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Craving (High School Love) [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Marks
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Little Dancer:
When Faith is stalked by a boy at her new school, a secret admirer comes to her rescue. Only who is the admirer and how does he know so freaking much about her? It’s kind of freaking her out—until she discovers it’s the smokin’ hot guy she’s been secretly craving. Woot! Yay! Awesome! All that happy stuff. Only, is he craving her back … or what?

Louder Than Words:
Summer has always had a crush on her childhood guy friend, Mason. Lately, he’s looking at her all hungry and longing-like. And he says all the right words to get her heart pumping wild. It almost has her thinking he craves her too. Almost. But let’s face it, actions speak louder than words and Mason has put out zero action … unless you’re talking about action with other girls. He’s put out plenty of that. Grrr!
(Note: Melanie’s novel, Louder Than Words, is based off this short story.)

Carson’s Walls:
Seventeen year-old Tori craves the boy next door, but can she break down the walls he has built against her?
(Note: Melanie’s book, #Wars, is based off this short story.)

The Last Saturday Before Christmas:
Brooke has been crushing on Sam Cooper all year. When it turns out Sam is her little brother’s hockey coach she's amazed, as her brother has gushed about “Coach Cooper” for weeks. Brooke knows what she wants for Christmas—Sam. Will she get what she craves? Or will beautiful Jasmine West snag her merry Christmas?

4 stories

Product Details

  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ThunderStruck Publishing; 1 edition (July 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FFDX3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Cute December 25, 2012
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This collection of short stories was adorable. I loved the uniqueness of these stories, and the voice of the narration was strong in each of the stories.
What worked: Each story was different and cute, with unique premises. In each story we get to see the beginnings of relationships.
What didn't work: the stories were too short and they ended quickly and they leave you like what??? Its over already??? If these stories were lengthened into full novels, they would have been great.

I highly recommend this anthology to anyone looking for a quick read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute collection of short stories December 23, 2011
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Like with most of Melanie's work, these short stories were super fast to read and a lot of fun. Just the right amount of teenage angst, longing and romance to keep a smile on your face and make you say "aww".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay January 7, 2013
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It was okay I just wish the stories and book were longer but other than that it was an excellent book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review January 6, 2014
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This book is really good. I hope melanie makes a Book out of Garrett walls. That story was my favorite. You will all like this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book December 30, 2013
By Kailani
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That was a very great book I hope to read one unsavory like it again another time so very inspiring
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great But... December 25, 2013
By Elsie
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Here are 4 really short stories in this one novel.

-Louder than Words:
Madison is in love with her best friend Spencer. But when she watches his sisters for the weekend, she wakes up with Spencer trying to kiss her! What's up with that? Is Spencer hitting on her, flirting with the girl he only sees as a best friend?

-Little Dancer:
Faith is currently in the dance school, Kendrell. After a performance she sees roses and a card that's all too familiar. Once she thinks she finally has it figured out something else comes up. The sponsor paying for the tuition is the Gage Foundation...the name of her crush. What's going on?

-The Last Saturday Before Christmas:
Brooke has been crushing on Sam Cooper for a while now. When she can't take her brother out as planned, Coach Cooper comes to the rescue. She realizes its Sam Cooper! So can she impress him before Christmas?

-Garrett's Walls:
Lily has a crush on her neighbor of a year Garrett. The weird part though is every time they lock gazes, he runs away. Why though?

All of these stories were great and I wish they can be turned in to future novels...except for Garrett's Walls. Melanie Marks recently released #Wars and it has the exact same format as Garrett's Walls. I felt like I was rereading the exact same story I read 2 days ago. The only difference was name and HS vs MS.

Overall, all the stories were great. But my favorite however was Louder than Words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very awesome June 26, 2013
By B.lecky
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This book was awesome I would recommend this book to anyone even little children It can help Them get ready for teenage stage
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice May 16, 2013
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Every story is great, but the endings are bad.
Not "bad" but they're cliff hangers.
Other than that it's a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stories in one book
Little Dancer, Garret's Walls, Louder than Words, Last Saturday Before Christmas, and Finding my Way were the 5 book and the last one is a christian novel.
Published 22 months ago by Trina Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was a good book. I loved all the different stories. I thought that Melanie did a good job with the different points of view.
Published on February 23, 2013 by Christina Pena
5.0 out of 5 stars Craving (high school love)
This book was very interesting and I couldn't stop reading . This book was cool but at the end we could have seen how the stories ended. Also daughter read this book
Published on February 18, 2013 by JENNIFER B WOODARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I loved this book it relates to me and a guy I have a mager crush on he is sweet with blue eyes and blonde hair too
Published on February 14, 2013 by I love this app
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa
This was a good book but it took me a long time just to read it normally I can finish books like that in a day.
Published on January 13, 2013 by Morgan French
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love love
Omg makes me fall out of my chair when I read this book. Very good choice to choose Melanie marks
Published on January 9, 2013 by Ebony
1.0 out of 5 stars What?!
I only liked the first one. That was the story for the sample so i bought it. Waste of money. I thought i was going to like this book until i found out that it changed stories.
Published on January 8, 2013 by Madi A. ;]
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short
The stories are really sweet and cute and romantic, but it have endings leaving you like "What?" (It becomes frustrating) Iwish they were longer thou. Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by Bluekiwi 123
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More About the Author

