Sloan, Brian. A really nice prom mess.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:A Really Nice Prom Mess - Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

SLOAN, Brian. A really nice prom mess. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 297p. c2005.1-4169-6389-2. $8.99. S *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2005: Gay activists have looked forward to a YA novel where the protagonist's homosexuality is one aspect of character and not the problem. This book is not it. Seventeen-year-old Cameron is gay, in love, and deeply inside the closet. His secret boyfriend is a jock even more protective of his manly image. In a plan fated for disaster, Cameron and his lover decide to go to the senior prom together, but each as half of a boy-girl twosome. Problems arise when Cameron picks up his drunken date. She, having guessed Cameron's sexuality, is loudly disappointed that she's not going to "get laid" on prom night because her date is a fag. Thus, the night begins with Cameron trying to keep her and her announcements at bay while wanting to steal time alone with his boyfriend. The situation goes from bad to worse and before long Cameron is fighting with...

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