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Heaven to Betsy

(Betsy-Tacy #5)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  5,544 ratings  ·  241 reviews
High School is Heaven. It's Betsy Ray's freshman year at Deep Valley High School, and she and her best childhood chum, Tacy Kelly, are loving every minute. Betsy and Tacy find themselves in the midst of a new crowd of friends, with studies aplenty (including Latin and--ugh--algebra), parties and picnics galore, Sunday night lunches at home--and boys!

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Hardcover, 268 pages
Published 1945 by Thomas Y. Crowell Company
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Emma I think my mom read this aloud to me when I was 8 or 9 years old, and I had no trouble understanding it and there is nothing inappropriate in the seri…moreI think my mom read this aloud to me when I was 8 or 9 years old, and I had no trouble understanding it and there is nothing inappropriate in the series as a whole.(less)

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Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I love Betsy and the Rays and the world of Deep Valley! I am discovering them for the first time as an adult and, while part of me is sad I missed out on counting Betsy as a book-chum all these years (I know I would have found her such a kindred spirit in my own teen years), I'm also very glad to be discovering these books at this time in my life -- it is such a joy and a relief from some of the difficult realities in my life right now to slip into Betsy's world of youthful joy ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
With every book my love for this series grows. I love Betsy (even if she IS rather boy crazy in this one) and I love her family and I love her friendship with Tacy. It’s all just so lovely.
Emilia P
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books
This book is just fine. But there's too much change! Ah!
First of all, Betsy moves! And then, because of that...

My main qualm is that there is way way way too much boy-stuff and not NEARLY enough Tacy. In fact, since Tacy isn't boy crazy she ends up on the periphery of pretty much all the goings on of freshman year. And in turn, I ended up resenting every other girl introduced in this book. In short: screw you, Bonnie and Carney. Give me back my Tacy. ASAP. Also, it was clear all along what a bad
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I remember well how appalled I was on first reading this seventeen years ago (at age 30). Betsy had turned boy-crazy and the new illustrator made all the characters look like vacuous dolls. I recovered from these twin blows enough to persevere with the series, and even managed to enjoy it, especially the later books, which were the only ones I reread.

Still, it's been a surprise, a very nice one, to reread the books now, after letting them lie fallow for a good long time, and to find I appreciate
Beth Bonini
The Betsy-Tacy series was one of my 'comfort read' mainstays when I was growing up, but it has been many years since I had last read the older high school books. Over the next six weeks, I plan on rereading the last six books of the series: starting with this chronicle of Betsy's freshman year in high school and concluding with Betsy's Wedding.

Let me just say this: I've read literally hundreds of YA books (both contemporary and classic) in the last decade. A small percentage of them feature hap
Ms. B
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Update 4/10/20 - (view spoiler) During the current pandemic, rereading this was like eating a favorite comfort food. I loved the closeness of Betsy's family, the exploration of religion and spirituality, and the little details M ...more
Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the first book in the series of "older" Betsy even though it is actually the 5th book in the series. Heaven to Betsy is one of the most characteristic of this loved series. If you haven't read any of the others, you'd still enjoy it! Betsy and Tacy enter the wider world of the Deep Valley High School, the "Crowd," sings around Julia's piano, fudge, Heinz's . . . full of gentle humor, vivid characterization, and affection. It's Betsy Ray's freshman year at Deep Valley High School, and she ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed the First Four Betsy-Tacy Books
Recommended to Abigail by: Lots of Friends
In a bittersweet moment at the close of Heaven to Betsy, Betsy reflects on her childhood home on Hill Street, which she was loathe to leave, and which now seems to belong wholly to the past: "And yet, even as she spoke, she knew that she did not wish to come back, not to stay, not to live. She loved the little yellow cottage more than she loved any place on earth, but she was through with it except in her memories." That sense, of leaving behind childish things, is continually evoked in this, Ma ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reads
When I first joined goodreads I added most of this series as the omnibus editions, even though I did not read them that way. Every time I remember that it bothers me, and I'm FINALLY fixing it.

I honestly can't remember my childhood without reading Betsy-Tacy. I keep thinking I didn't read her high school years until I was older, but actually... I must've been 11 or 12. And I didn't stop re-reading them for years. As a pre-teen, I considered myself an amalgamation of Betsy and Tacy. I didn't have
emma grace
Probably my 15th time reading this book...never gets old 😊
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I was going to give this three stars, until I remembered that I gave Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown four stars. Then I remembered that we were introduced to Joe Willard in this book, so I said "screw it" and lobbed on another star.

It gets a bit exhausting to read pages and pages of how Maud Hart Lovelace based every single thing that happened in the Betsy books on aspects of her own life, which is something I am treated to every single time I finish one of these books. She is definitely bragging
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Might be more engrossing to a middle-grade reader, but considering that it was full of freshman hijinks and social events for 14-year-olds, it was much too long for me. Wouldn't have minded if it had been short like the preceding books. I did like the sisterly bond that grew and strengthened between Betsy and Julia.
J. Boo
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to eventually follow, but for now I am just adding the note that Lovelace's characters think Helen's Babies is hilarious. I agree with them. ...more
Lisa Vegan
I’ve been afraid to read/re-read this, and I procrastinated for a long time. I loved the first four books so much. I have a memory of reading this and Betsy in Spite of Herself when I was young (the only two in this series I knew about and read) and I never re-read them or searched out other companion books so I’m thinking I only liked them at best, and at worst thought they were just okay, and didn’t really like or love them. I didn’t remember this as I was reading so I’m treating reading this ...more
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
7/2-2015 stet

9/2012 Lovelace is such a good writer. I did not notice the artfulness when I was a child reading these books, I only knew I loved them.

