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Expectations vs. Reality: The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

Expectations vs. Reality is a new feature here inspired by Small Review that will compare my expectations from a book cover before seeing the summary with the summary itself.
 

 


This week I'm looking at The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando.

EXPECTATIONS
 
First, I love this cover. It looks like such a fun and cute read that no matter what the summary actually says, I'm definitely going to pick this up. Now, the title and the car is a dead giveaway that this book features some sort of nighttime adventure, possibly with a popular girl and her friends taking a nerdy guy or something out.  

REALITY

From Goodreads:

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.
 So I was actually pretty off... about the only thing I got right was the nighttime adventure component. But still, the summary sounds even better than what I expected, so yay!

What were your initial thoughts when you saw this cover? Did it match up with the summary?

2 comments:

Jess said...

Great idea for a feature. I would expect this book to have an ensemble cast and to be quirky and funny based on the title.

Julia :) said...

Well by the title and the image I was totally thinking something like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist where it's one night on the town or something. The real summary sounds WAY better than I imagined it to be though. I want to read this SO bad. :D

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