- Publisher: Theatron Press (2010)
- ISBN-10: 0984497412
- ISBN-13: 978-0984497416
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,125,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gossip Gal's Celebrity Corner: Rumor has it that Rage Waters and the Fellas may gain a new addition to their touring entourage this summer: Rage's 13-year-old daughter, Crystal. Aw, now isn't that sweet? Reformed party animal Rage finally settling down for some father-daughter bonding-I say it's about time! But I can't help wondering: Will Rage corrupt his daughter, or will she help keep him on the straight and narrow? One thing's for sure: Crystal Waters is in for the time of her life-a summer of rock and roll, penthouse suites, and celebrity parties-talk about a dream summer vacation! My advice to Crystal: Buckle up, Buttercup. You're in for a wild ride. Contents Chapter 1 The Best Day Chapter 2 Stampede Chapter 3 Meet the Fellas Chapter 4 Obnoxious Boy Chapter 5 Dinner Stalker Chapter 6 Breaking the Ice Chapter 7 Coffee, Clothes and Cute Company Chapter 8 All the Little Ants Are Marching Chapter 9 Beantown Terror Chapter 10 On a Jet Plane Chapter 11 One the Road Again... and Again Chapter 12 Pancake Confessions Chapter 13 Motorcycles and Two-Stepping Chapter 14 Road Rage Chapter 15 Sunshine Spills the Beans Chapter 16 A Deep, Dark Family Secret Chapter 17 Eavesdropping Chapter 18 Partners in Crime Chapter 19 Conspiracy Theory Chapter 20 A Fit of Rage Chapter 21 A Fate Worse than Death Chapter 22 Roller Coaster Romance Chapter 23 The Daily Celebrity Watcher Chapter 24 Sweet Dreams Chapter 25 The Redhead Takes Manhattan Chapter 26 Morning Has Broken Chapter 27 Central Park Chaos Chapter 28 Psycho Girl Chapter 29 Crystal Clear Chapter 30 Heartfelt Talks and Moonlit Walks
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The Thirteenth Summer by Elizabeth Laing Thompson mixes normal teen concerns with the reality of the life of a famous entertainer. Crystal worries about her braces, body odor, frizzy hair and breakouts, particularly when she's around Luke, who is the son of another band member. She also finds out that while Rage's lifestyle comes with perks--fancy hotels, limousine rides and expensive restaurants--it also doesn't leave much time for Crystal to spend one-on-one with her father. Not surprisingly, several major conflicts come up as the two get to know one another and learn how to talk with each other.
Crystal is 13, which means she's between wanting to cling to some of her younger traits and wanting to be more grown up. That brings up some interesting issues, particularly as Crystal gets to know Luke better. The mystery of the crazed fan--dubbed psycho girl by band members--adds another twist to the story.
I thought The Thirteenth Summer was a lot of fun to read and it would provide interesting discussion for girls and their moms to talk about family relationships, finding confidence in yourself, and knowing how to communicate about important issues.