Prom-Wrecked
Their prom night ended in a jail cell with forty of their closest friends. But that’s hardly the worst thing that happened to them…When the principal announces prom is canceled this year, senior Riley Hart is determined to save it. Armed with little more than her own enthusiasm, she ends up working closely with Owen Locklear, who is more than completely off-limits. Because he’s the boyfriend of her ex-BFF, Catherine Reed. Still, Owen knows Riley better than almost anyone, and his charming ideas for turning the prom upside-down and backward win Riley over.Then they lose their deposit. Twice. And book a band full of octogenarians. And don’t even get her started on the act of God that takes down their venue...Riley will have an unforgettable teenage experience, damn it, if it’s the last thing she does…

Prom-Wrecked Details

TitleProm-Wrecked
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 6th, 2019
PublisherEntangled Publishing LLC (Teen)
ISBN-139781640638129
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Prom-Wrecked Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez is a young adult contemporary romance that really puts Murphy’s Law to the test, prom style. The story is told from different points of view of Riley and Catherine as they try to save prom night.The book actually begins with a brief glimpse of the teens in jail after prom before taking readers back through the months leading up to the big event. You would think the worse for these teens is when they learn prom is going to be canceled but oh no, things only go downh Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez is a young adult contemporary romance that really puts Murphy’s Law to the test, prom style. The story is told from different points of view of Riley and Catherine as they try to save prom night.The book actually begins with a brief glimpse of the teens in jail after prom before taking readers back through the months leading up to the big event. You would think the worse for these teens is when they learn prom is going to be canceled but oh no, things only go downhill from there.The first thing I would warn potential readers of is the fact the relationships in here form a bit of a love square. It’s not as bad as it may sound really though in the fact you quickly learn Catherine and Owen are in a relationship of convenience and comfort and completely not in love, only friends. This leads to both eventually seeing those around them.Overall, I found this one really cute and often quite humorous along the way. One disaster after another plagues the teens as they simply try to have that one memorable night before parting ways for college. It was nice to watch them grow as people to as they dealt with one another and faced the problems along the way. Great light-hearted read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked was absolutely adorable and impossible to put down! The characters leaped off of the pages and the story constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next. Between the characters and the scenes that made me smile, I loved this book! So if you adore ya romance with complicated friendships, swoon worthy guys, epic disasters and a story that will touch your heart, then definitely pick up Prom Wrecked! “Please tell me prom isn’t destroyed. Again,” I whisper to myself - Riley On Prom-Wrecked was absolutely adorable and impossible to put down! The characters leaped off of the pages and the story constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next. Between the characters and the scenes that made me smile, I loved this book! So if you adore ya romance with complicated friendships, swoon worthy guys, epic disasters and a story that will touch your heart, then definitely pick up Prom Wrecked! “Please tell me prom isn’t destroyed. Again,” I whisper to myself - Riley On that very first page was a group of high school kids in jail. And it was all because their Prom night went horribly wrong. From there we jumped back two months and watched how it all lead to that fateful day. It was an insanely crazy ride getting there! Friendships, betrayal, jealousy, love and finding their true selves was splashed across the pages. But one of my favorite things was that this book was unlike anything I've ever read before since we alternated between two ex-bffs, Riley and Catherine. So many people are invested in this prom, and I can’t handle the idea of disappointing them. I stare at Owen, the person I want to disappoint least of all, even if he’s going to the dance with someone else. - Riley First off we met Riley Hart. She was passionate, tried her hardest, but she was self-conscious at times. And while she kind of faded into the background around her classmates, to me she felt like the girl next door. She was super involved with activities at school, but she had never officially been in charge of anything. So when Riley found out that her Senior Prom was cancelled, for the first time in her life she took charge of something. She was going to give her classmates a Prom. And her childhood friend aka the guy she had crushed on forever, Owen, promised to help her out. The small amount of beer in my system starts to have its way with me, and my eyes sting with tears. “You’re so—” I stop before saying something I’ll regret. I’m not even sure what word would’ve come out if I hadn’t hit pause. Loyal? Good? Beautiful? Super-hot? Smiling, Owen leans over the arm of his chair and tugs on a loose lock of my hair. “So are you.” - Riley I absolutely loved Owen Locklear! While he came across as popular and a great baseball player, I loved that he'd geek out and game with Riley. They're gaming talk and banter made my heart race. And the way Owen and Riley connected had me smiling and swooning. Especially when Owen tried his hardest to help Riley with Prom. But there was one tiny problem when it came to Riley and Owen. Owen was Catherine's boyfriend. While I definitely shouldn't have been lusting for Owen and Riley to kiss, the heart wants what the heart wants..... His eyes soften, and he reaches over to squeeze my hand. “You’re not a bitch, you know that, right?” My laugh is more genuine this time. “No. I just play one on TV.” - Catherine and Owen Ironically, I didn't connect to Catherine Reed at first. She came across as a little prissy and she tried so hard to be perfect. But before I knew it, Catherine became my favorite. While she was a cheerleader, who seemed destined to be her school's Prom Queen, there was so much more to her than she showed the world. Underneath it all was a girl that made my heart clutch for her. Her relationship with her mom, her relationship with Owen and even her relationship with her friends pulled at my heart. Catherine was flawed, loveable and I kept rooting for her to figure out her life and truly be happy. So as the story progressed, I loved watching her grow. And I loved even more that Jordan had a huge role in helping her out with that. He’s quiet for so long that I lift my head to turn toward him. He’s studying me with both amusement and something else I can’t quite place. “What?” “Just now. You. This is the most real I think you’ve ever been with me. I like it. It looks good on you.” I turn my face to hide my blush. - Jordan and Catherine Jordan Oswald snuck up on me, just like Catherine. Before I knew it, I was obsessed with him and added him to my book boyfriend list. Jordan was sexy, charming and also inconspicuous at the same time. He easily captured my heart and it was impossible not to smile when he was around. So when Jordan and Catherine started to work together, for Prom, I loved their interactions and seeing how their friendship grew. And again, I found myself wishing for a different couple to form. This time I was rooting for Jordan and Catherine. You could feel the electricity and sparks between them, any time they were near each other. We’re in a jail cell with dozens of our classmates, but somehow all of that fades away until it’s only me and Jordon. He’s solid, safe, and the heat from his body so close to mine erases the goose bumps covering my arms. At least until his dark gaze, serious with intent, locks on mine. Then I get goose bumps for an entirely different reason. While Riley and Catherine told us this story, Owen and Jordan played such a huge role too. And I loved all of their dynamics, especially when you threw some jealousy in the mix. But one of the things I loved most about this group was their perseverance. They got knocked down again and again, yet we watched them slowly find strength in not only themselves, but with each other. And by that very last page, I loved seeing just how far Riley and Catherine had come. Especially since that ending left my heart feeling so happy. So if you're a fan of ya romance, that pulls at your heart and has fabulous angst, then you definitely have to check out this book! It flew right onto my favorites list!