I absolutely adored Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, to which this book is a sequel. And a very worthy sequel! Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft have done it again, and created a wonderfully inspiring novel sure to captivate readers.
In Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, Harper, Sophie, Becca, and Kate, four best friends from Boulder, Colorado, decided to spend the year after they graduated from high school following their dreams. Becca went to college but was given the extra mission of falling in love. Sophie decided to move to LA and pursue a career as an actress. Harper wanted to write the next Great American Novel (but the reality is less glamorous than it sounded then; she lives in her parents basement and works at a coffee shop and lusts after her former English teacher). Kate went to travel the world.
Now they’re in the second half of the year of dreams. When the book starts, Becca is in love with her boyfriend, Stuart, and doing well on the ski team at Middlebury. Sophie is not doing as well in her acting career as she would have hoped–she’s far from being a movie star yet. Kate has gone to Ethiopia, where her adopted little sister, Habiba, is from, to dig wells for poor villages. Harper is slowly but surely actually writing a novel and trying to mend her relationships with the people she cares about.
For all of them, jumping on the dream train wasn’t as easy as they hoped. But maybe, just maybe, with the support of each other, the four of them can make their dreams come true.
All four girls are, again, wonderfully realistic, unique (as real humans are) characters–and people you’d really like to know in real life! Their year of dreams is so inspiring; Harper, Becca, Kate, and Sophie do what many people have dreamed of, but few actually have the guts to do. They leave society’s prescribed path to follow their hearts. Footfree and Fancyloose is a poignant, funny, honest, and touching novel about friendship, dreams, growing up, and so much more. It’s about life.
Readers won’t be able to get enough of this book, due to be released in April. Despite its size, Footfree and Fancyloose reads quickly; it’s such a pageturner! I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to these characters. It is truly a wonderfully well-written novel. My only real gripe would have to be the cover. While this is clearly a book about four best friends, the cover of the ARC features three girls. Has the designer even read the book?? With any luck, that’ll change before the book is released.