Published by Dutton Juvenile on July 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
“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.