Friday, December 26, 2008

Mates, Dates, and Sizzling Summers by Cathy Hopkins

" I reckon that's the last we've seen of Ollie Axford," I said.

"I wouldn't be so sure TJ," said Nesta. "I bet he calls and asks you out."

"Nah, he looks like a player. You know the type. Too much of a twinkle in his eye to be trusted."

"A bit like Luke then?" said Lucy.

Boys are like buses for TJ. No sign of one for ages and then two come along at the same time! First there's charmer Ollie Axford. And just when TJ has decided that he could be the one, old flame Luke De Biasi tells her that he wants to rekindle their romance.

TJ is torn between the boys, and unhappy that it makes her look like a two-timer. But it all seems unimportant when someone close to her is taken seriously ill. More than ever, TJ needs a clear head and the support of her friends as she faces the most important summer of her life.

The last in this seris, I'm really going to miss reading about these girls. This has been a great YA series, and the growth of the characters throughout has been terrific. I'm so happy I found book 2 at a library sale, which made me get my hands on book 1 first and start this series. It's been a fun series to read, and there are have been lots of lessons embedded into the stories. Kudos to Ms. Hopkins for writing such a great YA series!!! :) 4.5/5