Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer, #1-3)
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Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer #1-3)

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Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy: Adam, the senator's son, has looks, power, and all the money in the wo...more
Paperback, 721 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published April 30th 2008)
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Sam T.
OKAY.
Let me just start by saying this book was NOT the way I expected it to be. I mean, just read the discription. Sounds like a boring pointless girl book with pointless girl drama, right? Not really. I was really impressed by how well the plot went into the story, and how it was never boring (I mean, it takes talent to not make a 700+ paged book not be boring at times). There was always action. They even took on some serious issues like rape and depression and didn't make a fool out of themsel...more
Melinda
Perfect summer read. It is kind of long (721 pages) though, so you might not want to read it at the beach... if you want to keep your book in a good condition :)

"Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy:

Adam, the senator's son, has looks...more
Kaeley Little
In the book "Beach Blondes", the author did not directly state the purpose for writing this book. I think that the reason the author wrote the book was to inspire teen girls to be them self and that friends should come before boyfriends or else things could become confusing.
Another reason I think that the author wrote this book was to entertain young people and to also keep the readers wanting more. That is why I think that the author chose to write this book.

The author did not directly state t...more
~Hannah S.
Beach Blondes

Summer Smith doesn’t want to have just another lame summer in Minnesota. She wants to get away from the cold. That’s why she moves down to Crab Claw Key Florida with he cousin Diana. Besides all of the fun she is having with her friends and he new boyfriend Summer has to work at the Crab n’ Conch restaurant with her friend Marquez. Marquez notices that Summer and the main cook J.T. have some weird connection. They get burns at the exact same time and same place, they say the same t...more
Sophia Christina
I LOVE this series!
Its soooo good! It makes me want to move to the Keys and just have a fun time.
Just to make it clear, the order of the series is Beach Blondes, Spring Break, Tan Lines, Sun Kissed Christmas.
This series was actually written in the 90's but they republished it and replaced it with modern day celebrities. They also changed the title of the book and the covers. Beach Blondes is three books of the old series in one.
On more info on the old series check out this link!
http://www.fant...more
Alana
I really ended up enjoying this book. Things happen very quickly, you get hooked within the first 20 pages! This was a perfect summer read and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series! I couldn't help but smile and feel warm and fuzzy inside while reading about Summer and Seth, and they added interesting elements to the story so it wasn't just focused on the 3 guys. All in all, it was a very enjoyable book and I think that it's perfect for those people who love...more
Emma Donald
I decided to read 'Beach Blondes', written by Katherine Applegate, because my friend recommended it to me as an interesting read. The brightly coloured cover also caught my eye, and when I read the blurb on the back it seemed like a decent book, so I got it out.

My favourite setting in Beach Blondes was the scene in the underground caves, where Seth and Summer had gotten trapped on a small, desolate island while scuba diving in an underwater cave. There had been a cave-in, causing them to find an...more
Jennifer Maloney
It wasn't terrible but I would've edited it a lot differently than it was. For the most part, it was just a bubblegum fun story with not much substance. Great for some no brainer evenings of fun reading.

About the bad editing, there were several parts that repeated themselves almost word for word with other parts in the book, and some instances where there were total misspellings of words or wrong character names used. So unprofessional, in my opinion!
Sophie
I had no expectations when starting this book because I hadn't really heard anything about it, I just saw it on sale in my book shop and decided to give it a read. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The plot. I really did enjoy the plot. This book is definitely not your regular summer read, there is a lot of family mystery and drama as well as the typical boy and friend drama as well as rape, depression and suicide which I definitely was not expecting from this book but I did think that it add to th...more
Kim Smiley
I wish we could give half stars because I would really give this 3 1/2. What a long book but i finished it in 2 days.

This book is about Summer. She lives in Minnesota and has the chance to spend her summer vacation with her Aunt and cousin at their home in Crab Claw Key Florida. She's sohappy to go and get away from all the cold and snow.

On the plane down there, she meets a guy who ends up kissing her in the photo booth in the airport once they land. She is surprised but he is cute. But she doe...more
Janina
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Nikki
I started reading this book because my 15 year old daughter said I had to. Lol I thought it was a fun read, very easy. I became attached to the characters the more I got into the story. There were times that I laughed out loud, got chocked up, had my stomach in knots, and felt love struck. Not a whole lot of deep thoughts and I figured out parts of the story before the author revealed the answers. The REALLY ANNOYING thing about the book, was the constant repeating of things that you already kne...more
Michael
I bought this book thinking it would be alot better then today's the book and the story look very promising.

