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Island Girls (and Boys)

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Date: July 4
Rental type: 2-person sailboat
Rented by: Jen Taylor and Dylan Nelson
Rental time: 8:15 p.m.
Destination: Out to sea!
Life jackets: 2
Time back: ??? Don't wait up!
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published June 1st 2005)
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Andrea Hussey
Jan 06, 2016 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
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Amanda
Sep 14, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to Amanda by: no one.
Not the romance book I had expected. I always thought of these YA's romance to be just like an episode of "One Tree Hill", but this was nothing like it. I love it, it was such a touching story!

Jennifer and her two BFF's in the whole entire world decide to spend a summer together before they go their separate ways to college. You can think of it as a sort of good-bye party. The girls borrow Jen's grandparent's island house where they are completely independent and have to pay for everything thems
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Katie W
Aug 02, 2012 Katie W rated it did not like it
I've read a few books by this author but this one wasn't quite up to the same caliber. It is a YA story, but I don't like to read about teens sleeping with their boyfriends (or strangers), looking for a summer hookup, underage drinking and getting drunk. It also had some language.

Three friends decide to live in Jennifer's grandparents beach house for the summer after graduation to have a fun time before heading their separate ways for college. Jen is very uptight and controlling, while Amy is a
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Heather
Oct 20, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
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Ana Banda
Dec 08, 2011 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing
Advertencia; NO ENTRES si no has leido el libro, contiene spoilers totalmente importantes sobre el drama del libro'<3



Hermosisimo como todos los que Rachel escribe *.*
Jenn; Me cayo bien, me parece que somos muuuy parecidas; tambien me pondria toda loca con el desastre de la fiesta xD
Dylan; Hermoso viejo con esos ojos que me recuerdan a Will *.* a todos mis Will's jaja. Me hizo chillar cuando se fue & aun mas cuando regreso :( pero tambien fue un tiernisimo durante el tiempo que estuvo con
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Carly Comtois
Dec 04, 2014 Carly Comtois rated it liked it
Before I Read the Book...

Okay wow, so I just found the last Rachel Hawthorne standalone YA romance/vacation book that I haven't read yet! SCORE!

Summary of the Story

Three best friends share a house on an island for the summer, but things don't go as planned. (view spoiler)
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Sherry Ou Yang
Nov 04, 2012 Sherry Ou Yang rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10th-grade
This is it! The final summer between the three BFFs, Jen, Chelsea and Amy before they head off to college, in separate directions. The girls agree to spend their summer on an island in Jen's grandparent's beach house.It became Jen's worst nightmare when things doesn't turn out the way she envisioned everything to be. Unexpected guests starts to show up such as Chelsea's boyfriend and of course the mysterious guy, Dylan.Her relationship with her BFFs starts to get strained as well when they argue ...more
Jessica
Oct 22, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
While, I normally love a good light-hearted chicklit teen read with some fluffy romance, I just didn't like this one. It met the criteria: short enough to read in one sitting (2 hours), fun cover, cute plot. I just didn't like the characters.

3 girls who are best friends decide to spend their summer together at the beach : Chelsea, Amy and Jen. The beach house belongs to Jen's grandparents who conveniently don't need it this summer.

Well, Chelsea turns out to be a huge b*tch. First she expects to
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Yomiuri
Feb 26, 2009 Yomiuri rated it really liked it
This book is truly amazing, in which three girls Jen,Chelsea and Amy want to spent their vacation together before they go off to college. But things go upside down when Chelsea's boyfriend appears in the picture. What was supposed to be a a girls vacation turned out to not be all girls. With Chelsea spending all her time with her boyfriend Jen and Amy feel left out and at work Jen mets Dylan whos camping at the place Jen works at and who also is joining the army and is not staying for long. They ...more
Andy Johnson
Apr 25, 2016 Andy Johnson rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about this book. As much as I'm one for the classics, this book is not complex, subtle, or timeless. It is fun, it's light, and I find it enjoyable read after read. With Island Girls, you get exactly what you'd expect just from looking at the cover. But I have read countless fun, nondescript, romcom-y books, and this is the one I go back to. Pages are actually threatening to detach from my copy because it's one of the books I always take when I travel.

