Montreal Book Marks the Significance of the Prom As a Life-defining Rite of Passage

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Author and artist Lesley Fletcher reveals the truth about prom life in North American culture

Through stories and haunting illustrations Prom Girls: A North American Rite of Passage by Lesley Fletcher provides a sometimes edgy yet always truthful account of teen life in North America.

In Prom Girls, Fletcher relays real-life teenage stories written in the dialect of young people today. She uses their language to bring to the forefront their issues, problems and choices, and grants legitimacy, colour and significance to the milestones facing each and every teenager approaching one of the greatest periods of their life: The Prom. Fletcher’s casual and teen-friendly style encompasses all the emotions and challenges experienced in one’s final year of high school. Provoking the reader with snapshots of social situations familiar to most everyone in North America, she confronts subjects such as racism, sexual promiscuity, rape, lifetime bonds, and lifetime lessons.

Fletcher eloquently juxtaposes art and anecdote to encourage dialogue and reflection in youth as they deal with the transition from high school to the world thereafter. “We as a society need to respect and understand the pressures that teenagers face today and celebrate their strength and success in arriving at this life-altering milestone,” she says.

Though Prom Girls: A North American Rite of Passage appears to be geared towards a mostly female audience, it, in fact, features many stories relevant to teenage boys as well. Fletcher's over 50 original watercolor illustrations and profound text capture all the defining stages and life-transforming moments of the prom night for both male and female soon-to-be graduates. “While following along with the characters and illustrations, it is my hope that readers will be at once inspired by memories of their past and by anticipation for their future,” says Fletcher. “I feel it is effortless to place oneself right into each true-to-life story. The memories that are gained at the age of 17, quite surprisingly, actually last a lifetime.”

Prom Girls: A North American Rite of Passage is available for sale online at and in bookstores everywhere. Published by Inspiration Import.

About the Author
Lesley Fletcher is an artist and illustrator. She travels with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and create opportunities in developing countries. She currently resides in Beaconsfield, Montreal. Prom Girls: A North American Rite of Passage is her first book. Her second book, All I Want for Christmas Is a Wishmas Tree, will be released in August 2010.

Lesley Fletcher                
E-mail: inspirationimport(at)yahoo(dot)ca
Phone: (514) 290-8925

Lesley Fletcher welcomes interviews from groups and individuals of all ages. For more information and scheduled appearances, visit

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