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It's the trip of a lifetime. Betsy Ray, 21 years old, is heading off for a solo tour of Europe. From the moment she casts off, her journey is filled with adventure—whether she's waltzing at the captain's ball, bartering for beads in Madeira, or sipping coffee at a bohemian cafe in Munich.

It's rich fodder for a budding young writer, and Betsy's determined to make the most o
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Hardcover, 305 pages
Published December 31st 1969 by Thomas Y. Crowell (first published 1952)
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Julie
Betsy and I are fighting right now. You see, I just can't forgive her for lousing it up with Joe. Of course we all know it'll work out right in the end because, in the words of that annoying girl from Sleepless in Seattle they're "MFEO." But for now, I call you out Betsy Ray. You have permission to do the same for me when I inevitably make my own romantic blunders. That is, you could, if you were a real person. Who would probably be dead from old age by now. Regardless.

I'm also fighting with Joe
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Anne
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Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have to say that this is probably my least favorite of the series. I still love it, but there are things lacking such as all the fun surrounding the "crowd" and Betsy's beloved Deep Valley. That being said, it's still a great book and a must read. At twenty-one, Betsy is on the verge of a great adventure. She embarks on a tour of Europe - when Europe was a new horizon for a young writer to see. Betsy soon discovers that she is growing up (she is courted by a dashing Italian during her trip abr ...more
Melody
09/2012 Wendy asked me to review this from the point of view of someone without a passport, so...
I love visiting pre-WWI Europe with Betsy, much the way I love visiting pre-WWII Greece with Gerald Durrell. I think that I will never see post WWII anything save the US, and it does make me sad, though I do think I get as much out of reading as a lot of people get out of actually being there.

I love Betsy here although her dependence on men (any man! the passing man, the friendly nephew of the house
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Marcy Wynhoff
"After Commencement Day, the World!" Joe said. "With Betsy."
Oops. Joe forgot about Betsy being a flirt,(enter new guys)and about Betsy's social distractions.
Dropping out of college to travel made this a wonderful book..a look at Europe in the early 1900's before the War. Traveling alone around N.Africa, middle east and Europe was a brazen thing for a young lady to do even if she had escorts in place. The only thing that made Tib not being a part of this due to marriage and baby tolerable is that
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Heidi
Love-hate relationship is too strong a phrase for this book. How about love-annoyed? Then again, I seem to have had that with Betsy all along in the series. The annoyed part was related to the male aspect. Again, that seems to be a trend. Yet it was a very good growing up part for Betsy and I think these were some of the greatest lessons in that area she has gained in the series. (I suppose that is like life for us, though--we learn more in various areas as we get older and have more experiences ...more
Sab
We skip two years before this book begins, during which time Betsy went to University, hated it, dropped out, and lost touch with Joe when he went off to Harvard. And so, Bob Ray being the kind father that he is, offers a "snoggestion" that Betsy take some time to explore Europe.

So this book differs from the rest of the series, set alternately on an ocean liner across the Atlantic, in Italy, in Munich, in Paris, and in London. Betsy makes friends, falls in love with an Italian musician, socializ
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Susann
Jan 21, 2013 Susann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with wanderlust
Shelves: the-tomes, re-read
Still haven't been to Venice, but I re-read this while in Rome.

