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Icing on the Lake

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,418 ratings  ·  97 reviews
New Year's Resolutions
by Kirsten (with help from Crystal, Jones, and Emma)

1. Survive the month at my sister's house. Survive my 3-yr-old nephew and crazy sister.

2. Learn to ice skate better. Or not fall down. Or just get a cuter skating outfit.

3. Find hockey-playing, winter-loving hottie. and invite him to the weekend cabin trip (aka "groundhog getaway") with everyone.

Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published December 1st 2005)
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Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm feeling Rachel Hawthorne-ish all over again.

As much as I like reading fiction romance, sometimes it's very 'relaxing' to switch from having to understand a complicated relationship to enjoying a typical teen romance, after all it's is more realistic and we could relate to them more.

Summer romance/fling has always been what I've read for non-fiction romance, but ever since Rachel Hawthorne's Snowed In and Love on the lifts, I started to develop a kind of preference towards winter romance as
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-physical
This one was just okay. Not cute enough to just enjoy the story and not interesting enough to enjoy it. The struggle between the two brothers was painful - I don't really go for love triangles too often so this one didn't have much hope of me loving it.

The dog was a cute ice breaker but didn't seem to do much else. I never did warm up to her older sister, she always seemed awful and Brett was just a distraction from everything else. I was glad to see some of the growth in Kiersten over the span
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
As a fan of anything skating related, I was excited when I first saw Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark This book is short and sweet, and the main character is relatable. There is a love triangle in the story, but I still ultimately enjoyed it.

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Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a cute novel and I had to give it four stars. There were several reason's why I had to give it four stars. The main reason was I enjoyed reading about a relationship starting that wasn't based on lust. Does every relationship especially teen relationships have to be based upon that and be the main driving force. The couple that emerges from the story gets stranded in a truck during a winter storm. As they have to spend the night next to each other there is no making out. The l ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This was a cute story. Kirsten moves to Minneapolis for a month to help her sister, who has a broken leg. As soon as she arrives she meets the super cute Benson brothers. Sean is really cute and acts totally interested, while Conor is equally cute, but acts like he hates her. The story moved along quickly, nothing really exciting happened. I was kind of disappointed with how Kirsten handled the situation, but overall thought it was an okay story. It seems like most of the books I read lately hav ...more
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads
This book was pretty similar to the book Love on the Lifts. In both of the story's plot there was that guy that the girl originally liked. However later on in the story they end up falling for the guy that has been liking them all along.
I think this shows that love is blind. Or that you don't have to search for love and that it'll come eventually and naturally. I think that both books also show that friendships can lead to relationships because in both books the guy and the girl were just frie
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.25 Stars - This was a very teenager type book - probably for tweens. Conor was very rude and standoff-ish to Kirsten in the beginning but it was hard to understand why. Because Kirsten was friendly with Conor's one year younger brother, Sean? It seemed that all of the characters acted young and immature. It seems that is Conor and Kirsten were both starting college in the Fall, they'd act more mature. Conor does start doing little things to look out for Kirsten, but it was difficult for me to ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, 2012
The main character's sister provides the perfect description for Kirsten, the leading lady -- sickeningly pessimistic.

Instead of a witty, flirtatious banter, we get awkward exchanges between the lead guy and girl, complete with extreme mood swings, annoying jump-to-conclusions, defensive comebacks, and wrong impressions and assumptions.
Apr 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
i'm working on a teen romance list for work, but haven't actually read that many. i got this from someone else's list. it was so stupid. all of the characters were really immature, the humor was lame, and the actual romance part had no chemistry. disappointing.
Lauren R.
Eek. I had no expectations for this book because the synopsis is two sentences long... But it wasn't very good. Romance was annoying and lame (sibling love triangle), all of the "drama" was superficial and out of nowhere, and the writing/dialogue was choppy and rough. Not a fan.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute story overall, but I did not like a lot of the characters. Kirsten’s friends were kind of annoying and to be honest, I didn’t find myself invested in them enough to really distinguish who was who. Gretchen was by far the most annoying character. It felt like every chance she got, she was trying to embarrass Kirsten or talk about how appearances matter. Also, she seemed like a disconnected mother to Brett. Kirsten had a better connection with him than Gretchen did. As far as Sean ...more
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed this book. It got me into the mood for cold weather. I really enjoyed the story and I could relate to the characters.

