Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer Series)
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Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer Series)

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by Katherine Applegate
     
 

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Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy:

Adam, the senator

Overview


Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy:

Adam, the senator's son, has looks, power, and all the money in the world.

Diver, the mystery man, is mellow, intriguing, and definitely unique.

And Seth, the perfect guy...only he has a girlfriend.

But with new friends, cute guys, and miles of hot white sand, Summer's in for more trouble than she thinks....

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Joy Adams
Summer Smith lives in Minnesota, where everything is cold and there are no boys. Well, at least not in Summer's life. When her mother suggests spending the summer in the Florida Keys with her aunt and cousin, Summer does not hesitate. On the flight to Florida, Summer sits next to a fortune teller who reveals that she will meet three guys, one mysterious, one dangerous, and one just right. Not that Summer believes any of that. As soon as Summer arrives, her aunt, a romance author, takes off for a book tour and leaves Summer at the mercy of her unreceptive cousin, Diana. Besides Diana's attitude, Summer has another problem—too many boys. Within her first few days in the Keys, Summer has met three boys all interested in her, just like the fortune teller predicted—Adam, Diver, and Seth. With a summer filled with a new job, new friends, and hot guys, Summer has entered a new world where it is easy to forget about her cold and dateless life in Minnesota, but if Summer is not careful, she just might forget who she is too. Applegate creates a hard to put down read, perfect for summer beach reading. While this novel is candy sweet and occasionally redundant, the writing is witty, and the plot is sure to please. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

Summer Smith is thrilled to be asked to spend the summer in Florida with her aunt Mallory and cousin Diana, and her trip starts off with a real bang when she meets gorgeous Seth on the plane and ends up with a dreamy kiss. It's pretty clear that Diana resents her presence and seems to be angry for no reason, but sensitive, nice Summer gives her the benefit of the doubt and forges ahead making new friends, getting a job, and meeting lots of handsome guys, including Diana's former boyfriend. If only the summer would never end and she didn't have to return to Minnesota. There are several references to sex and alcohol. This is an overly long and totally predictable teen romance, but girls will enjoy this beachy paperback and will pass it along to friends. It may be formulaic, but it works.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416961338
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Summer Series , #1
Edition description:
Bind-Up
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
317,343
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 2.10(d)
Lexile:
HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

After Katherine Applegate graduated from college, she spent time waiting tables, typing (badly), watering plants, wandering randomly from one place to the next with her boyfriend, and just generally wasting her time. When she grew sufficiently tired of performing brain-dead minimum-wage work, she decided it was time to become a famous writer. Anyway, a writer. Writing proved to be an ideal career choice, as it involved neither physical exertion nor uncomfortable clothing, and required no social skills.

Ms. Applegate has written more than one hundred books under her own name and a variety of pseudonyms. She has no children, is active in no organizations, and has never been invited to address a joint session of Congress. She does, however, have an evil, foot-biting cat named Dick, and she still enjoys wandering randomly from one place to the next with her boyfriend.

