Prom Theory by Ann LaBar

Prom Theory

In this heartwarming and whip-smart YA spin on The Rosie Project, a teen girl is determined to prove that love, like all things, should be scientifically quantified…right?

Iris Oxtabee has managed to navigate the tricky world of unspoken social interactions by reading everything from neuroscience journals to Wikipedia articles. Science has helped her fit the puzzle pieces into an understandable whole, and she’s sure there’s nothing it can’t explain. Love, for example, is just chemistry.

Her best friend Seth, however, believes love is one of life’s beautiful and chaotic mysteries, without need for explanation. Iris isn’t one to back down from a challenge; she’s determined to prove love is really nothing more than hormones and external stimuli. After all, science has allowed humanity to understand more complex mysteries than that, and Iris excels at science.

The perfect way to test her theory? Get the popular and newly-single Theo Grant, who doesn’t even know Iris exists, to ask her to prom. With prom just two weeks away, Iris doesn’t have any time to waste, so she turns her keen empirical talents and laser-focus attention to testing her theory.

But will proving herself correct cause her friendship with Seth—and the tantalizing possibility for something more—to become the failed experiment?


"...I genuinely enjoyed every scene with Iris, Esther and Seth. Their friendship was so fun and loving, and embodied true friendship in the desire to help one another no matter what."

Ideally Inspired

"Overall, this was a good book if you’re looking for a high school romance with a diversity rep for the main character."

Baltimore Bibliophile

"I thought Iris was an observant and witty main character. She made a ton of interesting observations about the world around her and I really enjoyed the spin she put on them. She was definitely quirky but I loved that she owned that...I thought this was a cute story."

Books Over Everything

"This sweet spring romance is perfect for anyone seeking a fluffy YA contemporary with an experimental adorable new romance release which you should definitely pick up."

The Baronness of Books

"That said, I’m a massive fan of the friends to lovers trope so I did rather enjoy the inevitable romance...I did enjoy the book and reading experience."

The Scribe Owl

"This book is very unique & for that I can’t say enough good things about it! A fun, enjoyable, & quick read."

C. Marie Books

"A well-written young adult book with smart humor and dialogue. It’s high school intrigue up close with a romantic twist. LaBar also does a great job portraying Iris’ thoughts and what it’s like to be extremely bright and … different."