Quigley Johnson has, reluctantly, given up the rest of her last year of high school to take part in her best friend Ann's Betterment Plan, which will turn them into the best-dressed, most sought-after, most admired girls at their senior formal. Because - hey - who doesn't want the perfect prom, complete with a dream dress and a devastatingly handsome date?
But the prom costs money - lots of money - and even though the girls could easily have Ann's mom design their dresses (she's only Victoria Parisi, one of the most famous designers in the world), Ann insists that they pay their own way. And that's how Quigley gets stuck making artistic topping masterpieces on frozen pizzas canvases, before becoming a live model for Ms. Parisi's fashion design class, where she meets Zander.
He's cute, and cool, and funny, with a killer design sensibility (even if he can't sketch). But is he too good to be true? And what about David, the hot, talented artist at school, who's also kind of a jerk, but won't leave Quigley alone? And Ann - she started the Betterment Plan to improve Quigley and herself, but it seems like it's ripping their friendship to shreds.
This road to the prom dream may just end in disaster.
Quigley and Ann are best friends who would love to go to prom together. They just need to come up with some way to get money for their dresses. Ann’s mom is a huge fashion designer but she tends to wait to the last minute to finish dresses if it is for the two girls. This year they have decided that they will not wait around for her to make them dresses, they will buy their own. Through a very odd string of jobs and their plan, known as the betterment plan, these girls will try to get everything they want in time for prom.
This story was a little boring for the first half of the novel. There really wasn’t a whole lot going on and I couldn’t seem to connect with either character. Quigley is the calm one, she is an artist but she can’t keep any of her grades up. Ann is the wild one who also happens to be smart, although you would never be able to tell because she is only concerned with making her mother’s life miserable and finding as many boys as possible to date before prom. So the only saving grace in the character/plot department came when the girls get a job working as models for Ann’s mom. They meet two great guys there who are designers, they were basically the only likeable characters in this book.
The ending was the most exciting part of the whole book, it did have that cute ending that I was happy about but getting there was a bit slow. I am happy about the way the book ended but I guess I was just expecting something more from the story. With the book world overcome by paranormal novels I wanted to fall back into my old love of contemporaries but this book just didn’t have the right flare for me.
Overall the first half of the book didn’t impress me but at least I got a cute ending out of the story.