The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

by Tara Altebrando
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The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

An 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101575420
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 763,968
File size: 338 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tara Altebrando is an author of books for adults and teens, including Dreamland Social Club and The Pursuit of Happiness. She lives with her family in Queens, New York.

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The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
High school is ending. After an entire life spent in second place, Mary Gilhooley hopes the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt will be her chance to finally come out on top. Jake Barbone may be going to Georgetown instead of her, cute Carson might be dating someone else, but this scavenger hunt is Mary’s. Even if her misfit friends decide to prepare by wearing the least practical scavenger hunt outfits ever. Sure, changing Dez’s mind about anything fashion related was hopeless. But did Patrick really need knee socks with his shorts? Or suspenders? And why would Winter wear a dress and platform flip-flops? Doesn’t the rest of her team know that Mary came to Win with a capital W? One all-day scavenger hunt, two lawn ornaments, three meltdowns, four relationship fails, nostalgia, and one incredibly daring stunt stand between Mary’s team and victory. Or utter failure in The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life (2012) by Tara Altebrando. At 239 pages (hardcover) The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is the short, fast-paced read you would expect from a scavenger hunt odyssey. Filled with hijinks and tricky clues, Altebrando draws readers into the Official Unofficial hunt right along with Mary and her misfit friends that you can’t help but love. Between brainstorming sessions and high-action competition, Altebrando includes thoughtful musings on what the end of high school really means for old friends and new beginnings. Truly, this book is the quintessential end-of-high-school read as Mary and her friends all wonder what the future holds. The blend of excitement, adventure, and sometimes dread only adds to the delightful ride that is The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life.
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and I read it in one sitting, and admittedly I'm probably overrating it because I like Altebrando's other books, but it was a really cute premise and I appreciated that the author didn't take easy roads out when it came to plots and relationships. The premise was fun and, I thought, well-executed. I didn't particularly love any of the characters, but I enjoyed spending time with them enough and didn't have to stop to snort in disgust at anyone, which seems to be a rarity for me these days. It was exactly what I was in the mood for, and delivered on what I wanted it to be.
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
This book was a super cute take on a senior tradition. I really loved that the tradition was a scavenger hunt that took place all through the night, and the entire time that I was reading it, I wished that my high school had a similar tradition where we would have one night to run around town and gather these things. It tested your knowledge of the area and the people in it. As you expect with teenagers, there was bound to be hiccups and lots of drama long the way, from teams merging to lovers fighting, all of it was there in this book. I'm not sure that I totally liked Mary through this book, I really liked her enthusiasm, but it came to a point where it overshadowed her friends and what the challenge was really about. In typical YA fashion there are a whole slew of topics covered including the bond with your BFF, bullying, and having a gay friend. I like that the book managed to touch on these things, and show how certain things were wrong or how things could be done differently. A lot of the challenges that they had were really fun especially the last one. All in all, this book is a fun quick read worth a shot.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. I found it to be a really quick and easy read. It was fun, a fun night, a fun game, and lots of teenage drama! Dez, Winter, Patrick, and Mary spend one last night together and work out some of their issues with each other before getting ready to head off to college. Nothing serious or earth shattering, but a good read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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