How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom
Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and (definitely) still a virgin. He's never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It's not like Penn Valley is brimming with prospects. And when his big sister stages an elaborate “prom-posal” so Nolan can ask out his not-so-secret crush, Nolan freezes. He's saved from further embarrassment by bad boy Bern, who, for his own reasons, offers to fake-date Nolan.Nolan thinks it's the perfect way to get Daphne off his back and spend the rest of the year drawing narwhals, tending to plants, and avoiding whatever died under his bed a few weeks ago. What he doesn't think about is Bern's ex-girlfriend, who seriously wants to kill him.

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom Details

TitleHow Not to Ask a Boy to Prom
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
ISBN-139781626724013
Rating
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom Review

  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Funny, frustrating story was funnily frustrating. This book had a lot of humor, but read almost like some sort of "stream of consciousness" story, where the MC, Nolan (aka "Grant") just stumbled aimlessly through his days, with the reader playing witness to his odd, awkward, artistic nerdiness. And while a lot of the situations had me smiling, I also found myself thinking, "OMG, *where* is this story going, and *when* is it going to gain some focus and actually *get* there?" The frustration for Funny, frustrating story was funnily frustrating. This book had a lot of humor, but read almost like some sort of "stream of consciousness" story, where the MC, Nolan (aka "Grant") just stumbled aimlessly through his days, with the reader playing witness to his odd, awkward, artistic nerdiness. And while a lot of the situations had me smiling, I also found myself thinking, "OMG, *where* is this story going, and *when* is it going to gain some focus and actually *get* there?" The frustration for me arose mainly from neither MC actually showing their emotional poker hand, not divulging any actual feelings -- even to themselves (or the reader) -- until the very last few freaking chapters.Honestly, there were very few clues as to whether previously-straight Bern was still attempting to get back with his ex-girlfriend, Gia, and only using Nolan's prom-posal as a vehicle to make her jealous. And Nolan kept waffling between having attractions for both Bern and Si, taking an extremely long time before even letting himself ponder his true feelings.This uncertainty made me C-R-A-Z-Y. Even with only a few chapters remaining, I couldn't decide if even *I* wanted the MC's to get together, or for Bern to go back to Gia, and Si to confess his feelings for Nolan. Shouldn't I have been rooting for the *main* MC's by this point? Spoiler: The answer is *YES*, I should!Très confusing. And I found that lack of clarity of feelings pretty annoying. :- /Was it quirky and did it make me laugh? Yes.Was it full of feels and romance? Ehhh.Did it just sort of meander along, instead of feeling like the story was working its way to a pre-determined, inevitable conclusion, taking anything other than even a semi-direct path? Oh, hell yeah.So this 3.5 star book *kinda* worked for me (eccentric humor), but also *kinda* didn't (loosely-defined, low-feels romance).-----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.Even though it reminds me of the late 1990s/early 2000s movies like She's All That, She's the Man , or 10 Things I Hate About You (albeit with a gay twist), S.J. Goslee's new book, How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom could easily be made into a movie right this second and still feel totally relevant and fresh. It's a sweet, slightly goofy book that's not perfect, but it's definitely a fun read.Nolan Grant Sheffield is a slightly eccentric high school I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.Even though it reminds me of the late 1990s/early 2000s movies like She's All That, She's the Man , or 10 Things I Hate About You (albeit with a gay twist), S.J. Goslee's new book, How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom could easily be made into a movie right this second and still feel totally relevant and fresh. It's a sweet, slightly goofy book that's not perfect, but it's definitely a fun read.Nolan Grant Sheffield is a slightly eccentric high school junior who would be more than happy just to ride the school year out without making any waves. He's perfectly happy hanging out with his best friend Evie, working at a greenhouse, and drawing, as well as tolerating (okay, maybe even enjoying) his adoptive family's ultra-competitiveness. Sure, he gets bullied a bit at school (gym class is torture), and he's not-so-quietly nurturing a crush on Si O'Mara, a gay football player at his school who is also president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.However, he's never kissed anyone, much less been in a relationship. And his older sister Daphne is determined to change that—and much of Nolan's life—before she heads off to college in the