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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Altebrando Narrator: Ali Ahn Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464049064
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Tara Altebrando won glowing praise for her novel Dreamland Social Club, including a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life follows high school senior Mary and her friends as they compete for eternal glory in their small town's scavenger hunt. Mary is determined to win, especially after losing her spot at Georgetown to a guy, Pete Lembo. But when alliances shift and all manner of drama breaks loose, Mary's team must come up with a new strategy to stay in the game Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant, funny, unpredictable, and just lovely all around.”

    Lauren Myracle, author of Shine

  • “This is one scavenger hunt you won’t want to miss.”

    Ned Vizzini, author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story

  • “It’s a terrific premise and Altebrando successfully sustains a sense of tension and excitement throughout…the book’s smart combination of end-of-high-school poignancy and fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Constant text messages provide a fresh undercurrent of revelations, and the accelerated pace emphasizes the sense of time running out, not only in the scavenger hunt but also in the accustomed bonds and rivalries so crucial during the high school years.”


  • “Ali Ahn present Mary and the other students as three-dimensional characters who change in unexpected ways as the story evolves. Ahn’s realistic voices invest listeners in Mary’s success and in the dramas that plague the friends…Ahn does not overplay the teenaged angst and succeeds in building the tension as time runs out for Mary’s group. This audiobook is the perfect choice for any teenager facing unexpected challenges.”


  • “Altebrando’s story combines the height of high school drama with all the bittersweet emotions of graduation. Through the course of the hunt, hearts are broken friendships are tested, and new alliances are formed…Readers may recognize themselves in this story.”


  • “Funny and nostalgic, a highly contemporary riff on a timeless rite of passage.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, cowritten with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.

About the Narrator

Ali Ahn is a film, television, and voice actor. Her acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Ugly Betty, White Collar, and Zero Hour. She has also narrated numerous audio books, such as Honolulu by Alan Brennert, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.