By Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain
The sequel to Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, Footfree and Fancyloose, picks up where the first leaves off, following the story of Becca, Harper, Kate and Sophie following their dreams. Harper has come clean with her friends and is surprised when they forgive her. The books finishes up with the end of the year of dreams with each girl making plans for the next year. Each girl encounters romance, obstacles and growing-up moments.
I really enjoyed the two books. They are a bit like Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, but a bit more grown up (which I don’t necessarily approve of for a young adult book. I still live in an idealistic world where swearing and sex aren’t part of teenage life. I realize I’m wrong, but I have little kids and I don’t even want to imagine what the teen years will be like for them when I can remember high school and I’m pretty sure it’s only gotten worse).
Rated: High (particularly if read by young adults). Both books have a lot of bad language, some of it harsher (maybe a handful of uses of the F-word per book), but nonchalantly spoken by these girls. There is also a lot of sex, more so and fairly descriptive, in the second book. In a way, the books depict sex in a more realistic way than some other novels. It isn’t glorified; it’s a lot more honest about how a teenage girl would feel after the act than completely positive and wonderful.