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked is the ultimate story of organising Morp. That’s Prom spelt backwards. The organiser of Prom has missed the mark when it comes to fundraising. Riley, with the push of her friend decides to take over the event. An unlikely team are put together to save the day.What I like about this story is that it’s told from two girls point of views rather than the love interests POV. Catherine and Riley have a history. Now all the signs are there for Riley being interesting in Catherine’s boyfrie Prom-Wrecked is the ultimate story of organising Morp. That’s Prom spelt backwards. The organiser of Prom has missed the mark when it comes to fundraising. Riley, with the push of her friend decides to take over the event. An unlikely team are put together to save the day.What I like about this story is that it’s told from two girls point of views rather than the love interests POV. Catherine and Riley have a history. Now all the signs are there for Riley being interesting in Catherine’s boyfriend. The problem is Catherine isn’t being completely honest with herself. The title fits well with the Story and this is going to be one messy ride. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    “C’mon, Riley. It’s not like we’ll end up in jail over prom.” Famous last words. That’s exactly what happens! Prom-Wrecked begins with a bunch of the kids who attended prom (affectionately called ‘morp’ in this book) in a jail cell. What follows is an account of the two disastrous months leading up to morp, told by two of the main characters, Evil Skater Girl and Morp Queen. This book is essentially Murphy’s Law: Prom Edition.Morp Queen and House of Lock have been the ‘it’ couple at school for “C’mon, Riley. It’s not like we’ll end up in jail over prom.” Famous last words. That’s exactly what happens! Prom-Wrecked begins with a bunch of the kids who attended prom (affectionately called ‘morp’ in this book) in a jail cell. What follows is an account of the two disastrous months leading up to morp, told by two of the main characters, Evil Skater Girl and Morp Queen. This book is essentially Murphy’s Law: Prom Edition.Morp Queen and House of Lock have been the ‘it’ couple at school for the past three and a half years. Morp Queen used to be best friends with Evil Skater Girl but they don’t speak anymore. Evil Skater Girl has had a secret crush on House of Lock for about a decade but because he’s dating her ex-best friend, they mostly only talk online while they’re slaying aliens together. When their school cancels this year’s senior prom it’s up to the students to organise one themselves. Evil Skater Girl is happy to help out but wants to palm off the leadership role to someone else. Unfortunately there are no takers so Evil Skater Girl finds herself in charge of the committee. She’s overwhelmed by the task ahead of her but it helps that she’ll be spending plenty of time with House of Lock.Then things start to go wrong. They lose their deposits. They lose their venue. Evil Skater Girl doesn’t have a date. It’s one thing after another. Their prom may not go to plan but it will certainly be a night they’ll never forget, even if they want to.My expectations were probably too high going into this book. I thought the blurb would only mention a small percentage of the calamities that befall our senior class so I was looking forward to finding out what amusing and increasingly bizarre hurdles weren’t already mentioned. Learning the reasons why so many people wound up in a jail cell was fun, but I would have preferred if the blurb didn’t give so many clues to the preceding disasters away.I had trouble getting into the story. I’d hoped for a lot of humour because of the Murphy’s Law prom concept but I found the initial planning phase quite tedious at times. However, it is difficult to transform committee meetings into something fascinating to read about. I thought the perfect location for Morp would be where they have all of their parties. They would have had all the space and privacy they could have wanted, plus it already had good memories attached to it. All they would have had to do is decorate, cater and organise some music, and they’d be set. While I didn’t expect this to be the final location, I did think it would be tossed around as an option.I didn’t find either of the girls’ voices that distinctive; at times I only knew who was narrating if I picked the book up mid-chapter by what they were talking about, not how they spoke. The resolution between Evil Skater Girl and Morp Queen felt too easy and although I tried to fall in love with him, House of Lock fell flat for me. I kept trying to tell all of the main characters to just communicate instead of lying, avoiding or running away from their problems and feelings, but my way would have taken a lot of the drama out of the book.I really liked Desmond and would have liked to spend more time with him. I also enjoyed hanging out with both Hunter and Jordon (and even Jordon’s car, Sarah). I did wonder if this class’ prom curse would’ve been solved if someone uninvited Carrie. I can’t see ‘Carrie’ and ‘prom’ in the same sentence without thinking the worst. 😜Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, for the opportunity to read this book.P.S. For those who want to know the characters’ actual names, Morp Queen is Catherine, Evil Skater Girl is Riley and House of Lock is Owen.
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  • Zøe Haslie
    January 1, 1970
    · “I’ll miss knowing he’s always close by, even if he’s not really mine.” *I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I love Prom. I really do. That’s why when I saw this title in Netgalley, I didn’t hesitate. And boy am I glad! Hamilton High senior students are having the worst time trying to have their school senior prom. And, after it gets oficially canceled, they decide to take matters into their own hands, raising the money and making all the necessary arrengements themselv · “I’ll miss knowing he’s always close by, even if he’s not really mine.” *I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I love Prom. I really do. That’s why when I saw this title in Netgalley, I didn’t hesitate. And boy am I glad! Hamilton High senior students are having the worst time trying to have their school senior prom. And, after it gets oficially canceled, they decide to take matters into their own hands, raising the money and making all the necessary arrengements themselves. Because, honestly:However, fate seems to be really out to get them, for a long, long series of obstacles stand in their way. Regardless, their minds are set—whether in a barn, in a tent or in the school gym, prom is going down. Now, either you’re going with friends, you’re hoping your chilhood crush will prompose or you simply made plans with your not-so-perfect match, one thing’s for sure—you want to have a great time.And that’s exactly what Hamilton High students manage to focus on, setting their differences aside and working together toward the one goal they all share—having the best night of their lives. However, it just happens that expectations tend to be better than reality. Especially when your prom turns into a battle field.I totally enjoyed being part of this prom committee, rooting for things to go well (for a change!) and getting involved in Riley’s and Catherine’s lives (and Owen’s and Jordon’s too—In fact, I wouldn’t mind this book’s title being “Kissing Jordon Oswald”, it might not be as suitable a title, but it sure has a ring to it!).I also loved the dual narration, the characters struggle not only to deal with prom but also with their choices for the future, and the refreshing teen drama that stayed away from clichés (like love-triangles and mean girls) at all times. All in all, “Prom-wrecked” it made for a fun read.