(The Ugly Stepsister #2)
by Sariah Wilson
Now that life has finally given her everything she’s ever wanted, Mattie Lowe has one thing on her mind: Prom. Determined to throw the most epic prom ever, Mattie sets out to plan a memorable and magical event—one that would make the late John Hughes proud.
But when her gorgeous and perfect boyfriend, Jake Kingston hasn’t popped the most creative promposal of all time, Mattie starts to worry. Actually, Jake hasn’t asked her at all—he’s been distant and quiet. And Mattie isn’t about to go to her senior prom solo. Suddenly, it seems that everything is stacked against her and falling apart quickly. With rivals vowing to sabotage her event and her boyfriend’s odd behavior, Mattie’s convinced the night is headed toward ruin. Will the snarky, purple-haired manga artist lead her class to an unforgettable night of fun and frolic or will she go down in high school history as the worst president to run the school?
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, I’m not trying to be a millennial of sorts, with that hashtag and all, but let me tell you, I absolutely love this. Before, I’ve never really cared about the ugly stepsister in all those fairy tales I’ve read. To me, they were all horrible, narcissistic and nonredeemable. I know, it’s bad to judge them and even worse is to not consider their feelings, even if they’re just fictional characters. But this book somehow changed my perspectives towards stepsisters/stepbrothers in a new light. My only regret in this particular scenario, I haven’t read book 1 of the series, and I really, really, really want to meet Mattie Lowe before she’d luckily snagged her prince charming.
As I’ve mentioned, Promposal is the sequel to The Ugly Stepsister and it’s about the upcoming prom in Malibu Prep. Guys were busy (and pressured – cough, cough) staging their requests to their promdates in the most elaborate manner and girls were eagerly and excitedly anticipating these maneuvers from their boyfriends/crushes/secret admirers, etc. etc. Jake Kingston hadn’t asked his girlfriend Mattie Lowe to the prom and it was freaking her out. She’s been waiting for this prom her whole high school life and now that she finally got Jake, she wanted this even to be perfect.. But Jake wasn’t budging. At all. Then there’s Mattie’s stepsister Ella who was also waiting for her guy Trent’s move. Unfortunately, her boyfriend was caught liplocked with another girl. How disastrous this prom could be?
If you ask me, at the beginning of the story, I was actually shaking my head at all these exaggerated prom requests and shrieking girls. Like, WTF?! Is this really the teenage rite of passage these days and the most important part of their school life? I was actually behaving like the evil jealous stepsister rolling my eyes at these silly promposals. Maybe I’d attribute this behavior to my old age (shhh, I had prom like about 2 decades ago so yeah, times are a-changing and all that stuff! we didn’t have that kind of promposal during Michael Jackson and Madonna’s era.)
Anyway, as I was saying… this whole promposal thingie almost got me gagging in the beginning, but because I am a sucker for teenage romances from time to time, I ventured till the last page of the book and was rewarded with the cutest, cheesiest, utterly romantic happy ever after, plus a couple of sigh-inducing shrieks for the two main characters (make it 3-4 because I liked Ella and the little ballerina Kenyetta, too). I must admit, I ended up loving ALL those fancy promposal ideas that Sariah Wilson had written in this book, my favorite was the horse riding knight proposal that ended with the horse neighing and pooping… Eeeep!! (Sorry, OMG spoiler alert!)
This book isn’t all about Prom, though. There’s more to see or read than meets the eye. Like a family issue concerning a child’s attitude towards stepmothers and vice versa, dealing with a real mother who doesn’t like her own child, and mothers facing health ordeals. And of course, the jealous evil witch whose name sounds like that of a car wasn’t far behind.
Sariah Wilson’s writing can be compared to Meg Cabot’s or Sophie Kinsella, both authors I truly adore. I love the easy, heavenly good vibes I felt all throughout the book. Hoping to read the first book soon, and hopefully the next book in the series!!
Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
Sariah’s book ROYAL DATE was selected as one of the first winners in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program and is Kindle Press’s most successful author to date. She has sold five books to Montlake Romance, three to Kindle Press and helped launch Amazon Publishing’s Kindle In Motion technology with her latest release, ROYAL DESIGN. She was given her own Kindle World for THE ROYALS OF MONTERRA. Sariah has repeatedly hit Amazon’s overall Top 100 (both in and outside the U.S.) and been a #1 bestseller on Amazon category lists multiple times. Her books have been featured in USA TODAY and GLAMOUR UK.
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