Melanie's NEWEST book is: BECK BAIT

A still quite new book by Melanie Marks is: LITTLE DANCER

Other newer books: "HER KISS (Griffin)"--it's Griffin's story about Ally. Sort of his version of the book, His Kiss. (Also Melanie's books "GRIFFIN"; and "GRIFFIN #2" are available now as well.)

New book--"Louder Than Words"--is a standalone novel about Mason and Summer and their life-long secret crush on each other. The book is kind of part of the Fall For Me series, because it's about Zoey's best friend, the cheerleader, Summer Baker. But it is also sort of the His Kiss series because it's also about Griffin's best friend from the hockey team, Mason Archer. (In any case, the book is a standalone and no other book needs to be read before it.)

**NEW! HIGH SCHOOL BOYS (This standalone novel features best friends, Matt and Nicole, and their first kiss; Plus the book includes the story, "More of HIS KISSES," which continues with Griffin and Ally right after the book His Kiss--what happens with them right after they start dating.)

Series by Melanie Marks:
SLUMBER PARTY WARS series: Slumber Party Wars; The Crush Wars; Best Friend Wars; Bird Wars; First Kiss Wars; Fake Boyfriend Wars; Love ...maybe ... Wars; Christmas Wars; #Wars (And also: Don't Make Me Read Your Mind, Matt)

FALL FOR ME series--Fall For Me; Fall Forever; Finn's Fall (and now also the standalone novel: LOUDER THAN WORDS)

HIS KISS series:
His Kiss
High School Boys--(It has a follow-up Griffin and Ally story in it, what happens right after they start dating.)
Her Kiss (Griffin)
LOUDER THAN WORDS--(A standalone novel about Griffin's best friend from the hockey team, Mason Archer, and Mason's undying (secret) crush on the cheerleader, Summer Baker. A crush he's had since childhood.)

NOTE: The book FINN'S FALL has Griffin and Ally in it as well (as a couple)--though it's Finn's story (from Fall For Me) ... also now there is a book about Ally and Griffin in Middle School called: "ALLY and GRIFFIN (Middle School)"

Three books that are still quite new: "MATT and NICOLE (Middle School)"; "ALLY and GRIFFIN (Middle School)"; and "SUMMER and MASON (Middle School)."

MORE Melanie Marks books:
Beck Bait
Little Dancer
Ally and Griffin (Middle School)
Summer and Mason (Middle School)
Griffin #2
The Dating Deal
The Stranger Inside
Slumber Party Wars
Matt and Nicole (Middle School)
His Kiss
HER Kiss (Griffin)
High School Boys
Fall For Me
Fall Forever (book #2 of Fall For Me series)
Finn's Fall (book #3 of the Fall For Me Series)
***NEW!! Louder Than Words (standalone novel in the Fall For Me series and His Kiss series)
I Remember You
My Mushy Middle School Heart
Middle School Crushes
Always Hers
Best Friend Wars
When Kyle Came Back
Middle School Magic (3 book series)
Middle School Powers (4 book series) (The 4th book can be found in the book: "Matt and Nicole")
Don't Make Me Read Your Mind Matt Roberts ... Because I So Totally Can!!!

And more!

Melanie Marks was born and raised in California. She is married to a naval nuclear submarine officer and blessed with three amazingly terrific kids.

Melanie has had over sixty stories published in magazines such as Highlights and Teen Magazine as well as in various anthologies (many being Chicken Soup for the Soul books). She's had nine children's books published and fourteen teen novels, THE DATING DEAL; HIGH SCHOOL BOYS; THE STRANGER INSIDE; LOUDER THAN WORDS; GRIFFIN; GRIFFIN #2; ALWAYS HERS; FALL FOR ME; FALL FOREVER; FINN'S FALL; I REMEMBER YOU; WHEN KYLE CAME BACK; HIS KISS; HER KISS (GRIFFIN); LITTLE DANCER; and A DEMON'S KISS. More teen novels are forthcoming this winter, 2015.

Melanie's very first job was as a spot welder. She enjoys reading in the bathtub, writing in bed, and living in a house longer than two years. She loves to hear from readers. View her website at

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