I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Published by Fire, Sourcebook on Feb. 4th
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Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she's willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.
Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I’m hosting an interview from the author and my review of the book.
Tell us a something about yourself that is not in your author bio.
I consume way more candy than a grown person really should.
Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen to, etc?
I have a small writing studio where I do much of my writing, but I definitely write all over the house including my bed and a big, comfy chair in the living room. I’m also fortunate that we have a small, old trailer two hours away in the country where I can get away to focus. Walking through the woods really helps me process ideas and talk to my characters. Walking the streets of NYC is another place where I can have a decent conversation with myself without anyone even noticing.
When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve loved writing since I was young and although I didn’t put much effort into my high school assignments I always enjoyed writing essays for English class. My teacher would have me read my compositions aloud to the class and so writing was the first thing that made me feel special.
How do you come by your ideas?
Ha, the million dollar question. Ideas come unbidden, usually when I’m on deadline for a different project and don’t have time for them. Ideas sit, glimmering and distracting with their shiny promise. They do not wait patiently and usually the best motivator to keep me on deadline is the promise that I’ll get to work on the next shiny new idea.
What made you decide to write in your current genre?
Like so many other YA authors, I grew up reading Judy Blume and owe her a great debt. The books we read as teens have the ability to touch our lives with a depth that can’t be reached once we become boring old adults. Her books helped me realize I wanted to write for teens back when I was still a teen myself.
Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?
My very first novel was such a valuable learning experience, but it will forever remain a file on my computer. It’s titled “Cinema Sisters” and involves a group of four friends who love going to the movies together. It has its funny moments but it’s ultimately an epic fail.
Tell us about your current release/or new release? What made you decide to write about this particular subject?
My new book is THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and it’s a comedic send-up of reality television with a MEAN GIRLS twist. Writing it was a fun way to redeem all the hours I’ve spent watching reality television over the years. Plus researching it meant I got to keep watching!
Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tell us what it will be about?
I have another book coming out in the fall of this year titled ADRENALINE CRUSH. It’s being published by FSG/Macmillan and is about a thrill-seeking girl who pushes things too far one fateful day and is forced to deal with the consequences. Plus, there’s kissing!
Thanks for being on my blog today!
Thanks so much for having me!
Author bio: Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of BLAZE (Sourcebooks/Feb 2013) and the upcoming THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks/Feb 2014). ADRENALINE CRUSH will be published by FSG/Macmillan in Fall 2014. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. Since then she’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes. That is a real thing that people sometimes get paid to be. She lives near NYC, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest.
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I will start with saying I am not really a huge fan of these types of novels, but because it included a reality show storyline I was intrigued. It was a lot better than I first initially thought it was going to be.
So The Real Prom Queens takes three underdogs and puts them into a reality show making them wannabe prom queen candidates. Shannon has lost all of her friends except for her best friend after a horribly embarrassing incident. It has forever made her a loser in the eyes of her peers, Kelly is the piercing clad girl who hates the world and Amy is the wallflower fat girl. Theses three girls were voted least likely to win prom queen by their peers.
When the opportunity comes in the form of a reality TV show to become popular, Shannon thinks its going to be good thing. Maybe she can finally get out of the shadow of her famous humiliation of her Junior year. The girls are set off to Prom Queen boot camp where they have a huge makeover. Nobody can know what is happening to them but their immediate family as there will be camera put up around their houses. They have this makeover during the summer and when they come back to school for their senior year they will have their big reveal.
At first it works out pretty good as they come back to school and are really popular. The thing is, is Shannon isn’t allowed to hang out with her best friend and her bestie is not very happy with the new Shannon. Also, the one guy that sort of likes her is deem not good enough for a prom queen and she ends up with the Captain of the football team on her arm. At first, this is really fun as she gets to smear it in the face of her enemy, Grace. Grace is the reigning Queen B of the school and voted most likely to be prom queen.
Shannon doesn’t see how much the reality show has changed her until they start airing the shows on TV. Her soaring to fame and popularity has turned her into something she never wanted to be. Now she is just like the one person she despised, Grace. Kelly, is only in it for the money and she hates having to conform but she needs the money that they could win if elected prom queen. Amy, is the only one who actually comes out the best of all of them. She loses weight, gets a hot boyfriend who actually likes her and she has an awesome singing voice.
During the airing of the show they find out just how much the show twist what they do for the purpose of good TV ratings and its actually during one of the shows that Shannon can’t believe how far she has gone. So she decides to take back her loser self and hopefully salvage a friendship and more. I liked all three characters but I think Kelly was my favorite out of the three.
I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book because the first part of the book was not really hooking me. Once the reality show actually starts airing and Shannon starts to wise up does it get interesting for me and the ending was a blast. It’s sort of a twist on the mean girl type books. I not a fan of Reality TV but reading about them is a lot more fun than watching them. If you like this type of book then you will probably enjoy this book.