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The Islanders Vol. 1 (Making Out #1-2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The first two books of Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s beloved series about New England’s most unforgettable teens-now available in one volume!

Two years ago the tiny New England community on Chatham Island was rocked by tragedy--three teenagers had a terrible accident that left one dead. Now Lucas Cabral, the person responsible for the events on that fateful night,
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by HarperTeen
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Lauren R.
Super dramatic and cheesy, in an addicting 90s-style kind of way. (This would have been my JAM back when I was an actual young adult!) I'm open to romance tropes (love triangles, instalove) in ways that feel real and right. This book has both of those things in absolute full force, but not exactly how I prefer them. I couldn't even tell you about each character's personality/interests because they all felt the same. Despite all my complaints I have to say I enjoyed reading the drama. I'll ...more
You know what? When you get into this, it's really not that bad. If you can deal with the immature characters and the plot being 90% about the romance and 5% about friendship and 5% "deep dark secrets", it's okay. It was enough to keep me interested anyway. And I know it says I read this book in seven days, but it was more like two. The first five days I only read like 70 pages.

Benjamin was my favorite character, and I really loved him. He's blind, but he's not defined at all by this disability.
May 09, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I first read these two books when they were still under the “Making Out” series title back in high school. There were the books that started my love of reading for fun, instead of something that I had to do for school. I thought the characters were so mature for teenagers and that their lives were interesting compared to my own. I think there were a total of 28 books in the whole series and I had collected them all. When I went to college I decided that I was “too grown up” for them and gave ...more
Jan 08, 2016 H.i.b.a. rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, summer
I am SUCH a sucker for 90s teen melodrama. Let's recap what went down.


Zoey is my favorite and needs to drop Jake ASAP
Jake is the boringest boyfriend ever ("most boring" doesn't express his level of boring)
Lucas is the perfect bad boy
Ben is hilarious, but will be taken advantage of by Claire (calling it now)
Nina is truly an original
Chris is too good to be true
Aisha is me, down to the obsessive overachieving and stubbornness
Claire is a shady lady

Still to be resolved:

1. How long
May 02, 2015 Mike marked it as to-read
So in the wake of Katherine's Newbery and Michael's minor mainstream success with Gone, I guess HarperCollins decided that a nineties series that the team wrote the first eight books of (the rest were ghostwritten) for a quick buck would sell. I never really planned on reading this series (I always got the impression that Applegrant didn't really care about what they were writing before the Animorophs-Everworld-Remnants era), but I guess I might as well give it a shot.
Jul 22, 2015 Dianna rated it it was ok
This was a strange read. Mostly cause the beginning and end of the book sucked but the middle was good. Not really sure how it happened, but it did.
Laura Martinelli
I’ve spent the past few weeks in a kind of nostalgic binge for the trashy YA novels that I would have grown up with—the series that would release multiple books in a matter of months that dealt with the pre-connected age of teen soap opera lurid scandals that didn’t feel out of place on the pre-CW WB primetime teen dramas. Not that the bulk of them could probably hold up nowadays, technology disconnect or otherwise, but they’re just so much fun to read. It’s literary junk food, and once in a ...more
Wow, just wow. This was a pretty great book.

There are only two reasons why I rated this book a 4 star and not a 5 star. First reason is the fact that the POV jumps from one character to another. Each of our characters gets at least a few words in, some more than others. Zoey, Nina, Claire, Aisha are the main characters, but the guys, Jake, Benjamin, Lucas, Christopher also have a few parts. It was especially confusing during the first chapters. I was just thinking it would be Zoey's POV (since h
Oct 12, 2016 Adina rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good old fashioned nostalgia. I thought this book series was the coolest in 7th grade, it's even older than that! Some of the pop-culture references felt forced with this new packaging and "updating," but it makes up for it with fun high school drama.
Feb 11, 2016 Aline rated it it was amazing
The Islanders by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate * 4.5 Stars*


This is a story about choices and decisions. Zoey, Jake, Lucas, Nina, Ben and Claire, know each other for many years, since the island where they live is so small and everyone knows everyone. Aisha joined the gr
Michelle Buck
Sep 24, 2016 Michelle Buck rated it liked it
Writing was ok but I am not into the teenage drama.
Sep 09, 2016 firecracker2007 rated it liked it
I enjoy YA fiction though I am not a young adult reader. This book did not disappoint. There is one twist that I saw coming right from the start. There is another twist that I didn't predict. I appreciated the interplay of story lines given the size of the community in which the story is set. I feel I have a good sense of the characters but also believe the author left room for them to grow. I didn't expect to want to follow this up by reading the next volume but I believe I'll be doing exactly ...more
These are from my childhood, republished and made current. I remember checking these out from the library and becoming engrossed and then they disappeared from the shelves. 20 years later, I go looking for them and here they are. They aren't that good, but my 13 year old self loved it and my 33 year old self enjoyed the time travel.

I mean, teenagers in love. It is ridiculous and escapist and dramatic (melodramatic) and sweet. Plus, set on an island!! I'm probably going to read them all. And kee
Sep 04, 2016 Belen rated it really liked it
I'm happy with this book. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters. It was like traveling to the past; remembering how did it feel to be a teenager. Dreaming, falling in love and out of love, acting impulsively with all its consequences, aching for something indescribable and trying to decipher this world.

These books were written in the nineties. Sadly, in this edition some aspects were modernized: they changed the actors, musicians and other cultural references of that decade to acc
Rina Borough - Ireadwhatiwant2
I originally bough the book Zooey Fools Around at a swap meet around the year 2001. I read through quite a few of the books in the series back then and haven't thought about them since, so I was excited when I saw this book (containing books 1 and 2 of the Making Out series) being sold at a local bookstore. I can't wait to reread this these books and flashback to being a young teenager.

Fun fact: Jake Finds Out was my first ever online purchase.
Sep 06, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
1.5. Really not very good. Predictable in the first 10 pages. Originally published in the 1990s and apparently recently re-released with odd pop culture updates (one direction, Lindsey lohan) but utterly lacking in technology and social media which would make it more believeable for modern day but would also break down the whole plot.
Ashlyn Riddle
Jul 27, 2015 Ashlyn Riddle rated it liked it
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Oct 15, 2015 Aloverofgoodbooks rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-teen
Like the storyline. Read the original series when ir first came out. I will probably read the others because I never did finish the original series and now I need to know what happens next.
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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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Making Out (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • Zoey Fools Around (Making Out, #1)
  • Jake Finds Out (Making Out, #2)
  • Nina Won't Tell (Making Out, #3)
  • Ben's in Love (Making Out, #4)
  • Claire Gets Caught (Making Out, #5)
  • What Zoey Saw (Making Out, #6)
  • Lucas Gets Hurt (Making Out, #7)
  • Aisha Goes Wild (Making Out, #8)
  • Zoey Plays Games (Making Out, #9)
  • Nina Shapes Up (Making Out, #10)

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