Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Samantha isn't happy when her parents forces her and her two sisters to hunt for Bigfoot, but she's even less happy when her family is asked to be a part of a reality TV show about their strange hobby. Knowing that this show is the only way she'll be able to pay for college, she grudgingly agrees to do the show, even though the prep school team she is competing against keeps insulting her family. At first, she despises the other competitors; however, as the competition continues, she is drawn a boy named Devan, who proves to be more than just a rude snob. When she and Devan are paired up to find Bigfoot together, both their unexpected relationship and the creature in the woods surprise them.
This book is a mix of a reality TV show, search for mythical creatures, and a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice. This story has enough of its own story line that readers won't be overwhelmed by the Austen comparison. Anyone who enjoys reading about Bigfoot, reality TV, and teen romance will be cheering for Samantha and Devan. Each of the sisters represent their Elizabeth, Jane, and Lydia counterparts in modern ways, and the added diversity of their Jewish family is a nice addition to the storytelling. The books is certainly quirky, and other than the Austen comparisons, has little depth or meaning to it other than being a fun read. Overall, this fun book will be a hit for many who need something light to enjoy.
*Contains mild language