Kirsten goes to live with her sister to help with her nephew. Her sister also just broke her leg. Kirsten has a mission to find someone to go with her on groundhog day weekend for a cabin trip with her friends. She needs to find a guy to go with her. Kirsten runs into two guys at the ice rink. She then meets them shoveling her sister's driveway. Did I mention th
Khajiit J'jirra Roudhari
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a light and fast read.
I didn’t think that just by bringing a guy along for a weekend trip with your pals is such a big deal. It reminds me of when you were a kid and have a boy/girl friend you’d automatically be king of the world or be constantly talked about; like those ‘did you hear, he’s got a girlfriend’ and others would go ‘whoaaaa’ as if it’s the greatest thing ever.
To me it seems as if Kirsten is on a quest to find this thing called ‘a boyfriend’ and if she doesn’t find one within a certain amount of time she’
Wyomi Kinjo
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I think this book is amazing!! I've read before back in 7th grade, and decided to reread it. I think it's a very quick read, if you're into that romance-y stuff :)

This book is about Kirsten, a senior in high school, who goes to live with her older sister, Gretchen, for a couple of months. Gretchen is a divorced 24 year old with a 3 year old son named Brett, so when she fell and broke her leg skiing someone had to come help with things around the house. Lucky for her, Kirsten was nice e
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, ya, triathlon-2
Icing on the Lake was a cute little love story about a girl who was staying at her sister's house to help her out. Her sister is 7 years older then her, a single mother, who just broke her leg. Kirsten has time off school due to finishing early and working on a final project. She meets this boy and his brother. Then the story gets predictable and a little unrealistic. Girls likes boy, other boy like girls, girl gets confused. Figures out what boy she likes and get to know her sister better in th ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This was pretty anti-climatic. I kept waiting for the turning point, waiting, waiting... And then the book was over. No real story between Conor and Kirsten, nothing. It was a quick read, but because of the writing style I don't think I would visit any other books from this author.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was pretty lame, to be honest. I read a lot of cheesy romance novels. This wasn't the worst but it definitely wasn't the best either.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going to live with your sister and find a date to Groundhog Getaway? Sounds easy, right?
Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark is a cute romantic young adult novel. We follow Kirsten through New Year's Eve to Groundhog Day. Kirsten learns a lot about herself, her sister, and the guy she thinks she likes.
What I liked

It’s all in the first person. Usually, this is an iffy thing for me, but the way, Ms. Clark did it is different. We not only see Kirsten’s character development, but we see her sis
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
> easy to get into and cruise through, but not that great relationship-wise...
> classic case of choosing the wrong brother at first
> interesting relationship dynamics between family and friends
> pretty superficial most of the time - should have explored Kirsten's emotions and reasons for doing things more (she was 18, and read as much less mature than this age should be)
> Conor was super thoughtful and caring and interesting (where can I find someone like him??)
> weird views on
Jasmine Rose
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
This was surprisingly adorable. I expected it to be uber cheesy and overly dramatic, but it had a nice balance balance of cheese and drama to create a wonderfully fluffy romance.

I also liked that the main character was older, which is something I haven't experienced much of in YA.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Actually turned out pretty cute.
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)
It was okay. I am not a fan of love triangles and the weekend away was... weird.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
When I picked this book to read I thought it would be kind of a way for me to reach my romantic side which in a way it did. This book unlike many other books I have read did not have a dark side to it, it was constantly cheerful, yet realistic, because things like two guys being interested in the same girl can happen.

Now I know what you are thinking, I am so not into romance but if you read this book it's not all about romance, sure the main character ends up with a guy and that is the main ide
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Rating: 4.5/5

Cover: 5/5 - Amazing artwork and graphic design. Love the fonts use, not so much the slogan.

Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark is a book about friendships and first loves. Originally I had purchased the book believing it was a Christmas book. It is not a Christmas story which dissapointed me a little however part of the beginning is technically during the holiday season. The book starts off with New Year's Eve where the main character, Kirsten decides to make a list of her resolut

Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was my second Catherine Clark book and I really didn't like the 1st one as this is a teen romance and more of a fast food type of romance. Light and fluffy when I just want to read a quick feel good non thinking book. Icing on the Lake was much better than Better Latte than never. I liked the characters much better and felt as though I was connected with the male interests more. I was rooting for Conner and the book was pretty predicable but I was in the mood for it.

Kirsten moves in with h
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cursed Kirsten is what everyone calls her. Why? Because she always seems to get herself injured and into problems. When she goes to her sister’s house to help her, she knows that the month will be a stressful one. Not only is Gretchen, her sister, a little crazy, but she always looks down on Kirsten as if she were still five-years-old. Then there’s also the fact that she needs to find a guy to invite to go with her to the weekend getaway her friends and her had planned. Three problems. 1. Her ex ...more
Lisa Su
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kristen goes visit her sister, Gretchen, who has broken her foot. She helps her out with Brett and Bear who is her son and dog. One day, she went out to shovel the snow and finds a guy named Sean who she now has an interest in but his brother is just awful. They start getting along and when things start to get good, her thoughts and opinions change about the two brothers.

I picked up this book because some of my friends recommended a book similar to this one and I liked it so I decided to give th
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“As we eyed them over our hot cocoa, we all immediately, without discussing it, started talking a bit more loudly about where we were going for lunch. Yeah, we can be kind of immature when we want to be.” 0 likes
“The first gift I opened was a striped scarf from Emma. It matched my pink and orange puffy down jacket perfectly. “Maybe you could drop that at the rink, too,” she suggested.
“Yeah, just leave random items of clothing around there. See what happens,” Jones said.
I lashed her with the scarf. “Shame on you. I’m not going to disrobe on an icy lake.”
“Maybe not, but you’d find a date really fast if you did!” Jones said, and we were all laughing again.”
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