Book: How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom

Originally Published: April 23, 2019

By: S.J. Goslee

Though there are some great moments showing the diversity of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom never really has defining moments and ends just when the story begins.

Nolan Grant is trying to process the fact that he’ll be losing his adopted sister Daphne as she gets ready to graduate. Wanting to make sure he’ll be okay and break out of his shell, Daphne forces him into a staged prom-posal that does not go according to plan.

While at first it seems that Bern – the guy who ends up becoming Nolan’s prom date – is using him, his development with bisexuality becomes a welcome narrative.

However, much of the story feels similar to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, which is definitely a better read.

Final say: What happens next? ★★★☆☆

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