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24 girls in 7 days
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2005
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  Booklist Review

Gr. 8-11. When Jack Grammar was little, his sisters used to dress up and pretend he was their prom date. Now it is two weeks until his senior prom, something he's looked forward to since those days of pretend, and he is dateless. But Natalie and Percy, his two best friends, have a solution. Unbeknownst to Jack, they post an ad in the school's online newspaper and the challenge is on. Who will be Jack Grammar's prom date? Amid much angst, hilarity, and plot twists, Jack dates and discards girl after girl until the fateful day when he must choose. Bradley captures the trials of many nice-guy teenage boys, who are insecure in today's high-school culture of dating and in need of an infusion of self-confidence. Jack and his friends are fully developed characters, full of promise and senioritis. Although the girls who court Jack border on stereotypes, the descriptive details are dead on. A satisfying dose of humor and reality in a boy romance that many readers may enjoy but are too embarrassed to request. --Frances Bradburn Copyright 2005 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Bradley's debut offers a palate-cleanser for those needing a break from teen novels with weightier messages. Self-described dork Jack Grammar can't talk to girls, let alone find a prom date, so his friends Natalie and Percy help his cause by placing a personal ad in the school newspaper. With prom only a week away, Jack furiously dates a jock, an egomaniacal prom queen, a melodramatic actress, and other archetypes from the typical high school. Meanwhile, he receives e-mails from FancyPants, a mysterious advocate offering advice. Jack mistakenly falls for the same plot twist readers will, and believes that Natalie is FancyPants after she teaches him how to kiss properly. A brief romance ensues, but Natalie soon realizes her heart belongs to boyfriend Dan, and Jack considers attending the prom solo after discovering who FancyPants is. A slightly implausible ending finds a more self-confident Jack escorting a date he hadn't even begun to consider. Entertaining, but not extraordinary. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Percy and Natalie, Jack's so-called best friends, posted an ad in the classified section of the online version of the school newspaper. They figured it couldn't hurt-after all, there's not much in this world sadder than Jack's love life. Soon Percy and Natalie have assembled a list of girls eager to go to the prom with Jack, including one mysterious girl known only as FancyPants. He has just seven days to meet and date them before he will ask one special girl to the prom.<br> Newcomer Alex Bradley shares a fresh and funny boy perspective in a genre dominated by girls. With snappy dialogue and hip, smart writing, this is a hilarious take on the trauma and pageantry that is prom.<br> <br>
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