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Bass Ackwards and Belly Up

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by Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

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For readers of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl and A-List series, here is a smart and highly commercial first novel about four best friends who, after graduating high school, decide to postpone the standard college route to pursue their creative dreams.

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster are about to commit the ultimate suburban sin


For readers of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl and A-List series, here is a smart and highly commercial first novel about four best friends who, after graduating high school, decide to postpone the standard college route to pursue their creative dreams.

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster are about to commit the ultimate suburban sin—bailing on college to each pursue their dreams: write the next Great American Novel, make it as a Hollywood actress, and backpack around the world. Middlebury-bound Becca Winsberg is convinced her friends have gone insane...until they remind her she just might have a dream of her own. So what if their lives are bass ackwards and belly up? They'll always have each other.

Harper is going to be the next Jane Austen. Or Sylvia Plath. Or Plum Sykes. Figuring out which should be easy. It's living with the lie she told her three best friends that's going to be hard.

Kate doesn't know exactly what she wants. But whatever it is, she won't find it at Harvard. Maybe the answer is in Paris, or Athens? or anywhere Kate can be someone besides the girl with perfect grades, perfect hair, and the perfect boyfriend.

Sophie is a star. She's already got the looks, the talent, and a list of demands for her dressing room. Now that she's wrangled a furnished guesthouse in Beverly Hills, it's only a matter of time before she's discovered. Unless she isn't.

Becca is dysfunctional. At least, her family is. Which is why she can't wait to flee the drama and get to college. But Becca's friends know she needs more than a spot on the Middlebury ski team and a cozy dorm room. They know she needs to fall in love.