5-14-2009 review:
Oh how I love this book. I re-read it in preparation for my trip to (part of) the Great World. I especially love it because Betsy travels alone, something that I enjoy very much. Maud gives us everything with this one: the joys and frustrations of travel; culture & geography lessons; ROMANCE; yearnings for a bath; exciting news from a far-away friend. Not to mention the foreshadowing of the Great War and, oh, did
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Jessica Robinson
Betsy travels around and finds out that people around the world are not so different after all (so long as they're white and friendly). Joe is mad at her for some reason (I think she talked too much to a guy while Joe was at another school or something). Betsy meets an exciting, loving Italian guy that wants to give up everything to marry her but it's got to be Joe so screw that guy. This book feels really different from the other books in the series, which has its pros and cons. It skips some t ...more
Ms. B
This was the one I wasn't interested in when I was a young teen because I thought what could be more boring than to read about someone's trip around the world? Plus, there would be no Tacy nor Tib. Then, I got older and read this. I adored it in my twenties.
Betsy drops out of college and travels Europe for a year. College hadn't really changed in the last 80 + years.Dropping out of college for lack of interest in academics. Traveling Europe before settling down.
Upon this most recent reread, I
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Lawrence
"Betsy and the Wide World" is not one of Ms. Lovelace's finest. The reason: After Betsy's absence from a couple of the intervening Deep Valley books, she returns to the scene essentially unchanged from what she was in high school. And even after her European tour described in this Wide World book, she remains unchanged. I am sorry to conclude that, to me, Betsy is an unlikeable and boring girl. She was more interesting when her age was in the single digits.

In Betsy and the Great World, we dive w
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Danielle Lentz
I love all "The Betsy" stories. I especially enjoyed this one because it was a completely new adventure for Betsy. She was on her own and discovering and seeing new things and meeting so many new and interesting people. Her world was broadening through travel. I love the fact that it was sort of a travelogue but yet we still had the Betsy of old with her wonderful sense of adventure. This of course gave Betsy plenty of material and experiences to write about in her future stories It's frightenin ...more
Peggy
This is the ninth book in a ten book series. I never heard of these books when I was young. I read every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on but the Betsy-Tacy series wasn't on my radar.
The foreword is written by Anna Quindlen of the NY Times who loved these books as a child and the back cover has a quote from Bette Midler who seems to feel the same way.
I felt the main character, Betsy, didn't have a believable life or realistic view of the world. Then I read the author's bio at the end of the bo
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Marie
Apr 13, 2012 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics, Children's, Fans of Little House on the Prairie, Fans of Anne of Green Gables
Recommended to Marie by: Heather Vogel Frederick
This is the only Betsy-Tacy book I didn't give 5 stars to. This book was definitely different than the others. I bet lots of people were definitely dissapointed by this book, but it brings a lot of reality to the series. Main point: The realism in this book will lead to dissapointment by fans.

Reality: Since this series was written closely based on Maud's real life, a lot of realistic components of life's journey went into this series. Most authors would never create a story where the protagonist
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kris
This was a...difficult book for me to read. A lot of it hit really, awkwardly close to home: the sensation of restlessness Betsy felt at the U; the homesickness while abroad; the yearning for something that might have already been lost; the self-discovery that creeps up on you when you're in a strange, new place--I've known all those feelings.