12/2009 Is it monotonous to start all my BT reviews with "I love this book"? Well, too bad, I LOVE this book. It's extremely well-written, but that's not why I love it. I don't think I even noticed it was made of words till I was out of my own teens.

Betsy is a freshman at Deep Valley High School, and in this eventful year she goes through some ver
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book about Betsy's freshman year in high school. She is a bit boy-crazy, but it is old-fashioned-innocent boy-craziness. The biggest problem for me is the use of a ouiji board. At that time, it was considered an innocent parlor game, but I think much of the time people aren't aware that something popular and seemingly "innocent" actually can be quite dangerous. However, I think this is a good way to introduce this topic to your girl and discuss choices we make. Betsy has a great rel ...more
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovelace did a tremendous job in transitioning the books from Betsy's childhood years to her high school ones. Also, as I amor Tony, I have to recommend the book since it is when he is introduced.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Re-read 1/08 (well, I've re-read this book TONS of times, but now I'm going to start keeping track here, I think).

Re-read 4/11.

Re-read 7/12.
Re-read 9/13.
Re-read 10/16.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I had actually read this one before and I learned this one was kept outta libraries because Betsy and Julia converting from Baptist to Episcopalian was considered CONTROVERSIAL.
Logan Hughes
This fifth book in the Betsy-Tacy series is the first of Betsy's high school years, which are AMAZING. As charmed as I am by the books about her childhood, her high school years are my #1 favorite comfort reading. Each high school year gets its own book, and they each weave fun slice-of-life incidents skillfully into a separate lesson for each year. Although Betsy, like her author Maud, attended high school a hundred years ago, from 1906-1910, her experiences ring just as true (or truer!) for me ...more
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
This Betsy-Tacy book turned out to be a slog for me. It was filled with parties and shallow flirting, both of which I find tedious and boring, in life and in books. So I just yawned through the whole book and couldn't wait to get to the end. Knowing Betsy as well as I do, I'm quite sure that she's not a shallow person. She's simply going through a shallow phase (as most 14-year-olds do) and I still have high hopes for the rest of the series.
Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
I didn't like this book as much as the others. Firstly because I don't like romance and this book was basically about crushes. Secondly because Tacy was barely in it. She was there at the beginning but then mostly fell out and when she did appear it had a different theme than the rest of the book. I was happy to see more of Betsy and Julia's relationship though.
Not my favorite in the series. It was sad to jump from being a sweet little girl to a boy crazy young lady so quickly but I guess everyone grows up sometime. I did not agree with some of the choices Betsy made in this part of her life. I enjoyed her reflections about things at the end of the book and am still excited to keep reading about her growing up adventures.
Liz F.
This was a super fun book! :D I say this every single time I read a book from this series, but I'll say it again: I think this book is my favorite so far!

4.5 stars! Would recommend for 12+
Kati Polodna
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betsy’s growing up and paying attention to boys! Loved that.
t a n y a
Ok, this is my favorite in the series so far! HEAVEN TO BETSY is such a gem. This is the 5th book in the Betsy Tacy series where the girls enter High School, which is "Heaven" to Betsy. We see Betsy and her "crowd" age and mature as the story progresses. She experiences a lot of change in this installment as well as makes new friends and discovers crushes and love. There are parties and endless reasons for friends to visit the Ray household; the family has a new live-in housekeeper/cook named An ...more
Matthew Hunter
Both daughter and Dad were less enchanted with Heaven to Betsy. We both missed the illustration style of Lois Lenski. Vera Neville's work is polished, like something out of the New Yorker. It's difficult to tell one character from another in the drawings. Maybe Lenski's drawings better conveyed the childhood innocence of the pre-teen phase. Now that Betsy, Tacy and the group are in high school, their lives require a more refined illustration style. Whatever the case, Siggy was disappointed, as w ...more
Maud Hart Lovelace is one of my all-time comfort authors. I discovered the Betsy-Tacy books when I was high school, so I never read the younger books - I just stuck with the older ones, which follow Betsy through high school into her world travels and then marriage.

Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly met at Betsy's 5th birthday party and have been best friends ever since. They live in the picturesque small town Deep Valley, Minnesota in the early 1900s (high school class 1910). Part of the charm of these b
Kristin Nelson
I liked Betsy better when she was younger and having different kinds of adventures. Plus Tib has moved and Tacy isn't around much. Years ago when I stopped reading these books to my little girls I thought it was because Betsy was in high school and my girls were so young, but maybe I was just bored with Betsy. I'm curious to see what I will think of the 6th book.
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Maud Hart Lovelace was born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota. She was the middle of three children born to Thomas and Stella (Palmer) Hart. Her sister, Kathleen, was three years older, and her other sister, Helen, was six years younger. “That dear family" was the model for the fictional Ray family.

Maud’s birthplace was a small house on a hilly residential street several blocks above Mankat

Other books in the series

Betsy-Tacy (10 books)
  • Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy, #1)
  • Betsy-Tacy and Tib (Betsy-Tacy, #2)
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Betsy-Tacy, #3)
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (Betsy-Tacy, #4)
  • Betsy in Spite of Herself (Betsy-Tacy, #6)
  • Betsy Was a Junior (Betsy-Tacy, #7)
  • Betsy and Joe (Betsy-Tacy, #8)
  • Betsy and the Great World (Betsy-Tacy, #9)
  • Betsy's Wedding (Betsy-Tacy, #10)

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