Promposal by Rhonda Helms // All of the Expectations Blown to Positivity

Friday, 11 September 2015
Promposal, by Rhonda Helms
Publication: February 10, 2015, by Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 225
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?
Promposal (n.)—an often very public proposal, in which one person asks another person 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. But when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance—who’s wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew—she’s forced to say yes. However, all hope is not lost, as a timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. Is she reading into something that isn’t there, or will she get her dream guy just in time for prom?
Joshua has been secretly in love with his best friend Ethan since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’d 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.   

My Thoughts:

From my personal experiences of adoring novels by fabulous authors, I tend to add all of the author's other works to my TBR list. Okay, maybe not everything, but other novels for sure. The interesting thing with Promposal was that it is written by Rhonda Helms, who mastered her hit new-adult novel, One Broke Girl, which I immediately fell in love with as I started reading it. When I requested this one from the library, I had no idea that it is written by her, or literally by any other author I've read a book by. This makes my whole experience ten times better, even though I discovered this "truth" after I flipped over the last pages of this book.

Promposal is one of those books that you strictly read for entertainment. You don't find yourself being too strict on structure, plot, characters, or any of that—the concept and events simply captivate you and leave you flipping over the quick pages of the book. It turned out to be great, but then again, it's not one of those YA novels with a concept that you'd like to see again anywhere else. It's just it's one one-time thing about the cheesiness of high school, and every teenage girl's dream to be asked to prom by the hottest guy in school. I must admit that I've had those dreams, too.

I can't help myself over squealing because of the romance here. Helms focused on two very, very different couples: Camilla and Benjamin and Joshua with Ethan. She flips between the two perspectives of them dealing with their own personal lives, finding the perfect way to impress their crushes, and them continuing their friendship, confiding in everything. Now that's what I call a memorable relationship. Boy-girl friendships seriously rule, and Joshua alongside Camilla were the perfect match. I loved the portrayal of their "social standings" as well.

This was completely fabulous, but then again, the cheesiness at the start of the novel kind of turned me away from reading this. I wasn't a fan of this at first, but knew that I'd obviously finish it because it's such a quick, short read. The whole act of promposals didn't really look fascinating at first. The cheesiness of Camilla, a quiet girl, having a crush on a hot, pretty popular guy is obviously cliché and found in almost every chick flick out there. Do I really want a repeat of my tween years, watching Mean Girls and all of those films?

Promposal, like I usually say about contemporary novels, isn't for everyone. It's all about prom, and doesn't really go deep into a particular subject as you wish it could. It's all girly, cheesy and particularly more for a tween, I guess. But hey, if you enjoy horrible novels, which this kind of is in a way, filled with drama, then I'd definitely go for this. Remember, it's entertaining!

What do you think of trashy novels? Or of those filled with drama? Do you enjoy them?

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