Dreams are complicated. They almost never turn out like you imagine-they almost always change. Sometimes, they change you.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Teens stressing over college decisions will find much comic relief in this novel about four girlfriends in Boulder, Col.Becca, Sophie, Kate and Harperfollowing their post-high-school dreams. The fun begins when Harper (who is too embarrassed to admit she has been rejected by the only college to which she applied) announces that instead of attending NYU, she's going to move into her parents' basement and "write the next Great American Novel." Much to her surprise, two of her buddies are inspired by her impulsive change of heart and decide to follow suit, ditching their collegiate plans to follow less conventional paths. Sophie opts to move to L.A. to become an actress; Kate plans to head for Europe in hopes of figuring out what it is she really wants in life. Only Becca, the most focused of the bunch, holds fast to her original plans: going to school at Middlebury with the intent of helping its ski team "keep its reputation as the best on the East Coast." Alternating the girls' perspectives, dynamic co-authors Craft and Fain wryly convey four different but equally bumpy rides toward adulthood. Full of romance and adventure, laughter and tears, their story is a vibrant reminder that veering from the straight and narrow road doesn't always lead to a dead end. Ages 15-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Harper, Becca, Sophie, and Kate are four friends on the eve of heading off to their freshman year of college. Harper, who's been lying to her friends about being accepted into New York University, announces that she has decided not to go to university but to write the Great American novel instead. On the heels of Harper's announcement, Sophie decides to pursue her dream of going to Los Angeles to try to make it as an actress. Kate decides she's not going off to Harvard, either, and she heads to Europe on a backpacking adventure instead. Becca ends up being the only one of the four to head off as planned to college in Middlebury, Vermont. The novel follows each girl's adventures and angst during the first semester. Harper starts her draft novel; Becca struggles with classes, the ski team, and finding a boyfriend. Sophie auditions and wins a spot in a shampoo commercial. After Kate gets mugged in Greece, she ends up working in a cafT in Paris. At the end of the first semester, all the friends but Kate meet in Boulder, where Harper finally confesses the truth. After the friends reconcile, Harper burns her novel and starts over, this time following "her Dream for herself, not for anyone else." In this 'chick lit' for older teens, the authors capture the humor and angst of being on the cusp of adulthood and what it means to follow a dream. 2006, Little Brown, Ages 15 up.
—Valerie O. Patterson
Young adults who enjoy television shows like The OC will enjoy this novel. It reads like a sitcom. The characters have lives far outside the norm for most teens, allowing readers to escape into the world of "what-if." In this case, the "what-if" is the story of four girls, who for differing reasons decide to follow their dreams instead of their parents' plans of heading off to college. Harper, although she has a secret reason for not choosing college, determines to be a writer; Kate travels around the world; and Sophie heads to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. The only one who follows through on the college plan is Becca. Because her dream is to join what she hopes will be an Olympic-bound ski team, off she goes for a semester at Middlebury U. Of course, each girl encounter a series of personal ups and downs. For every Aspen night in Lindsey Lohan's hot tub, there is the tabloid front-page picture of Mr. Right kissing the leading lady whom he has declared means nothing to him. Through trial and error, the four friends learn that the world is not always what it appears to be, and that in the end, good friends are what matters most. Teens who like their stories very much in the here and now, with mention of everything from Big Lots to Timberland and from Oprah to Cliff Notes, will be happy to find this book. Others will look elsewhere. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Little Brown, 368p.; Illus., Ages 15 to 18.
—Elaine J. O'Quinn
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Harper, an overconfident high school grad who has only applied to one college, is (surprise, surprise) rejected. To make matters worse, she lies to her three best friends, convincing them that she has chosen to postpone college to live in her parents' basement in Boulder, CO, and follow her dreams by drafting the Great American Novel. Adding to her guilt, she inspires two of the other three to also ditch their college plans to follow their dreams. The story bounces back and forth among the four girls and their adventures as an actual college freshman, an aspiring author, an aspiring Hollywood actress, and a backpacking European tourist. Heavy on adjectives, the book drags a bit at the outset, but the pace quickens as each young woman develops a romantic interest, and the multiple story threads help maintain readers' interest. Although it lacks the novelty of a magical pair of jeans connecting the narratives, this novel might be another good choice for readers who have exhausted Ann Brashares's "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series (Delacorte).-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Call this chick-lit rip-off, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: After Graduation. Four young women from Boulder know they will remain best friends even though they are about to spend their first college semester apart. But on their last night together, Harper drops the bomb: She will skip college and live in her parents' basement to write the Great American Novel. The truth: Harper was rejected by NYU and never applied to any safety schools. Suddenly, Kate and Sophie, inspired by Harper's freedom, bail on college too. It will be the "Year of Dreams," as Sophie tackles the Hollywood facade to achieve her dream of acting; Becca, the only one to go to college, challenges herself to succeed on the ski team and in love; Kate leaves behind her pre-law track at Harvard, jets to Europe, and finds her dream; and Harper faces the reality of her lie and its impact on her best friends. While this story lacks the magic-literally and figuratively-of the Sisterhood novels, it's sure to find similar fans. (Fiction. YA)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Bass Ackwards and Belly Up Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.12(d)
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain wrote their first piece together when they were fifteen - a feature on Kansas City delis for their high school newspaper. They now live in Los Angeles, where they've written for numerous television shows. They are currently Writer-Producers on the Emmy-award winning show The Shield. Bass Ackwards and Belly Up is their first novel, and they are currently working on the sequel, Footfree and Fancyloose, coming in September 2007.

