Last Pride read for June of 2020! I will continue to read diverse books including LGBTQ+ characters (and I gotta step up on all the other groups for sure) throughout the year but for Pride month, this is our last one. And it was a cute one to end on! Not particularly well written, but as long as you know what you’re getting into, How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom is a perfect, quick, poolside read!
Also I know it’s old news by now, but SGN’s prom was so amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, go back and watch it. Seriously, it’s worth it.
Back to this prom. And How Not to Ask a Boy to prom. Our main man Nolan is quirky. Like, not mid-2000‘s crime show tech girl quirky, but definitely in a “I’m kinda emo and like art and plants better than people” way. And “I like to draw narwhales on stuff and I’m really good at spoons.” Just your normal quirky artsy high school boy. And speaking of high school, prom is coming up and Nolan’s sister is determined that he go with the boy of his dreams. Since he’s too shy to ask, she sets up a whole prom-posal.
I should take a moment to comment on the dynamic of Nolan’s family. He’s adopted and that comes with a few hang ups (which is totally fair) but it was really nice to see a family with an adopted kid who was pretty normal. And like 95% of the family content was about their silly traditions, breakfast feasts, and love for each other. Which was super refreshing. Ok back to the prom-posal that Nolan’s sister forced him to do.
Unfortunately Nolan chokes and in a weak plot move, he ends up being saved by the resident bad boy, Bern.
Bern asked Nolan out their freshman year but Nolan thought he was making fun of him. Besides, Bern has been on and off again with the same girl for ages so he doesn’t like guys. Right?
Bern says he’s willing to go with Nolan to make said ex jealous and Nolan agrees to the plan. He was mostly going to prom to get his sister off his back anyway. So there’s noooooooo danger of them actually liking each other and secretly developing feelings. Right?
Like I said, as long as you want a quick, cute, trope ridden romance, How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom is perfect. The writing was kinda iffy, there seemed like weird filler content and the plot was a little all over the place, but all in all it was good.
The elements I actually liked the most were Nolan’s relationship with his adopted family, his best friend, Bern and all his stuff, and the sweetness of the story. It was a breeze to read through but I liked it any way! You should read it!
And because it was such a fast and fluffy read, I pretty much have nothing else to say. So instead I will take this opportunity to highlight some of my favorite LGBTQ+ Instagram accounts you might not know but that you should all follow. Because I’ve already done book lists and movies lists are #overrated.