fall. But Daphne's take-no-prisoners style isn't something Nolan is ready for when it comes to his life, especially his (lack of a) love life."Technically, to any outsider, this might look like Daphne is doing a favor for me. Technically, any outsider would be wrong."Daphne wants to be sure Nolan is prepared for college, so she encourages/forces him to get involved in some extracurricular activities. And then, when her own relationship status changes, she essentially threatens him to find a date to the upcoming Junior-Senior Prom—or she'll find one for him.From this point on, things go totally awry for poor Nolan. Suddenly he finds himself in the midst of fake dating, a menacing ex-girlfriend, an after-school art program with younger kids, and volunteering to help with the art for the prom as well as the after-prom party. And all the while, he's utterly confused about his feelings for two guys, confusion that bubbles over to Daphne and others as well. How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom is a little bit zany but certainly a little bit predictable as well, although Goslee definitely kept me guessing until the very end with a few things. But while I liked the twists, one major one confused me, because the characters never fully discussed their feelings until the very end, and even then I wasn't sure what precipitated that. (I'm being purposely vague because I don't want to spoil things, although other Goodreads reviews do give more plot away.)Goslee's books (I also enjoyed her first book, Whatever ) are utterly charming, fun reads. They're not full of angst like so many other YA books, and they definitely treat sexual orientation in a matter-of-fact way rather than as a cause for drama. (Even an instance in which a male character begins dating another male after a two-year-relationship with a female character is met with confusion, but not ridicule.) Her dialogue is fresh without being pretentious or so sarcastic you think you're listening to stand-up comedians rather than high school students.While I do wish that the characters were a little more fleshed out here so I could understand why they behaved the way they did, I enjoyed How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom quite a bit, and read the book in one day. It really charmed me, reminded me a little bit of my high school days and, at the same time, made me wish they resembled the book a little more, too. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    screaming bc the fake dating trope is my favourite ever and I love some good queer content
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    you can just tell that goslee writes fics..... like, she gets it, you know??? she gets how fake dating is supposed to work, how pining is supposed to work...... ugh this is just *kisses fingers like a chef* Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    HOW (NOT) TO ASK A BOY TO PROM is a cutesy, laugh out loud, fake-dating LGBTQ YA contemporary that somehow both surprised and delighted me and also felt a little.. lacking.Googling "how to fake date" -- since I obviously have no idea how to read date, either -- brings up a treasure trove of fanfiction that I bookmark for later, but is otherwise super unhelpful.There are a lot of things at play in Goslee's book and because we're only given vague explanations it skips along as if we're already in HOW (NOT) TO ASK A BOY TO PROM is a cutesy, laugh out loud, fake-dating LGBTQ YA contemporary that somehow both surprised and delighted me and also felt a little.. lacking.Googling "how to fake date" -- since I obviously have no idea how to read date, either -- brings up a treasure trove of fanfiction that I bookmark for later, but is otherwise super unhelpful.There are a lot of things at play in Goslee's book and because we're only given vague explanations it skips along as if we're already in the know; and therefore doesn't bog us down with a lot of backstory or any flashbacks whatsoever. We're excused from much of the drama and yet I feel like as a result some of the impact is also lost.For the record, I am nothing like a hipster at all. I have an appreciation for art that sometimes includes the absurd, but my outfits are born out of incredible laziness, not any sense of style. All my ugliness is a side-effect of being too tired to care.That said, this was pretty adorable and I laughed constantly. The narrative is witty even if we have yet another totally clueless protagonist. I feel like had this been padded with an extra hundred pages, fleshed out some of the characters and situations, maybe tidied up some of the ambiguous bits that kind of frustrated me, this would've been an easy four. Highly enjoyable. As it is, it's pretty damn sweet but not quite everything I wanted. Would definitely read the author again though.3.5 stars** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewDNF @ 50% sadly this book was so boring?????? rtc on all the reasons why I couldn't focus at all
  • rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS
    January 1, 1970
    fake dating? misunderstandings that come with it? the drama? secondhand embarrassment? THE FLAVOR?
