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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 January 1st 2001)
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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.
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
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.
Howdy YAL
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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
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Cute with good messages. I liked the audiobook narrator.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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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
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
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
When you grow up you can expand your friend zone. Just like Lucy. Even though at first she felt intimidated by Nesta, she could be open and include Nesta in her already circle of friends with Izzy. Lucy’s insecurity could easily happen to every teenager. That’s why this light book can be everyone’s favorite because Cathy Hopkin could capture most teenage’s problems and insecutiries and poured it into nicely written stories.
Did you ever have a bad haircut? Low self-esteem? Insecurity?
You need to
Isa Luna
Ame este libro.

Es un libro con tanta ingenuidad, amor y todo lo que les pasa a las pre adolescentes.

Cathy Hopkins pudo contar perfectamente todo lo que les pasa a las adolescentes de ahora, y no es que ella quizo contar como si fuera por culpa de la "barbie" que la pre se enamoran de chicos mas grandes, que se preocupen por tener tetas mas grandes, es de la edad. espero que los adultos entiendan esto.

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 series got my started on actually sitting down and reading books. I hated reading because I could never find a book that got my attention and kept it until the end. This book changed that. It's funny, relatable, and the story line keeps its enticing flow all the way to the end. Loved, loved, loved this book series!!!
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
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