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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Ten-year-old Lexie used to love going to the shore. For as long as she can remember, she's spent every summer there with her parents, eating hamburgers, swimming in the ocean, and combing the beach for treasure.  This summer is going to be different though. Lexie's Mom and Daddy are divorced, and for the first time Mom won't be there. To make matters worse, Daddy has a sur ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet book about a pre-teen girl dealing with her first family vacation since her mom and dad split about a year prior. She has to go on the vacation with just her dad, while her mom stays behind. Much to her disproval she is told by her dad on the drive to their destination that his new girlfriend who she barely knows, and her two sons she has never met will be joining them for the week. The book just shows the relationship start to form between her and the guests her dad invited. The ...more
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
I don't usually read too many middle grade novels anymore, but when I found myself with a copy of Lexie in my hands, I jumped on the chance to read a story about a young girl who's summer plans with her father lead to unexpected surprises.

Lexie was a great, young protagonist who immediately grew on me right away. Her parents have recently divorced and it's her first summer vacation away from her mother at her father's beach house. She's an avid reader (yay!), so she's already planned her summer
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Confession: I only read this book because the cover art is so darn cute!

I know. I feel so ashamed to admit it, but it's true (as they say the first step is acceptance). And I'm damn glad that I listen to my superficial eyes because this book is so good. I love everything about it, especially Lexie. I really love Lexie as a character and how she handles herself with "adult" problems. She's a pretty brave and mature 10 yr. old - quite admirable, really. I know that if my parents divorce and they t
Ardea Smith
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Lexie/Audrey Couloumbis/2011

Genre: Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: Ten-year-old Lexie used to love going to the shore. For as long as she can remember, she's spent every summer there with her parents, eating hamburgers, swimming in the ocean, and combing the beach for treasure. This summer is going to be different though. Lexie's Mom and Daddy are divorced, and for the first time Mom won't be there. To make matters worse, Daddy has a surprise—his new girl
Linda Lipko
While not great, this is a book that I liked. I enjoy the writings of this Newbery honor award winning author. It is a simple tale told well of Lexie who is ten and trying to understand her father.

Believing she and her father will be going on vacation to their New Jersey beach house together, she is stunned to learn that her father did not tell her his girlfriend and her two children would be vacationing with them.

Ten years old and precocious, Lexie can gauge the difference in personality of the
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
While significantly different from each other in many ways, Audrey Couloumbis's Jake and Lexie do share a certain similarity in style. Both books are remarkably simple, relying on authentic, ordinary characters to live out a story worthy of being told, a story that unfolds as naturally as one would expect it to in real life. There's not a lot of flash to Lexie, but there certainly is substance, and emotionally receptive young readers will find that author Audrey Couloumbis understands pretty we ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I will honestly admit I picked up this book because it's title is my name. But, I was pretty pleased with the story. Lexie is about a girl whose parents are no longer together, and both of them have started to date again. Lexie is eleven, and very mature for her age. She deals with the situation pretty neatly, dealing with most of her emotion inwardly. Lexie is an only child who thinks she is going away to the beach house on Jersey shore with her dad for a week, just her and Dad. But when they g ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
2011, Realistic Fiction, novel. Lexie has some major life changes occurring as she goes on vacation with her dad, and his new girlfriend. She always grew up going with the whole family but now that her parents are getting divorced some adjustments are having to be made. What will this new vacation look like for Lexie? Very relocatable book and would be a great suggestion for a student who is in Lexie's shoes.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Susan Black
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Could book to teach kids how to cope with a divorce situation.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lexie is ten years old, and this is the first year that Lexie's mom won't be joining Lexie and Daddy at the beach house for vacation. That's because, at the end of the summer last year, Lexie's parents got divorced. Lexie lives with her mom, but she spends weekends with Daddy, and she's looking forward to having a whole week with him, at the beach. Then Vicky shows up, and Lexie didn't even know Daddy was dating her, or that Vicky was coming to the beach, let alone that Vicky and her two sons wo ...more
Bethley Giles
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642, junior-books
Couloumbis, A. (2011). Lexie. New York: Random House.

2011 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, June 2011

Junior Book Fiction Choice

Lexie's summer vacation to the shore is very different this year, since her parents are divorced. Still, she looks forward to spending the week with her father. However, Lexie's hopes are shattered when she realizes her father has invited a few other people to stay at the beach house for a week: His new girlfriend
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Ten-year-old Lexie has always loved spending time at the beach with her parents, but this summer, her mother stays at home, which makes the experience entirely different. Her parents are divorced, and Lexie looks forward to spending time alone with her father. But he has invited his girlfriend and her two children without asking or telling Lexie. Things don't go particularly smoothly since there are all sorts of adjustment issues, and Lexie sees her dad in a different light than she has in the p ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is about a little girl whose parents have recently been divorced. She is used to going to her beach house on the Jersey Shore with both her mom and dad. This year she is only going with her dad, and he has invited his new girlfriend are her two kids. Lexie isn't happy about this and barely knows them when she finds out that her dad is engaged to the woman.
This book doesn't have a movie to go with it. I personally thought that the book could have gone on longer. I was kind of sad when
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
The shore has always been one of ten-year-old Lexie’s favorite places in the world. She would spend the summer there with her parents, playing on the beach, finding treasures in the sand, and reading picture books. Now though, her parents are divorced. So her mother isn’t going to be going to the shore at all. Lexie is spending a week there with just her dad. Or so she thinks! On the way there, her father announces that his new girlfriend will be joining them, and her two sons too. Lexie is push ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great book for anyone going through a divorce, for children and parents. Lexie is about to spend her first summer at the beach house without her parents together. Mom is staying at home and Dad is taking her to the shore. Lexie is surprised when she realizes it will not be just the two of them, but Dad;s new girlfriend, and her two boys, Harris and Ben. Lexie feels like she is being pushed aside and replaced.

