ARC Review: Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni

Prom-WreckedProm-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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 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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Releases on May 6, 2019

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