10 Things I Hate About Prom

Random/Joy Revolution. May 2024. 320p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593705179.
Gr 9 Up–In this realistic fiction title, longtime neighbors, best friends, and soulmates Ivelisse “Ive” Santos (drama department tech nerd) and Joaquin “Quin” Romero (heartthrob baseball star) face a tumultuous high school. Friends since toddlers, they have shared birthday parties, a pet dog, family drama, and more. The pair always have had one another’s backs, except this year when Quin asks her to help him with a promposal to the school darling/head cheerleader. Ive has confused feelings about this request, but agrees to help anyway. Subsequently, each of his romantic promposal attempts is thwarted—the first accidentally, although Ive is the culprit for the rest, which Quin only realizes on the final attempt. This threatens to end their friendship, and Ive finally recognizes that she feels more than friendship toward Quin. When she finally discovers his card with its proclamation of like feelings hidden inside the birthday gift their dog stole two months prior, she takes drastic measures to gain his forgiveness and share her sentiments.
VERDICT Teens will enjoy this title with its comedic plot twists, U.S. high school drama themes, and the friendship-to-love relationship between two realistic Latinx teens.

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