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Hattie Ever After

(Hattie #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,619 ratings  ·  649 reviews
After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Press for Young Readers
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Shanna_redwind You could start the series with this book, though the story would be much richer if you read the first book because there will be references to things…moreYou could start the series with this book, though the story would be much richer if you read the first book because there will be references to things that you won't understand. The plot is entirely new, though it does tie back to the first book.(less)

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Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book, and one that will be enjoyed by the many fans of the first Hattie book. I don't think it's as good as the first one, however.

Hattie seemed too young, too naive for her eighteen, especially when after having survived and thrived on the homestead for so long. Yes, that was country life and the city brings with it a different circumstance, and it's not like she wasn't a go-getter who took things into her own hands on multiple occasions, but still. Something I can't quite put my finger
Andrea Cox
This second adventure in the fictional life of Hattie Brooks was an intriguing journey with lots of twists and surprises along the way. This book is sure to keep you guessing with nearly every chapter. I really enjoyed the mystery and nods to the early 1920s (fashion in particular). The sweet author's note, read by the author herself, was interesting and eye-opening about her research and why she wrote this second book in the Hattie series.

Content: profanity (English and French), tobacco product
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought I'd like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. In my opinion, it was better than the first book even. Also, I really liked the setting, as I didn't know much about it, plus it was just cool to begin with. Also, the characters were great. One of the highlights of this book was that we finally got to meet Charlie in person, which I loved. One of my new favorites. ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this. I was predisposed to love this. The first book, if you haven't read it, was a historical YA book about a young woman trying to homestead, alone, at the beginning of WWI. It won the Newberry, and I found it charming and educational, having no idea homesteading lasted that long in the lower 48.

Vague spoilers ahead:

This book follows the same character, older now, to San Francisco after the war, where she tries to start a career as a reporter. The problem with the book is that
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Hattie Big Sky was one of those books that truly surprised me with how much it enveloped me in its world. Historical fiction is truly not my bag (especially middle grade HF) and it blew me away. I started reading Hattie Ever After with high expectations and found myself pleasantly satisfied with the first two thirds of the story, and then it goes downhill quite fast from there. Hattie's accomplishments come off as wild coincidences. Her encounter in the elevator with a very important man made my ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea I started reading this book on the second one. But still i can fathom everything about the story. It was historical fiction book and guess what i really like the language.

“If trusting others was foolish, well, much better to be a fool. If you didn’t trust, didn’t open your heart up to people, to one special person, that was what made you a failure. Not a summer hailstorm. Not a homestead left behind. Not a huckster in the form of a false friend.”
A year after the end of the first book (if not mistaken), Hattie is working at a boardinghouse as a help and finally, she's able to pay the IOU of Uncle Chester. After her writing been published in a small town newspaper, Hattie is dreaming to become a reporter. Out of nowhere an opportunity appear for her to move on from Montana. With a dream as big as the sky, she put aside a marriage proposal to try her luck in San Francisco. Will she be able to achieve it?

I'm struggling to put my feelings in

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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved Hattie Big Sky. By the time, I finished the book, I felt like Hattie was one of my best friends. I was so proud of her and all that she attempted and all that she learned. And then she leaves Vida to start a new chapter.

When I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was thrilled. A little nervous. What would happen to Hattie now? Would our "friendship" still be there? Well, I should never have doubted Hattie or author, Kirby Larson.

Hattie's voice rang clear and true
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
Such a great book. I enjoyed reading this series. I have learned somethings that I did not know about the struggles that had happened in America. I like it when I read books and then after finishing it I learn this that I did not know before. It is always great to learn new things that you never learned before. I did like this one a little bit better because it was more interesting than the first book I thought. I loved the writing and the Historical Fiction story. This is one Historica
Chloe Millar/Angelica Hamilton
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought about not writing this review, then remembered that Emily hates getting "Goodreads notification emails" so figured I better make it happen despite my incredibly busy schedule of doing nothing. This book was perhaps one of the best sequels that I have ever read, simply because it was as equal value to me as the first. I was flying through this book ever so quickly, that is until my English teacher told us to apply our books to the adolescent brain development. As Hattie grew into a youn ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved HATTIE BIG SKY back when I read it in 2006, although the novel left me with two big questions. What was Uncle Chester's back story? What happens to Hattie after her big homesteading adventure? Although I didn't realize it until just a few weeks ago, Kirby Larson actually answered both those questions in HATTIE EVER AFTER, which was published in 2013. 2013! I wish I had known about the sequel when it came out!

