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

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Everything is changing around Lucy Loverling, and a turning point is exactly what she does NOT need. Suddenly she has to make all sorts of decisions including what she wants to be. And it seems that everyone else knows who and what she wants to be except her. Izzie has become friends with the glamorous Nesta, and Lucy isn't certain she likes a threesome. Nesta and Izzie lo...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published February 8th 2001)
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Cora Linn
This book is perfect for it's audience. I loved it when I was a tween and I love it now.

It felt like a young teen's Sarra Manning. Which is probably why I moved on to her once I'd read these books and grown up a little.

When you're fourteen you feel so grown up - then you have to make choices. You have to, effectively, decide what you're going to do with your life. You have to chose your GCSEs And my god, that's hard.

Lucy is a nice character, struggling with growing up, leaving childhood.
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
Nicole Harney
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
"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
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...more
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...more
Mikaela Aros
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...more
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...more
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
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alyssa
Recommended to Ms. by: No one
Shelves: nicole-n
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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.
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
This was a little similar to the Georgia Nicolson books but a lot younger and not as laugh-out-loud funny but very cute.
Imani Wade-allen
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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
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...more
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...more
Laura Hughes

* 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...more
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
this book was about this girl name Lucy and she is very beautiful. she is afraid of losing her best friends, Izzie and Nesta. Lucy is short and no one actually notices her. Lucy soon ends up having a crush on a "mystery boy", which happens to be her Nesta's brother. at first, Lucy hated Nesta, because she is taking over her friendship, with Izzie. Lucy wants to be noticed, so she changes her hairstyle, and ends up totally bad. since, Nesta is rich, and her mom have a hair stylest, she offer to f...more
important- the review reflects my opinion about the book.

this is a short review of all the books i read in the series. the rating, however, is per each book.

i read these books when i was 13-14. at that time i enjoyed reading them. However, the writing is average, the plot borders stupid, and many of the characters are one dimensional, even seteriotypical.

all in all, i would't recommand it now as there are far better books in the genre as well as the age target. which was not the case at my tim...more
Jul 11, 2009 April rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Georgia Nicholson
Shelves: mooched, ya
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...more
Ica Surjo
"Bibit hari ini akan menjadi buah esok
Pikiran hari ini akan menjadi tindakan dihari esok"

Novel teenlit satu ini isinya tidak seperti novel remaja kebanyakan. Banyak sekali pesan moral yang disampaikan seputar keluarga, perahabatan remaja, dan kegalauan remaja dalam masa transisi pencarian jati diri.

Saya sangat suka motto keluarga Lucy Lovering (tokoh utama), "Meskipun tidak punya cukup uang untuk mengecat dinding dapur rumah mereka, tapi sepertinya mereka (kedua orang tua Lucy) tidak keberatan...more
This is definitely a quick read but I lost interest halfway in. I pushed myself to read through. It was too predictable but a good coming of age book.
Carrie-ann Howat
The story is brilliant. I haven't read all of it yet but it sounds really good. I hope Lucy and Tony are an item. they make a lovely couple!
Ginnie Grant
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
Grace Olivia
this is the first book I read from cathy hopkins. I like it when I was a teens because of its simple story
Nenia Campbell
I really am too old for this, but it was great fun. Reminded me a lot of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging - except without quite as much sexual tension and border-line criminal activities. This basically means that the book isn't quite as deliciously naughty or funny, but is far easier to relate to because it really captures the innocence of being a clueless adolescent who is only just starting to discover boys and fashion.

Also, it was really cool to see a group of three girls who start...more
Sep 13, 2007 GRUMPY rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any one who loves romance and luv(like me)
i luv this series this the first book in the series. its about these girls Nesta,izze,t.j. and lucy.they live in london and its about them dating boys and going through middleschool life.some of the books are really good and some are excellent!in this one lucy is really small and her friends look way older than her and the guys alwaya go 4 her friends

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