Thursday, March 3, 2011

Will Work For Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris

Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA

Quigley Johnson has, reluctantly, given up the rest of her last year of high school to take part in her best friend Ann's Betterment Plan, which will turn them into the best-dressed, most sought-after, most admired girls at their senior formal. Because - hey - who doesn't want the perfect prom, complete with a dream dress and a devastatingly handsome date?  Ann insists that they pay their own way.  And that's how Quigley gets stuck making artistic topping masterpieces on frozen pizzas canvases, before becoming a live model for Ms. Parisi's fashion design class, where she meets Zander. He's cute, and cool, and funny, with a killer design sensibility (even if he can't sketch).  But is he too good to be true? And what about David, the hot, talented artist at school, who's also kind of a jerk, but won't leave Quigley alone? And Ann - she started the Betterment Plan to improve Quigley and herself, but it seems like it's ripping their friendship to shreds. This road to the prom dream may just end in disaster. - Goodreads.com
 
I've been on a contemporary YA chick lit kick lately.  This was a cute addition to the group of contemps I've read lately.  It was cute and fun.  It took me a little bit to get into it.  I think too much time was spent at the very beginning following Ann and Quigley around on a couple other jobs before they finally got to the design class.  That is where things finally get started, but it took several chapters.  I am glad I stuck with it though, as it really did begin to get interesting once they start going to design class and Quigley meets Zander.
 
It was nice to see how things were going to go...whether Quigley would end up with David or with Zander...although that question was answered a lot more quickly in the story than I was expecting.  One of these guys is a real snake in the grass, and one of them is super sweet, cute, and exactly what you'd want out of a boyfriend. But I like that the author didn't spend a lot of time having Quigley be confused about the bad one.  So much of the time you see a character be completely fooled by someone like him and it draws out way too long.  But not in this case.
 
There were some more serious events that happen toward the end, which I thought added a nice bit of drama to the story and gave it a little bit of depth.  It was cute and is a good book to read if you need to lighten your spirits and give you some smiles.
 
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