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. The opinions in my review are my own.This book was an adventure. I don't think that I've ever said that about a contemporary book before, but it truly fits this book. This book is about a bunch of seniors trying to save their prom. They navigate through mishaps, catastrophes, and triumphs trying to get their prom planned. All the while characters are learning how to use their voi Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. The opinions in my review are my own.This book was an adventure. I don't think that I've ever said that about a contemporary book before, but it truly fits this book. This book is about a bunch of seniors trying to save their prom. They navigate through mishaps, catastrophes, and triumphs trying to get their prom planned. All the while characters are learning how to use their voice to stand up for themselves, atoning for past mistakes, letting go of things that are holding them down, and going after what they want most both in matters of the heart and otherwise. T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni's combined efforts create a writing style that really works. This story was crafted beautifully and flowed marvelously. The powerful storytelling was evident in the descriptions that brought everything to life and the characters that warmed your heart.The story is told through the POV of Riley and Catherine, two ex-friends that want to save their prom for completely different reasons. The POVs were chosen well for this story. We really get a sense for their character motivations and the character development progressed well for both of them. Riley fades into the background at school after Catherine kicks her to the curb in middle school. She has a few friends but is ready to get high school over with. Catherine has been living the life her mother set out for her and she never puts her foot down about her own hopes and dreams. And then there are Owen and Jordon. Owen has been Catherine's boyfriend since their parents got them together freshman year. They are the best of friends but the romantic part of their relationship soured long ago. They are clinging to their relationship because it is easy. Jordon was a little less developed than the other three main characters but I enjoyed his character nonetheless. He was a drama geek and he boldly embraced it. The side characters were delightful as well. I liked Riley's friends, Desmond and Jane, as well as Catherine's friend, Hunter. I felt that Jane was a little too MIA for a friend, but whatever. I liked that there were parents present in this story. Riley and Catherine's parents were involved and caring. It even touched upon Catherine's issues with her mother's controlling ways. We even get to see Owen's mother a few times. It was refreshing to see loving families included in the story.I liked the plot of the story as a whole, but I felt like everything revolved around making preparations for prom. It felt unrealistic that we didn't get to experience much of anything else with these characters other than a few parties briefly. A ton of things happen at the end of senior year in high school but we didn't get to see them. Riley and Catherine were even both involved in tons of school clubs and the like but everything was just about the prom preparations. Apart from that, I felt that everything else was plotted out well. The story flowed great and things happened when it felt like they should within the story. This paragraph contains SPOILERS so proceed with caution!! I liked the slow-burn romance in this one but it did leave me wanting more. Since Catherine and Owen are a couple through most of the book, Riley and Owen don't even kiss until the end of the story. And the same with Catherine and Jordon. They don't kiss until the end of the book either for the same reason. It kind of left me feeling unsatisfied. The slow-burn part where the feelings were building was great, but I wish that the characters could have gotten together sooner in the story.Overall, this was an extremely fun story that I couldn't put down. It is filled with humor, catastrophe, rekindling friendships, and blossoming relationships. This book is a delightful journey that I highly recommend.More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Riley Hart is the type of girl who likes to have everything organized and be on all the committees and help where she can but doesn't want to be the one in charge. She would rather be in the background and not the face of it all. That is until she is called into the principal's office and given an ultimatum to either help save the Prom or for the first time in the history of their high school it is canceled. Riley calls on the help of her friends and frenemies to join the prom committee, but as Riley Hart is the type of girl who likes to have everything organized and be on all the committees and help where she can but doesn't want to be the one in charge. She would rather be in the background and not the face of it all. That is until she is called into the principal's office and given an ultimatum to either help save the Prom or for the first time in the history of their high school it is canceled. Riley calls on the help of her friends and frenemies to join the prom committee, but as they go along trying to save the Prom and get everything organized, it looks like someone is out to sabotage it. First, they lose the money for their venue and then every time they think they have a handle on something going well for the Prom - the minute they turn their backs it has been destroyed, and they are back to square one. This happens for most of the book until they manage to secure an excellent venue and dates etc. but of course what's a wrecked prom without mayhem and chaos as this will definitely for Riley and her friends be a night they will never forget. Prom Wrecked was one of those fun YA novels that reminded me of Jennifer Lynn Barnes Little White Lies.
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  • Amazeballs Book Addicts
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked is a great read. It prom season and I'm seeing people post about their kids going to prom all over Facebook so I was like ok I'm going to read a book that has a prom in it. This one had me hooked from beginning to end. The first chapter had me hooked. It starts with 11pm on prom night and all the kids are in a jail cell. I had to know what happened for them all to end up there and we get that because Chapter two starts with two months before the prom. I had expected to have the book Prom-Wrecked is a great read. It prom season and I'm seeing people post about their kids going to prom all over Facebook so I was like ok I'm going to read a book that has a prom in it. This one had me hooked from beginning to end. The first chapter had me hooked. It starts with 11pm on prom night and all the kids are in a jail cell. I had to know what happened for them all to end up there and we get that because Chapter two starts with two months before the prom. I had expected to have the book told in the dual POVs of Riley and Owen but it's told from the POVs of Riley and Catherine and I loved it. Two months before the prom the head prom planner quits and the principal wants to cancel the prom. Riley steps up to save the prom. Catherine focus to be prom queen but there is much more to her then just that. In planning the prom, this group encounters disaster after disaster. I was even wondering if the prom was doomed not to happen. Through all this we see some friendships and relationship change and others form. It's really a great sweet YA book.
