Best friends Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster committed the ultimate suburban sin: bailing on college to pursue their dreams. Middlebury-bound Becca Winsberg was convinced her friends had gone insane until they reminded her she just might have a dream of her own.
Now the year is half-way through and their dreams seem within reach. Well, almost. Harper has managed to gain the freshman fifteen without ever being a freshman, though locked in her basement bathroom she finds inspiration and finally seems to be writing from the heart. Sophie is forced to leave her cushy Beverly Hills quarters and crashes on Sam's couch while looking for her big Hollywood break. Kate is doing aid work in Ethiopia, where she encounters family ghosts - along with Darby, the handsome but antagonistic Princeton student who thinks she's a dumb blonde who couldn't possibly care about Ethiopia "since there are no celebrities here." And when Becca finally emerges from her lovers' nest, it seems her relationship with Stuart isn't as perfect as she thought.
Even if "the year that changed everything" has sometimes been less than dreamy, these four best friends will always have each other.
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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 are currently Writer-Producers on the Emmy-award winning show "The Shield" and James Patterson's upcoming "Women's Murder Detective Club" TV series debuting this fall on ABC.
Sarah and Liz's first novel, Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, was published by Little, Brown in May 2006, and the paperback published in April 2007.
Grade 10 Up—The "Year of Dreams" continues for Harper, Kate, Becca, and Sophie, BFF. In Bass Ackwards and Belly Up (Little, Brown, 2006), Harper, because she did not get into NYU, told a little white lie—that she decided to take a year off before college to follow her dream to write a novel. Admiring her bravery, her best friends make a pact to follow their own aspirations—Becca wants to fall in love, Sophie wants to be an actress, and Kate dumps her acceptance to Harvard to find herself by backpacking through Europe. The story continues in this sequel as the girls persist in their efforts while pursuing romantic interests. The events are related through each protagonist's point of view, and the narrative is filled with the label-dropping shallowness of the day. There are sex scenes, strong language, and lots of cute boys. Settings such as a hip Denver coffee shop, Hollywood, and a private college in Vermont, with a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia thrown in, should entice plenty of eager readers, especially fans of the first book. While the story does move quickly and has a decent story line, it's not worthy of the A-list of chick lit.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Book Description Poppy, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0316057959
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