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One Week [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Van De Car
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Reluctant celebutante Bee had everything that second tier fame could offer—and hated every bit of it. In search of an identity of her own, not some media creation, she takes off from LA with nothing. Bee discovers that one week can change everything. She may even have a chance at love. But is it real or just another illusion?

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From the Back Cover

"It took me six days to get to New York, and one day to get back. In those six days, I starved, I stank, I hitchhiked, I broke-and-entered, I lost my virginity, I sort of found it again, and I learned that love and hate have a lot in common, really.  In that one day that it took to come back home, I learned that all I had gone through had no point at all, except for how it meant everything to me."

About the Author

Nikki Van De Car is a first-time novelist, and she is addicted to Skittles.  It's a problem.

Product Details

  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961586
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RPSD0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read! October 10, 2012
One Week was such a fun read! I love that the characters are written in a way that shows they are flawed but that still makes you like them. It is written in a voice that realistically represents a young adult, which is something that many authors have a hard time doing, in my opinion! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy escape with some compelling characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Witty, Completely Entertaining October 7, 2012
"For the record, my name isn't actually Bee . . . I realize that some might say that the name Bee isn't much of an improvement, but I was five and it got my point across. Someone messed with me, I stung them." Thus begins the 7-day journey with Bee, a sharp-tongued, quick-witted, spoiled Hollywood teen who has decided to run away from home not so much to find herself, but to get away from the "self" her fame-addicted father is trying to make her.

Naive and annoyed, Bee finds herself boarding buses and trains and buses and trains, all in her attempt to make it to New York, where she imagines her life would be much improved, private, and full of dining out minus the paparazzi her dad constantly alerts when she goes out. But between her fear of her weird fellow travelers, disgust in finding there's no "first class" on busses, and her disbelief that she's left her home without anything useful in her bag beside her toothbrush, her only solace across the miles is some strange kid with black-dyed hair who is her sometimes friend (or is it boyfriend . . . ) and who she calls "Goth Geek" until she learns his name is Jess.

With little money and even less confidence, the two travel toward New York encountering an array of colorful people along the way. Perhaps the most colorful are the people they themselves become on their journey. Bee grows from a snide, self-centered borderline brat into someone who resembles someone thoughtful, responsible, transparent. And Jess transforms from an morose kid struggling with a past mistake into one taking control of his future. Whether Bee and Jess can take their 7-day relationship together and make it last a lifetime, well, that's anyone's guess.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had so much fun reading this book! I love when a book plays out like a movie in my mind, and that is exactly what this book does.

The main character, Bee, is so naive and hapless that you can't help but to fall in love with her. You laugh with her, feel sorry for her, relate to her. It's a fast and pleasant read with lots of twists and turns!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet coming-of-age story December 7, 2012
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Bette ("Bee") is tired of the expectations placed on her as the daughter of a rich and famous Hollywood producer. She is sick of being photographed and followed and primed to be the next Paris Hilton. She just wants to live like a regular 17-year-old. Unfortunately her father won't listen to her and her friends just don't understand. Well, actions speak louder than words and so Bee impulsively decides to run away from LA. (And when I say impulsively, I mean she heads to the train station without a change of clothes or even an idea of where she wants to go! ) Enter Jess or as Bee referred to him at first sighting, "Goth geek." Jess has his own reasons for leaving Los Angeles and is headed to New York. Well, New York sounds like as good a place as any and so Bee decides to tag along. The week that follows changes Bee's life forever.

This was such a sweet coming of age story and I really enjoyed it. What I enjoyed most were the characters as they were incredibly true-to-life. I loved that Bee was a "regular" teenage girl. So many books I have read in the genre and television shows portray teenage girls as sophisticated, self-assured divas oozing in sexual confidence. Granted it's been a long time since I was a teenager but while I know that kids grow up faster than they did when I was in high school, I can't imagine that deep inside 17-year-olds have changed that much since I was that age. Like most teenager girls, Bee rolled her eyes a lot and thought she was cooler than everyone else, but she was also insecure, unsure of herself and not entirely comfortable in her skin. It was clear that she cared about other people and craved intimate emotional connections with others. I loved watching her grow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Sweet Stars!! February 18, 2013
By Splage
Format:Kindle Edition
What a little gem!! It was a quick read, 174 pages, and I couldn't put it down. One Week was fun and sweet from beginning to end. This is a debut book from author, Nikki Van De Car, and she shows tons of promise in the Young Adult genre, yet this story will appeal to any romance reader. It is a clean, YA romance, but this “smut queen” didn’t even miss it because the story countered with a tender and budding romance between two unlikely people. They grew together and guided each other through a lifetime of learning and experience in just One Week.

Bee, the heroine, reminded me of Alicia Silverstone in the movie, Clueless. She is 17 years old, leads a very sheltered existence, and is naïve and inexperienced in the ways of the world, as well as, the opposite sex. She is filthy rich and the only car she has ever known is the backseat of a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. Her mother left her when she was young, therefore she is being raised by her father who she feels uses her for his own business needs and publicity with his Hollywood crowd. Bee and her father’s relationship has been strained since she caught him in a lie, which he did for her protection. He ends up putting Bee in an uncomfortable situation that turns bad and she runs away thinking she has no one that really loves her.

Where Bee is Rodeo Drive, Jess, the hero, is completely Goodwill, they are polar opposites in every aspect of life. When she first sees him she thinks he is a “goth geek” and keeps her distance. He calls her Barbie and knows he wants nothing to do with her. But as they both begin their road trip to New York from LA on the bus and train system across the United States they develop a bond that goes from protectiveness in friendship to a genuine, caring, young love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, sweet novel
A coming of age story. The 'not quite' adult figuring out who she is by running away. Quirky characters met along the way. A quick read with a feel good ending.
Published 14 months ago by Lucky Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a delightful little gem.
I won this e-book in a giveaway about 2 months ago and finally had a chance last night to read it...

Amazing YA by a new author. Loved this story!!! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Credoroza
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantesy
Interesting book. Nikki Van De Car needs to do a bit more research in writing as a lot of what she has written is not believable.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
This book was ok. Not one that I would reread again . I just couldn't get into it the way I usually do . I have it three stars because there are some really cute scenes
Published 23 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Great easy read!! Some of it is implausible, but fun!!!
The premise of the book is unlikely, but fun to imagine!!! Two kids travelling across the country on a train... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Linda K. Staude
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I thought it was a very easy and refreshing read! Great book to read in summer season. I would highly recommend reading it! Enjoy.
Published 24 months ago by Courtney Sholly
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
It was a good story but I felt like there were gaps in between the story. I would of love for them to know each other better.... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
this was another quick read for me. The story was fairly good but somewhat predictable. I would probably read other stories by this author.
Published on March 30, 2013 by vickie b
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
This was a cursory book. More of a tween read but I read the,whole book and enjoyed it. I would recommend it cute quick read
Published on March 29, 2013 by Norma Ryan-Thibault
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
I enjoyed reading this book. Very cute and would recommend. I could relate with Bee because I always seem to mess things up :)
Published on March 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Nikki Van De Car was born in Hawaii. Her blog, What To Knit When You're Expecting, chronicles her day-to-day life with her daughter Maile, and all the crawling, teething and knitting that goes on.

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