Finished Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher. I received a copy for review.
Deacon Locke is not comfortable in a world of promposals. When his crush gets asked to prom before he can do it, he is about to give up on the idea altogether…and then he gets an idea. His grandmother (and best friend) didn’t get to go to her own prom; his grandfather had already been sent to Vietnam and she didn’t feel like going. So why not take her?
I really enjoyed this sweet story! But you should know going in that, while this really IS a delightful story about a guy who loves his grandmother, there’s also a lot going on, too.
This book deals with the realities of getting older. Jean (Deacon’s grandma) is initially a little forgetful and it intensifies.
It also focuses on the nature of fame. A video of Deacon and Jean at prom goes viral and he becomes hometown-famous, then it spreads. He mostly stays level-headed but it does change him a little.
Meanwhile, he falls for a girl during this time and she happens to be Muslim. You can guess how kind the internet is to her. So this novel has many layers.
Deacon’s inner voice is fantastic. He’s incredibly sarcastic but it’s mostly aimed at himself, which I find refreshing. He’s a hero you won’t soon forget.