Always Loving Zoey (Making Out Series #22)

Always Loving Zoey (Making Out Series #22)

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by Katherine Applegate

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Always Loving Zoey

They've all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another...but they're only just beginning to find out the truth.

Lucas can hardly remember a time when he felt any other way about Zoey. She means everything to him, and yet it's as if they're being pulled apart, slowly but surely. Is he about to loose


Always Loving Zoey

They've all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another...but they're only just beginning to find out the truth.

Lucas can hardly remember a time when he felt any other way about Zoey. She means everything to him, and yet it's as if they're being pulled apart, slowly but surely. Is he about to loose the best thing that ever happened to him — or can Lucas hold on to love?Lucas can hardly remember a time when he felt any other way about Zoey. She means everything to him, and yet it's as if they're being pulled apart, slowly but surely. Is he about to lose the best thing that ever happened to him—-or can Lucas hold on to love?

Author Biography:

Katherine Applegate is the author of the hugely popular series Animorphs as well as many other books for young readers. She lives in Minnesota.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Making Out Series , #22
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

"I suppose you want to borrow cab fare?" Zoey's roommate, MaryBeth, asked. MaryBeth was the worst part of Washington, D.C., as far as Zoey was concerned. When Zoey had been asked to stay an extra week for a special journalism internship that was awarded to the most outstanding participant in the program, she had accepted. Zoey had never counted on having to spend another week with MaryBeth.

But MaryBeth had counted on being awarded the internship -- so her plane ticket wasn't for another week. MaryBeth was taking the week to explore D.C.

"Isn't this great?" she had asked Zoey. "We'll still get to be roomies!"

At this Zoey had merely sighed.

But now she was relieved to have someone to borrow money from. Even if she was the most annoying person in the world.

Zoey nodded. She watched silently while MaryBeth counted out seven dollars. Zoey's clear, fair skin was even paler than usual, and her dark blond hair was pulled back in a ponytail, accentuating the heart shape of her face.

"You don't mind signing a receipt, do you?" MaryBeth asked.

Zoey shook her head.

MaryBeth wrote, I.O.U. seven dollars! on a scrap of paper and gave it to Zoey. Zoey noticed that MaryBeth had put smiley faces in both the 0 and the point of the exclamation mark. She signed it. She couldn't have cared less. If MaryBeth hadn't agreed to lend her the money, Zoey would have waited until MaryBeth left the room and then she would have smashed MaryBeth's china piggy bank, which had For a Rainy Day written on the side in flowery script. Zoey had had it with MaryBeth. Who carries a piggy bank around in a suitcase? she thought. Get awallet!

MaryBeth put the I.O.U. in the piggy bank. Zoey put the money in her jeans pocket and caught a cab to the nearest Western Union center.

She slumped down in the back of the cab, wondering why Lucas hadn't called her. Her anger of the night before had evaporated. She just wanted to hear his voice. And yet he hadn't called. The most likely explanation was that his mother hadn't given him the message. In fact, Zoey found that she couldn't picture Mrs. Cabral actually giving Lucas any message. She thought that even if the president called and left a message, Lucas wouldn't learn about it unless the president happened to call back. Later Lucas would say to his mother, Why didn't you tell me the president called? and his mother would say, Do you think I don't have anything better to do than act like your personal secretary? and Lucas course. Zoey gave the cabdriver all seven and got out.

She went up to the Western Union counter. "Can I help you?" the clerk asked.

"Envelope for Zoey Passmore," Zoey said. Her voice croaked a little bit. These were the first words she'd spoken all morning.

The clerk flipped through a stack of black-and-yellow envelopes and extracted one. "There you go, Ms. Passmore."

Zoey thanked him and took her envelope outside. She ripped it open standing on the sidewalk in the ovenlike weather. Inside were two hundred doll in traveler's checks and a letter from her father.

Dear Zoey,

I hope this is enough cash to see you through the rest of your time in Washington. I have also enclosed my Visa number, although you are not, repeat not, to pull a Nina Geiger and max it out. (Yes, word gets around, even to me.)

Sweetheart, you sounded so unhappy on the phone last night that I wonder if Washington is the right place for you right now. I hope you know that no one will think less of you if you decide to come home. I'm not encouraging you to buy a plane ticket, but I imagine the old Visa could withstand a train ticket, and I always found trains to be excellent places to "get your head together," as we used to say in my day.

Best of luck with whatever you decide.


"Here we are, miss' " the cabdriver said, and Zoeytried to rouse herself. She glanced at the meter. Sixdollars. MaryBeth had predicted accurately, of Zoey read the letter twice and then groped around in the envelope until she found the scrap of paper with the Visa number on it. She tucked it in her pocket along with the letter. She walked all the way back to the youth hostel, deep in thought.

Nina was sure that Benjamin would call her and tell her that it was all a mistake, a misunderstanding, that he didn't mean it when he said they shouldn't see each other anymore, that he still loved her more than anything. She was so sure he would call that she put the phone by her bed before she went to sleep and woke up at seven A.M., straining her ears for the sound of its ring.

The phone actually did ring at eight-fifteen, and Nina's heart gave a glad leap.


"Hello, could I please speak to Mr. Geiger?"

"Oh, jeez." One of her dad's stupid businesspeople.

"Excuse me?"

"I'll go get him," Nina said, not bothering to apologize.

The phone rang again at eight-fifty.


No answer. Just the sound of breathing. Oh, perfect, Nina thought. The crank caller

"Could you call back later?' she asked. "We'reexpecting an important phone call. "She hung up.

Some other businessman called at nine, and then Nina dozed a little until the phone rang again.


"Is Claire there?" It was Aaron.

Nina put her hand over the mouthpiece and bellowed. "Claire...

Meet the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

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Always Loving Zoey (Making Out Series #22) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somebody should have told Christopher about a womans intuition. He should have told her from the word go, and things would not have been as bad as they are now. I don't know what to say about Nina and Lucas. I have never been big on Claire; However, I feel bad for her. Whoever it is that is doing this awful thing, has absolutely no humility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having a down time in my life I found sanctuary in this series. I feel I got extremely involved with a perfect group of friends. Sure there was your ups and downs, but it eventually evened out. I don't know what I'll do now that I've read through book 28. I pray she writes more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't understand i love these books so much and i dont' kno wwhy she ended them!!!! i thought they'd never end!!!! it should be like sweet valley even though those books suck that never end and just keep going its so great
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this plot twist. i was just getting tired of lucas and zoey (especially her) and nina (my favorite) was having so much trouble because ben's been acting like an idiot. nina and lucas have some good chemistry even though it is all wrong! these are the best books i've ever read!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and can you say 'oops' for Nina and Lucas. I mean it was bound to happen that they would do something while Zoey was away. I just can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, the whole claire plot was good. However, I hated the nina and Lucas thing. I love Lucas and Zoey together and if Lucas gets with Nina I wont read these books anymore. Overall though, the book was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was definately a cliffhanger. Claire. Claire, Claire Claire, I never really liked her but now . . .I just feel sorry for her. And the lucas and Nina thing,I kinda predicted that. I mean SOMETHING was bound to happen while Zoey was away. All in all, It was one of my favorites.