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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060567252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060567255
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Maine Squeeze focuses on a teen whose parents have decided to take a second honeymoon for 10 weeks, traveling through Europe. Colleen is allowed to have a couple of her friends stay with her at her island home, with 10 rules to follow, including: "No sleepovers. Especially of the boyfriend variety." Colleen finds herself torn between two loves: Ben, who was the one and only, and Evan, whom she fantasized about in times past. As love and life take on their own twists and turns, Colleen manages to barely keep her sanity, juggling house responsibilities, the attention of two flames, and the surprise of her parents coming home early to an unruly house. Good beach reading for teens who are looking for a light, sitcomlike romance.–Nicole M. Marcuccilli Mills, Glenview Public Library, IL
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This edition doesn't link to the first versions of these books, so for more information and reviews, check out the earlier editions of Maine Squeeze and Truth or Dairy (retitled Banana Splitsville), published separately. 
Also, this is currently the only way to get Maine Squeeze for Kindle. And I'm so happy it is now finally available as an ebook!
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Customer Reviews

This is a book that would be good to read on a rainy day.
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It was so predictable, I could have told you the ending by the end of the 3rd chapter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on May 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Eighteen-year-old Colleen Templeton is gearing up for the best summer of her life. She has just graduated from high school, her parents are headed to Germany for the summer, leaving her home alone, three of her best friends (Haley, Erica, and Samantha) are moving in with her for the summer, she's got a great boyfriend, Ben, who loves her more than anything, she's working at Bobb's (a cute crabhouse, where B-list celebrities sometimes eat), and she's living on Maine the most quaint area in the world. But when Evan, Colleen's boyfriend from last summer shows up, everything changes. Suddenly Collen can't figure out why she's constantly thinking about Evan, when she should be thinking about her current-boyfriend Ben, and as time slowly goes by, she realizes that, as hard as it is to believe, she may actually have feelings for Evan, even though he broke her heart the previous summer.
Catherine Clark has created a wise, intelligent, and funny voice in Colleen. She is an interesting character who is artistic, and quiet, but who faces the same challenges that teenage girls face everyday in their lives. Her friends (Erica, Samantha, and Haley) all bring unique personalities to MAINE SQUEEZE, causing female readers to find themselves identifying to each and every girl, and comparing the characters to her own friends. Reading MAINE SQUEEZE is like reading a letter from your best friend. Filled with ups and downs in the romance, work, and school departments, this book will be cherished by all female teenagers. A great beach read.
Erika Sorocco
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TeenReader8287 on June 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I bought it about 3 months ago and have been "putting it off" on reading it due to lack of time. But when I started my new job this week, I needed something to do while the kid was sleeping. So I decided to start this book.

It was wonderful I read it in 3 days!! This is by far a very good read. It follows Colleen, who gets to have share her house with her 3 best friends for the summer while her parents are in Europe on a lonnnnnng vacation. When she starts her summer job, Colleen finds that her ex...has also decided to work the same place! And while she tries to find time to be with Ben, her boyfriend, she can't seem to get her ex out of her mind.

It's a typical teen book. Complete with romance, friend problems, trust issues, responsibilities of a teen, and break-ups...

I would reccomend this book to any girl who is in high school (or just out of high school) and is looking for a good book to read pool-side. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GoVHS on April 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Have you ever dreamed of having the house to yourself with your parents half way around the world on vacation? With only a list of rules, Colleen Templeton, just graduating from high school, plans to spend the summer living with her three best friends while her parents are visiting foreign countries. Busy serving tables at Bobbs, Colleen spends most of her free time with her loving boyfriend, Ben, hanging out, or painting. Life sounds perfect, right? That's when Evan, Colleen's ex boyfriend, shows up and claims he will be staying for the whole summer. To make matters worse, Evan starts working at Bobbs and Colleen can not stop looking at him. After all the weeks Colleen spent getting over Evan, she still seems to want him back. Right away, Ben notices a difference in their relationship. Can Colleen maintain her relationship with Ben, or will she run off with Evan?

This book will keep any teenage girl up all night, with all the drama, bickering, and romance the fun never stops. The author explains how Colleen or any typical girl deals with the unexpected choices each having critical consequences. I love how I can relate to this book; it helps you realize that life is not perfect.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 1000ml_of_life on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first heard of this book, I immediately put it on my wishlist and I waited for it to be released. A few weeks ago when I bought it, I didn't realize how good it would be. Colleen is an 18 year old girl who lives on a small island in Maine. Every summer she works at a restraurant named Bobb's. The previous summer, when her boyfriend Evan had to leave after the holiday, she was brokenhearted. Then she met Ben. They were now dating, and had been for 8 months. Colleen expected her summer before college to be fun, spent with Ben. But when she goes to work on the first day, Evan is back. As the book progresses, Colleen is faced with a problem. Does she want Evan back? Is she subconsciously sabatoging her relationship with Ben? Read this book to find out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Maine Squeeze, written by Catherine Clark, is an enjoyable and exciting book, which is most likely to appeal to teenage girls. It is the story of a summer in the life of Colleen, a college bound 18-year old, who is living on her own for the first time. She faces many obstacles over the summer, from reuinting with her ex-boyfriend, Evan, losing her current boyfriend, Ben, having a truly awful roommate, and much more. Colleen, however, is able to make it through the months with her three closest friends by her side and an unexpected new friend, an elderly artist. Colleen ultimately struggles with herself, making mistakes along the way, yet finally arriving at a place she can be at peace. Furthermore, Catherine Clark is able to make her novel come to live by the use of many literary devices. Through the constant use of rhetorical questions, Clark allows Colleen to state the obvious in her own thoughts and while conversing with others. Also, personification is used often when Colleen describes her cats, Starsky and Hutch, making them at times seem human. In addition, while Colleen is working at a crabshack, her boss tells her to chose a crustacean which represents her personality. Colleen, therefore, speaks metaphorically when she refers to herself as a soft shell crab. Clark's style is plain and simple, making her novel easy to comprehend. Its tone is constantly changing from shocked to humorous and candid. Overall, along with Clark's other novels, I enjoyed reading Maine Squeeze and recommend it to teenage girls looking for a quick and fun read.
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