The story is about a girl name Summer Smith going to Florida for the summer. A Tarot card reader tells her she will meet three guys, The perfect one, dangerous and mysterious. We meet Diana, who's depressing after something bad to her. Along the way she make friends with a girl name Marquez and meets three guys name Seth, Adam and Diver.

There were a few errors in the book like with the w...more
Marissa Marzano
I WAS HOOKED!

For a girl who really isn't patient, and didn't have a lot of time on her hands, i still made a consious effort to read, from cover to cover, this 720 page book.

I'm a real big sucker for summer teen drama novels, I don't know why, i just am, but this book is just perfect for those who need a book to read on the beach.

It incompasses everything that sound happen in a regular summer holiday for a 17 year old girl. Sand, sun, sea and sex. Love it.

This novel was just another book that...more
Alyssa
I usually don't buy books like these, that look girly. Well I thought about it && the more I thought about it I thought that maybe this isnt something to pass up. Reluctantly I bought it, after reading about the 13th page and I was hooked! The dont judge a book by a cover slapped me across the face with this one. It isnt what you think it will be. MUST READ! I love this book. You hope for Summer, but even more secretly you hope for Marquez<3 It's funny, frustrating, and completely ama...more
Rheagen
One word: horrendous. It was just plain boring The main character.. Dull. The plot.. Where was it exactly?. And it went by too quickly for me.. There was no definite theme either.. I just don't understand why most enjoy such books... *pondering*
Sarah
Well, I rated this based on how much I enjoyed reading it. It's pretty much just a soap opera wrapped up into 600 pages. So, for a summer trash novel I'd give it five stars. But for what an easy read it was, i'd take off one.
Maddie
I really like this reading not just this book, but the entire series. I really like how Summer, the main character comes from Minnesota, which is where I happen to be from. Applegate does a very good job of coming up with very realistic scenarios that Summer, her cousin Diana, and her best friend Marquez all encounter together. This series has lots of plot twists and turns, with Summer and Diana both cheating on guys, Summer getting trapped in an underwater cave with her now ex-boyfriend Seth, M...more
Kennedy
This book is something great to read during the summer & deserves to be read!!
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
So this book was… long. I was pining for this book since the beginning of summer; it was the perfect summer read! Then I started reading it.. and the story never seemed to end. I feel like when I was 200 pages in, that nothing REALLY happened.. I guess that’s the point of why it’s a summer read right? It’s still summer here, weather goes up to 35 celsius (HOT!) so its not the season, but I think its about what represents summer. In summer we have all the time in the world to do ANYTHING, while n...more
Kayleigh
Right off the bat, I had a feeling Beach Blondes would be a good read. After reading the short synopsis on the back of the book, I felt that I would enjoy reading it, and also relate to it in certain ways. Throughout the book, I noticed that there wasn't repetitiveness at all; every page brought something new.


It takes place in Crab Claw Keys, a small place in Florida. Summer Smith is the main character, and in the duration of the book, is caught in a few dilemmas. With the help of her friends M...more
Juhina
Oct 28, 2011 Juhina rated it 3 of 5 stars
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So this book was… long. I was pining for this book since the beginning of summer; it was the perfect summer read! Then I started reading it.. and the story never seemed to end. I feel like when I was 200 pages in, that nothing REALLY happened.. I guess that’s the point of why it’s a summer read right? It’s still summer here, weather goes up to 35 celsius (HOT!) so its not the season, but I think its about what represents summer. In summer we have all the time in the world to do ANYTHING, while n...more
Emma Keserich
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Stephanie G.
Beach Blondes
Katherine Applegate
Publication Date: 1995
Genre: Realistic fiction

For my 1st quarter book report I chose to read the book Beach Blondes. This book is all about a girl names Summer Smith. Summer isn’t any popular preppy girl, she is just a normal girl who crushes on the popular guy. Well that all changed when she went and spent the summer with her aunt and cousin in crab claw, Florida. She may have been normal back in Bloomington, Minnesota. Summer met 4 guys: Adam which was the sena...more
Erin
Beach Blondes is a novel written by Katherine Applegate, one of my favorite authors. I chose to read this novel because it takes place in the summer time, my favorite time of year. Bleak skies and cold winds are not my forte, so reading this book made it easy to go to a different place. The book also is a typical teenage girl book, about relationships and vacation, something that I needed to read and giggle in the mid of high school stress.
Katherine Applegate is a well-known author, for childr...more
Charlotte
This book borders on three stars. :P Beach Blondes is a compound of three books originally written in 1995. It was a fun, cheesy and somewhat dumb summer read. Perfect for hot days when all you're doing is drinking iced tea on the porch.

