Promposal by Rhonda Helms
Expected Publication: February 10, 2014
How I Acquired This Book: Edelweiss Digital ARC Copy
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.
(Summary from Goodreads)
When I read the summary of Promposal on Edelweiss, I instantly had an interest in reading it. I had known about “promposals” since the first season of Laguna Beach 10 years ago. Seeing the cast on the show being asked to prom in such special ways made me so excited for my own senior prom (which at the time was about 7 years away). Once I got to high school and Facebook became a big thing, I would see a lot of cute promposals posted on there as well. Well come senior year, prom season was a huge disappointment. Prom itself was pretty fun, but not a single person I went to school with did any sort of promposal. I’m not even sure how guys asked girls to the prom because it seemed to happen overnight. I still love seeing the promposals online and on the news now that I am out of high school.
I originally thought Promposal was going to feature multiple characters and their promposals. I’m not quite sure where I got this idea from since there are clearly only three characters, all best friends too, that are mentioned in the summary. I also wasn’t too impressed with the promposals that did happen in the book. I was expecting some pretty extravagant promposals and they just seemed mediocre to me. I guess I was hoping for cute, romantic promposals and there was only one in the whole book.
I did however like the characters. They seemed very realistic, which is what I like when the characters are supposed to be high school students. They all face smaller issues besides who is going to be their date and who is going to ask them and/or who they are going to ask to prom. The smaller issues they face are ones every reader would be able to relate to. Simple things like having a secret crush on someone or dealing with parents that often butt their nose into personal business. I honestly don’t think I could have picked one character I liked over the other. Each chapter switches back and forth between Camilla and Joshua. It was also refreshing to see a gay couple, open in high school and going to prom together.
Promposal was a short, cute, quick read. I think this only took me a couple of hours to finish reading. The book itself didn’t have too much substance, but the characters were enjoyable and fun. I would recommend this to teens and young adults in high school. If you love prom and prom related things, you’d definitely enjoy this book.