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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,911 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
Calliope (or Cal as she calls herself) wants nothing more than to stay put; to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, and abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Meanwhile, eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to open a camp for kids looking to lose weight and find Jesus. when Cal and eliot meet by c ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Speak (first published May 4th 2006)
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The contents and the language are very philosophical and very beautiful. So beautiful and deep indeed that they are - in my opinion - on the verge of suffocating the story. I felt like a person who loves honey but who can only really appreciate its sticky sweetness when it is set off against the sour solidness of a thick and grainy slice of bread. If you tend to muttering: "Nice simile, but now go on talking about the book instead of your feelings" at this point of my review, you are one of thos ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Rosanne rated it really liked it
A sweet romance with quirky characters. Does a good job of showing the lack of control over one's own life that is such a frustrating part of adolescence. Told in alternating perspectives, some truly insightful and moving passages.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
For somebody who doesn't read a lot of contemporary books (I can seriously count on my fingers the number of contemp books I've read between now and last October), I really enjoyed Scrambled Eggs. Here's the thing: I'm a total escapist reader - I like to read substantial books that impact me but also distract me. Similarities are good, and being able to relate to a character is always nice (if not necessary), but I also like books that "take me away."
Scrambled Eggs was funny and quirky enough to
Laurin Kennedy
In this young-adult romance novel, the authors [Brad Barkley ; Heather Hepler:] join ideas to convey the summer love of two young people in the southern portion of the Carolinas. Throughout the novel the authors take turns revealing the plot of the story by switching up the view from which it is told. With the beginning of each chapter comes either the viewpoint of Calliope [or Cal as she preferred to be called:], one half of the lovely bond, or the viewpoint of Eliot, the male half.
Feb 17, 2013 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I almost didn't finish this. I liked most of the characters and writing okay, and I didn't begrudge protagonists Cal and Eliot their unrealistic instalove too much because it's sort of the point of the story, but I just felt like the internal monologues were too much. Like the writers were trying too hard and going too far.

For example, there's a scene where the two protags are driving, and Cal mentally describes the silence they're in as a comfortable one using some kind of color, like "a s
Jan 08, 2009 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
kinda weird. the writers are a little too wordy at times, but i thought it was nice.
Jun 24, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing

The title is Scrambled eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkely and Heather Hepler.This book is realistic/romantic fiction,it has a very realistic point that every teen experiences at some point in their life.This book starts out with Calliope (15) and Delores (her mother) moving again, now to North Carolina so that Delores can work as a wench in the Renaissance Fair.As they drive in to town Cali’s eyes spy an out of place kid with piercing blue eyes and frog green lips,as if he’s wearing lipstick.He wa
Caitlyn Ollmann
Oct 08, 2015 Caitlyn Ollmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I thought this book was very good. I thought it was very entertaining and I did not wan to put it down. I liked that this book was written with two points of view. The two main characters are Calliope and Eliot. Every other chapter it switches points of veiw. I like that you can see what both characters are thinking in a given situation. My favorite part of this book was the ending because what I wanted to happen happened.
Polt Summary:
Caliope is 15 years old and she travels
Reading Teen
Publishers Weekly said Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, is for “…Readers who wish Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending…” Booklist called it, “A refreshing, poetic, memorable story filled with the precise small details that nudge people toward love…” The Penguin Group published Scrambled Eggs at Midnight in 2006, only one month after Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley finished writing. Heather wrote half of the first chapter before realizing that a novel was a huge undertaking on her own. After calling ...more
Aubrei Kamilah
Okay, this wasn't my favorite book in the world, but i would recommend it if you really need a 'perfect' love story.So here is the plot for those of you who don't already know...

Calliope and her mom constantly move and never end up staying in one place for long. When she gets to North Carolina she meets Eliot and decides she wants to stay here forever, but her mom wants her to keep going with her..AHH WHAT WILL SHE DO.

okay well one thing i liked about this book is that i could see myself wishing
Sigh. This was such a good one. So perfectly romantic and quirky.

