The writing quality is good, but the tone of the book really turned me off. I made it probably 3/4 of the way through before I was so depressed I had to quit. High school may not be great, but this was miserable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of the 21 stories in this book I found only a few that I really enjoyed. I thought that Primate the Prom and Apology #1 weren't all that good. Also the story Chicken wasn't great. But! The highlight of this book is the ending story called The Great American Morp. I wish I had enjoyed every story in this book as much as I did this one. Over all, the book is not a total loss, but, I think, there are only a few true gems in the book.
paturt102010 More than 1 year ago
this book is the best of the world! i read it, in like a day. i thought it was going to be stupid and meaningless but its interesting and awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black's IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. "MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM" is Adrienne Maria Vrettos' contribution to the book. It's a great story that manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three-dimensional characters that I'd love to read more about. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story. Aimee Friedman's THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would. THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger's one-act play that would be wonderful to see performed. PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray's very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend -- who just happens to be a gorilla. THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well-written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother's best friend.

As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection. The two that I loved the most, however, were these: Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX-PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME. THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green's absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a "morp," a party that is a backwards prom. In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I'd absolutely love to see again.

I did notice one thing that is interesting, and I want to know why this is: people seem much more likely to write about two gay guys than two lesbians. Quite a few of the stories had gay guys in them, but I can't think of any about two girls who wanted to go to prom together; I don't know why. In fact, I can only think of one book that I've read where the main character is a lesbian: KEEPING YOU A SECRET, by Julie Anne Peters.

A good short story, one that has good characters or a hold-your-breath-suspenseful plot or something, has to do it in just a few pages. These were some of the best short stories I can ever remember reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have not read this book of short stories yet but i can only guess it will be great. i say this because of the talented authors of the book, i think Libba Bray is a wonderful writer. so happy reading