  • kayla ☕
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: upon further inspection (aka I thought about it) I'm changing my rating to three stars. There were a few plot points that felt out of place and weird. Some things weren't even addressed and even if the main couple was cute I didn't really feel like they were exploredHow Not to Ask a Boy to Prom reminded me of fanfiction but like...not in a bad way. Maybe it was the fake dating trope, maybe it was the fact that 90% of the book was just Nolan and his stream of awkward slash borderline emba UPDATE: upon further inspection (aka I thought about it) I'm changing my rating to three stars. There were a few plot points that felt out of place and weird. Some things weren't even addressed and even if the main couple was cute I didn't really feel like they were exploredHow Not to Ask a Boy to Prom reminded me of fanfiction but like...not in a bad way. Maybe it was the fake dating trope, maybe it was the fact that 90% of the book was just Nolan and his stream of awkward slash borderline embarrassing trains of thought. Maybe it was the fact that Nolan actually references fanfiction AND the trope multiple times throughout the course of the book. Either way it was quick, entertaining, and HIGHLY addicting which is basically why fanfiction is so appealing. Either way, on to the review!PLOTNolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and (definitely) still a virgin. He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It’s not like Penn Valley is brimming with prospects. And when his big sister stages an elaborate “prom-posal” so Nolan can ask out his not-so-secret crush, Nolan freezes. He’s saved from further embarrassment by bad boy Bern, who, for his own reasons, offers to fake-date Nolan.Nolan thinks it’s the perfect way to get Daphne off his back and spend the rest of the year drawing narwhals, tending to plants, and avoiding whatever died under his bed a few weeks ago. What he doesn’t think about is Bern’s ex-girlfriend, who seriously wants to kill himI feel like I should already admit that I think the fake dating trope is used way too much and highly predictable. Yet I'm complete and utter trash for it don't @ me. Yes, tropes are dumb yadda yadda yadda but,,,queer fake dating? Um. Yes please. Give me it N O W.But sadly that's all the book had going for it. AGAIN, I DON'T MEAN THIS IN A BAD WAY! Plot-wise, not much happened. I can see why most would give it a low rating because of that. But I was actually okay with it. I mean come one, it's marketed as a light hearted contemporary and that's exactly what we got.CHARACTERSEven if nothing really went on plot wise what made this book a four star read was the characters. They just feel so real and relatable, although I did roll my eyes a few times because wow...these idiots. Nolan was an absolute weirdo and so was 99% of these characters. Bren was adorable. Evie (Nolan's best friend), Daphne (his sister), their parents, random side characters, etc. you name it. THAT is what made this book so good. Because despite the fact that NOTHING happens it was entertaining to watch these interactions even among random side characters. Although a problem I had with the book was that they introduced so many characters that I kept on forgetting who was who. FINAL THOUGHTSLook. This book was not perfect. It wasn't some profound piece of literature that will magically change the world. It was weird. It was cute. It was funny. I had a few problems with the book and wished some of the characters were more fleshed out but I don't think I would of enjoyed it if it was longer. The ending left things open which I liked. The author didn't drag along the plot for the sake pf making the book longer. Once it bypassed the beginning stages it got straight to the point (wellllll...not really. But you can clearly see where the main plot is heading). I really enjoyed it! If you want a quick, cute, and wacky rom-com with queer characters than check out this book! FAVORITE QUOTESGoogling “How to fake date”—since I obviously have no idea how to real date, either—brings up a treasure trove of fanfiction that I bookmark for later, but is otherwise unhelpful. All I’ve learned so far—from my various, entirely reliable sources—is that fake dating involves a lot of hand-holding in public, hurried passionate kisses when cornered, and accidental bed sharing when there are no extra rooms at the inn. I duck my head to hide a wince. My life has turned into a bad rom-com movie, only chances are slim to zero that I’ll actually get my happy ending. “I like plants.”Bern…cracks up. He goddamn giggles, burying his face in hands. I have to save his soda from getting shoved off the table.” “To think about how right about now Bern usually drags me into the bathroom, how we’ll touch without really touching, and how my skin always tingles when we don’t actually fucking make out. I curl my fingers into his and lace them together.”“Bern, set up next to me, pushes his foot into mine. He says, “Going soft, Grant?” and, crap, maybe I am an asshole?”“I could say it’s because of how the sun onhis face males his eyes look nearly black and his mouth this deep ruby red.”
