Monday, January 10, 2011

Chick Pick: Will Work for Prom Dress

Will Work for Prom Dress

Will Work for Prom Dress
by Aimee Ferris
Egmont, 2011
272 pages

Available February 8, 2011

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this sweetheart of a book will have girls clamoring for a copy. When Quigley and her best friend Anne are fired from a frozen pizza packing plant, they are worried about making enough money to buy their prom dresses. Anne, the over-enthusiastic and adventuresome one, finds them work in a dinner theater--all Quigley has to do is act like a dead body! Their next gig is modeling for a design class. That's where Quigley meets Zander, the uber-hot clothing designer.

The girls have some wacky adventures at their part-time jobs and even wackier ones with part-time boyfriends.

That's only one part of the book--there is a deeper story going on here. Quigley is a typical under-achiever. Not sure of herself or her goals, other than she would like to have a career in art somehow, she manages to muddle through the months leading up to the prom. Quigley is really into art and photography--so much so that she enters a huge show. When her art is chosen as the best, she has her pick of art programs. The underdog comes from behind and wins! Not only that, she gets the guy!

This novel has great character and great heart. For readers who are tired of dark and brooding vampires or ravenous beasts, Will Work for Prom Dress is ray of sunshine. Girls who enjoyed The Cupcake Queen, The Teashop Girls, Coffeehouse Angel, or books by Dessen will probably love this one.

Recommended grade 9-up. Mature grade 8 girls will probably enjoy this one, too.

Some sexual innuendo--no sex.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.

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