It's hard to pin do
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Hannah Mrochek
Mar 08, 2014 Hannah Mrochek rated it did not like it
I thought "Island girls (and boys)" was an okay book. It wasn't the best book, but it wasn't the worst book. The story is that Jennifer and her two best friends (Amy and Chelsea) are staying at Jennifer's Grandparents summer house for the summer. Jennifer plans to have the best summer with Chelsea and Amy before they go off to different colleges. Her plan doesn't work when Noah, Chelsea's boyfriend arrives unexpectedly and decides to stay with them for the whole summer. Jennifer tries not to let ...more
Geli
May 09, 2012 Geli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, romance
I found this book to be a great addition to my summer reading list. I could completely identify with the lead character, Jen. This was one story for sure where I couldnt guess what was to happen next. I was very surprised at what happened through the course of the story but I loved every part of it. Rachel Hawthrone scores big time in my book with this one!
Sarah
Jul 23, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance books.
Recommended to Sarah by: My Best friend.
When I first started this book, I just expected a quick, cute read. But it was MUCH better than I initially expected.
The romance was alot deeper and more satisfying than i expected, too. Rachel Hawthorne has an awesome writing style, and I definately want to read more of her books in the future.
Mehsi
I found out about this author due her latest books (Boyfriend project en Trouble From the Start), and from there I thought to go on a hunt to find out more of this author. And my first book is now The Island Girls. A book that, while it had some stuff that I didn't particularly liked, was still a great fantastic book about romance and summers and vacations.

The problems I had with this book didn't particularly have to do with the story, it had more to do with the characters. In the end I had a pr
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Katsumi
Aug 23, 2011 Katsumi rated it it was amazing
It's Jen's last summer before she goes off to college. Her last summer to be with her friends. So why not invite them to live in her grandparents beach house with her? There will be no parents, it can teach them about living on their own, and give them time together before they all go their separate ways. Jen, Chelsea, and Amy are all prepared for a fantastic good-bye party of the summer. They aren't prepared for love and how their friendship will change.

I have to admit, I had very low expectati
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
"A word of advice. Campers never stay long, no matter how cute they are we don't need any broken hearts over the summer"

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Fun Summery read! Rachel Hawthorne still has her own magic on this one. I've read almost all of her books and as far as those readings are concern, I loved them all. Her stories may not really happen in real life but hey if anyone could live up on them, I'm pretty sure all the girls and even boys would want to experience it. Hawthorne's books are all very easy, light and
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Kennedi B
Jan 03, 2013 Kennedi B rated it really liked it

Island Girls (And Boys)

