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 sopho summer to include AP and AAP Advanced Advanced Placement classes Surprise Enter a world 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 sopho 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.
Carpe Diem I ve got my entire life planned out for the next ten years including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize claims year old overachiever Vassar Spore daughter of overachiever parents who in true overachiever
Vassar Spore is sixteen, an only child of driven and over achieving parents, and determined to be valedictorian of the Seattle Academy for Academic Excellence, go to Vassar College her namesake , get a PhD, win the Pulitzer, and In fact, at the encouragement of her parents, she s got her entire life planned out and she loves it that way.Then, a month after her sixteenth birthday, her birthday present from eccentric Grandma Gerd arrives a plane ticket to Malaysia Grandma wants Vassar to come to [...]
I ran across CARPE DIEM around four years ago in the Feiwel Friends catalog They had the excellent good sense to reprint the wonderful President s Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White, and I wondered what other YA titles they had on the docket at the time My eye was drawn to this cover right off the bat, and I still think it s just perfect for the book I love the slightly faded parchment look of it With the silhouette and the hair and the style it could be anything really In this case, it s a [...]
This book is so funny Every page seems to have at least one thing to laugh about But unlike most ridiculous teenage humors it really has a good theme Vassar, the girl who is named after a prestigious college is trying to acheive a 5.3 or some ridiculously high GPA Then in steps her grandma who makes her go on a trip with her in SE Asia for the entire summer Suddenly the 5.3 isn t as attainable and she is forced to write a novel to earn AP AP English credit Her trip makes her realize that her lif [...]
This is a young adult novel, but I picked it up because I m friends with the author It was an adventure story that I couldn t put down this is definitely a book that would have been a favorite of mine if it had been around when I was growing up Autumn herself has traveled all over Southeast Asia, so the details of the herione s adventures are incredible vivid and captivating In fact, though the story itself is fiction, I know much of the story is based on actual events that Autumn encountered on [...]
Vassar Spore 16 years old 5.3 GPA Named after a very prestigious women s college by her parents She s got everything planned for her life, and I do mean everything She vows to spend her summer improving her academics by attending a bunch of classes But just when she s about to embark her classes, she receives a birthday package from her grandma in Southeast Asia What s in the package A plane ticket to Singapore and a birthday note from her Grandma Gerd Grandma Gerd offers an all expense paid sum [...]
Wow Ya, wow What a blank brained book Don t get me wrong here Carpe Diem is a great philosophical statement But I think it has been artfully stated in media such as the Dead Poet s Society with Robin Williams If you haven t seen that movie by the way, do It s also impactful in those stories.Vassar has practically been engeniered to succeed She s named after a prep school for Pete s sake Any gap in her plans and she will not win the Nobel Peice Prize That really equals death in my book So what [...]
The beginning is two stars, and the end is four stars The average is three stars for the whole book.I thought I would like this book a lot better Heck, I thought I would be able to relate to Vassar Spore, the overachiever who gets an attitude change I m an overachiever I am often super stressed about my success But Vassar isn t like that That pretentious girl has it all together, because of her planning of course So we end up with someone super annoying That could have been on purpose, but I sti [...]
CARPE DIEM, my first known Latin.This story has truly inspired me a lot Life is all about to LIM, aka Live In the Moment I love that how Vassar s been able to learn that, and turns from an annoying girl to a braveand adorable girl I absolutely enjoy the character development and change of Vassar.And Hanks, oh my gosh, how much I like Hanks A super funny, handsome, Chinese Malaysian Cowboy, how cool is that I love how he teases Vassar all the time but saves her every time just like a hero The plo [...]
I secretly have a thing for books about travel probably because I ve never been outside the country and thus have to live vicariously And this book brings it Seriously Vassar and her grandma are backpacking through Southeast Asia a journey not for the faint of heart And the author doesn t sugarcoat anything at least, I don t think she does after all, I have no experience in the matter Through Vassar you get to see the awesome and beautiful things about the countries she visits, as well as the gr [...]
Vassar Spore may be the most hopeless overachiever you ve ever met On her TO BE list Valedictorian Check Ivy League school graduate Check Wife to Hot Surgeon by 25 Pulitzer Prize winner Check, check With a life coach for a mother and an efficiency expert for a dad, you could say she was doomed from birth, but Vassar doesn t know any different That is until a package containing plane tickets from her little known free spirited Grandma Gerd arrives on her doorstep Instead of a summer full of AP AA [...]
Does anybody remember that journalist where right before she boarded the plane, she tweeted something like, Going to Africa Hope I don t get AIDS So basicallyOur main character is about to become valedictorian, and she and her friends boast about their high IQ s, and yet every time she speaks, dumb racist comments like the one above spews from her mouth Like, okay, I get you re worried about malaria, and culture shock is a bitch, but when you paint an entire country with the same brush and speak [...]
Vassar Spore is a very focused and determined young woman She always has a plan, and she has her life scheduled down to the minute When her bizarre, bohemian, artist grandmother blackmails Vassar s parents into sending her on a trek through Southeast Asia, Vassar initially fumes this was NOT Part of The Plan and then calmly makes some Adjustments Traveling with Grandma Gerd, however, upsets everything The woman will not stick to a schedule But Vassar s determined not to hate her AND to discover [...]
