12 Jun 2019

ARC #Review: HOW NOT TO ASK A BOY TO PROM by S.J. Goslee


Author: S.J. Goslee
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
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Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and (definitely) still a virgin. He's never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It's not like Penn Valley is brimming with prospects. And when his big sister stages an elaborate “prom-posal” so Nolan can ask out his not-so-secret crush, Nolan freezes. He's saved from further embarrassment by bad boy Bern, who, for his own reasons, offers to fake-date Nolan.

Nolan thinks it's the perfect way to get Daphne off his back and spend the rest of the year drawing narwhals, tending to plants, and avoiding whatever died under his bed a few weeks ago. What he doesn't think about is Bern's ex-girlfriend, who seriously wants to kill him.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I thought this was a little underwhelming. There were so many opportunities for this to be so much more than it was and it dropped them all. I wanted so much more from this queer, fake dating book and I'm sad we didn't get it.

There were a lot of really cute situations, characters, and moments, but they didn't feel as a full unit in this book. It felt like a compilation of moments that sort of lined up but didn't quite get me to where I needed to be. I never fully believed in the fake dating aspect because we didn't really see Grant and Bern do a whole lot of the fun fake dating things that they could have. It felt like that was a background aspect instead of what this book is sold on.

The characters were definitely not as fleshed out as they could have been, but I did enjoy all of them and the multiple representations in this one. The characters were probably the best part of this though and I wish we had spent more time with Mim and the Art Buddies in general.

Overall, this had a lot of cute moments and I am happy for the queer representation in this. But it just wasn't quite enough for me to be as satisfied as I could have been.

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