I received this book from Entangled Teen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hello and welcome to my review of Prom-Wrecked! I originally picked up this book because of the super intriguing premise. I mean it’s about a prom that lands the senior class in jail! If that’s not intriguing I don’t know what is!
Here’s my version of a more complete synopsis for you though.
When prom is almost cancelled in their school, Riley Hart reluctantly takes charge with the help of Owen, who happens to be her ex-best friend, Catherine’s, boyfriend, to plan a backwards prom known as Morp. Before long everything starts to go wrong, but it certainly will be a prom to remember
Sounds like a party, no?
As I said earlier, I originally wanted to read this book because of all the fun drama that the synopsis promised me, but I’m starting to learn that maybe I don’t actually enjoy dramatics in books. I think my issue mainly stems from the fact that there was nothing in the book that didn’t cause drama! Literally EVERYTHING that could go wrong with prom, managed to go wrong! I was expected a lot to go wrong from the synopsis, but I figured there’d be some positive points as well? And maybe if I strained my eyes a bit I could find the bits and pieces that went right, but it would take me a lot of effort. I also didn’t feel like there was the greatest resolution to the whole prom fiasco, and so the ending was a bit anticlimactic after everything that went wrong throughout the book.
How I may have felt about the ending
BUT! While I didn’t really enjoy the plot, I did have a pretty good time with the characters. The book is dual perspective and you get to see Riley who is doing her best to ensure prom will happen, and Catherine, Riley’s ex best friend, who wants prom to happen so that she could become prom queen like her mother expects her too. Even though I couldn’t always distinguish between the two voices, I appreciated that the characters didn’t follow the tropes I expected. For example, I also expected that there was going to be quite a bit of miscommunication since the romantic entanglements are quite complicated, but to my delighted surprise, there wasn’t any!
Additionally, while Catherine is the popular girl who ended her friendship with Riley in a less than stellar fashion years back, she isn’t a villain. She knows what mistakes she made, feels bad about them, and does her best to make up for her past actions. I did feel that the side characters weren’t as fleshed out as I’d have liked them to be, but it didn’t bother me too much since I enjoyed both of the main characters perspectives.
This isn’t a super complex book, but if you’re in the mood for a cute book with the biggest case of Murphy’s law ever, this is definitely the read for you!
Have you read this book? Do you like when things go wrong in books? How do you feel about anticlimactic endings?