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The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer #1)

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There Are Some Summers You'll Always Remember

Sometimes I wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy wi
Paperback, 295 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Melannie :)
Sep 22, 2013 Melannie :) rated it liked it
It's 2:54 am
I shouldn't be up since I'm waking up in just a few hours.
I'm still sobbing.

You know how sometimes you start a book with high expectations
and then as you slowly sink into the first chapters, you just have
the feeling it's just not gonna be as good?

That's what happened to me.
Although I was completely blown away by how much alike Mia and I were,
I just wasn't thrilled, I was just bored for the first 50, maybe 60 pages.

But then I got to know Simon, who is a character I'm gonna remember,
Jun 04, 2013 Tanja rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book because I was in the mood to read something light. I ended up crying my eyes out.

The main character is 16-year-old Mia Gordon, whose family is going to spend the summer with their rich cousins in Hamptons. Mia can’t wait to see her cousin Corinne. But when they arrive, she realizes that Corinne has changed (turned into a snobbish bitch). Corinne’s sister and friends are even worse. Mia feels out of place until, at a rich kids party, she meets Simon.

I thought the first
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
My ratings were all over the board with this book. I finally settled with two, even though I wanted to just give it one a few times. It's funny, because for a while there I briefly tried to decide between 4 or 5 stars.

In the first half Mia tries to fit in with her beautiful and rich cousins but doesn't do a good job. She tries to understand why she even cares about what they think. This part of the book was ok. Nothing really happens, but I'd rather be in Mia's head, than Beth's. I didn't like
john nielsen boyack
Oct 14, 2013 john nielsen boyack rated it it was amazing
For anyone ages 9-16, "The Summer Of Skinny Dipping" is a perfect preface to their summer vacation. Seriously, start this book with about two weeks left in school and follow the very sound protagonist (Mia Gordon) as she struggles to understand her relationship to her cousin and best friend as it, and they, move from childhood into young adulthood, as she works out her feelings about herself, her body, her family, her fervent effort at shaping her own identity, and as she traces her experiences ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Camilla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
I love reading books that take place in the summer because they are light, refreshing and an absolute joy to read. While I have read a ton of fantastic "summer" books in the past, the Summer of Skinny Dipping is one that I have never encountered. I was prepared for a really light and fun read ... but instead I got an intense and incredible novel that had my emotions all over the place.

This story follows a girl named Mia who is going through a tough breakup. Her boyfriend Jake dumped her and she
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by hoopsielv for

Mia can't wait to spend the summer in the Hamptons. After all, she just got dumped and there's nothing like the beach to make everything better. Plus, she'll be with her cousin, Corinne, and they've been inseparable every time they're together. It's bound to be a fabulous time!

Right away, Mia sees a big change in Corinne. Everything is "boring" to her and she would rather be anywhere else. Corinne's friend, Gen, has also been invited this summer, and Mia
Feb 27, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage-read
Lets start with the very intreging begginning, I liked the whole consept of the story. A niave girl sets of for a summer of fun with a great cousin.

The first few chapters were hard to get into. I found myself reading one chapter a night - and that meant I was totally uniterested. I wanted a book that kept me reading at school, under the table. Reading at dinner and god forbid, reading on the toilet.

Mia's character was someone I could relate too, very behind the scenes, not wanti
Wendy Darling
I liked most of the book--nuanced parental/family relationships, non-shallow portrayals of complicated girl friendships, and believable Hamptons lifestyle setting. Too often you read this stuff and you can tell the author's never set foot in anything fancier than a nice Hyatt, but that didn't feel like the case here.

But I was pretty so-so on the love interest, so that kind of made the story stall for me. And man, did I NOT love that ending. It felt a little out of left field, even though I coul
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz
Jul 26, 2010 The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
When I sat down to read this book I wasn't in my best of moods. I was in that place where I'm tired yet restless and felt that the only cure would be to read and I am grateful I did.... Amanda had me enraptured by her writing....losing myself amongst her words in a story that is sure to mend a few broken hearts with hope and a few souls with passion to be who you are and not what others wish you to be!!! Pure brilliance.

I don't think there are many times I have allowed a book to keep me awake wh
Apr 20, 2010 Rebekah rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, young-adult
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Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it
First off I just want to say that this book was not exactly what I was expecting. I guess with a title like "The Summer of Skinny Dipping" I was expecting a care-free, silly, fluffy kind of read..... but this novel is something much more. If I had to describe it in simple terms.... I'd say it's a bittersweet story of self discovery.

