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Prom-a-rama!

Whether you love it, hate it, can’t wait for it, or couldn’t care less, prom season is upon us again. For many high school students, the prom is a major rite of passage. Others just like to get fancy and dance with their friends. Maybe you’ve had a date lined up for months, or maybe you’d rather skip the event and do something completely different on prom night. Whatever your plans, there’s no getting around it– prom is a hot topic this time of year.

Missouri teen Maura Pozek made her prom dress out of cardboard and paper bgs.

Wardrobe is, of course, a crucial consideration for those attending the big event. Some families shell out big bucks for runway-worthy gowns and matching tuxedos. Others pull their perfect pieces from thrift stores and clearance racks, and some borrow classics from older siblings, cousins, or friends. Maybe you’re an aspiring fashion designer planning to create your prom outfit from scratch, like Missouri teen Maura Pozek, who made her awesome dress out of cardboard and brown paper bags this year. And don’t forget the annual Stuck at Prom contest, which offers college scholarships to the kids who create the most fabulous formal wear out of duct tape. Whatever you wear, you’ll probably feel like a celebrity when hoards of parents-turned-paparazzi descend on prom night to document the memories, so be sure to smile for the cameras!

Prom is more than just a fashion show, though– it can stir up some major controversy. Last week, Tennessee teen Texanna Edwards was denied entrance to her school’s dance when she showed up wearing a custom-made confederate flag dress. The rebel flag has a long history of controversy– some see it as a proud emblem of the southern states, while others view it as a racist reminder of the pro-slavery Civil War south. Texanna’s fashion choice ignited debate across the country about offensive imagery and freedom of expression.  Meanwhile, a high school here in Pennsylvania has created a rule that bans students without dates from attending the prom, and many schools still don’t allow same-sex couples to attend as dates. Exclusionary policies like these have prompted groups across the country to throw their own alternative, inclusive proms.

If you’re intrigued by the politics of prom, check out one of the new books about teens navigating the high school social order and challenging the status quo as they prepare for prom night. In Julie Ann Peter’s new book It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It), high school senior Azure turns the prom committee upside down to help plan an inclusive event that will appeal to everyone at the school. Not everyone is happy with Azure’s plans, and she encounters many ups and downs on the path to the perfect prom. Anyone who’s ever walked the fringes of high school society or suffered from an unrequited crush on a close friend will appreciate the characters in It’s Our Prom. 

In Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom, seventeen year-old Luke works up the courage to ask his best friend Tessa to the big dance, only to get rejected. It turns out Tessa already has a date in mind– another girl. As her plans to bring a same-sex date to the prom become public, a small-town scandal is ignited and Luke must decide whether he will support his best friend, in spite of the rejection. Pick up a copy today to find out what happens, and head to the library for more tales of prom drama.

So there you have it. Prom 2012. Will you go with friends? Find a date? Stay home and watch zombie movies? No matter what you decide, may your prom night be light on drama, full of fun and friends, and free from wardrobe malfunctions and other disasters.

2 Responses

  1. This suprised me, but I just read in my hometown newspaper that one restaurant in the metro Detroit area sent out a dress code to all schools about proper prom attire (in April). I wonder if any places in Pittsburgh did this? http://goo.gl/Y86iW

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