Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 2014
Cassidy decides her senior year, including prom, will be about Michael Greenwood, the boy destined to be her soul mate.
He hasn’t figured that out yet. At the end of the year, she’s dateless the day before the big night but risks a lot more than her pride if she can’t find a way to fix her mistakes.
PROM IMPOSSIBLE is a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy in the world of teens, true love, and life
"Prom Impossible" by Laura Pauling is a romantic comedy about a high school senior, Cassidy, and her dream of having a perfect senior year that's complete with the perfect prom night with her soul mate.
Cassidy wasn't the normal leading lady we're used to in young adult fiction. She was extremely awkward and prone to ramble to fill silences or have panic attacks.
She is also a dreamer and paints fantastical scenarios in her head of how she wanted her life to go, and was willing to hatch any scheme to make those dreams a reality. Cassidy has a huge crush on the "hot geek", Michael, and even though he's never expressed feelings for her, she's decided that they are "soul mates" and it's her mission to make him realize that in time to be her date to their senior prom.
Even though she was awkward, I still wanted good things for Cassidy. She's the type of character that had nothing but bad things happen to her and all her plans go wrong, and you just want to root for her so something in her life can finally go right. This book covers a long span, going from the summer before Cassidy's senior year and all the way to her prom, and the entire year seems like one big failure for her.
"Prom Impossible" is labeled as a romantic comedy, but at times it seems like more of a tragedy. Not only do all of Cassidy's plans for her perfect year go awry, but her personal relationships are being stressed out too. The book begins with Cassidy getting in trouble for a prank that both she and her best friend/cousin Jules pull, but she's the only one to get caught. Protecting Jules puts a big strain on their relationship, and it shows. Throughout the book I kept waiting for Jules to protect her friend or realize that something was wrong with her, but it didn't happen.
It seemed like none of Cassidy's friends were that good of friends, and her life just kept spiraling out of her control. No one was there for her after she had to do a summer rehabilitation program for troubled teens after the prank, and they still weren't there for her during the school year. It was depressing to see so much go wrong in her life, and didn't really feel "comedy" to me, since there wasn't much humor or bright spots to cling on to.
The one person who seems to try to crack through Cassidy's rambles to see the person underneath was the boy she met during the summer program, Zeke. Zeke was the one supporting character that I liked throughout the entire book. From the beginning, he tries to ask Cassidy about herself, but even though she doesn't give him any answers, he still tries to get to know her and get close to her. He seems to be the only one who is able to read her and realize when things are wrong, even though he's the one who's known her for the least amount of time.
Although it could be frustrating and sad at times, "Prom Impossible" did have its moments. I kept turning the pages, hoping that something would finally happen to bring some light to Cassidy's crappy senior year, and waiting for her to realize what a good guy Zeke was. I just wish that there was more comedy in this romantic comedy so that all of the negative in Cassidy's senior year didn't feel so dark. However, it's an easy and quick read for anyone looking for some young adult drama in their lives.
Laura writes young adult romantic suspense and romantic comedy. She’s the author of the exciting Circle of Spies Series, and the time travel mystery, HEIST.
She’s a former elementary teacher and currently lives in New England. After spending time reading books to her kids and loving a good plot turn, she put her fingers to the keyboard.
Don’t ask her about the unfinished quilts and scrapbooks. Stories are way more exciting. She writes to entertain and experience a great story…and to be able to work in her jammies and slippers