Spotlight on New Adult Literature: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up and Footfree and Fancyloose

Summary of Bass Ackwards and Belly Up from Goodreads:

For readers of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl and A-List series, here is a smart and highly commercial first novel about four best friends who, after graduating high school, decide to postpone the standard college route to pursue their creative dreams.

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster are about to commit the ultimate suburban sin–bailing on college to each pursue their dreams: write the next Great American Novel, make it as a Hollywood actress, and backpack around the world. Middlebury-bound Becca Winsberg is convinced her friends have gone insane…until they remind her she just might have a dream of her own. So what if their lives are bass ackwards and belly up? They’ll always have each other.

Harper is going to be the next Jane Austen. Or Sylvia Plath. Or Plum Sykes. Figuring out which should be easy. It?s living with the lie she told her three best friends that’s going to be hard.

Kate doesn’t know exactly what she wants. But whatever it is, she won’t find it at Harvard. Maybe the answer is in Paris, or Athens, or anywhere Kate can be someone besides the girl with perfect grades, perfect hair, and the perfect boyfriend.

Sophie is a star. She’s already got the looks, the talent, and a list of demands for her dressing room. Now that she’s wrangled a furnished guesthouse in Beverly Hills, it’s only a matter of time before she’s discovered. Unless she isn’t.

Becca is dysfunctional. At least, her family is. Which is why she can’t wait to flee the drama and get to college. But Becca’s friends know she needs more than a spot on the Middlebury ski team and a cozy dorm room. They know she needs to fall in love.

Dreams are complicated. They almost never turn out like you imagine, they almost always change. Sometimes, they change you.


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Summary of Footfree and Fancyloose from Goodreads:

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster committed the ultimate suburban sin: bailing on college to pursue their dreams. Their best friend, Becca Winsberg, took a more traditional path, but she’s got dreams 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. Now, after months of procrastination and an almost-affair with her former English teacher, she’s determined to finally write the “Next Great American Novel.” Even if she has to lock herself in her basement bathroom to do it.

Sophie is living the good life in a Beverly Hills guesthouse. But when circumstances change, and she’s forced to crash on her frenemy Sam’s couch, bad auditions are the least of her troubles.

Kate is doing aid work in Ethiopia, where she encounters family ghosts – along with Darby, the handsome but antagonistic Princetonian who assumes she’s a dizzy blonde. Kate is out to prove Darby wrong… and reunite two sisters in the process.

And when Becca finally emerges from her wintry lovers’ nest, it seems her relationship with Stuart isn’t as cozy as she thought.

Even if the year that’s changing everything has sometimes been less than dreamy, these four best friends will always have each other.


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2 Responses to "Spotlight on New Adult Literature: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up and Footfree and Fancyloose"

  • These look kind of cute! Just added them to my goodreads. Thanks for the heads up.

    1 Michelle said this (December 8, 2011 at 5:03 AM)

  • I wondered if these books were connected! I do like when titles switch letters. Gred and Forge! (Not a title I know but I do love my HP!)

    2 Sarah said this (December 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM)