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

Cover image of the book The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life with four teens stand next to a car with the sun setting behind them“I knew guys got erections. I was perfectly prepared to deal with it. When the right guy and the right erection came along.”

Mary has spent four years of high school as a nerdy good girl. Mary's last hope to do something memorable in high school is to win the Oyster Point High Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. After a fiasco at prom and losing her spot at Georgetown to a football jock, she is determined to take first place. She cobbles together a squadron of her best friends in a race against the clock to chase down clues and strange objects sent via text. All throughout the race, Mary must confront her best friend Patrick’s raging crush and the feelings that she can’t quite return along with her own unrequited love for bad boy Carson. With the finish line in sight, Mary has to decide what's more important—her friends or winning.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is an angsty humor laden rollercoaster that will have readers laughing at every turn. With each emotional turn and setback, Mary dishes out quick-witted commentary tinged with sarcasm. At times it is difficult to sympathize with Mary, but ultimately this keeps her human – and you’ll like her in spite of her flaws. Many flashbacks explain the events leading to the night in the book, while the issues the characters deal with fill in gaps.

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