Prom season has started and you need a date. But if you are like me, you are either too old or too young to go (I have two more years). Just because you can’t go doesn’t mean you can’t get in the mood or have your own prom. But first, what is prom?
In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, prom is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. This event is typically held near the end of the senior year (the last year of high school). Proms figure greatly in popular culture and is a major event among high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it “junior prom” while high-school seniors may call it “senior prom” or “senior ball”. In practice, this event may be a combined junior/senior dance.
At a prom, a Prom King and Prom Queen may be revealed. These are honorary titles awarded to students elected in a school-wide vote prior to the prom, and seniors are usually awarded these titles. Juniors may also be honored, but would be called “Prom Prince” or “Prom Princess.” Other students may be honored with inclusion in a “Prom Court.” The selection method for a Prom Court is similar to that of Homecoming Queen/Princess, King, and Court. Inclusion in a Prom Court may be a reflection of popularity of those students elected and their level of participation in school activities, such as clubs or sports. The Prom Queen and Prom King may be given crowns to wear. Members of the Prom Court may be given sashes to wear and photographed together.
Similar events take place in many other parts of the world. In Australia and New Zealand, the terms school formal, and ball are most commonly used for occasions equivalent to the American prom, and the event is usually held for students in senior years, although the bestowing of the regal titles rarely, if ever, occurs. For juniors there is typically a dance event by the name of a Social. It is a social event that parents usually attend. Ages that Socials are held for are from 10-14. Many schools hold a formal graduation ball for finishing students at the end of the year in place of or as well as a formal. In Ireland a debutante ball or Debs may also be held. In Poland high schools organize a “studniówka”. The term “prom” is becoming more common in the UK and Canada due to the influence of American films and television, but “Leavers Ball” or “Leavers Do” are more commonly used terms
My high school is having their prom tonight and a lot of the band members are going, and my one friend so that it all that I have been hearing. It has gotten me excited to go to it (even thought I am only going my senior year and not my junior year). Why not celebrate with the one thing I love, BOOKS! Here are 4 books that will get you in the prom mood and make you feel like you are at prom.
Title: 21 Proms
Author: David Levithan and 20 more authors
Released: March 1, 2007
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
Synopsis: Sometimes the night of your dreams can be a total nightmare.
The prom. It’s supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Or, at least, you’re supposed to have a good time. But what if you’d rather be going with your best friend’s date than your own? What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch? What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince? Or what if he’s (literally) an ape?
There are ways you can fight it. You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom – also known as a morp. You can throw a prom for fat girls. You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you. You can dance to your own music.
Here, 21 of the funniest, most imaginative writers today create their own kind of prom stories. Some are triumphs. Some are disasters. But each one is a night you’ll never forget.
Title: How I Created My Perfect Prom Date
Author: Todd Strasser
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: June 1, 1998
Pages: 208 (Paperback)
Synopsis: Nicole is committed to making the world a better place, but first she wants to get to her senior prom. So when the guy she’s had her eye on for months unexpectedly invites another girl, Nicole decides to transform her grungy next-door neighbor, Chase, into a dream date. “With droll humor, Nicole and Chase tell their stories in alternating chapters, bringing to life the frenetic intensity of the high school social scene”. — Booklist
Author: Rhonda Helms
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: February 10, 2015
Pages: 224 (Hardback)
Synopsis: promposal (n.)–an often public proposal, in which one person asks another to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.
Camilla can’t help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. However, when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance–wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew–she’s forced to say yes. Yet all hope’s not lost. A timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin…and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. But is she reading into something that isn’t there?
Joshua, Camilla’s bestie, has been secretly in love with his gay best friend, Ethan, since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’ll go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal–for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart…unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.
The road to the perfect promposal isn’t easy to navigate. But one thing’s certain–prom season is going to be memorable.
Author: Ellie O’Ryan
Published: Disney Press
Released: March 15, 2011
Pages: 240 (Paperback)
Synopsis: For some, it’s the most highly-anticipated event in all of high school. For others, it’s dreaded like the SATs. For Nova Prescott, it’s a night she’s been planning for months. It’s prom. And all Nova wants is for Brandon to ask her to be his date. It looks as though all her organization will pay off, but then Brandon asks her to “carpool” so they can lower their “carbon imprint” and to make matters worse, an accidental fire causes the prom decorations to go up in smoke! By a funny twist of fate, the school rebel, Jesse Richter, is forced to take time after school to help Nova repair the damage. At first this seems like torture for both of them, but slowly Nova begins to see that there is something kind and warm beneath Jesse’s motorcycle-riding, brooding exterior. Should she take the safe route and carpool with Brandon, or should she follow her heart and put her trust in Jesse?
Who will be your prom date tonight? Mine would be The End by: Lemony Snicket because I want to finish that series tonight because it is taking me forever to read since I don’t have anytime to read. Is there a book that you would like to read from this list? Or is there another book that you think is good and should be on this list? And if you are going to prom, make sure that you check for some pig’s blood over top of the King and Queen because you don’t want to be like Stephen King’s Carrie!