“21 Proms” Book Reading Today in NYC

s640×4801.jpg21 Proms Book Reading at the Tompkins Square Park Branch of the Public Library.

“Teen Authors Read @ The Tompkins Square Branch Library.”
Date: Wednesday, March 7 Time: 6:00 PM

Audience: young adults

Description:
Please join us as we welcome a very special panel of teen authors hosted by David Levithan, including Erin Downing, author of Prom Crashers, Maryrose Wood, author of Why I Let My Hair Grow Out, Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic’s Child, Leslie Margolis, author of Price of Admission, Eireann Corrigan, author of Ordinary Ghosts and authors from the forthcoming anthology, 21 Proms! For ages 12-18.
Get the book 21 Proms here.
Location:
Tompkins Square Branch
331 East 10th Street
(212) 228-4747

Review from Amazon:
“21 PROMS tells the stories of, well, twenty-one proms. Twenty-one fantastic authors contributed to this collection, and each and every one of the stories is fabulous and enjoyable. A few, however, really stick out in my mind after finishing this book.

Holly Black’s IN VODKA VERITAS is a creepy story about an evil Latin club. “MOM CALLED, SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PROM” is Adrienne Maria Vrettos’ contribution to the book. It’s a great story that manages, in just a few pages, to create wonderfully three-dimensional characters that I’d love to read more about. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a brilliantly written and romantic story. Aimee Friedman’s THREE FATES is a hilarious story about what happens when Abby ends up with three dates instead of going dateless the way she thought she would. THE QUESTION is Brent Hartinger’s one-act play that would be wonderful to see performed. PRIMATE THE PROM is Libba Bray’s very interesting, original, and unusual story of a boy going to prom with his boyfriend — who just happens to be a gorilla. THE BACKUP DATE, by Leslie Margolis, is a fabulously well-written story about Jasmine, a whiny but completely believable character, going to prom with her boyfriend and brother’s best friend.

As you can see, there are quite a few fabulous stories in this collection. The two that I loved the most, however, were these: Melissa de la Cruz told the absolutely true and absolutely hilarious story of her prom in A SIX-PACK OF BUD, A FIFTH OF WHISKEY, AND ME. THE GREAT AMERICAN MORP is John Green’s absolutely brilliant story and one of my two favorites about a couple of girls having a “morp,” a party that is a backwards prom. In this funny and fantastic story, he introduces characters that I’d absolutely love to see again.

I did notice one thing that is interesting, and I want to know why this is: people seem much more likely to write about two gay guys than two lesbians. Quite a few of the stories had gay guys in them, but I can’t think of any about two girls who wanted to go to prom together; I don’t know why. In fact, I can only think of one book that I’ve read where the main character is a lesbian: KEEPING YOU A SECRET, by Julie Anne Peters.

A good short story, one that has good characters or a hold-your-breath-suspenseful plot or something, has to do it in just a few pages. These were some of the best short stories I can ever remember reading!”

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
Get the book 21 Proms here.

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