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  • c,
    January 1, 1970
    i think i probably prefer whatever but this was so good too(4.5)Rep: gay mc, Jewish bi li, Korean-American lesbian side character
  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    DNF ~ 30 pages i'm going to dnf this because i'm not able to connect with any of the characters or the story. perhaps i've become to old to care about high school books anymore because i'm not being able to get into any of these stories lately i think they're too immatureso yeah i'm not going to invest any more of my time into this
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  • Kris Kogane
    January 1, 1970
    This is pg (pg-13?) and the characters aren't super fleshed out BUT OMG WHO CARES. /SOBS THIS IS SUPER GAY AND SUPER CUTE AND SUPER EASY TO READ AND KALDKASKDASDFDW. The gays win at love. THEY DO, OKAY? THEY JUST DO./WEEPS IN GAY
  • Is
    January 1, 1970
    Things to know about Nolan Grant:(x)loves plants(x)artist(x)“summer baby, has a hard-on for narwhals, attached at the hip to Evie Cho, sucks at drawing faces, wants Purdy to drop dead,” description by Bern(x)can’t say no to his sister(x)like at all(x)would even fake-date bad boy Bern because his sister made him ask out his crush because she broke with her boyfriend (who Nolan didn’t ever truly like so) but now she needs to fix Nolan’s love-life—or lack-of.Nolan Grant’s life consists of hanging o Things to know about Nolan Grant:(x)loves plants(x)artist(x)“summer baby, has a hard-on for narwhals, attached at the hip to Evie Cho, sucks at drawing faces, wants Purdy to drop dead,” description by Bern(x)can’t say no to his sister(x)like at all(x)would even fake-date bad boy Bern because his sister made him ask out his crush because she broke with her boyfriend (who Nolan didn’t ever truly like so) but now she needs to fix Nolan’s love-life—or lack-of.Nolan Grant’s life consists of hanging out with best friend, Evie Cho, Secret AwesomeArt Club day, Ground Zero, art, plants, and Narwhal. There’s also daydreaming about GSA’s President Si O’Mara. That is until his sister, Daphne, signs him up for her SAT prep course, gets him to join Art Buddies—and ask out a guy for prom if not she’ll ask a guy. So, what is a guy to do when your sister decides you HAVE to have a prom date AND creates a glittery poster, gets you where your crush will be, pushes you inside the room filled with people?Choose the best answer: a. say no—she is NOT the boss of you. b. laugh and back out slowly from said classroom c. freak out d. take up bad-boy’s, Ira Bernstein, offer (he acts like you’re asking him)Well, the best answer might be a or b or even c, but not for Nolan Grant, our “handsome loner-type with over-styled hair and a goofy laugh” (description by Evie) he, of course, chooses the D (ha, I’m so funny) option.And, honestly? It is the best option. And so, let the fake-dating commence. “I like plants.”Bern…cracks up.He goddamn giggles, burying his face in hands. I have to save his soda from getting shoved off the table.” Even Nolan googles fake dating. Which he finds a ton of fics that tell him he will slowly fall in love and has to share a single bed when they visit a hotel because everything else is booked up. “There’s a flush on the tops of his cheeks that I kind of want to press my thumbs to. Thank god my hands are full.” If you’ve ever read manga you’ll know that they’ll call each other by their last name, and when their first name slips or they want to try how their first name tastes in their tongue they’ll usually be a ton of flailing about and blushing galore?….Well, not to spoil it, but…there might be some of that here…just saying. “To think about how right about now Bern usually drags me into the bathroom, how we’ll touch without really touching, and how my skin always tingles when we don’t actually fucking make out. I curl my fingers into his and lace them together.” This book does contain one amazing fake-dating romance, but it is an all-around enjoyable read. I love how much Nolan loved his sister even if she did meddle in his life, a lot. And Nolan’s and his family were so amazing, I’m ready to be adopted, too. His dad hosts sing-along Teen Beach movie night with singing sheets! How cool is that? And they do game marathon days. Like, can it get cooler than that?The fake-dating? Deliciously fic-worthy! And there’s more to the story than you might think….I especially loved the character development with Nolan. This is a guy who was kind of comfortable with how his life was, but when given a chance by his sister he goes along with it. Grudgingly, but he does it nonetheless. And there’s a lot of growing for him to do. I loved that his character felt real. He wasn’t this perfect character, instead, he’s someone who viewed things in a certain way and finds out that perhaps he was being harsh with others. I promised it’ll make sense once you read it. I just loved that sometimes we might not realize we’re doing asshole moves because we see things from our perspective. “Bern, set up next to me, pushes his foot into mine. He says, “Going soft, Grant?” and, crap, maybe I am an asshole?” Note: I read this about a week ago, but every other day I keep thinking back on it and how I just need fanfic on them? If that doesn’t tell you that is amazing as I am saying it is…well… you’re going to miss out. BUT DON’T MISS OUT ON IT! “I could say it’s because of how the sun onhis face males his eyes look nearly black and his mouth this deep ruby red.” *Note that all quotes are taken from uncorrected copy and might be subjected to change*For more of my reviews visit me at The Written Voice of Is
