Blog Tour & Interview: The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High - Laurie Boyle CromptonPublisher: Sourcebook Fire (February 4th 2014)
Paperback: 320 pages
Source: Sourcebook Fire
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars

Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she’s willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.

Review:

Laurie Boyle Crompton gives us another fun teen book with a mix of reality T.V with The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High. The story beings with Shannon, voted as one of  3 least likely to ever be prom queen after an incident with a finger cot and the unfortunate nickname of Elf Ucker left her a popularity pariah.  As result she’s selected to participate in a new reality show called The Prom Queen Wannabes where we get to watch three social outcast get their makeovers and try to become prom queen.

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High is totally that cute teen/Disney feel good movie mashed up with Mean Girls and Reality TV, with a little lesson wrapped up on the story. It definitely has it clique moments, but also lots of fun and hilarious moments too. The story is kind of told in 4 parts, the prologue, the summer makeover, the senior filming and the grand finale. At the beginning Shannon only had her best friend Marnie and her possibly-its-a-two-way-crush oddball geeky Rick. But than Shannon spends the summer getting her makeover, where she ends up becoming good friends with the two prom queen trainees, Amy and Kelly. It was fun following them around as they navigate the tricky world of high school and reality television. Coming back for senior year, Shannon learns that the dark side of popularity and reality tv.

What makes this book is the cute and silly shenanigans and chaos that Shannon gets into, especially at the end during the finale/prom (which was my favourite part of the book). It had that overly dramatic high school drama and the overly dramatic-ness of reality tv, but without it taking itself too seriously and therefore keeping it just light and fluffy enough for that fun teen flick feel.

Amy thinks Kelly is starting to get over her mother issues, but anyone can see that Raul is just healing her with is Latin hotness. (39% eARC)

We look amazing. I’m wearing perfectly tailored clothes with pink pumps that show off how excellent I am at walking now. (37% eARC)

See what I mean? Shannon is a pretty funny heroine to follow around.

Overall, it’s your basic cute teen contemporary, with those little life lessons thrown in there, and that’s not necessary a bad thing. For me, it’s the campy-ness that makes this book so much fun. There’s some cute moments, some laugh-out-loud moments, and some cringe-y moments, just like how high school should be. If your a fan of cute contemporaries and reality shows, this is the book for you.

Oh before I run off, I just want to talk about the romance a bit. I think Rick (our heroine’s adorable crush) was only in the book for may 20% of the book …but damn did I love that kid. We need more Rick time! He was totally that typical geeky-nerdy guy but man does he know how to charm!

“So do I even get a hint about this big secret project you’ll be kicking ass on?” We arrive at the door to the Spanish room and Rick unhooks our arms and cradles my hand in his. A flash of warmth runs through me as he leans in slowly. He’s about to kiss me for real.

I tip my head upward and close my eyes as my lips tingle with raw anticipation. I feel my hair being brushed away from my ear and Rick’s warm breath on my cheek as he whispers, “Pheromones.” (42% eARC)

I’ll experiment pheromones with you any day, Rick. Haha. Seriously, the ending had me cracking up. Worth every minute to see the hilarious chaos that was senior prom.

{*Thank to Sourcebook Fire for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

INTERVIEW:

Hey guys, so Laurie was nice enough to do a Top 3 “interview” with me, so here Laurie’s going to share her top 3 favourite reality shows/prom related things!

Favourite reality shows to watch:
1. America’s Next Top Model
2. The Voice
3. Kitchen Nightmares

Guilty pleasures:
1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Happy Camper Ice Cream
3. Whoppers malted milk balls
(sometimes all at the same time  (: )

Prom songs:
1. Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine
2. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
3. Video Games by Lana Del Rey

Teen (prom) movies:
1. Pretty in Pink
2. Carrie
3. Mean Girls (Spring Fling can count as prom, right?)

Prom King:
1. Dylan O’Brien
2. Kian Lawley
3. Ponyboy
(I’ve been married for forever and so my daughter helped me with these.)

So what do you guys think? Are any these your favourite? Let me and Laurie know what your top 3’s are!

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  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I had issues with how over-the-top it was, but I can see how that would appeal to other readers. It did have a Disney feel. I did love Rick’s character. He was adorable. I really liked Marnie, Kelly, and Amy, too. Great review!

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