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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,646 ratings  ·  242 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
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.
Laurin Peets
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.
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
Emily Durrant
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
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

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
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
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
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
Angela (:
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.

I seem to love books by Brad Barkley and Heather Helper. The first book i read by them was "Dream Factor" a few years ago and i loved it. I also really like this book.

This book is really well written and the character's are believable. Some problems though are the obvious "Love at first sight" theme. That was not really that believable, especially with it being 15 year olds. But it was done in a very cute way so i guess thats forgiven. Another problem is some of the writing wasn't consistent and
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 :)
This story is set in Asheville and I felt like the authors write in a vaguely poetic, skirting the actual point but making it so that I totally got what they meant anyway style that really works for my brain.
Made me feel good.

"You don't have to be beautiful to be seen, you just have to be seen as beautiful by someone, by one person. ...when the person you had to catch you at the bottom is no longer there, is off doing other stuff, and their promise becomes a kind of lie, and lying is the worst
Charlou Lunsford
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.
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.
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kinda weird. the writers are a little too wordy at times, but i thought it was nice.
I love this book. I'm re-reading it and it's really sweet.
Calliope has spent the last few years of her life feeling like a nomad, roaming across the country with her artist mother, living in tents at Renaissance Faires while her mother sells jewelery and works as a serving wench. She rarely has contact with her father, and struggles with her familial relationships throughout the novel.

Eliot is slowly drowning in a sea of commercialized Godliness. His father is a famous evangelist who focuses his preachings on weight loss, and who has turned their home
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
“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
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
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,
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
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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Helper is about two teenagers named Calliope and Eliot who fall in love during the Summer. Callipoe, a 15 year old girl who moves around with her mom all the time, never staying a place for more than a few months meets Eliot, a 15 year old boy whose dad sole purpose is to spread the name of Jesus to people who are trying to lose weight. As the days go by, Callipoe and Eliot just want to spend all of their time with each other. But o
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Not too much to say about this book, other than the fact that I finished it, line by line.

The scenes were very developed and the whole thought of tying in the title into the book was very craft, but I think that the authors needed to develop the reasoning behind it.

The characters were also very good, and had unique voices. What I think needed more work was Phi. We need more details and characterizations behind who he is, because I don't get how he's all too conceited. Cal's mom is also going to
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
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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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