MUCH ADO ABOUT PROM NIGHT by William D. McCants
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MUCH ADO ABOUT PROM NIGHT

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McCants (Anything Can Happen in High School (and it usually does), 1993) constructs a modern high school setting, douses it with retro na‚vet‚, and casts some intelligent, near-squeaky clean heroes and heroines. When the budget ax falls on Luna High in southern California, the guidance counselors are eliminated, but students' problems remain. In desperation, senior Becca decides to organize a Peer Counseling Network (PCN) for those in need. Becca has some problems of her own: Her boyfriend is engaged in a flirtation with a ninth grader, her younger brother is into deep grunge, and the only person to invite her to the upcoming prom is a slimebag (she's tenth on his list). To top it all off, gorgeous and talented Jeff, editor of the school paper, is determined to hound the PCN out of existence with scathing, denunciatory editorials. Becca's ordeals form the basis for a witty novel that joins the angst of high school with a few sly points about love and sex, politics, and peer pressure. The cultural references are pure '90s, while the tone is of teenagers who are sexually aware but relative innocents; Ann-Margret and the cast of ""Bye Bye Birdie"" would not be out of place in these hallways. Readers will love this temporary transfer to Luna High.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1995
Page count: 230pp
Publisher: Browndeer/Harcourt Brace