Maggie Quinn does not do prom. Sarcasm, yes; journalism, yes; prom, NO! But strange things begin to happen after she turns down an invitation to prom from the school dork, Stanley Dozer, then immediately rescues him from the school’s elite, the Jocks and the Jessicas, by photographing their cruelty toward Dozer and threatening to show the photos to the principal. Dozer does not appreciate Maggie’s help and tells her, “You’ll all be sorry.” Sounds ominous, and it is. After the incident Maggie has a dream of being in a place she can only describe as hell — dark, hot, and evil. Soon accidents begin to happen to people at school. Her friend Karen hits her head on the diving board when taking Maggie’s place in line in gym class. One of the popular Jessica’s loses her voice before her big performance in the school play. A accident crushes a jock’s beloved car. And on it goes… As more accidents happen, Maggie begins to notice a strange dark shadow at each event, a shadow that gains a more solid form after each incident. Also, Maggie’s nightmares continue though they don’t help much in figuring out who or what is causing the accidents. As prom approaches, Maggie must use all of her skills, as well as get help from cutie college student, Justin, to try to stop the shadowy creature before it’s too late. Maggie knew that prom was evil!
Reaction: I didn’t particularly like the psychic element of the novel — I thought it was forced and unnecessary — and I thought the details of the demon’s origins and how it was called to attack modern day students were fuzzy at best. That being said, I LOVED Maggie’s sarcastic wit and found her hilarious, if not a bit over the top. For example, I love that she nicknamed the popular crowd “the Jocks and the Jessicas” and gave each Jessica a nickname: Prime for the queen bee, Minor for the wannabe, and Thespica for the actress. Also, the book was full of Maggie one liners. Such as this quote from the beginning of the book, “Sarcasm sailed over his head, which was a trick considering his height” (pg 3). While the book definitely had its weaknesses, I was drawn in by Maggie and she propelled me quickly through this book at a time when no other books were holding my interest. I will most definitely be checking out the further adventures of Maggie Quinn, Ms. Sarcastic Fantastic.
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