Cal and her mom follow Renaissance Faires - you know the ones, with the jousting and the booths selling swords and the wenches. For years Cal's life has to fit into a carboard box that can moved at the whims of her mother and it's really starting to wear on her. When they arrive in Asheville, it seems like it will be just like any other summer - until she meets Eliot. Eliot, the son of a preaching fat-camp director. Eliot who is pa
Feb 08, 2012 Darien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Darien Munden

Calliope, or Cal as she refers to herself, has to deal with an irresponsible mother who seems more interested in finding love than caring for her own family. Eliot has a father who fancies himself a Messenger for God but barely understand Scripture. Between Calliope's mother, Delores, always moving their family whenever work or romance falls through and Eliot's father opening up his own Christian Camp to help kids get thin while "preaching" the gospel these two have little in
Emily Durrant
Mar 20, 2014 Emily Durrant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book is about true love. Eliot and Caliope are two teenagers who pretty much fell in love at first sight. Eliot is a rich preacher's son. He isn't the typically preacher's kid. He drives illegally, has a fake ID, and shoots fireworks in his backyard. Caliope, on the other hand, travels around the country with her mom trying to find a perfect home. Caliope and her mom are not the wealthiest. Caliope's mom hasn't gone to college so she works at Faires. Caliope and her mom wound up ...more
The beginning was a bit of a drag. I actually fell asleep while reading it, either because it was so boring, or because it was so late at night. (It most likely was not the latter.) Scrambled Eggs at Midnight got better when half the book was already over. It was then that I liked the characters more. Even then, I didn't like them all that much. Cal and Eliot had a weird relationship... it's not very realistic. Overall, this book was okay, but nothing different from books already published.

Charlou Lunsford
Feb 26, 2009 Charlou Lunsford rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A young teen recently said she like this. It is a nice romance to recommend to girls who would like such. Added bonus of the girl needs to find her own way due to a self-absorbed mother going on and some nicely done small town characters.
Oct 17, 2013 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
don't talk shit about this book; i'll fuck you up so hard.
this book ruined my life in, like, the seventh grade and continues to ruin my life to this day.
i don't care that it's a YA romance novel. this book is flawless.
Dec 29, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very sweet, cute romance for teens. I loved this book and begged my mom to buy it for me for Christmas! I was so delighted to open it on Christmas morning. You should definitely read this book if you love simple romance :)
May 29, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the cutest!! I fell in LOVE with the characters, the authors did a stupendous job. This story will have you SNATCHED.
Aug 05, 2008 Mikayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I'm re-reading it and it's really sweet.
Brad Barkley's "Scrambled Eggs at Midnight" was an interesting and sweet book that tells the story of a teenage romance that grows over the coarse of the summer. This book tells the story of a girl that has been on the road with her single mother for most of her childhood. They bounce from town to town, depending on where life and money leads them. One summer, Cal and her mother stop in an ordinary city where her mother works at the local fair. there, Cal finds Eliot, who's father runs a religio ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes for book talk:

Told from alternating points of view of Cal and Eliot.

Cal's mom sells jewelry at renaissance festivals (and makes extra money as a beer wench) so they are constantly traveling the circuit. They have just landed in North Carolina where she meets Eliot. Eliot's dad runs a Christian weight loss camp. Both are trying to survive their quirky family situations and connect strongly. Theirs is a great romance, but can it possibly last when they are both still so young?

Loved these odd
Alice Li
Jan 17, 2017 Alice Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Kezia Arevalo
In my opinion,I thought this book was OK. I didn't think it was all that great. I mean it was kind of boring in the beginning. But I did enjoy the middle and the end. Although to be honest,the ending,for me,was a little bit rushed. I actually felt like crying at the end though. Anyways,this book wasn't as good as "The Hunger Games",but it was satisfying. I mean I like romance and all but for some reason,I didn't think this book was all that interesting.
The beginning was an introductory on Cal
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Emylee for

Calliope is a normal teenage girl. Well, she wants to be. Unfortunately, her chance at a normal life is overshadowed by the reality of her mother's job, which is that of a wench. "My mother is a wench. It says so right on her W-2." Consequently, the opening at the Asheville Renaissance Faire prompts Calliope's mother, Delores, to pack up and move to North Carolina for employment at the largest Renaissance Faire in the country. And, once again, Calliope is u
Lauren Springfield
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Jul 02, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Writing Style/ Readability
I thought it was well done for the most part. I liked how they switched scenes. The story alternates from the main girl and boy’s POV and often times presents their perspective of the same event. Both authors do a good job of presenting new information each time instead of merely repeating the actions of the scene. I cringed during some of the more “romantic” parts, though, because they were way too cheesy and felt contrived. It didn’t bother me at first, but after r
Karen Keyte
“I think that maybe when it comes to love, Eliot and I are the smartest people I know. It’s like we both got to the top of our diving boards and just looked at each other and jumped. And we keep watching each other, enjoying the fall. While everyone else around us is still stuck on their boards or frantically trying to brace themselves for impact.” - Calliope

