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Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Um, did anyone really think this wouldn't be less than five stars from me? It's kind of 4.5, BUT I DONT EVEN CARE. So much Sasquatch love...I do mean Wood Ape. But seriously, sooooooooo cute. And sooooo much Bigfoot. *still squealing forever*

Review coming sooner to the release date, yeti or not (which is my new favorite catchphrase ever).
Betsy Aldredge
Apr 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Please note that my 10 year old went on and rated my book 5 stars from my own Goodreads account. It's so embarrassing but I can't figure out how to delete it. Lol.

P.S. she hasn't even read the book.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are so many things about this book that I just absolutely loved! First of all, I’m a huge Jane Austen fangirl, and Pride and Prejudice is, of course, my favorite of her books. So any retelling is bound to pique my interest. I also really enjoy books that poke a bit of fun at reality television. So combine those two elements in a setting that is truly unique and absolutely hilarious, and you have a recipe for a novel that is guaranteed to be a good time.

There are certainly some parts of thi
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Raise your hand if you love Pride and Prejudice. Raise your other hand if you need a Sasquatch-themed YA in your life. Both hands proudly in the air? Then this one's for you. Alderdge and DuBois-Shaw have created a fantastic, funny heroine that you can't help but relate to. Even if your family doesn't hunt Sasquatches (sorry, Wood Apes) everyone has their embarrassing family secret that can fill that spot. Also, can we talk about the Mr. Darcy character? Devan is a dream and a half. Talk about s ...more
DNF @50%. Oh book, I had such high hopes for you.

I initially started this book greatly enjoying Samantha and her family. I loved that this was a mash up of P&P involving Bigfoot and a reality tv show. I was willing to suspend belief just because the synopsis sounded great and I always get a kick out of fun Austen adaptations. Unfortunately, the execution felt short of the premise. I just couldn't get into any of the characters in this book. There was so many of them and they were all doing diff
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.5 Stars
Did you ever stop to think that maybe Bigfoot doesn't believe in you either?
There was this lightheartedness and overdramatic cheesyness that worked worked perfectly together to create a humorous quick read. The reality tv drama mixed with all things Bigfoot were so ridiculous, but it worked for the story. I also really liked the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. They added to the atmosphere and kept reading the story fun. Unfortunately, I didn't like any of the charac
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Michelle Hauck
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
The re-imagined cast of Pride and Prejudice hunting for Sasquatch on a reality show! This book was every bit as funny as I thought it would be with plenty of heartwarming family time thrown in for good measure. A fun read.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! It was not what I expected but it was still awesome!!! For a longer review go to Buttons Book Reviews.
Melia Stamps
Mar 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
The idea itself had potential, but the craft of the writing didn't follow through. The narrator seemed constantly judgemental of every other character, and while that can be an interesting trait to be explored, her judgement seemed confirmed as all side characters were rather shallow and one dimensional. Samantha was mean and never asked to question her venom.
As a Pride and Prejudice retelling, it keeps some basic plot elements but misses the character growth and change of heart that Austen mad
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sasquatch + reality TV + Pride and Prejudice is not a combination I’d have ever thought of, but it ... actually worked really well? Cute, lots of fun, great character dynamics.
Literary Strawberry
Actual rating: 3.5

Basically Pride and Prejudice but with Bigfoot and reality TV.

And when I say basically, I mean this is an /actual literal/ retelling. A poor and socially embarrassing family; a sweet, kindhearted older sister who tries to see the good in everyone; a sharp-tongued second oldest, our protagonist; a wild, boy-crazy younger sister (I suppose Kitty and Mary were taken out to make things simpler); a Perfectly Nice Guy who has a thing for the older sister; a Snobby Rich Socially Awkw
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
this was funny
and weird
and lovely

[Read #3 for Booktube-A-Thon: read a book with green on the cover]
Got hooked with the word "Sasquatch" and completely reeled in by the Pride and Prejudice retelling and the awesome characters! ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
2.5 star**

This could definitely fall under the category of cute, quick reads, but I would say that it covers anything else.
The characters were nice, but there could have been so much more depth to them. You barely get introduced and its he end of the book. I think that the authors were trying to include so many diverse characters that they all ended up being flat.
The cast included:
-autistic female assistant
-adopted siblings [from mixed races]
- a british indian boy whose parents are in the middl
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I was disappointed. Maybe it was a misunderstanding but I thought there was going to be some kind of romance with Sasquatch. I'm not weird or anything. Novels have romances with vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Frankly, a romance with Sasquatch would have been more interesting than the teens' romances. They were all kind of blah.