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  • Pascale
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading in this writer’s style because the descriptions allowed me to picture everything in my head like a movie; I really felt like I saw everything being described. It was very well written and I enjoyed the author’s style. The alternating POV between the two teen girls was definitely something different and I appreciated the effort at originality. I always enjoy first person narrative as well, to me, it feels more personal and it draws me into the story more.This book is well edited. I loved reading in this writer’s style because the descriptions allowed me to picture everything in my head like a movie; I really felt like I saw everything being described. It was very well written and I enjoyed the author’s style. The alternating POV between the two teen girls was definitely something different and I appreciated the effort at originality. I always enjoy first person narrative as well, to me, it feels more personal and it draws me into the story more.This book is well edited. I didn’t notice any errors, which I really appreciate as an avid reader.I don’t want to give away any of the story but I have to say I was really happy with the way the plot played out. It was excellent and I will certainly be looking for more by the authors. I highly recommend this book. *I regularly read and review complimentary electronic books from authors, publishers, publicists, and NetGalley. I am not obligated to leave positive reviews, nor do I, nor have I ever, receive(d) compensation. I am not related to anyone who has provided these. The thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEWI'll be honest, I mostly requested this book off of NetGalley out of boredom. I didn’t know if I’d like it much but thought it sounded mildly amusing, so when I found myself genuinely enjoying it, I was pleasantly surprised. Prom-Wrecked doesn’t have a lot to say – it tries in a few instances to send a message, but it’s actually far better at doing so when it doesn’t appear to be trying – but it’s fun, sort of like the book equivalent of a rom-com. All of the characters are quite lovable a REVIEWI'll be honest, I mostly requested this book off of NetGalley out of boredom. I didn’t know if I’d like it much but thought it sounded mildly amusing, so when I found myself genuinely enjoying it, I was pleasantly surprised. Prom-Wrecked doesn’t have a lot to say – it tries in a few instances to send a message, but it’s actually far better at doing so when it doesn’t appear to be trying – but it’s fun, sort of like the book equivalent of a rom-com. All of the characters are quite lovable and real (save the villain, an evil cheerleader of the mustache-twirling variety), and it has a subtle but sweet message about forgiveness and learning from past mistakes. This is told in dual narratives – one Riley’s, focusing on prom and her crush on Owen, and the other Catherine’s, focusing on her struggles to break free of her mother’s iron grip – and that actually works to its benefit, which is unusual, as contrasting voices usually just make a story harder to follow. More on that later.This book’s greatest strength, as with any good rom-com, is its humor. Riley and co.’s bumbling adventures in prom-planning were often times uproarious – everything that can conceivably go wrong does in absolutely hilarious fashion (in that, it sort of reminds me of Save the Date, which I also reviewed). I was in stitches by the end, when *SPOILER* half of the cast ends up in a spectacular round of fisticuffs on the dance floor at prom, sets the venue on fire, and is collectively arrested *SPOILER*. That was what made this so enjoyable to read – bad things happening to likable people is funnier here than perhaps it should be.As I mentioned before, “Prom-Wrecked” follows two stories, Catherine’s and Riley’s; Riley’s is far and away the more humorous, honing in on prom mishaps rather than melodrama. I want to focus here on Catherine’s, because, although it is more serious, it’s extremely sweet. Her story focuses more on emotional struggles than Riley’s does, but by the end of her narrative, Catherine has found the courage to stand up to her controlling mother and admit her mistakes in order to repair a long-broken friendship, sending a genuinely sweet message about honesty and forgiveness. It’s got mildly salty content, but even for that, “Prom-Wrecked” is…well, pure. Its messages and themes are incredibly wholesome, though its characters act as realistic teens would (not always for the best). And although it isn’t particularly profound, “Prom-Wrecked” will leave you with a warmer heart than you went in with.CLOSINGSix-Word Summary: Murphy’s Law applies to proms, too…Recommended For: anyone looking for a light, fun, amusing read – perhaps to pass a few hours on a plane or long drive?Avoid If: you would rather read a book with something incredibly profound to say about life, society, etc.Possibly-Objectionable Content: scattered vulgar language, a few detailed kisses, underage drinking, and about two allusions to adult situations.Rating: 4 out of 5 Confused Llamas
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  • Cookie O'Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! At the heart of this book are two ex-best friends, Riley and Catherine, each who discovers her own tenacious spirit. The romance was swoony, and the boys, gah! Jordon and Owen have my heart. Prepare to fall in love with two of the best book boyfriends I’ve read in a while.Awesome plot, great characters, and a book boyfriend or two who I wish were real. Prom has never been so outrageously fun and laugh-out-loud hilarious!Thank you T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni for writing this Loved it! At the heart of this book are two ex-best friends, Riley and Catherine, each who discovers her own tenacious spirit. The romance was swoony, and the boys, gah! Jordon and Owen have my heart. Prepare to fall in love with two of the best book boyfriends I’ve read in a while.Awesome plot, great characters, and a book boyfriend or two who I wish were real. Prom has never been so outrageously fun and laugh-out-loud hilarious!Thank you T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni for writing this awesome book!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanniRead: 04/17-04/19Publication Date: May 6, 2019Their prom night ended in a jail cell with forty of their closest friends. But that’s hardly the worst thing that happened to them…When the principal announces prom is canceled this year, senior Riley Hart is determined to save it. Armed with little more than her own enthusiasm, she ends up working closely with Owen Locklear, who is more than completely off-limits. Because he’s the boyfriend of he Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanniRead: 04/17-04/19Publication Date: May 6, 2019Their prom night ended in a jail cell with forty of their closest friends. But that’s hardly the worst thing that happened to them…When the principal announces prom is canceled this year, senior Riley Hart is determined to save it. Armed with little more than her own enthusiasm, she ends up working closely with Owen Locklear, who is more than completely off-limits. Because he’s the boyfriend of her ex-BFF, Catherine Reed. Still, Owen knows Riley better than almost anyone, and his charming ideas for turning the prom upside-down and backward win Riley over.Then they lose their deposit. Twice. And book a band full of octogenarians. And don’t even get her started on the act of God that takes down their venue...Riley will have an unforgettable teenage experience, damn it, if it’s the last thing she does.First off: Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with this ebook in exchange for my honest review!What I Liked:I really enjoyed this book. Honestly, way more than I thought I would. It was fun and sweet and had all of the senior year nostalgia. Both Riley and Catherine were great characters to have narrate the book. They were parts in each character that I think most people will be able to relate to. I also appreciated that they were not pitted against each other as enemies. The romantic plot lines were a good portion of this book but not the focus. Instead you got to watch Riley and Catherine grow into themselves. There was even a little twist at the end that I did not see coming. There were also a lot of funny hints and jokes to what would eventually happen on prom night.What I Didn't Like:I wanted more interactions between Riley and Catherine. I would have liked to see more of their friendship being rekindled. All the other relationships had a lot of page time but theirs and it was a little disappointing. I was definitely #TeamRileyandCatherine the whole book.Overall, this was a fun read that would definitely make a great Netflix movie (hint hint Netflix).Rating: 8/10Facebook: From Jen's BookshelfInstagram: @fromjensbookshelf
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  • Lynndell
    January 1, 1970
    Event after event of chaos!Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Prom-Wrecked by T. H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni!The opening, showing the ragged and imprisoned state of the teen prom attendees, made me curious and the book didn’t let me down. The group of prom planners and prom goers dealt with a mountain of tumultuous events before the prom ever started and then prom was eventful with completely different issues. The characters are realistic, over Event after event of chaos!Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Prom-Wrecked by T. H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni!The opening, showing the ragged and imprisoned state of the teen prom attendees, made me curious and the book didn’t let me down. The group of prom planners and prom goers dealt with a mountain of tumultuous events before the prom ever started and then prom was eventful with completely different issues. The characters are realistic, overwhelmed and anxious, just like real teenagers. Drama, of course takes a part in this story but so does maturity, loyalty and perseverance. Riley, Catherine and Owen are the three main characters, each with distinct personalities and Owen is in the middle of all the action. Fun and with a message of prevailing justice makes Prom-Wrecked an interesting read, 5 stars!
