Review * The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

August 13, 2012 Reviews 11 ★★★

Review * The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) LifeThe Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
Published by Dutton Juvenile on July 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 239
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I would have loved to have done this scavenger hunt!  It’s completely ridiculous, but so much fun.  Several teams set out to find these random items (a stretched penny, an ant, a bag of sand, a picture with an alien) that are worth a various amount of points.  Most points wins.
  • The things they have to do/get for the scavenger hunt was by far my favorite part of the book for me.
  • Mary’s soul purpose (or it feels that way) is to win the scavenger hunt because Jake Barbone got into Georgetown and she didn’t (it was the method of how he got in that made her mad).  In the beginning I found Mary to be mildly annoying.  She goes on and on about the Georgetown situation and her crush on Carson (who’s dating someone else) to no end, but eventually the Carson situation changes and she let’s up on the Georgetown thing and becomes much more likeable.
  • Dez was one of my favorite characters, he was a lot of fun, and was the most likeable character.  I didn’t like Patrick much, he was very pushy.
  • I liked the storyline a lot more than the characters.  I think some of issues that the characters had could have been a little deeper.  Until the end it was really more about getting the items for the scavenger hunt with a little drama thrown in.

Overall The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is not a deep read, but it’s a fun one.

Notable Quotes

“What if hearts sometimes had to get broken?  What if that was just the way of the world?”

“’You always think the best of me,’ I said, squeezing water from my hair.  ‘Even when you shouldn’t’.’
‘That’s what love is,’ he said.


11 Responses to “Review * The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life”

  1. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    This definitely sounds like fun! And I’ve heard of Geocacheing too, so I’m up for it if you are! :) Maybe we should do our own bookish scavenger hunt for Bittner’s visit in April!

  2. Bittner

    the quotes you gave are very sweet! And sometimes it is fun to read something that isn’t too deep and just focuses on the lighter side of life! I’m glad you liked this one.

  3. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I LOVE scavenger hunts. I read Jen Ryland’s review of this one a while back and she mentioned The Amazing Race, and I was like, “WHY DID I NOT KNOW THAT THE AMAZING RACE IS A BIG SCAVENGER HUNT????” Sorry. I’ll calm down. Needless to say, the hubs and I have been watching The Amazing Race ever since. We’re on like the 4th season now. (And that’s one of the reasons it has taken me so long to respond to comments!)

    Anyway, great review! I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up when I need a light, quick read!