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a super cute fake-dating rom-com for the LGBT crowd, which doesn't usually get representation with that trope. Nolan is gay and perpetually single, and according to loving-but-slightly-overbearing sister older Daphne, that is a problem. So she makes a decision for him. He can ask out specific one guy to prom, or a different specific one (the one he has a crush on). Because he realizes he has no choice, because Daphne will keep harping on him, he tries to ask the guy he likes. But messes This is a super cute fake-dating rom-com for the LGBT crowd, which doesn't usually get representation with that trope. Nolan is gay and perpetually single, and according to loving-but-slightly-overbearing sister older Daphne, that is a problem. So she makes a decision for him. He can ask out specific one guy to prom, or a different specific one (the one he has a crush on). Because he realizes he has no choice, because Daphne will keep harping on him, he tries to ask the guy he likes. But messes up big time. Instead, Bern accepts in Nolan's crush's place. But soon Nolan realizes that Bern has done this on purpose and the cute fake dating trope ensues! Honestly, this book is a quick read, it's cute, and it's a feel-good story. We can always do with more LGBT representation in YA lit (or any lit), and basically this book made me feel that "I'm just happy to be here" way. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI felt the same way after finishing this book as I did when I finished Goslee's debut, Whatever - extremely happy.Once again, Goslee crafted a fabulous male protagonist, who I fell in insta-love with. Nolan was lucky enough to be adopted as a teen by the hilarious and lovable Sheffield family. He loved art, his cat, plants, narwals, his family, and keeping out of the spotlight, but, his sister, Daphne, had other plans for him. When she staged a promposal for him, which went side Rating: 4.5 StarsI felt the same way after finishing this book as I did when I finished Goslee's debut, Whatever - extremely happy.Once again, Goslee crafted a fabulous male protagonist, who I fell in insta-love with. Nolan was lucky enough to be adopted as a teen by the hilarious and lovable Sheffield family. He loved art, his cat, plants, narwals, his family, and keeping out of the spotlight, but, his sister, Daphne, had other plans for him. When she staged a promposal for him, which went sideways, Nolan came to an agreement with Bern, and they embarked on a fantastic fauxmance.I am always game for a fauxmance-romance, and this one had all the elements, that make this trope so deliciously delightful. We had the mini-makeover, the awkward introduction to friends and family, as well the staged closeness needed to sell it to the general public. But, we also had all those feelings that never fail to surface during any fake-dating stories. I must admit, I was excited every time there was any sort of romantic stirring, heightened emotion, or cute banter between Bern and Nolan, because, gosh darn it! I really liked them together.In addition to the romance, the book featured a fantastic supporting cast. As I previously mentioned, Nolan's family was stupendous! I loved all the competitive gaming, the movie nights, the waffles, and just the genuine love and affection that permeated their home. I think I suffered from the warm-fuzzies every time I was in their presence, and that's a feeling I always want to experience.I also loved seeing Nolan grow. This fauxmance was great for him, because it pushed him out of his comfort zone and forced him to branch out. As he widened his circle of friends, he learned a lot about himself, and was definitely better for having fake-dated Bern.Overall: This was a hilarious and heartwarming story of friendship, family, and fake dating which kept me in stitches and grinning from ear to ear. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5This was pretty damn adorable. Nolan is such a cute dork, and his absolute cluelessness is only forgiven by his zero experience in relationships. Bern is too sweet, he kind of wears his heart on his sleeve and come on Nolan open your eyes!So I knew where the plot was going but had the best time reading this anyway. I loved the lack of insta anything, the moments building up to feelings and the appropriate awkwardness and angst that fake dating promises. I also really loved the family dynamic 3.5This was pretty damn adorable. Nolan is such a cute dork, and his absolute cluelessness is only forgiven by his zero experience in relationships. Bern is too sweet, he kind of wears his heart on his sleeve and come on Nolan open your eyes!So I knew where the plot was going but had the best time reading this anyway. I loved the lack of insta anything, the moments building up to feelings and the appropriate awkwardness and angst that fake dating promises. I also really loved the family dynamic showed with Nolan's family. I'm unfortunately closer to the age where I say this is the type of family I am going to have (I'm only 26 shut up) than thinking of myself as the teen and wishing this was the kind of family I had - either way the Scheffers were beautiful to see in action.
