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Mates, Dates And Inflatable Bras (Mates, Dates #1)

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Lucy is trying to cope with teenage life. She is being pressured from all angles - teachers, parents and even her friends. Everyone else seems so sure of what they want to do, but Lucy has no idea. Somehow she has to find the answers.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Piccadilly Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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May 11, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads, read-2015
I first read this series when I was about 13 years old, and they were some of my favourite books. Now, years later, my reading tastes have matured, but I still really enjoy these books. They're fun, girlie, easy, light-hearted, and extremely quick. I read this in only an hour or so. I really look forward to rereading the rest of this series this year, and remembering my early teenage-hood, where the only things that mattered were school, friends, and getting your crush to notice you.
Mar 11, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jokavuotinen perinteeni on lukea nämä kirjat, yleensä kesäaikaan. Jotkut ovat uusintalukeneet Potterit tuhannesti, Sara Frendejä, kundeja-sarjan. :DD Parhaimpina päivinä muutama tälläinen menee oikein kevyesti. (olisiko joku 6 ennätys...) Tänään marssin koulupäivän jälkeen kirjastoon jossa alkoi hirveästi mieli lainata jotain kevyttä ja nopealukuista. (niin käy aina kun aurinko paistaa ja jopa lämmittääkin :D)

No joo, perus teinihömppää. Oikeasti hauskoja, nauroin useasti. Muutama hivenen syvälli
Oct 10, 2014 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I remember gobbling these up when I was younger, so I decided it was time for a revisit.

The result.

Well, it’s not terrible. Oh, sure I still cringed quite a bit while rereading it. But there are worst books out there. I just think I’ve really outgrown this series and instead of being labeled YA it should be middle grade.

Well, maybe ten years ago it was YA.

Let’s face it, the genre has matured a bit in ten years. Used to you’d never see characters have sexual relations
Amanda Yeargin
I decided to read Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras as an IR book. This was about a girl named Lucy who was trying to find out who wants to be and about her romance and friends. Lucy lives in Britian with her best friend Izzie. Izzie and Lucy has been best friends forever. But she thinks this new girl named Nesta is gonna take her away. She also has to deal with this mystery boy she saw and tries to do anything to meet him and know him. When she finds out it's someone Nesta knows she keeps quiet ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Genesis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade-ir
This book is about A girl named Lucy trying to get her best friend back, Izzie from the new girl Nesta. You see, Lucy and Izzie have been best friends since like forever and Lucy thinks because Nesta is new, that she might steal her best friend away.

I can connect to this because I fifth grade the same thing happened to me. You see, It was in fifth grade and this new girl gloriela came along and she kept on hanging out with my friends. And this is what happened to lucy, she felt like as if Nesta
I really enjoyed this book, it was really cute and easy to read I flew through it. The book is written for more of a younger audience so that is why I couldn't give it the full 5 stars, but I really liked it! I can't wait to continue on with the series and see how the friendship of these three girls grows.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Cute with good messages. I liked the audiobook narrator.
Nicole Harney
Nov 15, 2011 Nicole Harney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: The book is about a girl named Lucy who gets a writing assignment in school. The assignment is “What makes me, me?” In the beginning, Lucy does not know who she is. She is always comparing herself to other girls and telling herself she is not pretty and does not know what she wants to do with her life. Throughout the book with the help of her friends, Lucy finds out who she really is and becomes more confident with herself then she had ever been. In the end, Lucy gains everlasting frien ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-term
"Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras" is the fist novel in the Mates, Dates series. This novel follows a fourteen year old girl named Lucy, and her two friends Nesta and Izzy. Lucy thought everything in her life was taking a turn for the worst, her parents are completely Eco-friendly, which Lucy found annoying. Also,Lucy had a sneaking suspicion that that her two friends were trying to turn there back to her. But, everything changes when Lucy saw a boy from a near by school. She thought it was lov ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Shepard
I found myself laughing and loving this story, it reminded me a lot of what forming into a teenager was like. The main character is Lucy Lovering. A 14 year old girl followed by her best friend since elementary school Izzie and a new girl Nesta. They were all given an assignment by their teacher, Wacko Watkins as they call her, to write about themselves; their likes dislikes, what they want to do when their older. Lucy is stuck. Shes unsure about herself, unsure about her under
Holly Lawton
As a 16 year old when I read it, it really made me smile.
What was being written and the language used are things that actually happen to the english teen. Also, what Lucy thought and said were exactly the kinds of things that were zooming through my head at 14. The fact that Lucy got panicked over really silly things and overthinking what people had said- almost paranoid in some parts - was exacly the things that I did.
Especially when it came to friendships.
Also, I liked how everyhting was trea
Mikaela Aros
Oct 23, 2011 Mikaela Aros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! The "Mates and Dates" series by Cathy Hopkins is about a girl named Lucy how thinks she is losing her best friend to the new rich girl in school. Nesta is a perosn who everyone was suppose to be jealous of. She is rich, beautiful, and all the guys swoon over her. Lucy has to deal with this and many other teenage girl problems. In the end she ends up becoming friends with Nesta and they all become really good friends.
I love this series because it's so girly, which every girl n
Apr 29, 2009 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Georgia Nicholson
Shelves: ya, mooched
Lucy Loverling is a girl after my own heart. She's short, and people are always assuming she's 12, when she is 14. Story of my life (when I was in high school). Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras starts off with Lucy in class. Her teacher, whom she calls Wacko decides to assign the students an essay question, "What makes me me?"
The whole book then consists of Lucy's search for self, her search for her special talent and her first kiss.
I definately think this book would work well with younger gir
Sarah Gaskins
I don't remember much about this book except that I read almost the entire series until I started growing up and getting tired of the characters. That being said, it was a great read in middle school. Super funny, cute and at that age I could easily relate to the characters. I'd probably read it again just for something quick and light hearted, but I'd totally recommend the series to young girls and I almost want to buy the series and keep for my own kids, if I happen to have teen girls years fr ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Stella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really liked this book because its really girly and stuuuuuff. i kinda just picked it up from the shelf not expecting it to be good but i got really stuck into it and finished it in a day! so yeaah, good book. leaves you wanting to read more and more. and i have gotten stuck in to the rest of the series hehe :)
May 20, 2009 Ms. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alyssa
Recommended to Ms. by: No one
Shelves: nicole-n
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Sofie Trebbien
Dec 09, 2016 Sofie Trebbien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series was the first one I read when I was younger, and I was really in the mood to re-read it, so thats what I am doing! :)
This was a little similar to the Georgia Nicolson books but a lot younger and not as laugh-out-loud funny but very cute.
Nov 30, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, for a teen. I've pretty much finished reading the series, at least one a day. But I am actually sad because I feel I've gotten to know them. I LOVE THESE GUYS!!! xx
Ginnie Grant
May 30, 2014 Ginnie Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for a quick read on a sunny day. With totally relatable characters, it feels like having a laugh with your girlfriends
Oct 13, 2012 Janne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny! I can relate to every character in the story. Each character has their own love story. But more than that, it is about family, school problems, friendship, everything about life.
Laura Hughes
Mar 31, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly-ya

