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Samantha Berger is pretty sure that other nice Jewish girls don’t have parents who force them to spend their weekends tromping through the wilds of Ohio in search of Bigfoot. Now, a reality TV show at least makes sense of some of it, holding out the promise of a cash prize big enough to pay for college. The show, however, also pits Samantha against a snotty prep school boy ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Mandy
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).
Krysti
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
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steph
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
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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 characters and
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Maggie
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 ...more
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Annalee
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.
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
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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.
Kati Polodna
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit kooky and silly but still had the basic components of Jane Austen. A unique way to end my reading year!
paula.
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]
Sarah Ressler Wright
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and goofy and a bit of a P&P vibe.
Laura
Got hooked with the word "Sasquatch" and completely reeled in by the Pride and Prejudice retelling and the awesome characters!
Caitlin Christensen
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
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Tessy Fletcher
Feel free to check out my new blog, Between the Lines!

I have a helpful hint for anyone looking for a title for their contemporary/romance YA book, and because I am a good citizen, I have included an easy to follow template! It looks something like this: ”Love and Other ________”. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, you can have another noun in the list, but only up to two items other than love. Forget about coming up with an original title, because apparently every other YA author has.
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Summer
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)
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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
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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 seekers, ...more
Michelle
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
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
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.

BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

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
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Cynthia
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book could have been SO GOOD! COME on, Jane Austen and Sasquatches??? MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!!
...unfortunately, no.

I expected this book to be funny, but also somewhat emotionally deep and interesting. I also expected a lot more plot and less trope. The Pride and Prejudice aspect was definitely there, but the social commentary was weak. Very weak. As someone who can appreciate both the Colin-Firth-diving-into-a-lake side of P&P and the Austen-ian F!CK SOCIETY side, I did not find the
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The Library Lady
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The authors here note in the usual vulgar "let's thank everybody we know" afterward that they are "Janeites." That means they are Jane Austen fan girls, and they seem to have taken a lot of poor Jane's characters for this book. Sort of "Pride and Prejudice and Sasquatch."

There are parallel characters here for everyone from the Bingleys to the Bennetts, to Mr Wickham and Mr Darcy--the Darcy character even has an English accent, though he is Anglo Indian for diversity's sake. There's even an evil
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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 ...more
Megg
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-library
Whether you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, reality tv or Big Foot, or none of the above, this book is a great read! Equal parts funny, nerdy and sweet (but thankfully, not too sweet). Fans of Pride and Prejudice will definitely see the parallels, but those who aren't familiar with Jane Austen won't feel left out of some inside joke. Amateur cryptozoologists will enjoy the sasquatch hunting details, and anyone who's ever seen an episode of The Bachelor will appreciate the behind the scenes ...more
Linda
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
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John Clark
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Samantha is the family caretaker in a really unusual constellation. Mom and Dad are Sasquatch fanatics-hunters of same, even though they live in Ohio (not exactly the wilds of America). She watches and worries over Sophie, her quiet and extra nice sister who is prone to illness thanks to her asthma. She worries almost as much, but has to be careful not to seem too controlling, over her hormone raging youngest sister Lyssa. Then, there are her parents-still lovebirds, but not particularly worldly ...more
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
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Heather
DNF At 33%.

I tried to push through, I really did. But honestly there was a bit too much girl-on-girl hate and all of the characters were too trope-y. Plus, I could never get over the feeling that the authors had a checklist of minorities they were trying to add. Like, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE when everyone gets represented, but it didn’t feel like it added anything to the book, and I really felt like the characters could have all been CIS and it wouldn’t have made a difference, which I didn’t
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Lorraine McCullough
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Samantha and her family are on an adventurous quest to locate Bigfoot while filming for a reality television show. The cash prize entices her family to go on this journey in hopes of reliving some accumulated debt. With that knowledge in mind, Samantha tries to go into this exaggerated trip with a positive attitude. That becomes a challenge when Samantha meets a rich and snobby boy, and the cameras end up pinning them against each other. To make matters worst, the two of them end up stranded ...more
Jen
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love about Sasquatching, reality tv and a nod to other literary greats?

This book was incredibly easy to read. I found myself picking it up while wandering around the house any time I had a spare 5 minutes. The characters were well developed, and you felt connected to each of them as the story went on. I particularly loved all the British jargon that was tossed in by Devan. I'm a sucker for a British accent too. Thoughtful, funny, quirky and bit nerdy -- just the right combination!
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