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Hattie Ever After

(Hattie #2)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,217 ratings  ·  604 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 (first published January 1st 2013)
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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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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
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Ann
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
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Zora
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
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Kayla
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Christopher
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
Syuhada
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.”
Audrey
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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
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Phoebe
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
Shelby
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
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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
Susan
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
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Aria
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
And this was a good sequel.
jenn2.0
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.
Faye
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
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Sue
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
Brichimt
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
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!
Ginnie
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.
 Stephanie
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE

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.
Ashley Coberly
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved her Hattie's first story, but the 2nd barely seemed like her. She made choices that didn't seem right for her character. I liked that she worked hard and stayed focused on her goal I just thought she would have gone about it differently
Amelia Kuhn
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-q1
This was a great book, it was a even better that the first one! I learned a lot about Hattie like her personality and her incredible independence and perseverance. This book was great and I reccomend it to anyone.
Lauren
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Jacque
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, but not as good as the first one. I think the first book was so good because it was loosely based on the author’s grandmother’s experience. This was not and the emotional connection was not there.
Ashley Mcnabb
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I personally think the book Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson is an ok book. It is the second book in the Hattie series. For me the book was a little boring. I did not read the first book Hattie Big Sky. Because I did not read it, that is probably part of the reason I thought it was boring, because I didn't understand some of the parts of the book.

This book is set in the past, 1919, with the main character, Hattie who is an orphan because her Uncle Chester left her with the mystery of his death
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Valerie
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg
Hattie Big Sky was a really amazing book, and I was sorry it was over when I read it some years ago. Recently I re-read it for a couple of different reasons; one was that it was recommended as a great example of plot and scene structure in historical fiction for middle grade readers. It certainly is. The other was that the new one was coming out soon, and for a girl who reads as many books for young people as I, I felt that I wanted to refresh my memory about Hattie and who she was before the ne ...more
Kristine
This is such a great book. After Hattie Big Sky, we find that she needs to move on and find another way to make her way in life. The problem? The most obvious, easy solution doesn't feel like the *right* one to her. She feels prompted to move to San Francisco of all places and try her hand at being a newspaper reporter. Say what? Talk about crazy talk! Men are getting back from the war, and sure there is one female reporter, Nelly Bly, that shows a women can be a reporter - but who is Hattie to ...more
Maria Burel
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
Hattie Ever After picks up where Hattie Big Sky left off. Following her dreams, the (almost) fearless Hattie leaves behind the her small town life and finds herself in San Francisco. Here she has her chance to make it big as a newspaper reporter, a dream she's been holding for many years.

But following that dream comes with risks. Will Charlie wait for her? Is she mean to survive in the big city? And what about this woman who claims to have loved her Uncle? Does Hattie owe her any gratitude?

I lov
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Brianna
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Hattie Inez Brooks in Hattie Big Sky. Of course I wanted to know more about her journey after she failed to make good on her claim in Montana, but I also had a healthy dose of skepticism going in. Sequels can be excellent, and they can also be disappointing. I did not want to be disappointed.

Kirby Larson certainly does not disappoint in this terrific follow-up to Hattie Big Sky. Although Hattie is operating in a completely different setting amongst very different types of cha
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Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE--which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a fina ...more

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