I absolutely loved this book! I guarantee you will not be able to put this back down. It’ll keep you reading all night, like it did to me. Island Girls, by Rachel Hawthorne, is a very fun and easy read. If you are looking for a summer romance novel, this is the book for you!
Island Girls is all about compromise, friendship and true love. This theme relates to many lives of normal teenage girls and is perfect for a “looking for love” kind of girl. The author’s purpose is t
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Natshane
Nov 19, 2010 Natshane rated it really liked it
Who asks permission when you want to kiss someone? Ask Dylan, I cried over this book, like seriously cried, but I'm not even sure why, maybe because I'm listening to the romantic/depressing Remembering Sunday by All Time Low when I am reading this book, especially when Dylan left unexpectedly and leaving Jennifer to heal by her own, and her friends were all paired up and they had a fight. The most vivid scene in my mind is when Jen try to pick up the pieces.
I broke down when Jen hugged the stra
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Mojo
Mar 09, 2012 Mojo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
3 best friends: Amy, Chelsea and Jennifer, coming to Jennifer's grandparent's house for the whole summer since they've went to an extended trip to Europe.
Chelsea is a self-centered girl, who's occasionally nice, but way too insecure about her self, doubting her friends over her boyfriend. At first, Noah, Chelsea's boyfriend was a jerk. He didn't pay for the expenses so Chelsea, Amy and Jennifer had to.
The romance continues when Jennifer met a hot guy called Dylan. His best friend Zach and Amy
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Penny Lane
Mar 11, 2012 Penny Lane rated it really liked it
No es de mis preferidos. El principio me gusto, luego oscilo y finalmente el final. No esperes leer un libro de Rachel que termine con un "final para siempre", siempre dejara la historia de amor abierta sin finales puntuales. Lo cual, lo hace mas realista. Me gusto mas que nada el final porque profundiza el tema de la amistad y el amor lo deja en un "veremos", un "vivamos el ahora". Eso es lo que me gusta de sus libros. No son perfectos. Son cortos e inconclusos pero a mi criterio te deja un men ...more
Queena
Jun 09, 2013 Queena rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl who has graduated high school and is looking to spend the summer in the island with her two best friends since they are going to go to different colleges. However, problem rises when one of her best friend's boyfriend comes and spends most of his time with her best friend. The protagonist also finds a person that she likes on the island and then she falls in love with him even though he is going to go into the army soon. In the end, they both fall in love with each othe ...more
Miranda
Mar 23, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! It is the perfect spring/summer read. I didn't have high expectations for it but I was pleasantly suprised. I loves Rachel Hawthornes writing style. The relationship between Dylan and Jen was too cute. I also loved Alex and Amy. Chelsea annoyed me a lot because she was such a brat but I started to like her more in the end. Noah bothered me as well but there were times I liked him. Totally recommend this book!!
Bonnie Chen
Apr 24, 2012 Bonnie Chen rated it really liked it
This book gave me a very special thought about friendship. That was the most important theme in this book. Three girls were having fun in a camp house- spending their summer before going off to college. However, it turns out you have to have a lot of tolerance and patience living with people you don;t usually live. They encountered a lot of problems while living together. For instance, one might bring friends over without letting the two other know and that can be really irritating, especially i ...more
Kim Ledford
Jan 13, 2016 Kim Ledford rated it did not like it
These girls were just awful! Disliked all the girls, especially the one that insisted on having the largest room that belonged to her friend's grandparents. And her roommates just let her boyfriend move in for the entire summer? Not to mention the lies this girl told.
Marta
Jun 01, 2008 Marta rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
Shelves: o7-o8
Jen, Chelsea and Amy spent their summer together at Jens grandparents summer house. This is their last summer before going off to college. Jen thinks this will be the perfect summer, but she is so wrong. Instead of getting closer to each other, they stray farther and farther apart. Chelsea is to obsessed with her boyfriend and doesn't have enough time to hang out with Amy and Jen. Amy is to obsessed with stray dogs and animals, that she always gets Jen angry and Jen falls in love with a boy and ...more
Ivory
Jul 10, 2010 Ivory rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-chic-lit
This book is good. Quick, fun, romantic read.

It's about 3 friends (Jen, Amy, Chelsea) whose staying in an island on summer vacation before they part ways for college. They were staying on Jen's grandparents' summer house.

As I was reading this, I really hated Chelsea. Bossy and all. I wanted to smack her so hard so she'll get some senses. I can't imagine myself having a friend like Chelsea. I guess it's true to what they say... "With a friend like you, who needs enemy?"

Anyway, I got my doze of sw
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Sophie
Aug 12, 2008 Sophie rated it liked it
This book, I have to admit, was actually OK. I think that it was definitely one of the best books I have ever read, but it was definitely OK. Today I finished this book and as I was reading it, I realized that it has an inane font size and reading level for its mature themes and what some of us out there are old enough to read! Then, in the end, it actually has a sweet plot. A little hard to understand how scenes relate to it at times, but OK. I give this book 3 stars because I didn't hate it, b ...more
Tamis
May 12, 2012 Tamis rated it really liked it
El libro me gusto, pero no puedo decir que sea de mis favoritos, lo que me gusto de este libros es lo realista que son las relaciones romanticas en el, es algo que seguro todas las chicas hemos pasado o lo hemos vivido con una amiga, eso es realmente lo hermoso de este libros a demas de que es un vivamos el presente procupemonos despues del futuro.
Lo que no me gusto fue que en algunas ocaciones las protagonistas me sacaban de mis casillas jaja ecenas en donde sentia que yo era la que ya queria g
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Rachel
Jun 04, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
one of the best best best romances ive ever read next to maine squeeze by cathrine clark
Siera
Jun 30, 2015 Siera rated it it was amazing
Good read for when you're lounged out by the pool on vacation! A nice light read.
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aka Jade Parker and also writes with her son as J.A. London
(also writes romance under Lorraine Heath)

Rachel Hawthorne, who also writes as Lorraine Heath and Jade Parker, is the daughter of a British beauty (her mother won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero-who played the Joker on the old Batman TV series) and a Texan who wa
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