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Emily
Aug 08, 2013 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
I love the Betsy Tacy series. The books are some of my most loved of all time. They are like home to me. However, while throughout this book we do see Betsy grow and get to enjoy all the famous cities with her, I feel that this book wasn't really needed in the series. In a way it should be in the series but also it could easily be summed up quickly in a paragraph and the story could move along to its obvious ending- Betsy is going to marry her high school sweetheart. This book is still good and ...more
Andree
I enjoyed it. I didn't love it. The ending was the best part for me. It's not that it wasn't good, but I was more interested in Betsy's brief references to other characters than in what she was doing. I feel like this is a book you like more if either A) you haven't read the others in the series, and so don't have the problem of caring about the other characters too much or B) you've already read "Betsy's Wedding," and therefore appreciate this one more as a part of the whole. This is just my th ...more
Sheila
My daughter and I started reading the Betsy-Tacy books together when she was about eight years old. We both loved them! However, when Betsy entered high school and became 'boy crazy' she completel lost interest. Well, now that she is in high school herself, we decided to pick up where we left off. We are enjoying reading about Betsy's adventures now as much as we ever did (although yes, she is definitely still boy crazy!). This one is quite a bit different from the others, since Betsy is out see ...more
Staci
This chapter in Betsy's adventures is just as charming and winning as the rest. Betsy travels the world in this book, and her discoveries of Europe feel just as fresh and exciting as those made by a young person traveling in foreign lands today. I am always struck by how timeless Betsy's growing up experiences are. Sure, she is growing up in a much more innocent time, but the same concerns are still there and they resonate with the reader…no dystopia needed! I'll take this idyll any day!
Melee
Though the descriptions of Betsy's travels are intoxicating, this was always my least favourite Betsy-Tacy book. Why? The absence of Joe, of course. He and Betsy are estranged the whole book, until a telegram at the end. Let's face it, once Betsy is in highschool, Joe is one of the most important characters! I always felt his absence very strongly in this story.
(And something interesting I didn't really realize till this year is that in many of the Betsy-Tacy books, a surprising number of drama
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Karlie
This was a really slow read for me. I finally got sick and tired around the middle of the book of Betsy being depressed because she was homesick, and all the places she visited started to run together, so I just skimmed and flipped pages without even reading them until I got to like twenty pages or so from the end. It finally got interesting. Those last twenty pages are the only reason I gave this book 3 stars. I like the rest of the books better, especially the ones that take place on hill stre ...more
Kricket
i guess i understand that MHL couldn't write about EVERY year in betsy's life because the series would have been endless. but i'm disappointed to have missed the college years. it sounds like a lot of exciting stuff happened- tacy got married, julia got married, betsy joins a sorority and breaks up with joe (BETSY YOU FOOL) to date a silly frat boy...on the other hand, maybe i don't want to read about that in too much detail. in fact i was so upset when i found this out i didn't think i could go ...more
Jael
I enjoyed this one more than "Betsy In Spite of Herself" for two reasons: firstly, there was a nice rehash of recent events at the beginning to clear up what was going on with each character. Secondly, it was quite a travelogue, which I liked. It was a little odd on the basis of being really only Betsy, with not much interaction with previously important characters. But I liked it.

I think it could have used a little more meat to it, though. She seemed to skim through all the adventures pretty qu
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Becca
Rereading this series for the bazillionth time. But not in order. These are amazing YA books, with a heroine from the early 20th century who pursues her passion for writing and isn't held down by her gender. So awesome.
Emilia P
Oh man, Betsy.
I am currently in the Great World right now, so it was really nice to read about you being in the Great World. A lack of access to baths, packs of letters from home. Friends and strangers. Paramours! Royalty! Just narrowly avoiding World War! I thought this book did a lovely job of capturing the thrill of travel and homesickness and how they can coexist and persist through the months -- and how life doesn't stop at home just because you're gone. And -- spoiler-- Joe's telegram made
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Christine
I loved reading about Betsy's Grand Tour, on the cusp of World War I. The homesickness, the new friends, the thrill of getting to know a strange city (or three), and of course, the presents!
Donna T
This book sparked my interest in history, especially pre WW1. I related a lot of Upstairs Downstairs & Downton Abbey to what-Betsy-was-doing-at-that- time.
Shelley
8-25-08: I think this book, above all others, shows Maud's writing ability. She made all those cities on Betsy's trip come alive in ways few could match - it was like being able to travel by sea to wander around Munich, Oberammergau and Venice right with Betsy. I barely even missed the Crowd.

Except Tacy, of course. Poor Betsy - she seemed really staggered by the changes at home, not the least of which was Tacy's marriage. And Julia's! It would have been wonderful to see Betsy and Tacy traveling
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Kathleen
Loved it, perhaps more than the books set in Betsy's high school. In this volume, Betsy travels the world and learns so much about politics and how people are same/different everywhere. I love this family--they are a perfect model of progressive relationships and compassion. Yes, they are more privileged than, say, the Ingalls family, but they are a wonderful example of what American girls could become in the early 20th century. I love also that all the choices are represented in the different k ...more
Nicola
I want to go travelling around Europe now! I loved this one, although it was bittersweet knowing what was to come with the war. I miss Tacy though, other characters too but especially Tacy.
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“Betsy. The great war is on but I hope ours is over. Please come home. Joe.” 12 likes
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