Deacon Locke Went to Prom

Deacon Locke Went to Prom

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The love life of an awkward teen takes an unforgettable turn after he brings his grandmother to prom in this funny, offbeat, and smile-inducing contemporary romance that is pitch perfect for fans of Jesse Andrews and Robyn Schneider.

Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke's high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn't think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics.

It isn't until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes should could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn't your typical prom date. She's older. A lot older. And she's Deacon's grandmother.

But when Deacon meets Soraya--a girl unlike any other he's ever met--he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he'll never forget. Deacon couldn't be more wrong. About everything.

Deacon Locke Went to Prom is award-winning author Brian Katcher's fifth novel.

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062422521
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Katch
Characteristics: 389 pages


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DBRL_IdaF Mar 31, 2018

Full disclosure: I was a beta reader for early drafts of this book. I liked it enough to read the final version strictly for enjoyment, once it was released.

Deacon is a sweet, if sometimes clueless, high school senior. He lived an unsettled life with a father who is out of the picture by the time the story begins. Only in the last couple of years has Deacon found any kind of stability, living with his grandmother, Jean, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

As senior prom approaches, Deacon decides he'd like to grasp this one last chance to do a normal teen activity, but he procrastinates too long to get a date. The answer is obvious -- Jean missed her own prom due to his grandfather's military service in Vietnam. Yes, he takes his grandma to prom. And she's a hit. Video clips of the two of them dancing go viral. Fame and complications ensue.

Serious issues are addressed in this story, but there is a lot of humor, as well.

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