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Bass Ackwards and Belly Up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This book follows four best friends after they graduate high school. Initially, these girls all planned on going to college, but this changed when one of the girls, Harper, gets rejected from NYU. Instead of admitting to her friends that she got rejected from the only school she applied to, she tells them she is purposefully taking the year off to pursue her dream of writing the next great American novel. This sparks a revolution among her friends, and soon Kate and Sophie don't want to go to college either. Kate, the perfectionist, doesn't have a dream yet, but she plans on finding it as she spendss the year backpacking around Europe. Sophie, ever the dramatic one, goes off to LA to pursue her dreams of being a famous actress. Becca, the only one still going to college, is given a dream of her own to accomplish: she must fall in love. So what if they turn their lives completely upside down? They always have each others backs. I've heard that people say this is the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" for older readers, and I agree with that statement to a certain extent. The premise is certainly similar, but this book seemed to lack the spark that made the "Sisterhood" books so wildly popular. I enjoyed this book. It was a good way to spend time. But I still never felt anything for the characters. They were nicely developed, with faults and strengths, but I lacked an emotional connection. I would have to say this book is forgettable. While reading it, you don't notice anything lacking, but when you finish and reflect, you realize it wasn't that great. It probably deserves less than 4 stars in retrospect. I might read the sequel though, if I'd happen to come across it.
spanish-lullaby More than 1 year ago
this is basically sisterhood of the traveling pants except a bit more mature. the characters are realistic and fun to read about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So,freaking amazing!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes we could all use a reminder to chase our hearts. This book reminds us just that. As we get to know four young women and their year of discoveries post high school graduation.
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vickireviews More than 1 year ago
This book portrays a story about the power of friendship and following the path of your dreams. You will easily feel a connection and fall in love with the four main characters, Harper, Sophie, Kate, and Becca. The four girls find themselves taking the road of their dreams instead of the one considered "normal". This book is definitely one of my favorites and one that is unforgetable. While reading, i found it hard to put the book down. You know its a great book when you can't stop reading it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bass Ackwards and Belly Up is a funny, touching story about four best friends. And what young teenage girl wouldn't want to read a story like this? For someone looking for an interesting read that will keep your attention, this is a good book. However, this book is not highly intellectual. Still, it was a very good read, and contains many lessons that are easy to learn with the good writing and interesting characters. This is a book about following your dreams and love and friends and everything else that is important in life. The sequel is also equally as good. I recommend reading both books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and I could never put it down! Very addicting, I wanted to read it all in one day but I couldn't! :D A MUST read summer book!
vikkitoria919 More than 1 year ago
to say the least: I read it the first two days after i bought it!! the book was really awesome!! I didnt put it down or stop reading until something was necessary like well using the bathroom. It is one of my favorite books..not that i read so many but anyway the book is a turn by turn thriller and i can not wait to read footfree and fancyloose!!! you know while reading this i figured hey this is along the same guidelines as the sisterhood of the traveling pants. except one smal fact: IT WAS INFINITY TIMES BETTER. bass ackwards and belly up was wy more realistic and thrilling and it wasnt so...chik flicky. and to be frank chick flick books and movies are not my forte if you know what i'm saying. Now i'm going to shut up before i write the next "Great American Novel" :) :) hope my review didn't bore you!!! :) :) :) :) :)
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Harper Waddle, Sophie Bush, Kate Foster, and Becca Winsberg, four best friends who bonded in middle school during a fateful trip to the bathroom, have reached a pivotal moment in their lives. The summer after their high school graduation leaves them ready to pursue their much anticipated futures; Becca, a spot on the coveted Middlebury College ski team; Harper, an acceptance into her dream school, NYU; Kate, a future at Harvard with her beloved boyfriend; and poor Sophie, stuck at home attending community college. Unfortunately, none of their plans really coincide with each other.

Harper, however, is living with a big secret. One so big that it causes her to ditch her college plans in pursuit of her "dream." This act of liberation starts a whirlwind of commotion during the last few days of the girls' summer, and by the start of the new school year, only Becca has stayed true to her original plans. Fueled with ambition, daring Sophie leaves their small town of Boulder in hope of hitting it big in Los Angeles, impeccable Kate forsakes Harvard for Europe, and Harper is determined to write the next "Great American Novel."

Now separated by state lines and oceans, and linked only by letters, lists, and the occasional telephone call, Harper, Sophie, Kate, and Becca are left to discover what growing up is all about, reminiscent of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS trilogy.

BASS ACKWARDS AND BELLY UP is a humorous tale about the path to maturity, narrated from each girl's own particular journey, and illustrates the sometimes haphazard route one follows in pursuit of a dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, once i started it, i couldn't put it down. A friend asked if she could borrow it, and then another friend asked, and so did another. I bought it on a monday, and had it finished by tuesday night. I wanted to slow down, but I just couldn't put it down. It catches the reader, it draws them in, and it doesn't release them until the last page, and then it leaves you wanting more. And who wouldn't read it with the title 'Bass Ackwards and Belly Up'...its catchy and it makes you wonder what on earth it could possibly be about. My friends and I are exactly like this group of girls, i couldn't have asked for a better book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bass ackwards and belly up is a truly inspiring and outstanding book! Heartwarming for every teenage girl. If you haven't read this book you don't know what you are missing. Go out and buy it now before it sells out! READ IT NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this novel was refreshing. It's story was inspiring and just makes me want to take more chances in life. I thought it was a great read and kept me interested through out the book. I recommend this book to any girl or women between the ages of 14 and 30. I haven't read the sequel yet but I'm excited to read it. I don't even want to read my summer reading books until I have read the sequel to this book first!