Promposal by Rhonda Helms


PromposalPromposal by Rhonda Helms

Publication Date: February 10, 2015 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?

Promposal (n.); an often very public proposal, in which one person asks another person to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.

Camilla can’t help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. But when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew she’s forced to say yes. However, all hope is not lost, as a timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin… and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. Is she reading into something that isn’t there, or will she get her dream guy just in time for prom?

Joshua has been secretly in love with his best friend Ethan since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’d go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart…unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.

The road to the perfect promposal isn’t easy to navigate. But one things certain, prom season is going to be memorable.

First things first: Cover love!

Old Cover
Old Cover

If you have read my most recent MBA post, you’d notice that Promposal had a different cover on that post. The cover of the review copy that I received got changed, so I had to change the cover that I’ll post as well.

Which one do you prefer?

One book, multiple stories…

Promposal is not an anthology. What I mean is that the book didn’t have just one story; it wasn’t about just one promposal. It’s a collection of promposals that are similar but unique in their own ways. I find that very interesting.

Surprises! ❤

I LOVE SURPRISES AND THIS BOOK HAS A HEALTHY DOSE OF WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Sorry for the all-caps reaction, I’m just happy that the book made me smile every time I encounter a little surprise. 🙂

Character development FTW!

I witnessed a lot of character development in this book. Zach, for example, was the character that irritated me at first, but towards the end of the book, after what happened to him, he became someone that I admire.

There were also other characters that I loved (Benjamin!!!) but Zach should have the spotlight. What he had done is really touching.

Speaking of Benjamin…

Once you’ve read the book, you’ll understand when I say that somehow, Benjamin did something similar to what Zach did. But I gave the spotlight to Zach because Benjamin was already a great guy–he’s not irritating at all, and he’s amazing. And swoonworthy. And he loves reading. Yes, we have a bibliophile here. Because of the qualities that I have seen in Benjamin, he was added to my book boyfriends of 2015. ❤

Shipping galore! 🙂

Because Promposal is a collection of promposals, there were a lot of ships–and I enjoyed shipping them a lot! Watch out for Eshua, Tyson, Davley, and my favorite: Benjilla. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Aside from the romantic relationships of most of the characters, there were also some relationships that had their own side story.

Teaser: Two of the characters in the book are cousins. *plays music for suspense movies*

Overall, Promposal is a short, sweet read about prom and the stories that go with it. I finished this book in one sitting, and I would recommend it to everyone–especially those who want to relive memories of their prom night and those who are dreaming to know how it feels like. Rhonda Helms was able to capture the #PromFeels that I was looking for, and I’m glad that I read this book. 🙂

Plus: It’s prom season! Promposal would be a perfect read these days. ❤

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Initial Rating: 4.5/5

Bonuses: 0.5

Demerits: None

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Final Rating: 5/5

Never underestimate the power of a promposal.

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