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  • DonationWayne
    January 1, 1970
    Overall I found this book to be super cute, my biggest complaint is that I wish there were far more interactions between Bern and Nolen. I feel like their relationship and past history, and present history wasn't fleshed out super well. I would have like to see the characters a little more than we did. Other than that it was a very cute story, just lacking in relationship development, I wasn't very invested in some of the characters and I didn't fell fulfilled at the end. Definitely give it a ch Overall I found this book to be super cute, my biggest complaint is that I wish there were far more interactions between Bern and Nolen. I feel like their relationship and past history, and present history wasn't fleshed out super well. I would have like to see the characters a little more than we did. Other than that it was a very cute story, just lacking in relationship development, I wasn't very invested in some of the characters and I didn't fell fulfilled at the end. Definitely give it a check, it was a soft fake dating au.
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  • aleks
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was certainly sweet and a lot of fun. I mean, I needed this in my life today, a day before work marathon, a week before essay deadlines, and a month before exams. And it has many iconic moments, the characters are mostly lovely, the dialogue manages to be both realistic and witty most of the time and the writing in general is good in that it's appropriate for this kind of book. Obviously, there are no beautiful, deep metaphors, but again, the dialogue is nice and it's that specific, f Well, this was certainly sweet and a lot of fun. I mean, I needed this in my life today, a day before work marathon, a week before essay deadlines, and a month before exams. And it has many iconic moments, the characters are mostly lovely, the dialogue manages to be both realistic and witty most of the time and the writing in general is good in that it's appropriate for this kind of book. Obviously, there are no beautiful, deep metaphors, but again, the dialogue is nice and it's that specific, full of random details writing that makes the whole book funny and makes the characters really come to life which is perfect for a romantic comedy.Still, the plot seemed to be going nowhere, I mean, it was just people talking. And I don't really mind, I always care about characters and writing the most, anyway, but there were other things I, well, maybe not disliked but minded. Starting with how I had no idea what was going on at the beginning with a million characters and next to no explanations. It was very On the Jellicoe Road . Also, the main character was adopted a few years before the plot of the book and..... it was never discussed? Nothing about it! I don't know, I just had a million questions and no answers. Why did the parents adopt him, what happened to his birth parents, how did he adapt and so on. All in all, this was very nice but also a little messy and chaotic. Still, Goslee's books have their charm, even if I'm destined to give them 3 stars everytime. The truth is, I'm just picky and can't give more than that to a romantic comedy unless it's Red, White & Royal Blue quality but shsh
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  • ngọc ♡
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 🐳 FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ON MY BLOG! 🐳Are you looking for a lighthearted read that is both hilarious and heartwarming? That stars silly boys fake-dating each other then realizing maybe their feelings are not so fake after all? That are full of family shenanigans and chaotic friendships? That has pop culture references that don’t make you want to cringe and band references that remind you of your emo phase but not in a bad way? You’re at the right place!(No, I did not procrastinate on wr 4.5/5 🐳 FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ON MY BLOG! 🐳Are you looking for a lighthearted read that is both hilarious and heartwarming? That stars silly boys fake-dating each other then realizing maybe their feelings are not so fake after all? That are full of family shenanigans and chaotic friendships? That has pop culture references that don’t make you want to cringe and band references that remind you of your emo phase but not in a bad way? You’re at the right place!(No, I did not procrastinate on writing this review by rereading the book! I don’t know what you’re talking about!)
