A ho-hum and largely affectless take on what is now well-trodden ground in LGBT teen fiction.
Peters (She Loves You, She Loves You Not, 2011, etc.) gives her tale to two narrators. Excitable Azure is a lesbian who works in a thrift store and has a clandestine crush on her straight friend Radhika. Mechanically-inclined Luke is bisexual and producing a play based on his coming-out experience—and also has secret feelings for Radhika. After Azure's apparent protest the previous year that prom was not inclusive enough, the school principal asks her to join the prom-planning committee. Azure ropes in Luke and, eventually, Radhika too, and suddenly a small group of students and one inexperienced teacher are scrambling to put together a nontraditional prom on a shoestring. Meanwhile, the love triangle deepens, Luke's brother's friend harasses Luke and an old girlfriend reappears in Azure's life. Though it is an adequate romance, little is new here: Luke's play and its production feels derivative of and inferior to the musical extravaganza in John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010), and Madeleine George, Brendan Halpin, Brian Sloan and others have written LGBT teens at prom with far greater panache. Furthermore, a premier LGBT author and her editors should know better than to refer to transgender people as “transgenders.”
Fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 12 & up)