Friday Fiction – Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date

Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date coverGirl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date

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.


  1. Todd Strasser goes after social issues with a biting edge in his books – the one that is currently catching attention is Give a Boy a Gun. Take a look at the info on that one and think about recent events (hint: Sandy Point). You might want to see if you have that one in the ol’ collection, always good to know what is available to your patrons.

  2. This book became the movie “Drive Me Crazy” in the early 2000s (or very late 1990s–it heavily features the Britney Spears song of the same name). I believe it was republished with that title and a tie-in cover.

  3. The cover is beyond atrocious! And I am really disappointed since I thought it would be about time travel, and she would have a baby, travel to the future, and then go to the prom witht the now-grown-up boy child. I feel cheated. . . .

  4. Too intriguing not to do a little research. Apparently this book was aka “How I Created My Perfect Prom Date,” and was a moderately successful 1999 teen flick called “Drive Me Crazy.” The movie also underwent a name change; it was originally “Next To You” but was renamed for the Britney Spears song on the soundtrack. (Thanks, Wikipedia.) Now I want to watch the movie.

  5. I read this book and loved it as a teen! The title is a reference to one of the main characters, a popular girl who often talks in “headlines”.
    Also, they made a movie based off the book called Drive Me Crazy, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier, which I remember watching obsessively on VHS 🙂

  6. I see that in our catalog it is called “How I created my perfect prom date.” Definitely a more apt title then the title shown here!

  7. Scott, we’re talkin’ teen pop fiction which ages quickly. This book was on a library shelf before the current freshman class was even born. Time time to replace with the new cover!

  8. Todd Strasser is still a big name in young adult fiction. In this case, the weeding decision should probably be based on whether it’s circulating. If people are still checking it out, who cares how old it is?

  9. @Angel, @ Scott: I agree with Angel; for this type of thing, 1996 is old. I was a “read everything in the library” type of kid (I expect many of us were), but books older than I was got pushed to the bottom of the list (unless it had a horse in it).

  10. Fortunately, I didn’t weed this; our teen librarian did the de-selecting on this gem. The publication date didn’t matter, I guess, since the cover graphic is creepy, and he needs room in his collection.
    I have to repeat that I so enjoy! We have a Pinterest board called “Books for Guy Montag” and we are so lucky to pin from this site:)

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