* Overwhelming British slang and usage.

* Amusing use of language.

* Low-stakes, gentle conflict.


* The conflict is too low-stakes and gentle. Nothing ever seems to have much emotional resonance, even things which really should. There's a constant baseline freaking-out level, but nothing seems to be more important than anything else. Lucy's feelings about her best friend having a new best friend are about equal to her feelings about having a lousy school assignment or getting a bad hair
Title: Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras
Author: Cathy Hopkins (Audio)
Genre: Young Adult

Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Young Adult Reading Challenge, YA Through the Decades, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge

Rating: 4/5
No. of Pages: 160
Published: 2002 Bolinda Publishing

Back Cover: A turning point is exactly what Lucy does NOT want. Everything is ch
Oct 28, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, every girl should read the mates, dates series! The books that make up this series are life lessons that every girl will be able to relate to and use in their own teenage journey.

Fourteen year old Lucy wishes she was everything she's not, taller, to have bigger boobs, brunette, funnier, flirtier, less babyish looking, blessed with less embarrassing parents. Unfortunately for Lucy she learns that just wishing something would happen doesn't make actually happen. When she is faced with a
Cat Conner
"Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras" is a lot like Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs, And Full-frontal Snogging" without so much of the light sexual humor that Rennison employs. Hopkins' book takes place in and near London in the life of Lucy, a fourteen year-old with an underdeveloped body and a knack for self-doubt, pretty much like any other teenager. Lucy has to deal with a beautiful, new student named Nesta who Lucy feels is stealing her best friend, Izzie. Lucy doesn't know what she wants to ...more
I read this back when I was in junior high and I liked it. I re-read it again now and I still enjoy it. It's not my favorite book from the series, though. But it was okay.

I might be able to relate to Lucy's character but in a different way. I was one of the tallest person back when I was in junior high. Being the tallest person can be as devastating as being a short one, because there's no way I can hide when I don't feel like playing any sports. And I hate them, especially basketballs. People o
Marina Schulz
Jan 05, 2012 Marina Schulz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*

I read this when I was just Lucy's age; it is the story of a girl who feels very unconfortable in her own skin, specially when it feels like everybody around her is blossoming and moving on. To make matters worse, her friend Izzy has taken a shine to new girl Nesta, and Lucy is feeling left out.

I can't explain why I loved this book so much, but it mostly was because I could relate so well to Lucy. I wasn't "stick thin and flats chested" like her, but I always felt like the ugly duckl
Sep 26, 2016 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this first story and getting to know the girls. It was a fun light read. I look forward to reading the next one!

Collective Review

I first read a couple of these books in 2006. I had a long bus trip and grabbed a couple of the series from a local bookstore. I had no idea they were part of a huge series. Over the years I had forgotten the names of the books but every now and then would try to find them. I finally found them this year from a Goodreads list. Yay!

I really enjoyed this series.
Jan 07, 2016 Jo-Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a book about a teenage girl living in West London that goes through all of the same stuff many young teenage girls go through. She worries about whether her friends are her friends, how she looks, that she doesn't have any idea what she wants to do with her future, boys, essentially the same things most teenage girls fret over. She has a couple of great friends but goes through many things in the book that cause her to doubt herself and lose confidence in herself. She eventually seems to ...more
Jun 11, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is 14 and looks like she's 12. Maybe. Her friends all easily pass for 16. Her best friend since forever, Izzy, is hanging out with the new girl in school, Nesta and Lucy is feeling more and more left out and left behind. It's time to choose what subjects to do for GCSEs (and then eventually A levels) and her friends and classmates have it all figured out. Lucy is clueless what she wants to be when she grows up. Then, she meets the most perfect boy and must try and get him to notice her, 12 ...more
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