Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem
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August 21, 2007
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“I’ve got my entire life planned out for the next ten years — including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize,” claims 16-year-old overachiever Vassar Spore, daughter of overachiever parents, who in true overachiever fashion named her after an elite women’s college. Vassar expects her sophomore summer to include AP and AAP (Advanced Advanced Placement) classes. Surprise! Enter a world-traveling relative who sends her plans into a tailspin when she blackmails Vassar’s parents into forcing their only child to backpack with her through Southeast Asia.

On a journey from Malaysia to Cambodia to the remote jungles of Laos, Vassar sweats, falls in love, hones her outdoor survival skills — and uncovers a family secret that turns her whole world upside-down.

Vassar Spore can plan on one thing: she’ll never be the same again.

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Reader reviewed by Rin

Exceedingly over-thetop planner, Vassar and her parents have her entire life mapped out. From her needed 5.3 GPA (the new 4.0 apparently) to her her future as a winner of a Putilizer Prize..every breathing moment is accounted for.

Until...Vassar's crazy grandma insists that she join her on an obscure vacation, and blackmails Vassar's parents to force Vassar to go with her to Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos.

During her trip Vassar learns many things about herself and life, especially that she'll never ever take toilets for granted.

The more crisises she survives and the more she opens up her mind, the more the reader and even her friends (as shown through a novel Vassar insists on writing for AP/APP english credit) like her.

Vassar's grandma also drops a big bomb on her and Vassar realizes she's not who she thought she was and maybe planning really isn't the way to happiness.

I found this book unique and fun. I suggest you read it.

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