Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Meet Jordan, Tara, and Nisha. These three girls are best friends and seniors in their final few months of high school. Like most senior girls, before graduation, attentions turn to the Prom. Yes, Prom with a capital "P." By now, they have college sorted, and are waiting for graduation. So Prom is the last big event until then.
DREAM is the first book in a series of three chronicling their journey to get to the prom.
The story is fairly straightforward. First, you have Jordan. Jordan is the shining star of the three - cheerleader, dating the star quarterback, pretty, smart, and nice. However, after getting a less than satisfactory grade on a photography class assignment, Jordan begins to look at herself a bit more closely. A chance encounter in a movie queue line with a strange boy opens Jordan's eyes to things she took for granted or ignored.
Next you have Nisha. Nisha is the Indian girl hiding her American boyfriend from her old-school parents. Nisha wants to go to the prom with Brian, but after six months of dating, she hasn't let him meet her family yet. Nisha tries to formulate a plan that will allow her to go to Prom with Brian, without her parents finding out that the prom is a dating function.
And last you have Tara. Tara is the 5th-wheel, without a boyfriend and the chairperson of the Prom Committee. Tara starts receiving text messages from a secret admirer. The three girls try to figure out who the mysterious "K" is. Only after agreeing to meet with "K" does Tara start to put her plan to get a date for the prom into action.
The girls are in the beginning stages of getting set to go to the prom. So far, only one of them has bought a dress. Jordan is fighting attraction for her new friend. Nisha's parents have provided her with a proper Indian boy to escort her to the prom. And Tara has created a hottie from the school mascot.
The story has been left open-ended for the continuation in DRESS, book two of the ONCE UPON A PROM series, with a countdown of 3 weeks and 5 days to go.
With prom season soon upon us, the book was a nice, innocent, and refreshing story. It was easy to get into the lives of all three girls and trying to figure out how everything was going to work out. Being part of a trilogy, though, the reader is left with loose threads and the desire to have the next book in the series ready to go. Jeanine's story moves quickly and the reader is caught up in the stress and panic that surrounds what is supposed to be one of the best memories of high school. DREAM will not disappoint those that are preparing for their own Prom, or those that attended many moons ago.