Ferraro, Tina. Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress. New York: Delacorte, 2006.
Nicolette (Nic) thought she was going to Rascal's junior prom. Enter Rascal's ex-girlfriend returned from far away. Of course he has to take her. That leaves Nic heartbroken and the owner of the perfect unworn prom dress. This wouldn't be so bad if Nic didn't have other problems. Her mom might loose the house. Nic's worry over this causes her to go to her dad (who had abandoned them for a younger woman and a new baby) for the money. Then, there are her feelings for her best friend's brother Jared. Not to mention, Rascal is still interested. Can Nic resolve all these problems? Can she find the best use for the perfect unworn prom dress?
What I thought: While packaged as chick lit (pink cover with ditsy looking girl), this was a surprisingly refreshing read. Nic is not the popular girl. She is a jock. She's not gorgeous. Her life certainly isn't carefree. Her uneasy relationship with Jared will endear this book to many girls who have coveted their best friends' older brothers. I picked this book up on a whim and found it to be a great read.