Beach Blondes follows Summer Smith, (and pretty much every character gets a bit of their POV at least once) a simple girl from Minnesota who has come down to Florida to stay with her aunt and cousin for the summer. On the plane ride a woman reads her future with...more
Hette
I don't get it! How can people like this book so much??

I really don't think it deserves more than 2,5 stars. I don't know how long It has been taking me ro read this book, but it has been quite a while I can tell you! I think that the plot is okey, that the characters are pretty interesting, but that the writing and editing sucks! It is a 720 pages long book!! I'm sorry, but I just don't like it. The author doesn't seem to know how to build up anticipation, or to build suspense, which also pull...more
Cecile
Edit: downgrading this one...Because although it's very cute and summery, I just can't leave it at 4*.

Initial rating: 3.75* but I'm feeling generous and will give the official GR rating a 4*. God, I'm such a sucker for summer books. *sigh*

Great summer read. I took this one at the beach with me so now it���s slightly covered in sun block and sand keeps falling out of the pages. As it should be :)

First, I guess I have to apologize about my comment concerning some of the names. Seth and Summer, O....more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Summer Smith doesn't have the perfect life, or a life that anyone would want at all. She is a major klutz, always falling and bruising herself. And the guy of her dreams, Sean Valletti, not only doesn't notice her but has found someone else to be his potential girlfriend.

After trudging home through the snow and cold weather, Summer gets hit with some excellent news. Her aunt had phoned her mother to see if Summer wanted to com...more
Zoe Hanna
POSSIBLE SPOLIERS: I absaloutly love this book, it is a amazing great summer read even though it can be read at any time! I loved the plot of the story and I love all the surprises that come in this. This book is very well written and Katherine has done an amazing job! I loved how good all the describing Katherine did in this book; she made sure everything was well explained. I liked how reading this book I also had a visual idea of what it was like in my mind as well! I really loved how big the...more
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Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many p...more
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“Toward the end of the shift, when the orders from the waitresses had slowed to a trickle and the cleaning up of the kitchen had begun, J.T. picked a CD and slipped it into the CD player the cooks kept on top of a reach-in refrigerator.

He cranked the volume to seven and hit Play. Offspring doing "Bad Habit." It was one of the kitchen staff standards. They favored seriously hard-edged rock at the end of a tough night. The worse the night, the wilder the music.

Skeet, one of the other cooks, heard the opening bars and gave J.T. a wink. "It wasn't that bad of a night," she said.

"Oh, Skeet, you think every night is a Melissa Etheridge night," J.T. teased. He waltzed over, took Skeet by the waist, and drew her into a completely incongruous dance, as if they were keeping time to a different piece of music. "First time you've danced with a guy, Skeet?"

"No, only I prefer guys with some idea of rhythm," Skeet said.

J.T. released her, laughing. "Come on, Tom," he said, inviting the fry cook to dance. "Let's go."

"Yeah, when pigs fly," Tom said.

"No one wants to dance," J.T. complained. Then he spotted Lianne coming through the swinging doors. "Lianne! Dance with me." He snapped his fingers. "I got dancin' feet."

"Dance to this?" Lianne said, turning up her nose.

"Skeet! Stick in Rihanna," J.T. ordered. Seconds later Rihanna came on. But still Lianne refused.

"J.T., you're at work," she said. She gave him a peck on the cheek and went back to the dining room just as Marquez passed through the door.

J.T. retreated a bit, stepping back behind the line and pretending to go back to work. Marquez started to do side work, dipping tartar sauce into little plastic cups, but J.T. knew her too well to think she could ignore the music. Within seconds he could see the effect-- a motion beginning with her head, swaying just slightly at first, translated down her neck to her shoulders, her bottom, her legs, topped off by a little twirl with the tartar sauce spoon still in her hand.

J.T. smiled ruefully. The future Harvard girl. The future corporate lawyer.

There wasn't anything wrong in dancing with his former girlfriend, was there? After all, a moment earlier he'd been dancing with Skeet. He'd even asked Tom, although the fry cook was unlikely to be seen as a threat by Lianne. No, he should stick to his work.

Marquez was now dancing far more than she was filling cups of tartar sauce.

J.T. whipped off his apron. Screw it. He had dancin' feet. What was he supposed to do?

He took the spoon from Marquez and set it down.

"Crank it, Skeet," he said.

By the time Lianne reappeared in the kitchen, Marquez was up on the stainless steel counter, hands in the air over her head, hips thrusting, hair loose and flying, doing death-defying moves. J.T. was dancing more sedately below her, choosing to keep his feet on the ground.

"Is this really--" Lianne began, but the music drowned her out.

She caught J.T.'s eye. He gave her a wan grin and tried to draw her into the moment. But Lianne just looked angry and hurt.”
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