At any rate, I enjoyed HATTIE EVER AFTER. Not as much as HATTIE BIG SKY, but sti
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
And this was a good sequel.
From an 11-year-old: This is the kind of book people obsessed with history would love. History classes tell us there were two world wars and that Columbus discovered America but books like Hattie Ever After show us what it was like to be a girl who dreamt of being a reporter in 1919, the most modern style of that time, and other wonderfully interesting things.
Hattie Ever After is a little hard to follow and is full of context clues but there is just enough romance and drama to please me.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nope. Just no. This had none of the charm the first book did. In fact I greatly disliked Hattie in this story. So disappointing. Should’ve just stopped after the first book.
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Kirby Larson's highly acclaimed Hattie Big Sky, delivers with another terrific coming of age tale of chasing dreams.

After losing her Montana farm Hattie moves to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a reporter like her hero, Nellie Bly. But leaving for the big city means putting off her best friend, Charlie's marriage proposal. Will Hattie find a home for her heart in the big city?

It isn't everyday that I find a gem such as Hattie Ever After in the Young Adult section these
3.5 stars. I liked this book but not as much as "Hattie Big Sky" which I think had more emotional depth and stronger surrounding characters. This book begins where the first one leaves off with Hattie working in Great Falls. She wants to be a reporter and eventually gets her chance in San Francisco, where she is challenged by misogyny and a puzzle involving her Uncle Chester. This story of Chester and Ruby Danvers was pretty easy to figure out from the beginning so I found no suspense there, alt ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
In this long awaited sequel to the award winning Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) the story picks up Hattie after she lost her Montana homestead and arrives in San Francisco with hopes of making it as a newspaper reporter. To pay the bills, she takes on several jobs to survive. One of the jobs is as a cleaning lady at the San Francisco Chronicle. This particular job get her inside the building where she discovers the newspaper’s stock of back issues and began looking through them for news on her ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This novel felt so rushed and lacked the appeal of the first book. Everything seems to come a little too easily for Hattie, who turns her back on Charlie to head out to San Francisco in hopes of pursuing a career as a reporter. She manages this goal in a relatively short time despite having no formal schooling, no secretarial skills, and no resources. Her romance with Charlie is the most genuine part of the book, and her tug of war with herself regarding career versus marriage is one many women ...more
Sharon Huether
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Afton Nelson
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Bravo Kirby Larson! A first class read with a very authentic feel. You can tell she did her research on early 1900's San Francisco, airplanes, fashion and the newspaper business. And women! Hattie is so fresh and spunky and honestly believes she can do anything. And she does! Despite having her big heart and her trust violated in "Big Sky" and this book, she doesn't lose her pluck and determination. Way to go Hattie. And way to go Kirby Larson for a fantastic sequel to the Newbery Medal winning ...more
Tenille Shade
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of hope, resilience, and passionate pursuit of dreams. Charlie's final letter made all my previous frustrations melt away. Kirbie Larson shares exquisite writing with us all! ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
After Hattie Big Sky was such an unexpectedly big hit with me, I was really looking forward to Hattie Ever After. It's good, but doesn't have the special magic of the first installment.

Mostly, Hattie Ever After feels a bit scattered. Hattie's working as a maid in Montana, but then she gets a job working as wardrobe mistress for a theater troop so she turns down Charlie and moves to San Francisco. There she tries to get a job as a reporter and becomes caught up with her Uncle's ex-girlfriend. It
In some ways, I enjoyed this one more than Hattie Big Sky. It was a relief to move beyond the sheer exhaustion (and dependence on the weather) of trying to succeed at homesteading. And the flu. And the war.

I like the setting of San Francisco and the Chronicle. I like the woman reporter who supports Hattie.

The Ruby plot was predictable and therefore frustrating. I didn't care about whether or not she found out anything about Uncle Chester. The whole Ruby/Chester thing luring Hattie to San Franci
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This sequel to Hattie Big Sky served to clear up a lot of questions I had from the first book.
It was weird because the first book and rhe sequel have such differing plots and settings. Even the main character was different. She was neive and quick to assume things.

I did enjoy this book, but I didn't love it. At least it ended happily ever after.
Yvonne Reynders
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story dripping with history

A page turner. Though it was no surprise to me that Hattie was being swindled by Ruby. Also, no surprise that she ends up with Charlie. This was an intriguing story dripping with history.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I loved the story, but mostly I loved the authors note at the end when she explained why and how she searched things. The historian & librarian in me loved it!
Jan 26, 2021 added it
Oh my goodness. So good! I loved this book so much!
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could not put this down! If there's another book exploring Hattie's adventures I will read it in a heartbeat! Hattie Ever After had drama, independence, feminism, love, and city-life adventure. It was very well written and had my attention the whole time. Each page had me wanting more. I totally recommend this series.
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