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  • Carolina
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't expect to love this as much as I did (clearly I am a fool). The story basically takes some of the best parts of the faking dating trope as a checklist, and executes it in a way that still feels fun and relevant to the cast of characters. Admittedly, I am biased because I came into the story already loving this type of plot.I adore how weird Nolan's family is, while also remaining the most loving (Daphne hits me in all the big-sister spots). And the relationship (friendship, fake dating, I didn't expect to love this as much as I did (clearly I am a fool). The story basically takes some of the best parts of the faking dating trope as a checklist, and executes it in a way that still feels fun and relevant to the cast of characters. Admittedly, I am biased because I came into the story already loving this type of plot.I adore how weird Nolan's family is, while also remaining the most loving (Daphne hits me in all the big-sister spots). And the relationship (friendship, fake dating, or otherwise) between Nolan and Bern is not perfect and wonderful. I would love to get this story from Bern's point-of-view, including all of the backstory before we get to the start of this book. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for access to the ARC for review.
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  • Laxmama
    January 1, 1970
    I was anxiously waiting for this book, I really enjoyed Goslee’s First book whatever. This one was not as much of a winner for me as her prior book. While I enjoyed the humor and quirkiness of the main character I found this book to meander quite a bit. The story had. so many side characters all going different directions but I couldn’t connect them all together. I felt like the MC’s were not fully fleshed out for me. Enjoyable not fantastic
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    the fake dating trope is ... the best romance trope everfight me
  • tappkalina
    January 1, 1970
    One word: ADORABLE
  • Sage Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    My April 2019 Book of the Month Add-On Pick
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Originally reviewed on For What It's Worth on May 2, 2019: https://www.fwiwreviews.net/2019/05/r...Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewReview: The first few chapters of How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom meandered with no real direction, with characters and scenes drifting on and off the page so quickly that they barely made an impact. I was just about to dnf when the fake dating trope finally kicked in and it was all sweet, fluffy goodness from there. I’m so glad I Originally reviewed on For What It's Worth on May 2, 2019: https://www.fwiwreviews.net/2019/05/r...Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewReview: The first few chapters of How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom meandered with no real direction, with characters and scenes drifting on and off the page so quickly that they barely made an impact. I was just about to dnf when the fake dating trope finally kicked in and it was all sweet, fluffy goodness from there. I’m so glad I didn’t bail!Nolan is a plant obsessed, narwhal loving, shy, art boy who has never been kissed. His sister, Daphne, decides that he should go to prom and picks the super cute, and popular, Si, to push Nolan into a very public promposal. When things get awkward – Bern – bails him out and accepts the invite to help Nolan save face. Only one problem – Bern hates Nolan and isn’t gay.Despite those (possibly not true) minor details, Nolan and Bern enter a fake relationship that benefits both of them. Nolan needs to get his sister off his back and Bern wants to show his ex, Gia, that he’s moved on. Of course, feelings start being had, misunderstandings happen, but it’s all so sweeeeet.While this is not a super intense character study – the characters aren’t exactly how they first appear. From Nolan’s pov – Bern is a bully but we start to learn about certain events from other perspectives – where most people consider Nolan to be the jerk and are in fact worried about Bern being the one that gets hurt. Bern is such a sweetie pie even though he could be clearer about his intentions. While Bern shows affection and clearly likes Nolan beyond faking it - I can see how Nolan wasn’t so sure and tried to protect his heart. Nolan’s adoptive family are quirky and fun but maybe a little too quirky. They