Honestly within the first fifty pages I wasn't really sure if I was going to like this book or not. A girl and her family heading to spend the summer with her extende
Jan 22, 2012 Devyani rated it liked it
“I’m a realist,” I replied stubbornly, “not a romantic. Romantics
are always disappointed.”
“Maybe they’re disappointed because they’re always surrounded
by realists.” Simon countered.”

Sooooo i think i loved this book until my brain cells started analyzing and investigating .

so lets get on it , shall we ?

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells was surprisingly a likable read . i remember feeling bored to death and even considering abandoning it when suddenly things took an unexpected cou
Mar 02, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2012
After reading this book I am rather disappointed. If you've been keeping up with my progress, then this is no surprise to you. I grabbed this book thinking it would be a fabulous beach read. It seemed light, but with spice as I read the back cover, inspected the title, and was drawn in my the image on the cover. However, it was really lack luster. The main character was boring and even her summer romance was boring. There was not enough spice in this book for me to even recommend it to anyone. T ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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Bottom Line – a book that changed the way I look at the world, that's for sure! The Summer of Skinny Dipping is one I will be recommending over and over again – to every teen I know. It's got it all, relate-able characters, a story line that keeps you turning pages until the very last chapter, and a beautiful love story, that's rich as well as heartbreaking. Beautiful, in each and every way. I give The Summer of Skinny Dipping a 5++ Mushrooms and I can't wait to have my very
Jan 19, 2012 Karilyne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tragic
"The Summer of Skinny Dipping" was such a heart wrenching read for me! It started off pretty boring gettig into the home life of Mia..

It is a bit unbelievable that you can misunderstand your own parents for I don't know how many years like that.. THEIR YOUR PARENTS FOR COOKIES' SAKE.

and so I skimmed about fifty pages..



He was the epic character. He's unique with his ways of coping and hilarious with his talent to make people laugh.. He's had his past mistakes and is still unable to p
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Jun 23, 2010 Amanda (Good Choice Reading) rated it really liked it
Judging by the cover (I know, I know, never judge books by their cover. The fact is, I'm guilty of that--daily.) I had a feeling this would be a light hearted, fun read. That's why you should never judge books by their cover, sometimes they fool you.

Though it started a bit slow for me, I found it to be very well written, and once it picked up pace, I was hooked.

Mia struggles throughout most of the book with finding herself, and becoming comfortable with her body. Being around her cousins with th
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
I bought this book after seeing it on sale in the Nook section and I saw that it had a lot of good reviews so I decided to purchase it and give it a chance. I honestly couldn't be more pleased with it! Mia and her family go to their family's vacation home for the summer. She's excited to see her cousin because they hadn't seen eachother in 3 years and they were pretty much like p.b. and j until just recently. She started noticing that her cousins emails, text and phone calls seemed shorter as ti ...more
As the rating says, The Summer of Skinny Dipping to me was...okay. I kept turning the pages and expecting it to turn better, more exciting, to no avail. I'd read such great reviews about this novel so I was absolutely sure that this would be my favourite summer read for this year so imagine my disappointment when I found myself not wanting to return to the story once I left it because it was just sooooooo sloooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Don't get me wrong. The story was really sweet and nice but som
this invoked all kinds of feels inside me.
Literary Cravings
Jul 19, 2010 Literary Cravings rated it really liked it
In Amanda Howells debut novel she writes a telling story of Mia Gordon journey to finding her self and true love all in the space of one incredible summer. The story had a nice flow starting soft and light in the beginning then building in suspense and surprise that had me turning pages to figure out what troubles Mia and her cousins get into in the Hampton and whether the feelings she and Simon had would grow into something more. The characters felt real and interesting. The interaction within ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
WOW... This book got to me. I cried. And to think I almost gave up on it at the beginning. This is why I'm giving it 4.5 stars.

The Summer of Skinny Dipping starts slow and this the reason I considered not finishing it more than once during the first half of the book. I didn't realize at the time that this slow pace was necessary. It gave me a chance to really get to know Mia and eventually made me feel like I was her.

What is amazing about this book is how well Amanda Howells has writen the feel
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
Mia Gordon is just your average sixteen year old. She’s really looking forward to summer vacation; the beach, her cousins, and she can forget about Jake. Jake recently dumped her and Mia is still reeling from it.

