The Pursuit of Happiness

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 7, 2006 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Dressing up as an eighteenth century farm girl is not how Betsy Odell imagined spending the summer before her senior year of high school, but her history professor father insists she take a job at Morrisville Historic Village. To make matters worse, Liza Murphy, only the biggest freak from school -- piercings, tattoos, bleached hair -- works as a farm girl too. As far as Betsy can tell, her summer will be miserable and any chance of ever being popular is doomed.

When tragedy strikes Betsy close to home, her boyfriend and 'friends' are nowhere to be found, and her job becomes a welcome escape from the real world. James, a Morrisville employee from the next town over, is probably the greatest -- not to mention cutest -- guy Betsy has ever met, and Liza is surprisingly normal and fun. Caught between two worlds -- old and new -- Betsy is soon struggling with two versions of herself. Combining backdrops of historic Morrisville with the normal teenage world of beach parties, learning to drive, and broken hearts, Tara Altebrando writes a hilarious and fun novel of one girl's search for love and happinessŠand the unlikely places she finds them.
 

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User Review  - JRlibrary - LibraryThing

Betsy has a job at a Colonial Viallage where she dresses and acts like a farm girl. She really likes a coworker, James, but since he has a girlfriend, she doesn't hold much hope that they'll get together. She sends him a message in her silhouette art. Read full review

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The summer before her senior year looks like it’s going to be Betsy’s worst. First, the traumatic event of her mother dying of breast cancer. Then, her boyfriend Brandon leaves her for another girl ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
14
Section 4
30
Section 5
40
Section 6
49
Section 7
58
Section 8
74
Section 16
173
Section 17
180
Section 18
189
Section 19
201
Section 20
212
Section 21
220
Section 22
232
Section 23
239

Section 9
91
Section 10
108
Section 11
113
Section 12
133
Section 13
143
Section 14
152
Section 15
160
Section 24
243
Section 25
254
Section 26
261
Section 27
271
Section 28
278
Section 29
279
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About the author (2006)

Tara Altebrando lives in Astoria, New York. Visit her website at www.taraaltebrando.com.

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