Submitter:I have to say I’m too creeped out to even open this item. We are a public library, and this was weeded from our Young Adult collection last week. As a former high school English teacher, I found my head swimming when I saw the “freak show” title strangely combined with the innocuous cover graphic.
Holly: Now, now. We have to at least glance at the content before weeding. Although, I have to say the title alone made me do a double-take! The title looks like a newspaper headline; maybe a tabloid. You know, “aliens ate my baby” and the like. That could make for a fun teen book, actually!
I dug deeper, and the description on WorldCat says, “When Brad asks someone else to the senior prom, Nicole resorts to a desperate measure–she decides to make her next-door neighbor over into a dream date.” Now you KNOW teens love that kind of thing. I’d still weed this book, but mostly because it’s old. I’d be interested in knowing how many times it circulated, but even then you wouldn’t know if it was just because the title got peoples’ attention.
All that said, I am a little creeped out by the photo head on the girl and the boy when everything else is cartoony. It’s like that stalker art you see in movies. Ick.