In Review: Promposal by Rhonda Helms

Posted February 14, 2015 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Promposal by Rhonda HelmsPromposal by Rhonda Helms
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eARC, 224 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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promposal (n.)--an often public proposal, in which one person asks another to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.

Camilla can't help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. However, when she's asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance--wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew--she's forced to say yes. Yet all hope's not lost. A timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. But is she reading into something that isn't there?

Joshua, Camilla's bestie, has been secretly in love with his gay best friend, Ethan, since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he'll go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal--for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.

The road to the perfect promposal isn't easy to navigate. But one thing's certain--prom season is going to be memorable.


in review my thoughts

I really liked the idea of Promposal when I first read the synopsis. I anticipated a cute, charming read. That’s exactly what I got.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the over-the-top invitations to prom (or another dance) depicted. Boy, things have changed since I was in high school. (In oh so very many ways.) But it’s cute. I like the creativity of the guys in the book, and the fact that they’re willing to put themselves out there in a very public way. Sometimes it’s a good thing, other times it’s not. That part of the book was fun to follow.

Promposal is told from the alternating POV of best friends Camilla and Joshua. But, in a somewhat surprising change, they are not interested in each other. Camilla is crushing hardcore on Benjamin, a guy in one of her classes. Joshua is in love with their other close friend, Ethan. Things get complicated when the promposals start and Camilla is asked by Zach, a guy she barely knows, and Ethan asks Joshua to help him come up with the perfect way to ask Noah to the prom. Everything’s all twisted around and good ol’ high school drama ensues.

I liked the use of alternating POV here – especially since it wasn’t of love interests but friends. I just wish Camilla and Joshua’s voices had been stronger and more unique. They were too similar to me. I liked the diversity in the book. Joshua, while hiding his feelings for Ethan, was “out” in all the ways that mattered. His classmates and family knew who he was.

All in all, Promposal was a quick and fun, uncomplicated, read. What was missing for me most, however, was a connection to the characters. I liked them. I was interested in what happened with them. But, I never felt like I fully “got” them. That lack of connection didn’t keep me from enjoying the book. It just didn’t take me to that other level you find when you really love the character(s). It was a realistic read with diversity, parents who were present and an overall good message.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.


About Rhonda Helms

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.


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3 responses to “In Review: Promposal by Rhonda Helms

    • Kim

      It was definitely a cute idea. I didn’t connect with it as well as I did Anna and the French Kiss, but it was a fun read nonetheless. 🙂

  1. I have this one to read myself, so I’m glad to know going in what you thought of it. Alternating POVs can be really tricky- I don’t like it when I have trouble distinguishing between voices. I’ll have to let you know what I think when I get to it!