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Girlfriend Material

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,282 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
If Kate were Lady Brett Ashley, the devastating heroine of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, she'd spend her summers careering around the Riviera in her coupe, breaking hearts by the dozen—because why not? In reality, Kate's never even had a boyfriend, and she'll be spending the summer abetting her mom's lame ploy to make her dad jealous: running off to Cape Cod and crashing ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Hyperion Books
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Mar 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO HUMAN BEING
1.5 Stars

I read this book as it was one of those kinda short books that you would probably read when you have a lot of work to do and you are taking a break from all the stress etc..... I read this before my English exam.
At first I have to admit that I was enjoying the laid back nature of the book and how the story line was flowing in that smooth manner which actually helps in stressful situations.
The whole book is basically about a girl named Kate whose mother and father are not able work thi
Jennifer Wardrip
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Katie had the perfect summer in progress: hanging out at her best friend's house, creative writing classes, and tons of time to perfect her tennis game so she could make varsity the next school year. That is until her mom decides to take Katie along with her for "time away" from her father so they can reevaluate their relationship.

Katie wants to be home living her life and is mad that her mom drags her along to her mother's best friend Tina's house. I
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
To this day, my favorite Kantor book is still Confessions of a Not It Girl.

I'm always pleased to pick up a book by Kantor, especially since she has a talent for writing from a teen's perspective. True, Girlfriend Material's protagonist used a bit too many immature "like"s but no real harm done. It sounded exactly like a teenager, just not like Dessen's witty and matured 17 year olds.

I liked Kate. Her personality consisted of a little of everything. And while others would say that this was the pe
Feb 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Girlfriend Material is a quick, cute, summer read! It would be excellent to throw in your bag for a day at the beach.

While initially I was expecting quite a bit a fluff, perhaps a summer fling romance, there were some deeper elements at play in this novel. It’s more about Kate discovering what type of girl she is, not so much “girlfriend.” Deeper element number 1) finding your place when your parents are having problems. Number 2) sibling jealousy, overcoming the closeness you feel one sibling
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read this 5 times in my life and it is still one of my favs. It is cliched, cheesy, but it is such a comfort read for me. My favourite part was the dramatic, sometimes self-depreciating inner monologue Kate had going on
I picked up Girlfriend Material because I loved Kantor's Maybe One Day, but this book fell a little flat in comparison.

The synopsis of the book is that teen Kate (alternately called Katie, though she hates that; she thinks it sounds babyish) is going on a summer vacation with her mother to Cape Cod. A summer vacation that Kate does not want. She had plans to hang out with her best friend and enroll in a summer writing class. But her parents are having a rough time, and Kate's mother decides to g
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens, books-i-own
Full review at Amaterasu reads

I was given the impression that this would be a fun summer read, but this had a more serious tone than a fluffy novel should have, you'll notice the depth of the story as you go along.

A summer with her parents apart, not being able to play tennis with Laura, leaving her writing class, spending it without her best friend, trying to get along with someone she knew from when she was little who turned out to be totally different now that they're grown ups, bonding with
Sarah Hipple
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the sort of book that leaves you with a smile on your face. It's a fun, light read.

Kate’s summer had just been up-ended by her mom. Her mom and dad are having another one of their fights, but this time her mom has decided to drag Kate away from her home in Salt Lake and her perfectly planned summer to visit with old friends on Cape Cod. Old friends Kate hasn’t seen in ten years.

First there’s the daughter who doesn’t really want Kate around, then there’s the realization that maybe this fi
Jordyn Michelle
Sep 02, 2010 is currently reading it
Going to crack it open in a day or two...
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Daisy Z.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SCHOOLS OUT! IT'S FINALLY SUMMER!!! Katy has the perfect summer planed. Her and her best friend swear that this summer is going to be the absolute best. Except Katy's mother left out a huge important piece of information. She never even mentioned the fact that she also had plans and those plans where in.... BOSTON! Katy's mom already had the plane tickets and everything. So there's no way Katy can get out of this. What made Katy even more furious was the fact that she was the only other family ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Despite the many bad reviews on this book, I decided to read it anyway.
I couldn’t even make it halfway through the book.
Normally I’m a sucker for cliche storylines but this was unbearable.
I assume the book is suppose to have a very laid back feel to it but the story was so slow and boring that it was unreal.
Please, do not waste your time on trying to read it.
Angie Stephans
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great message for girls & being insecure about boys, life, etc.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-chick-lit, 2017
Sweet, upper east coast summer romance.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely an above-average summer read. Adam was cute and sweet, and I enjoyed watching the friendships shift and change. I think I'd describe it as idyllic - soft, happy teenage summers.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
I am a sucker for young adult books that involve new relationship angst. They remind me so much of my teenage self. In the movies it seems as if people just magically waltz into love and relationships like they were meant to always be together. In real life? There is a lot more hand wringing and dissecting the meaning of conversations and questioning ... just a lot of anxiety. At least that is the way it was for me. That's why I loved this sweet book by Melissa Kantor. I could see so much of mys ...more
This book was unexpectedly beautiful and enjoyable. When I first saw that not a lot of people read it, I was like, oh it seems like a forgettable book. I read the summary and got pulled in, so I decided to order it from the library and give it a shot. I am forever grateful to that decision because this book was brilliant. This is definitely a 4 out of 5. It was very enjoyable. The beginning was a bit slow and I was a bit annoyed at the voice in the beginning few chapters, but it immediately got ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Kate planned to spend her summer taking a writing class and hanging out with her best friend, but when her parents have yet another of their famous disagreements, she's shipped off to Cape Cod with her mom instead. At first, Kate is excited because they're staying with old friends, and she'll have a chance to reconnect with Sarah, a best friend from childhood. But from the moment Kate arrives on the Cape, nothing is as she remembers. Sarah is cold to her, she's stuck sharing a one-room guest hou ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Girlfriend Material, as I had assumed, is a fun and entertaining novel that takes place in Cape Cod during the summer. It is infused predominately with romance although there is more going on as well including family problems where Kate is concerned and also a little side drama with Sarah, the used to be (at one point and time) childhood friend who no longer wants anything to do with Kate. That being said, Adam (the love interest) is the main focus of this book.