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this was really fascinating and the book lives up to it. The book was told in Riley's point of view and her ex-BFF Catherine's, which I did not expect but I liked that it shows both their points of view on everything. Different POV's can be quite confusing if the characters and their voices aren't developed well enough but for me, each of them had a distinct voice and the different POV's gave readers insight on what each charact I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this was really fascinating and the book lives up to it. The book was told in Riley's point of view and her ex-BFF Catherine's, which I did not expect but I liked that it shows both their points of view on everything. Different POV's can be quite confusing if the characters and their voices aren't developed well enough but for me, each of them had a distinct voice and the different POV's gave readers insight on what each character was thinking. I really liked that this book had humorous dialogue but some more serious and real stuff as well. Catherine's struggle to find her identity is something I'm sure a lot of people can relate to and empathize with. I would definitely recommend this for people who enjoy a YA book with developed and developing characters trying to find their path in life. Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fizza
    January 1, 1970
    It's a fun read, I enjoyed the story and especially loved how it's told. Riley is trying to save the prom because it isn't something that can be canceled. Every school has it and theirs will too. If no one steps in then they must save it themselves and that is how a bunch of teenagers ended up in a jail cell. I think that this is a very well-written book and has some of the most interesting characters that I have encountered in fiction. I loved it and would recommend it to all YA fans.
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  • Kendal
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It was like getting two books in one. The book is told from the points of view of Catherine and Riley. They each want porm to happen for their own reasons, but things keep happening to prevent prom.This book takes the time honored tradition of prom, and turns it on its head. It's a wonderfully told story that proves even with all the planning in the world, not everything will go as planned. I lookforward to reading more from both these authors.
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  • Jamie Lee Zonneveld
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this story. I really liked that the story was written from the 2 girls pov. I really liked the writing. Prom-Wrecked was my first book by this author but I really love to read more.I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received throughNetgalley.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, light hearted read, told from the POV of two girls. Interesting and fun, nice characters, not taxing or heavy. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
  • Yahaira
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an arc of this book from entangled publishing via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Okay. Books told in alternating point of views tend to be confusing but this one actually flowed pretty well. I appreciate the fact that there weren't any time jumps and just continued on from the previous chapter. This book was SO GOOD i could not put it down. This book was full of humor, especially when it came to the chapters narrated by Riley. The other chapters were narrated by Catherine *I received an arc of this book from entangled publishing via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Okay. Books told in alternating point of views tend to be confusing but this one actually flowed pretty well. I appreciate the fact that there weren't any time jumps and just continued on from the previous chapter. This book was SO GOOD i could not put it down. This book was full of humor, especially when it came to the chapters narrated by Riley. The other chapters were narrated by Catherine, Riley's former best friend. While Riley's narration tended to be more on the humorous side, Catherine's tended to be more serious and real. Catherine's struggles with being herself around her mom is something I'm sure many people have gone through but the character development was honestly one of my favorite parts.The only thing I didn't like isn't necessarily about the story but the transition between scenes. I hope it gets fixed in the final publication but it was very confusing. Please read this when it comes out in May. You won't regret it! Definitely recommend 10/10
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  • Emma Kiely
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.This book was amazing.I laughed so much reading this book it was honestly amazing.I got invested in all of the characters and felt their pain when everything just kept going completely wrong.Riley is an amazing main character and I love her story and character development.The plot was amazing I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next.It was hilarious without being ridi I want to thank Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.This book was amazing.I laughed so much reading this book it was honestly amazing.I got invested in all of the characters and felt their pain when everything just kept going completely wrong.Riley is an amazing main character and I love her story and character development.The plot was amazing I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next.It was hilarious without being ridiculous and I think that’s what I loved the most about it.I gave it 5 stars.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Maybe 3.5 stars. This was a cute book, and I enjoyed reading it.The chapters alternated between two senior girls, Riley and Catherine, who used to be best friends. Something happened in eighth grade that broke their friendship apart, but what happened isn't revealed until later in the book. Catherine is a popular cheerleader who loves acting, though her mother expects her to become a lawyer. She and her bo *I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Maybe 3.5 stars. This was a cute book, and I enjoyed reading it.The chapters alternated between two senior girls, Riley and Catherine, who used to be best friends. Something happened in eighth grade that broke their friendship apart, but what happened isn't revealed until later in the book. Catherine is a popular cheerleader who loves acting, though her mother expects her to become a lawyer. She and her boyfriend, Owen, have been dating for 3 1/2 years and are expected to be crowned Prom King and Queen. Riley is a lot quieter and tends toward more academic things--she's an honor student and is already accepted to a good school. She's also a gamer and plays an online RPG with Owen, who has been a good friend (and the guy she likes) forever. Owen, though he doesn't have his own chapters, is featured prominently in both girls' narrations. He's an all-around good guy--he's kind and works hard, he plays baseball, he's loyal and honest. I liked him a lot. I wasn't a fan of Catherine--she was quite selfish throughout most of the book and backstory (even when she was supposedly not being selfish, I didn't find it very believable). Riley was much more likable, in my opinion, and I rooted for her.So you know those movies in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong? That's basically this book as it relates to the prom. Some of it was pretty unbelievable (all things relating to the barn), and a few characters felt more like caricatures than characters (Jessa, for instance). However, it was still a fun book to read. And even though I didn't particularly like Catherine, she kind of improved by the end.The writing was fine. There were only a few times when I picked the book back up mid-chapter and wasn't sure whose it was at first; for the most part, Riley's and Catherine's voices (or at least thoughts) were distinct enough to show them as two separate people. I like YA books that show positive