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Beach Blondes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
xXGlamourKillsJennXx More than 1 year ago
I have only read beach blondes so far, and I plan to read the next book in the series tonight.I cannot say anything more than this being a fantastic book, if for fun, discussion, or just to read at school during a boring day!!!I must say i did read this book in about 3 days. I loved it, not wanting to put it down.The author put alot of twists and turns in the book which was nice!!Not suspecting something.I really like how the author had a connection with all the characters.The thing that I like most about this book, is how it was unforgetable.When I read it..I think I had a dream about it, but I couldn't get it out of my mind.Another thing that was nice about this book, is how you viewed it from different perspective's of the girls' minds. It was interesting to see what went on in their heads.Well, overall I can't say much more than a fantastic book, which i would recomend to anyone who loves a little drama mixed with romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series over and over again, because as a girl from Minnesota it was a totally relatable story and I just loved imagining myself in Summer's place down there in Crab Claw Key, Florida. I purchased each paperback back then (I think there were 8 of them) and read them to tatters. I was thrilled to see the 6 main books bundled into 2 collections for the kindle and purchased them this morning. I am really loving the fact that they have been updated! For example, on the plane to Florida Summer used to refer to Seth as looking like Stone from general hospital and now she compares him to Jake G., and when Marquez first meets Summer her walkman has been upgraded to an iPod. I look forward to finishing this series again and seeing what else has changed! Summer Smith doesn't have the perfect life, or a life that anyone would want at all. She is a major klutz, always falling and bruising herself. And the guy of her dreams, Sean Valletti, not only doesn't notice her but has found someone else to be his potential girlfriend. Her aunt had phoned her mother to see if Summer wanted to come to Florida and visit. From the cold, hard weather to the bright, warm sun, the answer is definitely obvious to Summer and she is whisked off on a plane on her way to Crab Claw Key. Summer receives some interesting news from a lady on the plane. The lady, who turns out to be a fortune teller, tells Summer that during her adventure in Crab Claw Key, three men will enter her life. Sure, it sounded pretty lame to Summer, since she couldn't even get Sean to notice her back home. But before she knows it, her life turns into The Bachelorette, with three guys, Adam, Diver, and Seth, all showing interest in her. One may not be trustworthy, Summer can't even begin to figure out another, and the last one is totally taken.  Three novels in one book, going through June, July, and August, will take not only Summer but also the reader on a journey full of heartache, mistakes, and endings that will surprise us all. BEACH BLONDES literally has "beach read" written all over it. The perfect book for some fun in the sun.      
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I have to be honest. If I could, I'd rate this 10000000 stars. This is the BEST BOOK EVR! It made made laugh, it made me cry, made me smile, made me gasp, but most of all, made me really happy. I recommend this for anyone who loves summer romances, the beach, or true friends. I really wish this author would write more of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get so excited just writing how amazing this book was! It has been a while since I read it, but I feel this review is needed. The length is intimidating at first, but after the first few rising actions it is a challenge to put down! I was able to read this book in 3 days and raved about it all summer to my friends and family. I am sure they got bored once all I talked about it. Summer is amazing and the way I imagined her to be was naturally radiant and stunning. She is more then just some gorgeous girl from Minnesota who visits her wealthy aunt and cousin for vacation. Summer is strong, and confident and her character has depth such as the kidnap of her older brother. All three of the boys she fell in "love" with I somehow imagined boys I knew. The rich senators kid with the messed up family is classic but brilliant. Seth the nice guy who she ends up with at the end. And Diver the mysterious devilishly handsome guy who lives on her roof. It is great to read a book and relate parts of the characters to friends or to you. The part of the book I do not like was when Seth and her got caught in that cave...it was too out there for me. It kind of ruined the first love part for me. Also, I didn't care to much for her friend she seemed trashy, and rude. I know someone like her but I couldn't picture Summer and her being friends. I could write about this forever and ever but I have to stop at some point! Overall, Beach Blondes is fantastically written and organized into a collaboration of story lines that at the end all come together to make sense. Love, and Boys is what makes this book so refreshing. Yes, I know that is what every teenage girl book is about pretty much, but it speaks the truth. When you find that first love and you feel the relationship last forever then it is so magical and pure...I still haven't gotten around to buy the sequel's but I guess I will have to wait to see if Seth and Summer stay together. I highly recommend this book!!!!!
kira95 More than 1 year ago
I originally got this book becasue the cover looked cool...i started reading it and instantly feel in love with it! i love how avarge and normal it is. It's not Summer the main charters life isent real and we could all relate on some level to what she goes threw in liking so many guys and doesnt know which one to pick. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes the beach, boys, and drama! I have also read the sequal tan lines and it was even more fabulous! I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out in January counting down the days!
teen-book-fan More than 1 year ago
well... it is kinda long, but when you read it you will figure out that she needs this many pages to explain everything. There are a lot of mysteries and conflicts so I was never bored. It took me 5 days to read this. But, I only "hard-read" it on the 3rd day and so on. Hard reading is when I don't put it down, I read when I'm eating with the 'rents even. But that didn't mean that it wasn't interesting until then. It started out like any other cold day - for her. Then she goes on this trip that changes her life. She meets people, etc. What I liked most is that, there was everyone in the book. There were parts with her and some other person. But there were also a lot of times where people were helping other people. It wasn't just her who saved the day, she made people be brought together and all. That really helped with the love concept. But, I just really enjoyed it. It is not predictable until the last 150 pages of it kind of. It just teaches a lot of lessons in my opinion and I can't wait to read the next one. There are a lot of pages, so it takes even more words then this to describe it. Let's just say, I wish I was her!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!!!!!! What are the other books? I cant find them!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was scared to try this book because it is so long but as soon as I started it I fell in love with this book. It has so much drama, I love it! I can't wait to read the second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first the book was a little slow I have to addmit. I was a little hesitant to reading further but being about a third of the way through I am beyond glad I stuck with it. It is written perfectly and constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Quite honestly this book really did surprise me. I thought this would be just another summer romance story but oh no. With all the twists and turns it truely is something special. I would reccommend this book to any avid reader. The book is a bit lengthy but totally worth all the pages. I give this book a double thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book when i heard there was two i was soooooooo happy!!!!!!!!! All i can say is that this book is soooooo good that i stayed up till 4:30 in the morning reading it!!!!!!!!!!!! GET THIS BOOK
CallieNoelle More than 1 year ago
A very good book!! I really enjoyed all the different boys and the stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book very much and thought the story line was good! I personally predicted somethings. The book repeats itself a lot and I would skip pages and it would still be on the same topic! I think it was a good but and its fun to read at the beach!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much it never got boring and its probaly one of my faves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it you will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+!!!!!!!!!!!+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ? I love it LONG but awesome ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Its longer, but the chapters are short so it doesn't seem overwhelming. The story kept me entertained, & new things were always happening so it didn't get boring. The only reason i'm giving it a 4 star review, is because there were a lot of spelling mistakes! In the beginning Summer compares a boy named Seth to Jake Gyllenhaal, & the writer put Seth/Jake when referring to him, & at one point she wrote Seth/Jesse. It just bothered me. Other than that this book was amazing, & i'm looking forward to reading Tan Lines.
20dancefreak13 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I saved it so I could read on the plane while I was on vacation. I could relate to this book very well... What teenage girl can't? Each character is different in their own ways which makes them all seem so real. I love the fact that Katherine Applegate draws you in with the cute boys and twist & turns along the way. Hope you enjoy this book!!! :)
greeneyedgrl More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTLY LOVED THIS BOOK! It had a lot of drama in it which i love, and plenty of boy trouble. summer is unforgettable and so are her friends. The ending will make you want to scream with joy and cry at the same time. What are you waiting for?? Go ahead and read it, its definatly worth it =)
lilybean More than 1 year ago
This story was catching at first but then it became very repitious with the back story. A good book to take your mind off of things.
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This is my FAV book! Love the drama and summer fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds good. Wondering if this is first book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really great if u like a lot of drama
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