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Milo Hestler is a lonely, unusual, fourteen-year-old girl. She is constantly moving from home to home with her oblivious parents. The only friend she has is her conscience, whom she has named Bob. Her only comforts are cooking and listening to hip-hop. When her family moves yet again, Milo is bullied mercilessly by her classmates. Such treatment prompts her to travel to Au ...more
Paperback, 589 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
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brandy oliver
Jul 19, 2012 brandy oliver rated it it was amazing
The Island of Lote, is very fascinating, reminded me of a fairy tale, but more for modern day. The author has a very magical way about her writing and really captivates you with every word! I was amazed with such a vocabulary, and so much originality by such a young girl. (21 years old, and if I understood correctly, this was started when she was even younger...)
I am looking forward to seeing more from this author, whether it is a continuation of Milo and Simon, (2 main characters in this story)
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Morissa
Oct 24, 2012 Morissa rated it it was amazing
One of the best I have read in years!

Author, Emily Kinney, has created a masterpiece. The Island of Lote is the moving tale of a unique teenage girl who goes on an unforgettable adventure. She makes some very difficult choices, which brings so much tension and drama to this great book. This book had all the elements anyone could imagine: action, thrill, adventure, and even some romance. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I just culd not put it down!

The story so true to life while also being
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Michaela
Feb 23, 2014 Michaela rated it liked it
Thanks to Emily Kinney for a signed copy of this book!
I had a hard time rating this book- there were things I loved and things where I rolled my eyes or just wanted to be over. But overall, I did like it. I might have even given this 4 stars on a different day. I don't know.
This was something new. I have never read anything like it before, and I think that is why I liked it. It's unique. It's fresh. Both the story and the writing- something new and interesting. I'm hoping to see more of Emily Ki
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Markus
Jan 25, 2013 Markus rated it it was amazing
It's hard to find an author who hasn't fallen prey to the cookie cutter mentality that all novels must fit into a certain repetitive marketing style, fit for the masses. "The Isle of Lote" is such an enchanting story, eloquently crafted, and presented in such a way as to entertain the imagination while feeding the curiosity. Emily has created a treat that will satisfy any apatite, for any age group. A perfect gift to guide a teenage girl on her journey to womanhood. Kudos.
Dani Star
Jun 19, 2012 Dani Star rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a good book in a while but I am really pleased that I invested time in this one. Right away I connected to the main character, Milo. I felt her embarrassment, I felt her pain and I quite liked her personality. This book is well written, the story line is very unique, a lot of unexpected events happen. I read it all at once and it kept me interested until the end. I highly recommend this book; it is full of adventure, excitement and emotion!
Emily Kinney
May 13, 2012 Emily Kinney rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book was so freakin' awesome! It was funny, different, and really well written. The world just melted away when I read it, and it felt like I was on a tropical island. So cool. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed. You'll be super hyped like I am.
Heidi
Jun 06, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Milo has moved around a lot in her life. And she isn’t too happy about the most recent move to 711 Shady Ally. It certainly lives up to her expectations which were poor. She has no friends, and her parents have no clue as to what makes her tick. She believes that she has found the perfect way to get away from this mess when she signs up for a summer camp in Australia. But little does she know that she won’t end up at summer camp, but instead she will end up with an adventure on an unknown tropic ...more
Kris Richards
May 04, 2013 Kris Richards rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in return for a genuine and honest review.

Let me first explain that I am a certified speedreader, and I read every other word in a book (my mind fills in the gaps)

This is fantastic. At first, I was unsure what to make of the book as the cover made me think it was going to be a MG novel - perhaps with a touch of Enid Blyton to the feel.
However, as I started to read I fell in love with the characters. Milo is relatable. She has qualities about her that make the read
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Gabs
May 24, 2013 Gabs rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I think the author has a lot of potential! (But a better editor is needed; the writing has a few mistakes in it, though it does not take away from the overall story) However, I had an issue with Simon--I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with the positives of this story first, shall we?