relationships between parents and their kids. This one was all right--it didn't depict any of the adults as bumbling morons. Riley's parents came across as somewhat aloof and involved in their own lives more than Riley's, but they weren't idiots. I liked Catherine's father, but her mother tried way too hard to live vicariously through her daughter.How it ends: (view spoiler)[Catherine and Owen agree that their better off as friends, but she convinces him to pretend their still dating so that she can win Prom Queen. He doesn't want to do it, but he agrees to go along with her plan. They agree not to tell anyone, but Owen tells Riley over Q-chat.The barn is destroyed by a tornado, so they start setting up a tent and other things. One day they arrive at the site to find all their stuff is gone and replaced by construction equipment. Mrs. Cleary had sold the land prior to taking Riley's money, disappearing, and changing her number. Riley gives up on prom for a while.Without telling her, Catherine and Owen work on finding somewhere else to have it. Riley convinces their principal to let them have prom in the gym, and she works on decorating it. Catherine's mother is able to help them hold prom at a vineyard (one of her clients) when a wedding party cancelled. Neither Owen nor Catherine tells Riley until after the principal announces it in school. (Owen had been trying to tell her that day, but she kept running away from him after he told her about breaking up with Catherine. He also told her that he had contacted Bucknell, the college she was going to, and been offered a really good scholarship; he hadn't accepted yet because he wanted to talk to Riley about it first.)Riley goes to prom with Jordan, with whom Catherine had been spending a lot of time (theater stuff). Jordan and Catherine liked each other, but Jordan believed she was still dating Owen, and Catherine wanted to keep up the charade for Prom Queen. Owen and Catherine get to prom and each go off to spend time with Riley and Jordan, respectively, after Riley storms off (she accidentally broke off the door handle from Jordan's car). Jordan and Catherine kiss; Riley and Owen kiss.Prom falls apart when Jessa notices that Catherine wore the same dress as she did. Catherine figures out that Jessa stole the deposit money that Riley lost and used it to pay for the dress and such. A fight breaks out between Bryan (Jessa's date), Owen, Jordan, and someone else. Some juniors set off fireworks, which catch some wine barrels on fire. Riley and Owen are leaving when she picks up an empty wine bottle and is arrested for possession. That's how they all ended up in jail.Catherine's mother is able to get their charges dropped, and all their parents pick them up. Catherine apologizes for dumping Riley in eighth grade (Jessa said that if she didn't kick Riley out, Catherine would be out). They reconcile. Catherine and Jordan are going to be in a production of Wicked together. Owen and Riley are going to college together. Everyone is happy. (hide spoiler)]Note: Some swearing. A couple of bi friends.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Prom wasn’t supposed to end in a jail cell. Riley Hart is the co-chair, the vice president, the planner for more clubs and student organizations than anyone cares to count. But when senior prom is cancelled due to lack of interest and funding, she has to step up for the first time in her high school career. With the help of her gaming buddy, the utterly off limits Owen Locklear, she’s going to make prom memorable for everyone involved. Missing deposits, elderly musicians, uncertain community don Prom wasn’t supposed to end in a jail cell. Riley Hart is the co-chair, the vice president, the planner for more clubs and student organizations than anyone cares to count. But when senior prom is cancelled due to lack of interest and funding, she has to step up for the first time in her high school career. With the help of her gaming buddy, the utterly off limits Owen Locklear, she’s going to make prom memorable for everyone involved. Missing deposits, elderly musicians, uncertain community donors, missing deposits, or even venue destroying acts of nature or not there will be prom.T.H, Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni did a number of nifty things with Prom-Wrecked. The split point of view between advertised protagonist Riley and her former best friend Catherine showing the reader different aspects of prom planning and the various characters is used fantastically. Add on to that, both points of view feel like very different coming of age stories that complement each other well. It was a really fun read.One thing that I think worked to the book’s favor was the bit at the beginning where the reader is shown how prom ended. All the major characters are in jail, a number of them are roughed up, and the reader knows nothing about how a high school prom went so wrong that it ended up like this. Roll back to the day that prom’s cancelation is announced and read every bit of everything going wrong and the kids in the jail cell trying to make it work anyway. It simultaneously takes away the worry about Riley and company failing while also promising ridiculous events on the way there.The two separate coming of age stories thing that I mentioned earlier is also worth noting. Both Riley and Catherine are sort of stuck in their respective social niches. Riley is in everything but avoids leading anything until the prom committee, while Catherine is one of the popular girls but stuck with friends she isn’t really friends with and trapped by her mother’s expectations. One has to learn to lead and deal with other people’s expectations, the other has to learn to embrace what she enjoys despite expectations. It works. More so, it works while still feeling like a single cohesive story rather than two partial stories stitched together.Extra special bonus points to the Catherine chapters. As the former best friend who dumped the protagonist to hang out with the popular girls, she could have easily been a one note mean girl character. Having her be the deuteragonist neatly avoids that, gives the story a character who’s invested in prom happening and has the connections to attempt things that Riley couldn’t, and makes the love story bits more interesting and satisfying. She might actually be my favorite character.The romance aspect that generally is something that elicits an eye roll and a fair amount of disinterest in both YA and contemporary novels is present here. And it did initially get an eye roll. But then something happened. Riley kept a lid on her crush on Owen and was as good a friend as she could be, supporting his relationship with Catherine and joking around with him, listening to his ideas for Morp and spinning them into something workable. It’s a lot of fun and leaves him the one pining for what can’t be. More even than that, on Catherine’s side of things we have her realizing that her relationship with Owen isn’t what either of them really wants. The lack of an antagonist within the romance narrative works for me really well, as does the way Riley and Owen and Owen and Catherine feel like friends who care about each other instead of points on a triangle.If I have one quibble, it’s with a bit towards the end where better communication could have avoided a lot of stress for a number of characters. But that feels both in character and like it paid off pretty well, so it’s kind of a nothing issue. If I have a second one, it’s that some of the music references felt kind of forced. That might have just been because I’d only heard of a third or so of the artists referenced though.So, Hernandez and DiGiovanni’s Prom-Wrecked is very much not my usual cup of tea, being a YA contemporary romantic tragicomedy about the rise and fall of a canceled senior prom. It’s not the kind of book I would usually pick up or, really, give much thought. But it was absolutely the book I needed to break myself out of my reading slump. Prom-Wrecked was just fun and I’m ready to look for other things either author has written. Five out of five.I received a copy of this book through Entangled Teen, for honest review.
