21 Proms Edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft | Mini Book Review

Title: 21 Proms
Author/s: Edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft and Contributed by Various YA Authors
Publication: Published December 30th 2014 by Push (first published March 1st 2007)
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Source: Personal Purchase

Plot in a Nutshell: 
From many mega-bestselling authors, including John Green, Libba Bray, Holly Black, and David Levithan, 21 prom stories you’ll never forget.

From an amazing array of authors including John Green, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Libba Bray, Ned Vizzini, and Holly Black… Prom. It’s supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Or, at least, you’re supposed to have a good time. But what if you’d rather be going with your best friend’s date than your own? What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch? What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince? Or what if he’s (literally) an ape?

There are ways you can fight it. You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom – also known as a morp. You can throw a prom for fat girls. You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you. You can dance to your own music.
– Synopsis from Goodreads

Thoughts in General:
Basically, after reading My True Love Gave to Me I was kind of open-minded with anthologies and that is one of the reasons why I picked up 21 Proms. It is a prom-themed anthology which had awesome Young Adult novelists super stars (i.e. John Green, David Levithan, Holly Black, E. Lockhart, Libba Bray etc). To be perfectly honest, I had high expectations with this anthology because of the headlining novelists and sadly it did not live up to it. 
My True Love Gave to Me wasn’t perfect by any means, however, I just loved every story within the pages of that book. 21 Proms on the other hand fell flat and only delivered the goods in small doses. I felt like that most of the stories weren’t 100% unique. The same plot devices were used and re-used and that made it all the more predictable and bland.  
Don’t get me wrong there were some good stories in this anthology. My top five favorites were: 
1) Three Fates by Aimee Friedman – this was the only story in this entire anthology that I could remember a lot of the story’s details. It had such a fun twist and it sums up what a good contemporary story should be. 
2) A Six-pack of Bud, a Fifth of Whiskey, and Me by Melissa de la Cruz – this one is an autobiographical account of Melissa’s experience at her prom and it had a lot of fun and quirky moments to it that made the story charming and funny. 
3) The Question: A Play in One Act by Brent Hartinger – this one was a surprisingly good story with a direct narrative (it is literally a play). I won’t get into the details of it because you wouldn’t want to get spoiled. 
4) The Great American Morp by John Green – this one was such a treat. Again it played on some tropes that are typical, however, I enjoyed how things turned out in this story. Maggie was fun to read about and for the first time in my reading life I did not hear John Green’s voice narrating this one. 
5) In Vodka Veritas by Holly Black – this author really knows how to concoct strange and utterly bizarre stories. Seriously this is probably the craziest and unique story out of all the tales in this anthology. 
Aside from those, majority of what was left were cliches, confusing, and boring. Don’t get discouraged by my thoughts though. If you are genuinely interested in reading 21 Proms, go ahead and read it with an open-mind. 

I give 21 Proms a…

It wasn’t what I wanted it to be.
Have you read 21 Proms? What did you think of it? What were your favorite stories in the anthology? 


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