Title: How (Not) To Ask A Boy To Prom
Author: S.J. Goslee
Release Date: April 23th, 2019
Age Range: Young Adult
Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single.
He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It’s not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming with prospects. Nolan plans to ride out the rest of his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and avoiding anything that involves an ounce of school spirit.
Unfortunately for him, his adoptive big sister has other ideas. Ideas that involve too-tight pants, a baggie full of purple glitter, and worst of all: a Junior-Senior prom ticket.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book, so buckle up as I try to sort through them.
I’d like to start this off on a positive, so I’ll start with the few things I did enjoy. First one being the sibling relationship. I didn’t enjoy Daphne’s character much. She just seemed very invasive and had the need to get Nolan a date because she felt Nolan needed to date. But despite that I loved seeing their relationship. I loved it because you don’t see sibling relationships between adoptive siblings that don’t turn ot to be horrible too often (or are mentioned often)
Another thing I did enjoy was Nolan’s character development. He was definitely a teenage kid, which I had no problem with as he acted his age. A lot of his negative traits seemed to come from his reactions to how he handled people around him in regards to his sexuality and things he said while pushing people away. But I liked that the story came full circle where he realized what he did and that he needed to fix it.
So all my positives are done and that means I can tackle my list of negatives.
The first one being the way the story was written. It wasn’t my favorite and made it hard to read for me and I know some people care about this, but there were a lot of periods. like a lot. A lot of same length sentence because of it too and it just made it boring for me.
I was very irritated by the fact that the story had the stigma that you have to date during high school or you’ll miss the dating experience. I went into the story just expecting Nolan to not want to go to prom and the sister getting him to do it anyways, but it was written in a way that it made me (a person who never dated in high school and stands by the fact that it is perfectly okay and shouldn’t be made fun of or felt to seem odd) wary, because that’s how I interpreted it.
which also leads to my next and final complaint. The comment that made it sound like it’s wrong that Nolan has never kissed anyone before. It’s perfectly fine to not date or kiss people in high school. It’s perfectly fine to never kiss someone ever. Some people don’t like physical touch, sexual or otherwise, and it bothered me that it was made to seem sad that he’s never kissed someone.
Overall the story was cute despite the main character being an ass most of the book. It had fake dating which I’m a sucker for, and plants and art and I liked that it showed a person stepping out of their comfort zone.
definitely 2.4 stars because it didn’t keep my attention and I was bugged by several things while reading it. ( .4 and below are rounded down and .5 and above are rounded up for Goodreads.)
TW: panic attack