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  • Jerrye Bell
    January 1, 1970
    Prom Wrecked by T. H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanniRating: 4 out of 5 stars______________________________________________________________________________Story NotesT.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni offer readers a glimpse into the last few weeks of high school for a group of young friends who are hoping to have the prom they’ve always wanted – no matter what stands in their way.This story was really well written for its subject and target age. Often I find YA books to be very immature a Prom Wrecked by T. H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanniRating: 4 out of 5 stars______________________________________________________________________________Story NotesT.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni offer readers a glimpse into the last few weeks of high school for a group of young friends who are hoping to have the prom they’ve always wanted – no matter what stands in their way.This story was really well written for its subject and target age. Often I find YA books to be very immature and include lots of weird emotions/facial expressions that are described in detail. This story drops readers right into the end of the story right before it goes back eight weeks to explain what has happened. Riley Hart is a senior who has just found out that the school Prom is not going to happen this year….unless someone comes up with lots of money and a venue. Never one to be in charge, given her rather shy nature, Riley determines to get things going and hand off the reins to someone else ASAP. Trouble is, while her classmates are willing to help get everything together, none of them want to be in charge. Unwillingly taking lead on “Project Morp”, Riley begins handing out responsibilities. She’s got eight weeks and $500.00, surely they can pull this off? With the help of her classmates – some more helpful than others – they find a new venue and begin their plans. But when a tornado, a demolition crew and missing money all wreak havoc on their fledgling plans, Riley is ready to throw in the towel. How can they possibly pull this off with everything against them? What happens in the last few pages is worth finding out and will show that the most loyal friend we have are those who stand behind us even when we can’t see them. I loved the way the story was written. From the change of character voice and the progression of weeks shown at the beginning of the chapters, everything wove together well and I enjoyed the plot. It was really fun to read the POV of both Riley and Catherine as it gave the story depth. Each of them had the same goal so it was interesting to see how the authors played out their different approaches. There were some cliche plot lines included – parents not letting kids pursue their dreams, secret crushes, and ex-best friends, to name a few – but their fleshing out was positively based, which made for a nice change. I did have a couple issues with the book, however, which kept me from giving it 5 stars. First was the unnecessary language. Its not necessary to include such words as they really didn’t add anything to the plot. Perhaps they could be intended to show immaturity but honestly could have been replaced or left out entirely and they would not have been missed. Second was the gay relationship that was included. I know that teens may face this possibility in real life but I would rather not read it in a book, nor should they. No matter your personal views on this subject, I think authors should steer clear of presenting them in either positive or negative light in a work of fiction. This is especially true in a genre that is targeted to children. I will post about this story on my blog and social media pages that it is well written and a cute story but I will include a warning about it given the issues written above.I received this E-book free of charge from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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  • Malka
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsI received this book from Entangled Teen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Hello and welcome to my review of Prom-Wrecked! I originally picked up this book because of the super intriguing premise. I mean it’s about a prom that lands the senior class in jail! If that’s not intriguing I don’t know what is!I originally wanted to read this book because of all the fun drama that the synopsis promised me, but I’m starting to learn that maybe I don’t actually enjoy dramatics in 3 StarsI received this book from Entangled Teen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Hello and welcome to my review of Prom-Wrecked! I originally picked up this book because of the super intriguing premise. I mean it’s about a prom that lands the senior class in jail! If that’s not intriguing I don’t know what is!I originally wanted to read this book because of all the fun drama that the synopsis promised me, but I’m starting to learn that maybe I don’t actually enjoy dramatics in books. I think my issue mainly stems from the fact that there was nothing in the book that didn’t cause drama! Literally EVERYTHING that could go wrong with prom, managed to go wrong! I was expected a lot to go wrong from the synopsis, but I figured there’d be some positive points as well? And maybe if I strained my eyes a bit I could find the bits and pieces that went right, but it would take me a lot of effort. I also didn’t feel like there was the greatest resolution to the whole prom fiasco, and so the ending was a bit anticlimactic after everything that went wrong throughout the book.BUT! While I didn’t really enjoy the plot, I did have a pretty good time with the characters. The book is dual perspective and you get to see Riley who is doing her best to ensure prom will happen, and Catherine, Riley’s ex best friend, who wants prom to happen so that she could become prom queen like her mother expects her too. Even though I couldn’t always distinguish between the two voices, I appreciated that the characters didn’t follow the tropes I expected. For example, I also expected that there was going to be quite a bit of miscommunication since the romantic entanglements are quite complicated, but to my delighted surprise, there wasn’t any! Additionally, while Catherine is the popular girl who ended her friendship with Riley in a less than stellar fashion years back, she isn’t a villain. She knows what mistakes she made, feels bad about them, and does her best to make up for her past actions. I did feel that the side characters weren’t as fleshed out as I’d have liked them to be, but it didn’t bother me too much since I enjoyed both of the main characters perspectives. This isn’t a super complex book, but if you’re in the mood for a cute book with the biggest case of Murphy’s law ever, this is definitely the read for you!
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  • Viv
    January 1, 1970
    So, straight up - I wasn't sure if I liked this novel at first, and it took me a little while to get into this book - but oh boy did I get into it. This was one of those novels that kept me reading and reading and reading (once I got into it). Overall:This is a lovely, cute and light story, told from several perspectives centring on, you guessed it, prom. The story arguably centres on Riley and Owen, with a little side story involving Catherine. It was probably everything I love in a story - sho So, straight up - I wasn't sure if I liked this novel at first, and it took me a little while to get into this book - but oh boy did I get into it. This was one of those novels that kept me reading and reading and reading (once I got into it). Overall:This is a lovely, cute and light story, told from several perspectives centring on, you guessed it, prom. The story arguably centres on Riley and Owen, with a little side story involving Catherine. It was probably everything I love in a story - short, sweet, and genuine. The writing is also short, sharp and sweet, although it could be improved in some areas. Characters:To be frank, I really did enjoy reading both from Riley's perspective as well as Catherine. They were both enjoyable, smart (if different), and just great heroines to read along withI really did enjoy reading about both Owen and nerdy-sweet Jordon, although they weren't characters that I melted into a pool at. I did love the dynamic between Catherine and Jordon, of that they were always fully open with one another. Riley and Owen were nice to read alongside, but would have loved if they could turn up the sparks a little more. If there was one critique I had, it would be that at first, I found it quite hard to keep track of all the different characters and perspectives. Storyline:At first, like I said, it took me a little while to get into the story, but once I got to maybe 1/3 of the way through, I began to truly get into it. But moving past that, it was pretty well paced (maybe slightly too slow towards the beginning). I would have liked for Riley and Catherine's storyline in terms of their past to be developed a little further (and that ending tied up a little neater) though.Overall, I did enjoy this novel - really enjoyable once you get into it!Note: I was generously provided an ARC of this novel by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes it takes a moment to make you realize that you are bigger than how you perceived yourself. For Riley, that moment comes when her principal cancels prom. She takes control in a “not on my watch” kind of way, which goes completely against how she typically would respond. As Riley herself observes, she’s a great second-in-command. She’s not an in command.It helps that Owen, a guy Riley has had a crush on for forever, wants to be involved. She assumes it’s because his girlfriend Catherine, Sometimes it takes a moment to make you realize that you are bigger than how you perceived yourself. For Riley, that moment comes when her principal cancels prom. She takes control in a “not on my watch” kind of way, which goes completely against how she typically would respond. As Riley herself observes, she’s a great second-in-command. She’s not an in command.It helps that Owen, a guy Riley has had a crush on for forever, wants to be involved. She assumes it’s because his girlfriend Catherine, Riley’s former BFF who dumped her when Riley wasn’t popular enough, wants to be prom queen. Owen might have his own motives, however, as does Catherine.T. H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni take you (and their characters) on a crazy ride. Deposits get lost, artwork destroyed, locations shut down–and those are just some of the problems. My favorite moment might be the catfight that erupts over duplicate prom dresses.Yet this isn’t a slapstick book. Riley grows into herself, slowly reclaiming the confidence she lost when Catherine traded up. She discovers a self-reliance that would make Emerson proud even as she learns that letting go and delegating sometimes are necessary.Lest you think that Catherine is a one-note mean girl, Hernandez and DiGiovanni show you a teenager whose allegiances are pulled into so many different directions that she loses herself in the process. Where should her loyalties lie? Catherine needs to figure that out. She may not have been fair in her treatment of Riley, but the measure of her will come from what she does about that now.I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s sweet, and it makes you feel the angst that Riley and Catherine experience. I need to get a copy of this for my class library because my students will inhale it.Blog ● Facebook ● Twitter ● Instagram
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  • Michelle (Firstbooklove)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a free eARC from NetGalley via Xpresso Book Tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: Prom-wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni (4 stars)Prom-wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 4/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)When Prom is cancelled, Riley is determined to save her senior year. She teams up with Owen, who is completely off limits (I received a free eARC from NetGalley via Xpresso Book Tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Prom-wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni (4 stars)Prom-wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 4/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)When Prom is cancelled, Riley is determined to save her senior year. She teams up with Owen, who is completely off limits as he is dating Catherine, Riley’s ex-BFF. Owen knows Riley really well too. Catherine reluctantly agrees to help, she is already dealing with the crushing expectations of her mother. But everything starts to go wrong, a missing deposit, losing their venue and so much more.I love that there are very interesting POVs, the story is told from both Riley and Cat’s POVs, which is really interesting to me as they hate each other and this is the first time I’ve read a book with rivals being the focus of the story.I was so frustrated at certain couples as THEY WERE MEANT TO BE but because Owen is dating Cat, he doesn’t make a move, but he’s clearly in love with Riley. I’m glad that there was actually no cheating, despite the messy relationship, they actually did everything properly and there was no cheating when usually there would be in a situation like this, so I applaud that the authors wrote it with style.