Sasquatch, etc. was way over the top on my smirk-o-meter. Why do most YAs have to sound alike? The characters smirk their way through the books. Here's the othe
Rebecca Veight
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A family of Big Foot searchers are about to take part in the new show Myth Gnomers. Our protagonist who is already embarrassed by her family's "hobby" unwillingly takes part.

Like the Sasquatch entailed quotes at the beginning of the chapters.

Samantha's humorous, sometimes snarky POV is a joy to read. Highly quotable funny lines. The characters grab your attention from their first appearance and each have their individuality presented easily and seamlessly.

The antagonism between Samantha and Deva
Caitlin (thebookshire)
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars

This is a hard one for me to review. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVED the premise. A sasquatch-hunting reality show? A snarky protagonist who isn’t afraid to speak her mind but is secretly a giant softie? An Indian-British love interest? Sign me up! On the other hand, I thought the plot was a tad bit too slow for me, and I just wanted a little bit more.

I think, in the end, I definitely leaned in the like side of the spectrum. The characters are very cute, and the relationship betwee
Cindy Mooney
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This super cute YA contemporary was just what I needed right now.
Other reviews mention that this is a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling, but I've never read the classic so it didn't have any affect on my enjoyment.
The Berger family is from Ohio. They've fallen on hard times and are about to lose their house, when they enter a reality tv show to compete against 3 private school students to find evidence of a sasquatch. Sam's family definitely has more out doors experience and knowledge of th
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult one for me. It wasn't wacky enough to be super-fun, but not serious enough to play on my emotions. The main character, too, seemed to be confused about what she was . . . a kick-ass feminist? A smart girl? A lovesick teen? A pariah? ...more
Kati Polodna
A bit kooky and silly but still had the basic components of Jane Austen. A unique way to end my reading year!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Rated a teen book, more of a middle school. Repetitive, predictable.
Sarah Ressler Wright
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and goofy and a bit of a P&P vibe.
Tessy Fletcher
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most unique premises for a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

Samantha (a.k.a. Elizabeth Bennett) and her family take part in a reality show competition versus three students from a prep school, including Devon (a.k.a. Mr. Darcy), each attempting to prove that Sasquatches exist. Sam’s family need the prize money to pay their bills, while the students are under pressure from their school to make their institution look good.

This book is mostly on the fluffier side (which suited the story)
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book went on vacation with me this summer. It was the perfect poolside read — not too serious, but interesting enough to keep my attention despite the noise from splashing, squealing kids. My children thought I was crazy when I brought the book into the pool….it was too hot to sit out, but I couldn’t stop reading!

The three sisters in this story follow clearly defined personality profiles that don’t always match up with traditional birth order stereotypes. The main character, Sam, is the midd
Amy Layton
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a pleasant read, and oddly a very emotional one for me, too.  I felt the need to tell my aunt about every chapter along the way.  Which, those of you who know me, will know exactly why I can't do that.  But, despite starting every chapter with a round of melancholy, each chapter ended with me laughing, feeling rebellious, and wondering whether Sasquatch really does exist or not.  Before each chapter is a quotation from some character important in the book's realm of Sasquatch seeke ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. At first, I thought it was just because I was re-watching (view spoiler) that the characterizations of the Berger sisters seemed so familiar. After all, those are pretty common sibling tropes. Then, the names started appearing: Caroline Bing, Netherfield Academy...and the recognizable story beats followed. Suddenly, I found myself facing the truth: I was reading a Pride and Prejudice adaptation and, as I would learn, not a v ...more
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Sasquatch, Love and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw, 270 pages. Simon Pulse, 2017. $18.

Content: Language: R (106 swears; 6 “f” substitutes); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G.



Samantha’s parents have been searching for Sasquatches throughout her life, so when they are invited to a reality TV series to track down Sasquatches the whole Berger family goes. Samantha loves her family but is embarrassed about th
Toya Taylor
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG....I loved this book. Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things is about a family, The Berger's, who enter into a reality TV competition about the hunt for Sasquatch/Bigfoot. The main character Sam aka Samantha finds out on the ride to the competition that her family is about to lose their family home. Sam puts away the thought of being embarrassed by her family and puts everything into focusing on winning the huge money prize. At first she think she has the whole thing in the bag after se ...more
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