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The Summer of Cotton Candy (A Sweet Seasons Novel) Paperback – May 11, 2008

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Book 1 of 4 in the Sweet Seasons Series

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From the Back Cover

Most people think The Zone is an amusement park, but Candy Thompson knows it's really a slave labor camp. What else would you call a summer job that requires a sixteen-year-old girl to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy? Still, there are perks---particularly the mysterious hunk in the Lone Ranger costume. Behind that mask are the most amazing eyes Candy has ever seen. Who is that masked man? But someone else is just as interested. And romantic competition isn't the only problem. Besides being hard work, The Zone is eating up major time. How is Candy supposed to stay involved in church? Worse yet, will she lose her best friend, Tamara, who resents how Candy's job limits their time together? This is NOT the summer Candy hoped for! But as she is about to discover, the summer of cotton candy will be the greatest summer of her life.

About the Author

Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life and holds a degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis. Debbie loves theme parks and has worked at both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland in California. When Debbie is not busy writing she enjoys traveling with her husband Scott. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Sweet Seasons Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031071558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310715580
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah VINE VOICE on October 23, 2008
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Summer's arrived and instead of kicking back with her best friend, Candace must find a summer job. Unfortunately for her she's a little bit late in choosing the best jobs at The Zone, the nearby amusement park She's left with being the cotton candy dispenser. What seems like a slack summer job ends up being an eye opening experience of a lifetime. Not only does Candace have to learn the ropes of passing out sugary sweetness but she has to deal with her best friend who is jealous that she can no longer waste her free time. A dashing masked Zorro, a sugar addict, an angry ex-girlfriend and a crazy train driver just adds to the chaos. Then add in random drug tests, sleazy customers, and the scavenger hunt of the century. Looks like it's going to be one crazy long summer...

I really wish that an amusement park like The Zone existed. It sounds like an awesome place to not only visit but to work as well. The job doesn't sound too hard and the perks are great. I wish this could have been my summer job! I really liked how Candace evolved throughout the story. She starts off dreading everything and wishing she was somewhere else. She sort of self-centered in the beginning with no drive or motivation. As the story continues, she grows up, makes friends, and begins to see her herself as someone with a purpose. Working at the amusement park is chaotic but it's a colorful and exciting ride. I could totally picture the park with the great descriptions the author had made. I could see the costumes, hear the rides, smell the food, and immerse myself in the crowd. The book was a total sensory experience, the next best thing to actually being there. The only thing that irked me was the whole Becca situation.
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I thought this was a book and series for young adults. On a challenge, I started this book and met Candace, a highschooler who attracts trouble like honey attracts flies. I couldn't put the book down and loved the surprises and humor Debbie Viguie loves to dish out in her books! Soon I had finished not only this book, but all four in the series! They're addicting!
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I did not read these books myself, but purchased the four in the series for my 12 yr old grandaughter. She loved them and spent evenings in her bunk at camp with her nose in one of these books. She is not an 'avid' reader (wish she was), so they must have been very entertaining for her to have read them all one after the other.
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My 14 year-old daughter adored "The Summer of Cotton Candy". In fact, I was almost unable to pry it from her hands to review it, myself. But I feel this was a wonderful thing because of the moments I spent with my teenager discussing the story of Candace and her job working the cotton candy cart at the colorful amusement park. I enjoyed hearing about the friends she made and the dates she went on.

This author really captured my daughter's attention and kept her reading! And that's a tough thing to do with teenaged girls. The characters engaged her right away, and kept her interested through to the last page of this wonderful novel! In fact, not only did my daughter tell me about the book as she read and enjoyed it, she also read to me! Debbie Viquie has a crisp writing style that captures the readers attention to the point that even a teenager doesn't want to put the book down. We can't wait to see the rest of the books in this series.
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Review by Jill Williamson

Candace Thompson's dad has ordered her to get a summer job and earn money of her own. She gets a job at The Zone, an amusement park where she's a cotton candy operator and salesgirl. Candace starts to make friends at The Zone, including handsome guy who dresses up like the Lone Ranger. She also makes a few enemies. Plus, Candace's best friend, Tamera, who happens to be rich, is upset that Candace doesn't have time for her anymore and is jealous of Candace's new friends. Can Candace learn to balance her new friends with her old? And can she stand up to the enemies she's made at The Zone?

What a fun read! It zipped right by. I loved Candace, and The Zone was so well thought out that it read like its own fantasy world. I can totally imagine going to that theme park! The story was funny in parts, frustrating in parts, and sweet too. I'm curious what's going to happen in Candace's life yet and am going to have to read book two. Recommended!
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The Summer of Cotton Candy is a sweet and lighthearted story that brings to life the summer adventures of Candace Thompson, a 17 year old who is forced to leave her comfort zone the summer between her junior and senior years to work at The Zone, a gigantic and amazing amusement park.

Assigned to work a cotton candy cart (that is mechanized and unexpectedly takes off at will to zoom to new locations throughout the park), Candace must learn how to deal with rowdy customers, best friend problems, the challenges of holding down a summer job, and, best of all, the joy and pain that comes with having a boyfriend for the very first time (who, by the way, has bright blue eyes and plays Robin Hood at The Zone).

A wholesome and engaging coming of age tale, Cotton Candy shows us a young woman of faith coming to terms with who she is, and who she wants to be in the future, as she grapples with a wealthy best friend who always wants to buy her things, even though she can't return the favor, and a high school dropout boyfriend who is gorgeous but only lives for the moment, although he is bright and talented. Will Candace be who her friends want her to be? Or will she find her own path?

Highly recommended for teen and pre-teen girls, and those who want to remember exactly what it's like to be that age, with all the worries, concerns, and simple pleasures that entails.
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