Hello Book Lovers,
I recently read a book that can easily be summarized by one simple quote from it:
“‘You’re joking right?’ Then she’d turned to me and said, ‘Scav Hunt sounds like a bad teen comedy. One called something lame like Scav Hunt. I wouldn’t even want to play myself in that movie.’”
And that is exactly what The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando is, a bad teen movie written down.
The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is about high school senior Mary and her group of misfit friends. This team of outsiders decide to participate in a long standing senior class tradition, The Scavenger Hunt. Mary is extra motivated to win in order to defeat her “arch-nemesis” and somehow find a redeeming quality from the last four years of her life. Throughout the journey to the finish line Mary has to deal with crushes, and friendships, and fights, and all sorts of high school drama wrapping up as her year ends and graduation scoots closer.
Here’s the deal, normally I am a HUGE fan of stupid teen movies. I have been known to sit on Netflix all day watching one poorly written, terribly acted movie after another. And calling it a great day. Stupid teen movie in book form? Even better! So that aspect of this book didn’t bother me. What did was how incredibly annoying Mary is.
Throughout the whole book Mary is pining over a guy who was never even a potential in her life. Like actually though, she spends a good 75% of the book complaining about how he needs to just admit he is in love with her. Oh yeah, and he doesn’t even know how she feels. Sorry hon, but that typically isn’t how it works. And he is kind of a massive jerk anyways.
Also, Mary is willing to give up everything to win this scavenger hunt. Another boy on the team, Patrick, is a little more reasonable and continually tries to tell her she is going to far. That is isn’t worth it. But there is no convincing Mary. She will go to the end of the earth to win. I just don’t get it.
Mary has a pretty decent life from the looks of it, but she finds everything wrong about it and focuses on those little things. It drives me crazy.
I couldn’t even find it in me to cheer for her team to win. I didn’t care. In fact I kept telling myself how funny it would be if they lost.
Basically, I think this plot could have been interesting. However, it was just a bunch of pointless high school steered by a whiny teenage girl. I did not enjoy The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando. I give it a two out of five stars.
Let me know what you thought if you have read this book!