This is such a good book for anyone in this situation, adults too. I think Lexie
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Couloumbis, A. (2011). Lexie. New York: Random House.

Fiction choice - Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Starred Review, BCCB (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books) June 2011

This is an endearing story about 10 year old Lexie who is dealing with her parents' divorce. Lexie always goes to the shore every summer with her parents, but this time she's going with just her dad. She thinks her and her dad will be spending time alone, but dad has other plans. Unexpectedly, Lexie is spending her vac
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
If I don't read anything else, I read every single children's novel set at the Jersey shore. Lexie considers the title character's first visit to her family's summer beach cottage under profoundly changed circumstances - her parents are now divorced, and her father has invited his new girlfriend and her two sons - one preschooler, and one teen a few years older than 10-year-old Lexie. There's really nothing new or innovative about this story line or the way it plays out, but the character intera ...more
Elizabeth Bergin
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ten-year-old Lexie is headed off for a week at the shore--a trip she's made with her parents many times before. This trip, though, is the first since her parents got divorced. Lexie thinks it's just going to be her and her dad for the week, but soon learns that her dad's girlfriend, Vicky, and her two sons, toddler Harris and fourteen-year-old Ben, will be joining them. Throughout the week, Lexie is forced to get to know Vicky, Harris, and Ben--by sharing a small house, playing in the sand, and ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Reminded me a bit of Junonia--girl gets unpleasant surprise when she gets to her annual beach vacation--but this surprise involves her own dad's plans to marry a woman with two boys, who are suddenly staying in the middle of her first vacation with her dad since her parents' divorce. Ouch! Hard to believe a parent could be that clueless, but he was "waiting for the right time" to tell her.

Anyway, this got a bit belabored for me, but kids who are dealing with these issues will identify, and Coul
"He didn't tell me we were having company until we got to the shore. We weren't having our time together the way I thought we would... and now Daddy wanted to act like he had complaints about me." Lexie can't believe how awful she feels. Not only are her parents divorced and Mom is no longer coming to the shore with her and her Dad, now her Dad has invited his girlfriend. Oh, and by the way, she has two kids of her own: Ben and Harris (who only answers to Mack). How will Lexie ever get along wit ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This one was cute, I guess. Simple chapter book with an illustration every chapter page. Plot follows a weekend vacation with Lexie, age 10, as she visits her divorced dad at their Jersey shore beach house and slowly warms to his new fiancee and her two sons. Believable child reactions to everything including sticky toddler hands, having to change bedrooms, comparing the potential stepmother to Mary Tyler Moore, and rescuing a sand shark from a tide pool. Not mind-blowing or brilliant or amazing ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For years, Lexie vacationed with her family at the seashore. Since the divorce, Lexie's family experiences have changed. Lexie imagines a quiet week of catch-up with her father this year at the shore. Instead, she is surrounded by new faces and is forced to confront big changes to her conceptions family. This book is introspective, simple, poignant and beautifully told. Themes include divorce, personality conflicts, blended families, and that awkward developmental point between child and young a ...more
Sidney E.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl whose parents are divorsed. She goes to spend the week on the shore with her dad only to find out that her dad has invited his new girlfriend. Lexie is mad because Vicky and her two sons (Ben and Harris) are staying too. Her father gives her bedroom to the boys so Lexie gets the smallest room. Her mom knows nothing about Vicky staying and Lexie doesn't know how to tell her. So Lexie trys to be nice but her father isn't spending any time with her. This was a very interes ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lovely soft, sweet story about Lexie, whose parents divorced last year and now her dad is surprising her with company at their shore house. The time that Lexie was looking forward to spending with her dad is now time that she is spending with her dad's new lady-friend, Vicky, and her two sons, Ben and Harris (goes by Mack). Good book to give to a 10-year-old girl who is getting used to step-siblings.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book with my seven-year-old. This was the first longer chapter book she was willing to listen to, so she obviously thought this story was interesting. This book took place at a vacation home along the beach, and I think the descriptions of the beach adventures probably kept her attention the longest. It was a nice take on the dynamics of a family healing from a divorce and the issues that go along with introducing the dating partners of parents.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a great book. Lexie is having a hard time with her dad. There is a lot of fights between them. There is some news that her dad has not told her. This upsets Lexie a lot. I recommend this to people who like realistic and beach stories. If you are looking to find something interesting try this book. This is written by award winning author Audrey Coulombis.This book has won the Newberry Book Award!Please read this!!!!!!!
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for kids to read. Lexie's parents recently seperated. Lexie is going on summer vacation with her dad. Lexie is so excited to spend time with her dad. But when she gets there, she finds her dad invited another woman and her kids. Dad doesn't explain the arrangement to Lexie but she is slowly figuring it out. Lexie thinks her vacation is ruined.
For the first time, Lexie's mom will not be coming to the shore with Lexie and her father. Not sure how she feels about this, Lexie is even less happy that Dad has invited his girlfriend and her two sons to join them. It is a week of changes big and small, and life with two boys is definitely a new experience. This is a very positive book on dealing with the changes that divorce can bring.
Addison Children's Services
Lexie is planning a great week at the beach with her father even though it is their first time since her parent's divorced. She is understandably surprised and upset when she discovers on their arrival that Dad has invited his new girlfriend and her two boys to join them. Lexie handles the awkward situation with much more grace and poise than any ten-year-old I've ever met.
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“When Ben came back to me, he said, "Why are you laying with your face in the sand?"
I made sure all the laughter was out of me before I rolled over. "I think it helps sunburn." I said.”
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