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The Summer of Skinny Dipping by [Howells, Amanda]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—"I was being strong. Even though I felt weak." Grounded, logical Mia is trying to cope with a summer that hasn't been what she expected. Her vacation in New York's tony Hamptons with her extended family was supposed to be about spending time with her firecracker cousin Corinne and her sympathetic aunt as relief from her mother's criticism and her parents' fights about money and status. But quickly the bubble bursts: her aunt is tense and preoccupied while jaded Corinne is more interested in drinking and her cool friends. Adrift, Mia can't help wanting to be part of Corinne's circle, even though she doesn't like these girls. Struggling to remain true to herself, she strikes up a friendship with Simon, the boy next door. Through late-night walks on the beach, the teens become more than friends. A skinny dip after a storm brutally ends Mia's summer—but not the growth she's achieved. Tailor-made for Sarah Dessen's fans, this novel mingles family drama and teen relationships. Over the course of the summer, Mia comes of age as she questions who she is and what she wants from the people in her life. Amid a cast of well-developed characters, her stumbles and achievements keep readers rooting for her. With a lyrical yet straightforward voice and a layered plot, this novel will live on for more than a summer.—Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD
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While spending summer vacation with her family at her cousins’ fancy beach house in the Hamptons, Mia, 16, wants to join the popular crowd. Instead, she feels like the “frumpy relative”; in fact, even her own mother is a class snob who thinks Mia isn’t slim enough to be part of the “in” set. Then she bonds with gorgeous Simon, the boy next door, and they meet secretly at night on the beach, drink vodka, and skinny-dip in the wild ocean waves. The details about what the kids wear and their conversations about what is trendy overpower the story, especially because much of the fashion will date. But many teens will appreciate this first novel for how the dialogue not only captures the dynamics of Mia’s standoffs with her peers but also reveals her surprising discoveries about adults. Mia’s first-person narrative is right on about wanting to be “cool” (“I couldn’t help wishing I was more like them”) even as she despises much of what “they” stand for. Grades 8-12. --Hazel Rochman

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  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE090
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By Susan Ward on May 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book made me laugh and cry. The romance was very sweet and sad, and the book had so much more to it than the title reveals. It's not at all the kind of beach read you expect--it is entertaining and a page-turner and a romance, but it also has much more serious themes going on, woven into the book in an interesting way. As Mia discovers what first love is really about, she also figures out that her family (and even she herself) is not what they seem to be. So her summer is not just about falling in love but also about growing up and realizing that life is a lot more complicated when you grow older. The book has depth but it moves quickly and there is a lot of witty dialogue between Mia and her spoiled cousins and their friends in the Hamptons. But even the "mean girls" aren't stereotypes in the book and I like that the author shows even the privileged people to be real flesh-and-blood human beings with problems of their own. If you have read The Great Gatsby you will find many parallels in this novel and references to Fitzgerald's famous story of what it means to be an outsider among insiders, on the chichi coast of Long Island. Set during the recession, the Summer of Skinny Dipping is a modern update of those ideas, exploring what it means to be rich and struggling, and all the gaps that divide people from each other and get in the way of the ultimate American Dream--happiness. This is a great read for those who love romance and beach reads that also have some depth and realism to them. It is not steamy or slutty so it is perfect for tween and up, and also for women who like chick lit. After I read it I decided I had to order a copy for a good friend!
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By TheRustyKey on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Nothing can save a book whose characters don't ring true, and that's sadly the fate of `The Summer of Skinny Dipping.' Not a glossy location like The Hamptons, not a frighteningly accelerated summer romance, not a bunch of `cool' kids raiding the liquor cabinet and posing as cardboard cutouts of every parent and After School Special's worst nightmare of youth gone awry. There's a riptide out there alright, but it has less to do with sea currents and more to do with disingenuous dialogue and broad brushed stereotypes that pull this book down to the murky depths.

Mia is 16 and spending another summer with her parents and little sister at the Hamptons summer home of her wealthy aunt, uncle, and cousin Corinne. Mia and Corinne had always been best friends during the summer, and managed to keep the relationship up during the school year, in spite of the fact that Corinne lives in New York City and Mia's from Georgia. But as soon as her family arrives, Mia can tell that something has changed. Most notably, Corinne has turned into some kind of Cosmopolitan Magazine inspired social zombie, spouting nauseating slang, smoking cigarettes, screaming at her mom, and doing all the things you might quickly jot down on a piece of paper if someone asked you to list traits of an obnoxious and snobby teenager. We're meant to believe that she wasn't like this before, but we'll just have to take Mia's word for the fact that she's gone through some sort of abrupt soul lobotomy in the last few months.

Worse than Corinne is her crowd of hip friends. All the children of the Hamptons elite swill about with fancy clothes and vacant attitudes, and Mia feels completely out of place.
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Mia is your typical 16 year old girl who has just had her heart broken for the first time. She wants nothing more than to escape the pain of being dumped by the first boy that she ever "loved". She is eager to spend her summer filled with beach days and laughter with her cousin and BFF Corinne. Unfortunately, upon arriving at her aunt & uncle's home in The Hamptons she finds out that her cousin is not the girl she once knew. She is now a distant, slightly bi-polar, shallow version of herself. Mia is your typical 16 year old girl who has just had her heart broken for the first time. She wants nothing more than to escape the pain of being dumped by the first boy that she ever "loved". She is eager to spend her summer filled with beach days and laughter with her cousin and BFF Corinne. Unfortunately, upon arriving at her aunt & uncle's home in The Hamptons she finds out that her cousin is not the girl she once knew. She is now a distant, slightly bi-polar, shallow version of herself and Mia suddenly feels out of place. She has nothing in common with this girl.

They are soon joined by Corinne's friend, Gem who is equally shallow but with an even more vicious tongue and crude habits. After a night of partying while the parentals are away, Mia realizes that she doesn't belong among the cream of New York's crop. She's not poised or rich, she's not vain or self-centered and more importantly, she doesn't have luxurious blond hair or a model figure.

Then one night she meets a boy. A boy who will not only change her summer, but change her life as well.

Mia is such a realistic and very likable character. She is your typical teenage girl: insecure and uncertain, stubborn, rebellious and desperately wants to fit in. She is also loving, supportive and ambitious.
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