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Footfree and Fancyloose by Elizabeth Craft

Footfree and Fancyloose

by Elizabeth Craft

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I thought the sequel was just as awesome as the first. It picks up where the other book left off and it finishes off the four friends' life-changing year. By the end, the girls have learned a lot and have either achieved, were on their way to achieving, or have finally discovered their dreams. Much growth and self-discovery takes place along the way. Things change in their lives, but what never changes is their unconditional bond of friendship no matter what happens. Funny and real, just like the first book, the second one makes a perfect ending to this story. ( )
  MickTheChick | Sep 12, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

This sequel to BASS ACKWARDS AND BELLY UP takes the second half of the year of dreams with these four best friends.

Becca is still at Middlebury living the life of a ski bum and in love. She's found her guy and she's sharing every moment with him. But her family life comes crashing down again and she just might say something she'll regret.

Sophie needs to find an apartment pronto as she's being kicked out of her great digs - and an acting job wouldn't be too bad, either. It's hard to say you're an actress if no one is hiring you.

Kate is "taking the water." She's gone to Africa to build wells for towns in desperate need of close water. Will being half a world away bring her closer to her family and also help her find her way home?

Harper found her voice and spends her free time writing in the bathroom where she can escape the world. In between writing, she must deal with her love life and her family issues.

The friendship of these four girls reaches beyond space and time and helps each one through both rough times and triumphs. It's a great sisterhood novel, showing the ups and downs of friendship and how one moment can change your whole life. ( )
  GeniusJen | Jan 12, 2010 |
FOOTFREE AND FANCYLOOSE picks up right where BASS ACKWARDS AND BELLY UP ends, at the end of the Christmas-New Year holiday season. Harper Waddle—college reject, writer-barista, and Dream Train starter—has burned the first fifty pages of her first novel as per her English teacher/dream man Mr. Finelli’s constructive criticism. This time she is starting over and writing from the heart. Harper is determined to let nothing stop her, but mixed feelings about her coworker, Judd, Mr. Finelli, and a family accident make the road a lot bumpier.

All the way across the ocean, Kate has joined a humanitarian project in Ethiopia, digging wells for villages. She feels more in control and strong and herself than she’s ever felt…except her teammate, a pretentious Princetonian named Darby, mislabels her as a ditzy blond and seems to think she is a waste of time and space.

In LA, Sophie is getting used to a new Hollywood sort of life—far, far away from the glamorous poolhouse she used to inhabit. Now she’s rooming with Sam, the Meyers’ ex-poolboy, and still struggling to make it big, still feeling like she’s not LA material. She snags an agent finally, but at what cost? How much of herself is she willing to give up in order to advance up the screwed-up quid pro quo world of Hollywood?

And finally, at Middlebury College, Becca is living out her Dream, bigtime. Not only is she doing phenomenal on the slopes, she’s also head over heels for her boyfriend, Stuart, a smart, understanding, gorgeous guy, despite the fact that he IS a football player. But of course, perfect bliss cannot endure in Becca’s world. She receives a shocking revelation about her family that sends her Stuart ecstasy into a hurtful tailspin.

The lives of four friends who chose the other path—and grew and succeeded as a result. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain’s books are full of chick-lit adventure and romance, which will be sure to please girls all over. ( )
  stephxsu | Jun 19, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316057967, Paperback)

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster committed the ultimate suburban sin: bailing on college to pursue their dreams. Their best friend, Becca Winsberg, took a more traditional path, but she's got dreams of her own. Now the year is half-way through and their dreams seem within reach. Well, almost.

Harper has managed to gain the freshman fifteen without ever being a freshman. Now, after months of procrastination and an almost-affair with her former English teacher, she's determined to finally write the "Next Great American Novel." Even if she has to lock herself in her basement bathroom to do it.

Sophie is living the good life in a Beverly Hills guesthouse. But when circumstances change, and she's forced to crash on her frenemy Sam's couch, bad auditions are the least of her troubles.

Kate is doing aid work in Ethiopia, where she encounters family ghosts - along with Darby, the handsome but antagonistic Princetonian who assumes she's a dizzy blonde. Kate is out to prove Darby wrong... and reunite two sisters in the process.

And when Becca finally emerges from her wintry lovers' nest, it seems her relationship with Stuart isn't as cozy as she thought.

Even if the year that's changing everything has sometimes been less than dreamy, these four best friends will always have each other.

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Harper, Sophie, and Kate continue to pursue their dreams of writing, acting, and self-discovery through aid work, while their friend Becca explores college and her relationship with her boyfriend, Stuart.

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