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Product Details

  • Series: Summer (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Bind-Up edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141696133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416961338
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7–10—Summer Smith is thrilled to be asked to spend the summer in Florida with her aunt Mallory and cousin Diana, and her trip starts off with a real bang when she meets gorgeous Seth on the plane and ends up with a dreamy kiss. It's pretty clear that Diana resents her presence and seems to be angry for no reason, but sensitive, nice Summer gives her the benefit of the doubt and forges ahead making new friends, getting a job, and meeting lots of handsome guys, including Diana's former boyfriend. If only the summer would never end and she didn't have to return to Minnesota. There are several references to sex and alcohol. This is an overly long and totally predictable teen romance, but girls will enjoy this beachy paperback and will pass it along to friends. It may be formulaic, but it works.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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About the Author

After Katherine Applegate graduated from college, she spent time waiting tables, typing (badly), watering plants, wandering randomly from one place to the next with her boyfriend, and just generally wasting her time. When she grew sufficiently tired of performing brain-dead minimum-wage work, she decided it was time to become a famous writer. Anyway, a writer. Writing proved to be an ideal career choice, as it involved neither physical exertion nor uncomfortable clothing, and required no social skills.

Ms. Applegate has written more than one hundred books under her own name and a variety of pseudonyms. She has no children, is active in no organizations, and has never been invited to address a joint session of Congress. She does, however, have an evil, foot-biting cat named Dick, and she still enjoys wandering randomly from one place to the next with her boyfriend.

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Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, a picture book entitled The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel, Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the "Shopping Mall Gorilla." The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas, and was well known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Summer Smith doesn't have the perfect life, or a life that anyone would want at all. She is a major klutz, always falling and bruising herself. And the guy of her dreams, Sean Valletti, not only doesn't notice her but has found someone else to be his potential girlfriend.

After trudging home through the snow and cold weather, Summer gets hit with some excellent news. Her aunt had phoned her mother to see if Summer wanted to come to Florida and visit. From the cold, hard weather to the bright, warm sun, the answer is definitely obvious to Summer and she is whisked off on a plane on her way to Crab Claw Key.

Even before she arrives, Summer receives some interesting news from a lady on the plane. The lady, who turns out to be a fortune teller, tells Summer that during her adventure in Crab Claw Key, three men will enter her life. Sure, it sounded pretty lame to Summer, since she couldn't even get Sean to notice her back home. But before she knows it, her life turns into The Bachelorette, with three guys, Adam, Diver, and Seth, all showing interest in her. One may not be trustworthy, Summer can't even begin to figure out another, and the last one is totally taken.

Summer knows that this summer will definitely be interesting!

Aside from the boy problems and the horrible living space she must occupy, Summer gets to experience the drama with her cousin, Diana, who she hopes to win over and Marquez, who of course has some troubles of her own.

Three novels in one book, going through June, July, and August, will take not only Summer but also the reader on a journey full of heartache, mistakes, and endings that will surprise us all. BEACH BLONDES literally has "beach read" written all over it. The perfect book for some fun in the sun.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on June 15, 2009
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I read this book in five hours. It was so good that I just could NOT find it in me to put it down and get some sleep. The characters pull you in and you feel a connection to them. There's drama and love and it's an all-around good book. If you like chick flick books, you'll love this. Don't let the number of pages discourage you. They fly by.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2009
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this has to be in my top 5 fav book ive ever read. its so real and suspensful and romantic .im constantly laughing and crying. i read it every day. i think everyone on earth should read this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anne from LA on December 31, 2010
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This is the best book ive ever read and im only 27% finished with it!!! I found a few spelling errors but other than that it is amazing! I'm so glad I found this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a great book that is really easy to read. No really hard words amd perfect description.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Hopkins on June 2, 2013
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I read these series of books back when I was in high school (omg 15 years ago) and I just loved them. I read the whole series over and over again, because as a girl from Minnesota it was a totally relatable story and I just loved imagining myself in Summer's place down there in Crab Claw Key, Florida. I purchased each paperback back then (I think there were 8 of them) and read them to tatters. I was thrilled to see the 6 main books bundled into 2 collections for the kindle and purchased them this morning. I am really loving the fact that they have been updated! For example, on the plane to Florida Summer used to refer to Seth as looking like Stone from general hospital and now she compares him to Jake G., and when Marquez first meets Summer her walkman has been upgraded to an iPod. I look forward to finishing this series again and seeing what else has changed! I highly recommend reading this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By audrey lewis on May 26, 2009
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i love this book i was shopping with my older sister and i pointed it out. she said mom wouldnt like me reading "trashy" books. but like an older sister would she picked it up and read it for herself. two das later she handed it to me and said it was her favorite book ever and that she was sorry and that it wasnt trashy at all like an older sister would. it was great and very discriptive. ha to all the peopld who judge a book by its cover. the BEST book ever highly recomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ScottyVegas on April 23, 2009
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I thought this book was truely amazing. I couldn't put it down. I read it in less then a week, so for me it was an easy read. I hope other people can enjoy this book as much as i did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little D on December 14, 2008
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I really enjoyed this teen romance. It was predictable to me, but I was still glad at the turn out. It was fast paced, cute, and fun to read. It's a great summer beach book, or a winter escape (like it was for me)!
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