The Figment Review: “Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom” by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

In this edition of The Figment Review, North Carolina high schooler Kinsey offers her thoughts on “Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom” by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin–a must-read!

Make no bones about it—Tessa Masterson will go to prom. She might have to jump through some hoops and attend a couple school board meetings first, but she’s going. And she’s taking Josie the Deli Girl as her date.

The whole town caught on fire when Tessa’s childhood best friend Lucas asked her out—and instead of accepting the invite, she came out as a lesbian. Now the school, the town, and even the news is in turmoil over whether Tessa should be allowed to wear a fitted, tailored tuxedo to prom with a female date . . . or if prom should be canceled altogether. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Tessa is forced to face the catastrophe on her own, as Lucas refuses to forgive her for not telling him about her sexual orientation sooner.

Tessa, Lucas, the town, and the world, are all forced to learn valuable lessons about trust, acceptance, and overcoming life’s barriers in this sometimes funny, sometimes poignant little gem of a book.

Told from both Lucas’s and Tessa’s perspectives in alternating chapters, Brenda Halpin and Emily Franklin create a wonderful, relatable, human world that is so easy to dive into and devour. I would very much like to see more from this creative duo, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom to anyone and everyone.


Kinsey (Kinsey Alexis on Figment) lives in North Carolina, and loves writing reviews for Figment. She’s been writing and reading for as long as she can remember, and loves being able to create new worlds completely from scratch. Her favorite part about writing is creating the characters. And her favorite part about reading? Being sucked into the universe of the book, unable to escape the grip of a well-crafted novel.


3 thoughts on “The Figment Review: “Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom” by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

  1. Hi! I was wondering how exactly you choose the figgies who write your reviews for you? A weird question, I know, but I would definitely be interested in submitting a review sometime.

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