I did not go into reading this nov
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: summer reads; quick, funny reads
I just finished this book and got on Goodreads to read the reviews because I had a feeling my disappointment with the book was out of the ordinary. Turns out, I was right. I AM insane for not enjoying this book that much- at least, according to all those 4/5-star reviews, I am.
Anyway, it's not that I fully disliked the book: nuh-uh, no way. It actually made me laugh out loud several times because Kate is a raw type of witty teenage girl. Emphasis on "teenage girl". She freaks out about Adam (th
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Spending a summer in Cape Cod should be fun, relaxing, and relatively uneventful, right? This is what Kate thought, but it turns out she was completely wrong.

Kate is used to spending most summers at home in Salt Lake City. She would normally be found playing tennis with her friend Laura or attending a writing class, but this summer is different. Lately, her mom and dad have been having relationship problems, so her mom decides to take a trip to Cape Cod to visit her best friend Tina. Kate is
May 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: If you like frustrating loose endings and whatever listed, be my guest.
Recommended to Ariie by: Joanna
Rating: 1.8 because I wouldn't go so far to say that I didn't like it, but saying it was "okay" seems... Wrong.

People say that this book was a light read, and I agree, it is a light read. But when I say that about this book, I'm pretty much saying that this almost bored me to death.

I was only really into this book when Kate was around Adam because I was hoping more for the romance, which, judging from the summary and the title, is the main part of this entire book. Especially after I realized th
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I never knew that I was that basic until now.


It just goes to show that no matter how many big words you have in your vocabulary, nothing you can say will make the teenage experience seem any less dumb.

Parents fight, mothers are shallow, siblings are distant, best friends get dragged off by boys, boys are matter how you describe it, really, it's all the same. Although I like that Kantor writes well in the teenage voice, it's humbling to realize how absolutely ordinary and homoge
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kate has always wanted to be Lady Brett Ashley. She has always wanted the guys to be all over her. She has always wanted to be cool and sophisticated. She never wanted to be the shy girl who gets tongue-tied around any cute boys she may happen to meet in her hometown of Salt Lake City.

Then, things change. Kate is forced to spend her summer with her mom at an old friends beach house on Cape Cod. Things look horrible from the get go. Her parents marriage seems to be breaking up, the only person sh
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Girlfriend Material is so cute! It has everything you would want in a summer novel. It’s now one of my favorite summer reads. If you haven’t read it already, you have to read it as soon as you can! And weho isn’t drawn to the cutest cover ever?
Melissa Kantor writes amazing characters. It’s so easy to like them! (Or maybe in fall in love with them!) Kate is cute, sweet, quirky, and absolutely hilarious. Its not that she’s crazy, but what goes on in her head will have you laughing and thinking, “W
Kate was just an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl that never had a boyfriend and wants to spend her ordinary summer with her best friend. In Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor, Kate’s mother dragged her away from the perfect summer halfway across the continent to spend it staying with people she hadn’t seen since she was six. They were practically strangers to her! Not only has Kate’s parents’ relationship always been far from perfect, but Kate really starts to worry when her mom starts flirtin ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves chick flicks
Kate Draper's Summer has been ultimately ruined before it's even started. Her mom has planned to drag her across the country from Salt Lake City to Cape Cod to stay with some family friends. Not only are her plans to participate in her local writing circle and play competitive tennis ruined for the Summer, she also has to spend it in an unfamiliar home with a girl she truly does not like, Sarah. Kate eventually gets to know Sarah's friends pretty well, but Sarah still acts bitter towards Kate. D ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Girlfriend material
Melissa Kantor
Mirela baker
Are you girlfriend material? This is a romantic book and I love this book and advice you to read it. There is a girl named Katherine, which she goes by Katie. She is single as well as he friend named Lara. They are both juniors and live in Utah, Salt Lake City. School is about and Katie is looking forward to enjoying her summer with Lara. She would have never thought her mother would come up with a crazy idea. Katie would be dragged across the countr
Faith Santiago
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ladies, we have all asked ourselves if the boys we crush on are "boyfriend material," but have you ever questioned if you were "girlfriend material"? Melissa Kantor explores this phenomenon found romantic relationships in her novel, Girlfriend Material. Never having a boyfriend, Kate is shipped off to Cape Cod to spend time with her mom who's planned to separate from her father. Confused and alone, Kate finds comfort in a boy from the small town she is forced to stay in. As much as she wishes to ...more
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Girlfriend Material was decent. There was nothing extremely outstanding of this novel but it shows promise.

First off I really like the relationships in the background. Kate’s mom is growing through a failed marriage and it plays really well with the emotions. The connection between the two mothers is remarkable and I too wish that one day I will have an everlasting friendship as such. Through Kate’s mother, we see the family’s rocky finish with the father. His detached demeanor but his closeness
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