Blind Reads (1): August 2012


Blind Reads is my brand new feature here at The Overstuffed Bookcase, where I read a book without knowing anything (well hardly anything) about it!

This is my very first Blind Read!  I’m really excited about this feature, and while I’d love to explain all the details about my inspiration and how it works in this post, it’s a bit too long to add here.  Go here to find out more!


This month’s Blind Read: 

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) 
by Julie Anne Peters

What I Know

  • It’s a Young Adult book.  (I got it from the Teen section in my library.  And while, yes, I realize that it could have been placed on the wrong shelf in the wrong section, there’s also a library sticker that says “Teen” on the spine.)
  • The author is a National Book Award Finalist.  (It says so on the cover, but I have never read anything by this author.)
  • It was released in 2012. (Also found this out from a library sticker on the spine.)
  • It’s going to involve the prom in some way.  (Title is a dead giveaway, of course.  But it might not be a traditional prom, or the characters might not even make it to their prom.  But somehow, prom is going to be a factor.)

My Theories

  • The clothes on the cover are kind of ’80s-ish so I’m thinking either A) the main characters are into all things ’80s and decide to wear ’80s clothes to the prom, B) the prom has an ’80s theme, C) the book is set in the 1980s, or D) the main characters go back in time to the 1980s.  I’m cool with any of these, but I’m really hoping it’s C or D.
  • But I’m thinking it’s probably a contemporary book, so that would rule out D.
  • The second half of the title makes the think the main characters have some kind of obstacles standing between them and their prom. Whether they can’t get dates and still go anyway, or their parents have grounded them, or they’re in trouble with the school so they’re not allowed to go to prom, or whatever, they have some kind of obstacles.
  • I think it’s going to involve some humor, most likely sarcastic humor. The title seems a bit sarcastic, and my husband laughed when he read the synopsis (I didn’t read it, of course!).
  • For some reason, I think it might be a mix of Footloose and Pretty in Pink.  I’m not completely sure why, but the cover’s giving me that vibe.

So, what do you think?  Have I picked a good one for this month?  And remember, if you’ve read this book (or even know anything about it) please NO SPOILERS!  The point of this feature is for me to go into it knowing as little as possible!  

Be sure to come back later this month to see what I thought of this book, and if any of my theories were correct!


  1. Sara Jayne

    August 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I just started a similar challenge for myself and blogged about my choice today :) Unfortunately it kind of sucked lol. But, I plan on doing it again next month and hopefully I'll find a gem this time!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 2:29 am

      I know! I saw your blog about how you were going to do something similar right after I checked my first Blind Reads book out of the library! Great minds think alike! I'm sorry I haven't commented on that post yet! I've been meaning to but I have gotten SO behind (for instance, I'm just now responding to this comment of yours, almost a week later!). I'm off to visit your blog right now! :D

  2. fakesteph

    August 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love this feature!!!!!!!!! Good luck. I can't wait for your thoughts after you read it.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Thanks! I've been reading this one for almost a week now, which is not good, but basically I've had so many other things happening and I've gotten so behind on other things that I haven't had too much time to read. But I hope to have my review up for this one next week.

  3. Bittner

    August 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I think you picked a great book and I'm crossing my fingers that the book ends up containing all the humor that the cover promises. Plus, I love that you even came up with option D! Only you Andrea!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

      I'm loving it so far! And of course I would think of option D! Who are we talking about here? ;)

  4. Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog)

    August 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Interesting feature and guesses, I can't wait to see if you guessed right.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    August 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Love this!!! What a great idea. I hope the book is about the 80's or I will be disappointed for you. The 80's rock! I hope you like it!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 2:57 am

      Thanks! Unfortunately no talk of the 80s yet, and I only have like 80 pages left, so I'm thinking it's a no. Darn! I am enjoying it, though!

  6. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    August 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Fun feature!
    A lot of the stuff on my Kindle is a blind read, because I request stuff or buy it, then read chronologically, so by the time I get to it I've often forgotten what the book is about. It's very interesting to see how much of your love of a book depends on the set-up/anticipation and how much is just the book.
    Look forward to seeing what you think!!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 2:59 am

      Yeah, a lot of what I read ends up being kind of blind, because I do the same thing–I look at the synopsis, add it to my TBR list, and then never read the synopsis again. But with these I'm going totally blind! ;)

  7. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    August 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome feature, Andrea! Let me know if its really a cross between Footloose and Pretty in Pink because I will be all over that like Aquanet hairspray on some 80s bangs!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      August 31, 2012 at 3:11 am

      Well, I don't really think it's a cross between those anymore. I'm not quite done with it, but unfortunately there hasn't been any 80s talk yet. But I am really enjoying it so far and I think maybe it kind of resembles some of those Brat Pack movies because it is about senior prom… My review should hopefully be up next week.

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