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Carpe Diem

By: Autumn Cornwell
Narrated by: Lynde Houck
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“I’ve got my entire life planned out for the next 10 years - including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize,” claims 16-year-old overachiever Vassar Spore, the daughter of overachiever parents, who named her after an elite women’s college. Vassar expects her sophomore summer to include both AP and AAP (Advanced Advanced Placement) classes. Surprise! Enter a world-traveling relative who sends her plans into a tailspin when she blackmails Vassar’s parents into forcing their only child to backpack with her through Southeast Asia. On a journey from Malaysia to Cambodia to the remote jungles of Laos, Vassar is faced with things she isn’t prepared for - adventure, danger, a Malaysian cowboy-slash-bodyguard her own age - and in learning to “live in the moment” uncovers a family secret that turns her world upside-down. Vassar Spore can plan on one thing: She’ll never be the same again.

©2008 Autumn Cornwell (P)2008 Listening Library

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The story would be better if the narrator was different

I couldn’t stand the narrator. Too sing-songy in places, pronunciations were weird sometimes, and the accents were terrible. The way she did the voice of Hanks was so bad that I really hoped he wasn’t a big part of the story (he was). Story was ok, but mawkish at times.