A fun and unexpected read that I ended up enjoying Vassar, the main character, was book smart and had her whole life planned out at sixteen She has a personality that is irritating because of her constant need to plan and prepare for every possibility, combined with the need to over achieve, I just wanted to reach in and shake her I felt like everyone in this story are caricatures of real people None of the people felt real, not Hanks the Malaysian cowboy or Grandma Gerd the hippie artist or Vas [...]
Oh Vassar, your bra is quite the magical artifact Literally, that s the only words I can think to start out this review The book had be one of the funniest and wittiest things I have read in awhile from a young adult book It literally had me laughing all the time Vassar, the stuffy girl needing a 5.3 GPA, on a summer trip across Asia with her foil of a grandma , who is in the form of a tan crazy artist named Gertrude I found the entire story brilliant, full of opium dens and food poising, and do [...]
We meet innocently smug 16 year old Vassar Spore firmly entrenched in her routines that will ensure her acceptance to Vassar hence the name who could deny her with that moniker hangin round her neck a PhD and Pulitzerher life is planned, planned, planned by her well meaning parents, mom, a life coach and dad the efficiency expert Obviously they are set up for a fall, enter Grandma Gerd an unencumbered free spirit who has been living in Asia Seeing the rut that Vassar is in she maneuvers a place [...]
It was okay, but some of it was predictable So much so that I thought the main character was an idiot for all that she was a genius, especially regarding her parents secret The main character and one of the secondary characters were total opposites of each other to the extent where I just didn t think it was believable And, there were times when I was bored.That said though, I did like this book I liked the character development in how the main character changed from being quite arrogant to a l [...]
This is one of the best books I have EVER read It is so easy to escape reality when picking up this book The words create what should be created in your own mind Let this book take you on a journey, for it will At first glance I thought maybe it was going to be an okay book You know the one you start then decide you will never finish it for the text was way to bland But no, I was so very sadly mistaken So stop debating weather or not you are going to read it just take my word for it and read it
This was recommended to me by a former student, Rachel I really enjoyed the novel It is an interesting trend that the heroine does not have to be completely likable which makes them real I also liked the theme that you can learn from living in the moment LIMming So many times in life our expectations are what get us in to trouble It is often better to let things unfold around us.Thanks, Rachel
I understand that the point of the book was to teach Vassar to Live in the Moment but I can t stand characters like Grandma Gerd Yeah, you want to teach your granddaughter to not plan everything out, but at least be considerate And what s wrong with planning things out, anyway The romance totally came out of nowhere too, especially since the boy isn t likable at first.
This book was REALLY good It is my new favorite book What made it really good is the author new what she was talking about because she has visited the place of the setting many times and most of the happinings in the book are her real life experiences, only made interesting I would recommend this book to mostly girls It is a page turner I read it in 2 days.
We are reading this one for my high school book club Love the entertaining story line of a junior over achiever destined for perfection until an unplanned trip to travel Asia with her eccentric grandmother derails all her best made plans I found myself laughing aloud a few times during this read.
This book was GREAT I got this book for Christmas and I wasn t completely sure I would like it I was a very picky reader at that time and if I wasn t sure about reading it I wasn t going to read it After reading it I was so glad I read it because it was amazing I recommend this to any over achievers especially because I am an over achiever and I really connected to Vassar.
Very cute coming of age story that would be great for younger teens As a whole, the story progressed like I expected There were a few cheesy parts I listened to the audiobook, so Hanks accent was annoying at moments but the lady that narrated the book did a great job.
The most purely fun book I ve read since middle school It s a young adult book, sure, but it is also the definition of pleasure reading It reminded me of all the happy, adventurous, uncomplicated pleasures the world contains And it made me even excited to travel in Asia
I laughed throughout this book very funny
I ended up listening to this whole book, and there was a chunk near the end that really was exciting, but overall not the greatest First off, the fact that Vassar is supposedly so smart yet she can t figure out what the big secret is that her family is keeping from her I figured out what the secret was before I even realized there was a secret Seriously it s telegraphed quite clearly in the first few pages And the characters were caricatures nobody would be as uptight as Vassar, and nobody wou [...]
Cornwell, Autumn Carpe Diem, 368 p Feiwel Vassar Spore is Ivy League material focused, overacheiving with a 5.3 GPA Her entire summer is planned around maximizing her potential Then her wayward grandmother blackmails her parents into sending Vassar to travel SouthEast Asia with her for the entire summer Vassar didn t even know her parents were blackmailable What is this dark secret How will Vassar survive around all of those germs Cornwell s voice is extremely funny and Vassar is so lost in this [...]
Funny, outrageous, and wild Not sure if it was the narrator s voice or the general tone and writing, but it was just ok i liked it, but the story was interesting than the narration Could probably have been done better, but it was pretty damn entertaining anyway.
Mein liebstes Reisebuch Es war schon mit dabei in verschiedenen St dten, auf einer Insel und in anderen L ndern Ich lese es immer wieder gerne.
Vassar has scheduled her life down to the minute detail And backpacking with grandma in SE Asia is not part of the plan.