First, I liked the plot. I used to love a game called Virtual Villagers, (Still do, I just beat every single game!) and when I saw the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. I
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Cindy Hale
May 30, 2013 Cindy Hale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-romance
Get ready to be whisked away to a tropical paradise! This book was an absolute pleasure to read! I finished it this morning, and I’m so sad that it’s over! I’m not ready to leave the island yet! I recommend that you get this book and make a beeline to the nearest pool! There’s nothing like reading about a tropical island while laying out next to the pool. That’s what I did, and it made the story come alive even more for me. And, if you’re reading this in the winter, all the better, because your ...more
Lara
Oct 28, 2013 Lara rated it did not like it
Wellll, I tried!

I received this through First Reads, and I wanted to give it a go based on all the rave reviews I'm seeing here, even though the premise sounded a little iffy to me. I figured the author must have managed to make it work, and I always love when someone can take a weird premise and just nail it so that I'm completely sucked in despite myself. Honestly, though, I was really irritated with this right from the first chapter.

A lot of the wording feels really awkward to me, but worse
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Jared Hale
Sep 23, 2013 Jared Hale rated it liked it
This book was a suggestion from my wife and despite what appears to me as a very low budget cover the book was actually pretty good, it seems like it could have been shortened a great deal, somewhat suprising to me the book was addictive and I kept reading it and wanting to know what was going to happen.
A girl who feels misunderstood, different, disliked by peers as well as everyone else including her parents (which seemed like really good character development to me as this is aimed at tweens
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Sam
May 21, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
A Magical and Enchanting Tale



Sometimes you come across a book that takes you on a magical journey
Where you become so immersed in the story that you feel part of it, this is one such book.

It’s a romantic fairy tail that follows the life of Milo Hestler and her meeting with Simon “the two main characters of the story” after the plane she is on crashes,
And comes a cross a secret Island.

The story itself is extremely well written and you know the author has done a good job when you can’t put it down
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Sylvia
Jan 26, 2015 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog
Milo's intentions of heading to summer camp changes when she is forced to jump from her crashing plane and lands on a remote and undiscovered tropical island.

The Island of Lote is a wonderful coming of age story with characters who you will adore. Milo is a headstrong, feisty and determined heroine who thinks she has everything she wants in life figured out, until her charming rescuer, Simon, proves to be just as stubborn in getting the girl of his dreams to fall in love with him. Where they col
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Arun Kumar
Jun 01, 2013 Arun Kumar rated it it was amazing
The island of Lote is a fantastic read. I especially enjoyed the author's insight in saying that in some situations a part of us dies. We have forgotten the part of the phrase " Curiosity killed the cat... the rest of the part is satisfaction brought it back". The whole novel revolves around it as we find Milo in new situations, events which kill a part of her, but then it's amazing to see how she survives after crashing over to an island and accepting a marriage proposal to a stranger at the ag ...more
Natalee
Jul 21, 2013 Natalee rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
I really wanted to like this book, but there were just too many things that where completely unrealistic for a realistic fiction. I can usually suspend my disbelief when necessary, but this just asked too much. I have met the author and I like her a lot. I really hope that she keeps writing and that her writing matures. I know that there are many middle school kids who have read and enjoyed this book, and I am glad. I just couldn't make myself keep going.
Conrad Jones
Jul 13, 2013 Conrad Jones rated it it was amazing

This book is an absolute pleasure to read. The author takes you to a tropical paradise which paints with expert strokes. A breath of fresh air and a charming tale. Five star read for me!
Emily
Dec 17, 2013 Emily marked it as to-read
I'm excited that I won this through the goodreads giveaway! Once I receive it and read it, I'll update my review :) Thanks!
Julia Umbro
Apr 17, 2013 Julia Umbro rated it it was amazing
A magical story where anything is possible.
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Emily Kinney is a young author from Maine, who has finally had her book published after many years of struggling. She is a great lover of books and storytelling in any form. Her ultimate dream is to become a master storyteller, and is very aware that means proving to the world she is worthy. This first novel is the start of that attempt. She believes that authors have to represent for their craft ...more
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