The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life


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


High school. It’s the best of times. It’s the worst of times. At least that’s how Mary and her group of misfit friends – Patrick, Dez, and Winter – viewed it these past four years.

Now just a week shy of graduation, Mary’s ready to put aside all the Model United Nations meets, the after school band practices, and one very embarrassing moment at prom, for one night of unadulterated night of high school hijinks.

The senior scavenger hunt is Mary’s chance to, not only drive around Oyster Point aimlessly and collect the most random objects (from a dixie cup icosahedron to a fettling knife), but to prove herself.

And Mary has A LOT to prove. To her friends she wants to prove that the senior scavenger hunt is more than a silly game, it’s a rite of passage. To her classmate and resident bully Jake Barbone, who got accepted to Georgetown over Mary, she wants to prove that she isn’t a loser. And to herself, she wants to prove that she has guts, that she’s more than her high school reputation, or lack thereof.

But when the scavenger hunt and emotions spin wildly out of control, Mary is forced to not just play the game, but to face realities that she’s trying desperately to avoid. Will she survive, or will the hunt, the antics, and the emotions get the best of her?

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, written but author Tara Altebrando, is a whirlwind book that takes readers on a twenty-four hour journey packed with action and adventure.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life may be short, but it certainly does not lack. Clocking in at only two hundred and thirty-nine pages, readers will find plenty of laugh out loud moments, plenty to reminisce about, and writing that packs a real punch.

Altrebrando’s writing isn’t only strong, it’s spectacular. She has a knack for luring readers into her plot. The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is an engrossing story that is chock full of characters that are both memorable and authentic. Mary and her team of misfits are characters that are multidemensional.

Readers will identify easily with all of Altebrando’s well crafted characters. Readers will find themselves sympathizing with and rooting for Mary and her band of outcast friends. Beyond that, they will be able to see a little bit of themselves hidden deep within Altebrando’s realistic characters.

As an adult reader, what I really loved most about Altebrando’s latest book is all the emotions that are tied to and stirred up by it. There were moments that I longed for my high school days, and others that had me wishing my own high school experience including a twenty-four hour scavenger hunt.

Altebrando’s The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is the kind of book that readers will not be able to walk away from. It’s a really great read that will keep readers laughing, loudly, and will satisfy any readers tastes.

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