have a lot of family game nights where it gets so competitive there are actual injuries. They seemed more like friends than parents at times but they were present, accepting and caring. And his bff, Evie, is awesome and a sane counterbalance to some of the more outlandish stuff.As for his sister Daphne. Whoa – chill girl! She is super pushy and intrusive in Nolan’s life. And I guess the idea is that she’s leaving for college soon so she wants to take care of him as much as possible before she goes. But yikes! That girl needed some firm boundaries. Nolan is so shy that he lets her make decisions and push him around, and it does get addressed somewhat, but I wish that whole thing wasn’t brushed off as my kookie sister Daphne. And she befriends Bern's ex, Gia, and they have some weird sort of friendship that is never truly explained - maybe that will be a companion novel?I had a few minor issues, especially with that beginning that was all over the place! but if you're looking for a quick read that will leave a big smile on your face - this is it.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    The title and cover lets you know what you’re getting into right away, so you can’t complain prom tropes and and a three party love triangle gets involved. This is fun, fast paced, and although there should be much more fleshed out, is a satisfying read. Nolan is sort of a go along guy, like Mike in the author’s first book, and has a lot of people who care about him. The problem is how I want to know so much more about him. What is he really thinking? How did he end up in this family? See spoile The title and cover lets you know what you’re getting into right away, so you can’t complain prom tropes and and a three party love triangle gets involved. This is fun, fast paced, and although there should be much more fleshed out, is a satisfying read. Nolan is sort of a go along guy, like Mike in the author’s first book, and has a lot of people who care about him. The problem is how I want to know so much more about him. What is he really thinking? How did he end up in this family? See spoiler (view spoiler)[ How is an adopted teen MC not explored more? How is he just ok? A past breakdown tearing up the side of the house is alluded to, and I guess I should be happy adoption wasn’t trotted out as another trope, but a heartfelt “you are my real sister” when he makes up with Daphne would have hit home. We don’t get enough emotions from him. I get he may be stunted over losses but should I have to just know that? I loved he and Bern got together, but Bern was kind of an ass to him and had no right to be mad. He was using Nolan, while secretly maybe figuring out he wasn’t. It wasn’t fair either way around. (hide spoiler)] And speaking of his family, they are like The Fosters tv show and could have their own book! I think too many awesome things were left unsaid. The prom trope worked just fine. I loved the family. I enjoyed the art club and helping little kids and how that helped Nolan grow. It was enjoyable but with some added pages to bring out more could have been an amazing book.
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Can this just be a movie already? This would truly make for a perfectly fun, heartwarming romcom! I love the fake dating trope, and it was especially amazing here because both boys are so dense, and really don't seem to realise how flimsy their reasons for "fake" dating are. I won't give anything else away but this was really cute, okay?Rep: gay MC, bi love interest, characters of colour, f/f couple, LGBTQ+ charactersCWs: panic attack, homophobia, bullying, violence, alcohol use
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was so cute!!!
  • georgia ☽
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsthis was extremely fun and cute- fake dating is the superior trope.
  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful reliving of high school and the emotional roller coaster of every little social interaction when you're a teenager. The characters were fantastic and cool, and while I got frustrated with some (a lot) of them sometimes, it was a hard book to put down because they were so engaging.A book that made me wish I had appreciated the fun times of my high school years more when I was going though them.
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  • Burcu
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a mix between Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before AND HAS GREAT CHARACTERS.No wonder I loved it.
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