Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life by Tara Altebrando

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) LifeAn all-day scavenger hunt in the name of eternal small-town glory
With only a week until graduation, there's one last thing Mary and her friends must do together: participate in the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. And Mary is determined to win.
Mary lost her spot at Georgetown to self-professed "it" bully Jake Barbone, and she's not about to lose again. But everyone is racing for the finish line with complicated motives, and the team's all-night adventure becomes all-night drama as shifting alliances, flared tempers, and crushing crushes take over. As the items and points pile up, Mary and her team must reinvent their strategy--and themselves--in order to win.

The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life first caught by eye because it has a scavenger hunt (I love scavenger hunts). I read one of Tara Altebrando’s other books, Dreamland Social Club last year and really liked it. Because of that, I had high hopes for The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life. It ended up being a really fun book that is perfect to read on a summer afternoon.

All the characters were really well written, and even though there were many different people, it was easy for me to keep them all straight. I loved the whole idea of this novel. The fact that there’s this monumental all-encompassing scavenger hunt is really awesome. Though this book comes off as a light read, it does have some deep moments in it, which help balance out all the madness of the scavenger hunt.

Overall, I really liked The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life. It had some aspects I wasn’t expecting to find, and that really added to the story. Though this isn’t one of my favorite reads, it’s definitely worth reading.

FTC- Received from a friend.


We Heart YA said...

If you liked the "diverse cast of well-written teens" aspect of this, we HIGHLY recommend GRAFFITI MOON by Cath Crowley. It's not about a scavenger hunt, per se, but it has a similar feel. One girl is searching for a mysterious street artist that she admires, and 5 other teens spend the night helping her.

Kapri (Book Fanatics) said...

I've been eyeing this book for a while now but haven't picked it up yet. I'll have to read it when I'm in the mood for something cute and fun!