Mia and her cousin used to be like best friends, and with the economy the way it’s been, Mia hasn't been back to the Hamptons in three years. She can’t wait to spend time with her and let her heart heal from Jake’s rejection. But her cousins are not what Mia remembered. They are cold, be
Jun 09, 2010 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010

This is an impressive coming of age novel. Mia finds herself out of her element after expecting an amazing summer vacation with her cousin, Corinne. Corinne has changed as well as the family dynamic Mia has always envied. Growing up thinking Corinne had the perfect life, Mia now realizes maybe she was mistaken. Between the changes in her cousin, and the realization her aunt may not be as perfect as she’d believed, she can’t help but feel thrown for a loop. There is also the ever strained re
Apr 18, 2012 Kay rated it liked it
It’s been said by many readers that The Summer of Skinny Dipping is no fluffy read. I can now confirm this; despite its summery cover and premise, this book isn’t one I would qualify as a fun beach read – nor is it really a romance, despite “falling in love” being a very important part of it. It will definitely bring summer to you; I could feel the sand and smell the sea through the pages and it did make me wish I was there. However, there is a lot more depth to Mia’s coming-of-age story, and wh ...more
May 17, 2011 Idalia rated it really liked it
Originally, I purchased the book only because someone tweeted that this book was so great, fine I went to the bookstore and found it. Come to find out the I had read the tweet wrong it was about a different book with similar a title. Nonetheless, I dove into this book shortly after buying and let me tell me I had the ride of my life as Mia goes through a path of self discovery.

Somewhere, many times, on that path, I shed a few tears. The ending will catch you by surprise!

Mia is recovering from a
Annie McElfresh
Aug 09, 2010 Annie McElfresh rated it really liked it
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I've read a TON of fluffy contemporary YA beach novels and they usually all have the same plot: Vacation, girl meets boy, they have a fight, and now they are back together, but The Summer of Skinny Dipping doesn't really fall into that mold. I found myself drawn into the main character's, Mia, world, totally absorbed with the family drama with her hoity-toity cousins. Their problems felt very real to me and kept me
May 23, 2013 Kelley rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Noone
Recommended to Kelley by: Its cheap ebook price
Very disappointed in this book. I was supposed to feel sad and uplifted at the end, instead I was wondering why this was published by Sourcebooks Fire.

I don't know what is up with me reading such depressing books. When I picked them up they did not sound at all depressing, but low and behold, they left me feeling crap-tastic inside. All those pages of build up...for what? I am still unsure. I think I was supposed to be moved and feel powerful, because the author decided to throw us some bullshit
The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 The Rusty Key rated it did not like it
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Frankly, no one, but if you must, 13 and Up

One Word Summary: False

Nothing can save a book whose characters don’t ring true, and that’s sadly the fate of ‘The Summer of Skinny Dipping.’ Not a glossy location like The Hamptons, not a frighteningly accelerated summer romance, not a bunch of ‘cool’ kids raiding the liquor cabinet and posing as cardboard cutouts of every parent and After School Special’s worst nightmare of youth gone aw
Jun 02, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
If you follow me on Twitter or have seen my contest page you know I’m in love with this book. I read the whole thing in one day, never being able to put it down. The Summer of Skinny Dipping was amazing from start to finish.

I’m a huge fan of summer romance novels, there one of my favorite things to read, particularly in the summer. So when I saw the cover, which sets the perfect outlook tone for summer, I was eager to get my hands on this book. Then once I started reading I realized it wasn’t j
Sep 15, 2015 Isalys rated it it was amazing
Mia is your typical 16 year old girl who has just had her heart broken for the first time. She wants nothing more than to escape the pain of being dumped by the first boy that she ever "loved". She is eager to spend her summer filled with beach days and laughter with her cousin and BFF Corinne. Unfortunately, upon arriving at her aunt & uncle's home in The Hamptons she finds out that her cousin is not the girl she once knew. She is now a distant, slightly bi-polar, shallow version of herself ...more
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“The surest way to hurt yourself is to give up on love, just because it didn’t
work out the first time.”
“I’m a realist,” I replied stubbornly, “not a romantic. Romantics
are always disappointed.”
“Maybe they’re disappointed because they’re always surrounded
by realists.” Simon countered.”
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