Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High Blog Tour

Laurie Boyle Crompton
February 2014
Ages 13+

Shannon has never lived down her very public, most embarrassing moment, so it is no shock when she is voted least likely to be prom queen at Westfield High. That is, until she’s selected to co-star in a hidden-camera reality show, The Prom Queen Wannabees, and undergoes a complete makeover, sponsored by NĊ‘realique Cosmetics. Shannon must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize.
After a dramatic make-over, Shannon and two other Wannabes enter senior year: now the social hierarchy of the entire class is about to be turned upside down. Shannon’s helpful new Life Coach declares her BFF a “popularity liability” and orders her to cease flirting with the class science geek in favor of the beefcake quarterback (his muscles would make the perfect prom accessory!).
Meanwhile, the former front-runners for Prom Queen start having serious bad luck. But when Shannon uncovers proof that the beauty business can be awfully ugly, she must find a way to show her BFF and one true crush that underneath that fabulous makeover, she really hasn’t changed. The battle is on, the French-manicured claws are out, and the live! finale on Prom Night promises to shock everyone’s corsages off.
Laurie Boyle Crompton grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, where she was never in danger of becoming prom queen despite looking fairly cute in a tiara. She now splits her time between Queens and New Paltz, NY, and is the author of the YA novel Blaze. As research for The Real Prom Queens she may or may not have watched every episode of America’s Next Top Model.
Laurie Boyle Crompton stopped by the blog today to give us some inspirational music for her book and a playlist for her own prom.
I usually prefer silence when I’m writing, although I’ll sometimes wear earbuds when I’m trying to work in a coffee shop. It’s my antisocial trick to ward off casual conversation with fellow customers and protect my writing time. I do a lot of smiling and nodding so I don't seem too rude.
As far as a playlist to get me ready to work on The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High I would definitely go with some over-the-top artists like Lady Gaga and Katie Perry. Actually, since Real Prom Queens is a complete farce a playlist should include an artist like Weird Al Yankovic who does some outrageous song spoofs. I usually listen to a lot of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray and Passenger. In order to get into the mood for reading Prom Queens I recommend selections like: Off to the Races and Diet Mountain Dew (Lana Del Rey), Dark Horse and Roar (Katie Perry), Applause (Lady Gaga), Team and Glory and Gore (Lorde) and Counting Stars (OneRepublic).
Happy listening (and reading)!

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