“This. Us. This is the real deal. If we take care of this, it could be the forever kind of deal.” - Eliot

Until four years ago, Calliope liv
Mar 30, 2007 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fiction
Favorite Quotes:

...I've just noticed a new ice-cream flavor called Chipitty-Dough-Dah. Then I'm imagining the meeting where a bunch of men in suits and ties sat around and tried to come up with that, all the names they might have discarded along the way, and I want to know if they had fun saying Chipitty-Dough-Dah over and over, or was it just another day at the office? Does everyone think that way? I really want to know. And here is the thing...I don't think it matters if it's normal in genera
Mar 12, 2008 Kristina rated it really liked it
“My mother is a wench. It says so on her w-2″ and so starts this quirky novel.

Calliope and her mother are on the move a lot. Her mom makes jewelry which she sells at Renaissance Faires along with serving as a wench. They have a very strained relationship, to say the least. Cal’s mom, Delores, has the tendency to run from things. She packed Cal up a few years back, taking her from her loving father and stable home life. Cal has been taking care of Delores ever since.

Eliot lives with his mom and d
Jul 01, 2008 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
3.5, actually.

"...I've just noticed a new ice-cream flavor called Chipitty-Dough-Dah. Then I'm imagining the meeting where a bunch of men in suits and ties sat around and tried to come up with that, all the names they might have discarded along the way, and I want to know if they had fun saying Chipitty-Dough-Dah over and over, or was it just another day at the office? Does everyone think that way? I really want to know. And here is the thing...I don't think it matters if it's normal in general,
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BRAD BARKLEY, a native of North Carolina, is the author of the novel, Money, Love, a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and a "BookSense 76" choice. Money, Love was named one of the best books of 2000 by the Washington Post and the Library Journal. His novel Alison's Automotive Repair Manual was also a "BookSense 76" selection. His short fiction has appeared in over two dozen ...more
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“Cal: "I'm really sorry, Professor, but how do you explain these ? Swiss Cake Rolls. That doesn't rhyme; it's not cute; it's not childlike. And this is one of our most-respected snack foods, is it not? How is that, Professor? Hmmm?"
Eliot: "Well, isn't it obvious? We trust the Swiss for their ability to engineer things, to build with precision."
Cal: "We do?"
Eliot: "Do I even have to mention Swiss watches? Swiss Army knives? Swiss cheese? If anyone can build a non-threatening, non-lethal snack cake, it's the Swiss. They're neutral, we can trust them not to attack us with trans-fatty acids and sugar. I think you would feel differently if they were German Cake Rolls. North Korean Cake Rolls. I bet you wouldn't eat them."
Cal: "I bet I would.”
“Eliot, huh?" she says. The thin fabric of her long T-shirt brushes my arm. "Is everyone in your family named for a famous symbolist poet?"
No, I'm named for someone who was supposed to be in the Bible but isn't."
No? What happened to him?"
I glance over at her, the way the corner of her mouth turns up, half-smirk, half-smile. Her hair moves as she walks.
He was called to be a disciple, but he had, you know, stuff to do."
Stuff, like...polishing his sandals? Making lunch?"
We keep walking, over the bridge across the lake, past the swings and the playground equipment, just walking.
Exactly. And what about you, everyone in your family named after a...what is it? A keyboard? An organ?"
It's a steam-powered piano. It's also the name of the Greek goddess of poetry. You should read stuff other than chemistry; you'd know these things." Her smirky smile again, her sleeve touching my arm.
I feel like my skin has been removed, every nerve exposed. I open my mouth, and this comes out: "I think you are more goddess than piano." Stupid, stupid.
But she laughs. "You know, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me today."
You don't see too many calliopes," I tell her.
I'm Cal, actually. I mean, that's what I prefer."
I meant the steam don't see too many." She stops and looks at me, full-on, and right away I put it on the list of the best moments in my life.
Until you said that, Eliot, I wasn't fully aware of the demise of the steam piano, so thank you. Really."
I smirk at her and we both fight not to smile. "Okay, smart-ass," I say.”
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