Carpe Diem
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"Carpe Diem" Summary

By Autumn Cornwell

young adult | 368 pages | Published in 2007

“I’ve got my entire life planned out for the next ten years — including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize,” claims 16-year-old overachiever Vassar Spore, daughter of overachiever parents, who in true overachiever fashion named her after an elite women’s college. Vassar expects her sophomore summer to include 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 sweats, falls in love, hones her outdoor survival skills — and uncovers a family secret that turns her whole world upside-down. Vassar Spore can plan on one thing: she’ll never be the same again.


Estimated read time: 1 min read

One Sentence Summary

Vassar Spore's adventure in Italy leads her to rediscover her passion for life and live by the motto "seize the day."

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Carpe Diem FAQ

  1. What is 'Carpe Diem' about?

    Carpe Diem follows the story of Vassar Spore, a young girl who is sent to Southeast Asia to live with her father and his family. It's a humorous and heartwarming coming-of-age story about self-discovery, cultural differences, and finding one's place in the world.

  2. Who is the author of 'Carpe Diem'?

    Autumn Cornwell is the author of 'Carpe Diem'. She is known for her engaging and relatable storytelling, and 'Carpe Diem' is one of her well-received works.

  3. What age group is 'Carpe Diem' suitable for?

    Carpe Diem is suitable for young adult readers and older. Its themes and character development make it an engaging read for both teens and adults.

  4. Is 'Carpe Diem' part of a series?

    No, 'Carpe Diem' is a standalone novel and is not part of a series. It tells a complete story within the book.

  5. What are the main themes in 'Carpe Diem'?

    The main themes in 'Carpe Diem' include self-discovery, cultural immersion, family dynamics, and the universal search for identity and belonging.