This YA book is not your typical, dramatic book about a girl’s sparkly and full-of-fluff prom story. No, there are 21 unique and short tales of guys and ladies proms alike, written by 21 talented authors, including John Green, E. Lockhart, and Melissa de la Cruz. It’s a 289-paged read with hilarity, sincerity, and the occasional love spiel. Although it seems to aim for female readers, it’s still a staggeringly wonderful novel. I recommend it for mature readers only.
Henry’s parents are embarking on a pretend “missionary” trip to Africa, leaving him hopeless with his two vicious aunts. Aunt Pigg and Aunt Magnolia are women blessed with highly unfortunate names, but that doesn’t stop them from completely changing Henry’s life. Aunt Magnolia becomes deathly ill, and her sudden illness causes her to think about herself, as she lays on the couch nearly dying. She turns forty and starts to crave a life-changing experience. Struck by a rather early mid-life crisis, she decides that Henry, Pigg, and herself will leave, effective immediately, on a spur of the moment road trip without any particular agenda or mapping. This unexpected three-month excursion brings a hilarious amount of grumpy travel bickering, missed turns, and Henry even floats misguidedly down a Florida swamp, lurking with alligators and crocodiles! The author does an excellent job of capturing the beauty (and the inevitable pains) of road travel, while giving you a heart-warming giggle.