There was so much drama and teen angst, I LOVE IT! I really liked the concept, interesting POVs, I found that the characters were really fun to watch and read about and would really recommend this book.
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  • Diah R
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)2.5 stars rounded upProm-Wrecked started fabulously with the unknon-chaos that wrecked the prom. After, it went downhill tho.Prom-wrecked united several misfit kids, with your-run-in-the-mill stereotypes to save their cancelled prom. You got your jock, queen-bee, wanna-bee, drama kids, and (sorta) nerds.The scene was opened near the end, where everything definitely went wrong. Then, we took a few step back on months b (I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)2.5 stars rounded upProm-Wrecked started fabulously with the unknon-chaos that wrecked the prom. After, it went downhill tho.Prom-wrecked united several misfit kids, with your-run-in-the-mill stereotypes to save their cancelled prom. You got your jock, queen-bee, wanna-bee, drama kids, and (sorta) nerds.The scene was opened near the end, where everything definitely went wrong. Then, we took a few step back on months before the 'morp' (or, as Owen said 'Morp. It's a prom spelled backwards')Look, no matter how cliche it is, if the story is interesting enough to keep me through the pages, I'm game.However, the disadvantages with Prom-wrecked was that there were too many exposition with two povs to add.I love Riley's inner voice and pov, but I didn't buy Cat's and it was a shame. Cat was the popular it-girl with equally popular boyfriend, but guess what, she wasn't as bitchy as she showed herself to be. Cat's character enticed me, because it's cliched af but in the right hand, it shows depth. Unfortunately, any chapter with Cat was so stiff, with problems that were 'easy' to solve in the end.Overall, what bothered me most was the exposition. I didn't need Cat to literally narrate that Hunter was her bff for the past four years, we would gather it by ourselves. I could went insane because of this, but thankfully, I managed.
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Prom-Wrecked is a story about high school seniors trying to have a prom while everything in the universe is going against them. When I first started the book, the first chapter made me think this might be a comedy, so my hopes were up; it wasn't, but even with that disappointment it was still a good book. It is low on drama (leaves it well until the climax scene) and low on angst and is just instead about teens trying very hard to get something done in an area they don't have much expertise in. Prom-Wrecked is a story about high school seniors trying to have a prom while everything in the universe is going against them. When I first started the book, the first chapter made me think this might be a comedy, so my hopes were up; it wasn't, but even with that disappointment it was still a good book. It is low on drama (leaves it well until the climax scene) and low on angst and is just instead about teens trying very hard to get something done in an area they don't have much expertise in. Riley wants to have a good memory of prom, and which is why, for the first time, she takes charge of something. She is still constantly plagued by doubt, as she feels one of the popular kids, like her ex-best-friend Catherine, could have done it better. Catherine, the other POV, feels bad about dumping Riley back in 8th grade, and thinks Riley may be upto something to ruin her plans to be Prom Queen. Owen, Cat's boyfriend, and one of Riley's best friends, tries to make it work for the former and encourages the latter, while also falling for her. Meanwhile, Cat is falling for someone else, while also trying to break free from the expectations placed on her, and to do what she wants. The entertaining aspect of the novel is definitely the plot - I mean, every which way they can get screwed over, they do. Money goes missing, the venue owner cheats them and skips town, an actual tornado takes off with their venue, stuff gets destroyed, there are two prom getting planned at once, and between all that, is the two main characters' fractured relationship. I wish we got more out of the characters, but they were too many of them to keep track (and there were too many J names!) and it just ended up being more focused on plot. I liked the ending, though, and it was a quick read, so overall, it ended up being enjoyable. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Entangled Publishing LLC, via Netgalley.
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  • Merel
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received this book via netgalley. What started as a plan to save the school's prom, ended with a night in jail. When prom seems to get cancelled, Riley steps up and takes on the role of prom committee leader. With the help of her classmates she tries to save prom, but she could not foresee all the obstacles that come in their way. Yet, Riley is determined to make prom happen. I requested this b I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received this book via netgalley. What started as a plan to save the school's prom, ended with a night in jail. When prom seems to get cancelled, Riley steps up and takes on the role of prom committee leader. With the help of her classmates she tries to save prom, but she could not foresee all the obstacles that come in their way. Yet, Riley is determined to make prom happen. I requested this book from netgalley because I was in the mood for a light and quick read, that is exactly what I got. This is not the type of book I normally read but I have to say I really enjoyed it. It had the perfect mix of comedy and drama, that made it feel like a good romcom movie. The writing was not remarkable, but the story didn't need that. The story was carried by the plot and characters and those aspects were good enough that I didn't mind the writing. I think the story is a lot of fun, I constantly wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. The strongest point of the story was the comedy. When I thought things couldn't become worse the story went there and did so in a hilarious way. I actually laughed out loud a couple times when reading this book. Even though you wouldn't think so from the synopsis, the story follows two perspectives. The perspectives of Riley and Catherine. I appreciated the dual perspective and I think it was necessary to prevent Catherine's character from becoming one dimensional. However, there were moments near the ending of the book where I was a little bit confused sometimes about whose perspective I was reading from. I also found the pacing to be a bit strange near the ending. From the prologue I knew that a lot of things still had to happen, but there were very little pages left which made me worry that the ending would be rushed. Unfortunately I found that to be the case. The final actions happened a bit too fast for my liking and I would have liked them to be fleshed out a bit more. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and I am glad that I decided to pick it up. The story did have some flaws, but not major enough to really affect my enjoyment of the book. I would certainly recommend this book if you are a fan of funny, laugh-out-loud, romcom type reads.
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