While The Prom (2020, directed by Ryan Murphy) contained very joyful moments, a superstar cast, and perhaps a few things that could have been improved, it did capture the hearts of many who watched. If you adored the relationship between Emma and Alyssa, check out You Should See Me in a Crown (2020) by Leah Johnson. This novel is also set in Indiana and features Liz Lighty, a girl who runs for prom queen because her small town offers a scholarship to the winner. But what happens when she starts falling for a girl named Mack who's also running? It was a Reese's Book Club selection last year and is delightful in every way.
If you loved BOTH The Prom and Dumplin' (2018, starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston), then you're in luck! Pumpkin (2021) by Julie Murphy is the third companion novel in her series and follows Waylon, a fat, openly gay student in a small, West Texas town who is nominated for prom queen as a joke. But Waylon plans to make a big change and run, going out with a very glittery bang. Waylon is a character who is such a delight to follow, so do yourself and favor and preorder now!