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About the Author

Hailey Abbott grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Getting Lost with Boys, The Secrets of Boys, The Perfect Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Forbidden Boy, and The Other Boy well as the Summer Boys books and The Bridesmaid. Hailey now lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061253839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061253836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Maddy Sinclaire is your typical rich girl. She loves to party the night away, has the perfect gorgeous boyfriend, Brian, and she knows that she's about to have the summer of her life. Her parents are headed up to their newly purchased vineyard up in Napa and they're trusting Maddy at home in the city by herself for the entire summer. The first night her parents are gone she throws the ultimate summer party, but then she gets an unexpected visit from her parents. Apparently, they forget a few important documents and had to turn around and crashed the party.

Not trusting Maddy anymore they bring her back with them to Napa to spend the entire summer helping fix up the vineyard. Maddy is devastated that she has to spend the summer away from her friends and Brian and then, on top of that, she is going to be imprisoned in the middle of nowhere!

When she gets to Napa, though, she unexpectedly meets David, the extremely cute son of her dad's business partner and the boy she's going to work with all summer. Although she hates to admit it, Maddy starts wondering if Brian is really the right guy for her, or if David, who's nothing like she is, might just be worth her time.

This was definitely the perfect summer read. Light, fun, and romance-filled -- what girl could resist? While it was your classic clichéd story, I thought it was super-cute and wish that I could be as lucky with guys as Maddy!!! I enjoyed seeing Maddy's character develop from a rich snob to a down-to-earth girl who could appreciate the beauty of nature.

I'm not going to lie, at first I despised Maddy; she was whiny and stuck-up, but as the book progressed she became very likable and relatable. The book was also very funny. The author created a ton of humorous situations where I found myself laughing out loud. For fans of Hailey Abbott's previous books, THE OTHER BOY will not disappoint!

Reviewed by: Tasha
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This was a sweet book - sweet, light, typical beach read. If you're familiar with Abbott you'll know her writing style is very light and simple.
Sure, from the description of the novel it's already obvious what's going to go down and how things are going to turn out so there won't be any surprises along the way. The story rolled on fine, keeping you interested and entertained.

I definitely have a pet peeve with heroines who has a boyfriend when meeting "the new guy" because VERY rarely does it all turn out in a realistic way. Usually the boyfriend goes from being Mr. Perfection to a jerk so that the choice for the new guy over the boyfriend will be natural and realistic. Abbott did okay in this case, I must say.

Even though Maddy was supposed to portray a spoiled brat, I still found it believable and would think people are able to relate to her as the typical confused teenager. I never had a problem with not liking her. Parallel to the light feel of the book all the characters were light and likeable - there weren't any outstanding or conflicted personalities, hence extremely little to no drama.

I loved the vineyard setting and found it so dreamlike and easy to imagine - the hot weather, the cool lake, even the fresh vegetables. It was indeed a romantic location.There wasn't a particular scene or chapter I liked or disliked more than the other nor did anything necessarily stand out from the storyline.
Just as a silly side note I have to add that the cooking/food/lunch/dinner in the book made my mouth water - Abbott described it all very well and delicious.

'The Other Boy' was a fast read. It was an all-around sweet novel and I don't regret picking it up. Definitely decent.

Will I be reading more from the author? Sure
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By Jessica L Sankiewicz on December 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
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Madeline Sinclaire's parents allow her to stay home while they go to Napa Valley for the summer. Her parents end up coming back early and catch her throwing a party at the house. They are infuriated and sentence her to spend the rest of her summer with them at their vineyard. This means she'll be away from her friends and away from her boyfriend, Brian. She's reluctant to enjoy the two months there. The place is unlike what she's accustomed to in San Francisco.

She gets commissioned by her father to fix up a wine tasting room with David, his business partner's very gorgeous son. David is more enthusiastic about the job that Maddie is. At first they get off on the wrong foot (of course). They go around to other places for ideas on how to decorate and design the place. They spend a lot of time together working. She actually begins to enjoy being up at the vineyard. And she's enjoying the time with David. Will summer turn out better than she thought?

I've read several Hailey Abbott books over the years. They have all been nice light reads. This one was very cute. Very cute. I liked all the characters and the way that Maddie grew along the way. I could go back and read this one again.

My Rating:

Very Good... Stay up late
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Although this story included the usual way because I often read stories like this. But I quite enjoyed it because this story have an easy style of language. I liked David and Maddy chemistry. It was enough to make me get into the story.

Oh ya, another one, I really love the cover, cute XD. It makes me easy to imagine the characters of Maddy and David.

Hm, but I’m very confused to put this story into what genre? Teen or Young-Adult? Hm ... fifteen years old Maddy. It’s teen right? But from the way the story feels like a young adult. Maybe both of them. Haha.
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