Caribbean Cruising

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The perfect summer story of a girl, several boys, and a cruise ship full of possibilities.

Lindsay has never been on a cruise, but she knows exactly what she wants to do now that she is: climb a waterfall, snorkel, meet lots of cute guys, and look for one perfect guy for a summer fling.

But her to-do list isn't going according to plan, especially when she discovers that it's impossible to have a fling-when ...

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Overview

The perfect summer story of a girl, several boys, and a cruise ship full of possibilities.

Lindsay has never been on a cruise, but she knows exactly what she wants to do now that she is: climb a waterfall, snorkel, meet lots of cute guys, and look for one perfect guy for a summer fling.

But her to-do list isn't going according to plan, especially when she discovers that it's impossible to have a fling-when you're actually falling in love.

On a Caribbean cruise, eighteen-year-old Lindsay's to-do list includes having a one night stand, but when her wealthy new stepfather introduces his gorgeous godson as her traveling buddy, things become complicated.

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Lindsay is accompanying her mother on a fantastic cruise ship voyage. Her mom is marrying a wealthy man on board and doesn't want to leave her only daughter behind. Lindsay's new step-dad has graciously provided her with a handsome, fun, young chaperone. Lindsay, however, has her own ideas of what she wants to accomplish on this cruise; and Ryan, albeit incredibly cute, is in the way. Lindsay is 18 years old, a recent high school graduate, and one of her items on her list is to sleep with a guy. She meets a guy who is a bit too wild—but she is on the cruise to have fun. The 10 days are spent scuba diving and cruising the Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman and the rest of the Caribbean. This "love boat story" with its beautiful ending will appeal to teenagers who want light reading. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 314p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Sherri Ginsberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060565077
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 418,977
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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Caribbean Cruising


By Rachel Hawthorne

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Rachel Hawthorne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060565077

Chapter One

The Enchantment Night One

"I can't believe it! Everything is totally amazing!"

I couldn't believe it either as Julie Barnes and I gazed around one of the atriums of The Enchantment. The name suited this ship. I was definitely enchanted. It was huge and luxurious. I figured it would take all ten nights of the cruise simply to walk from one end of the ship to the other.

"Come on," I said, nudging Julie's arm. "Let's check out my cabin."

Julie was my best friend. Like me, she had blond hair. But her eyes were blue, while mine were green. And she was a little shorter than me, which meant she had a difficult time keeping pace when I was in a hurry like I was in now. I just wanted to see everything as quickly as possible. There was so much to take in. My time here would be short, and I didn't want to waste a single minute.

"Slow down, Lindsay," Julie ordered. "Your cabin's not going anywhere."

No, it wasn't, but I was anxious to see it, to get settled in. Still, I did slow down as we walked along a wide corridor, which closely resembled a boulevard. Stores and restaurants lined both sides. Plants, statuettes, artwork, festive lights, and a domed ceiling created an openness that I hadn't expected within a ship. It was like touring agigantic mall—one of my favorite places to hang out. With so many people mingling around, it was like a bustling city floating on the ocean. I was a little overwhelmed by the crowds and the vastness of the ship.

"It's just not fair that I have to work and can't go on this cruise with you," Julie lamented.

Those words had become Julie's mantra ever since I'd told her that I was going on my trip.

"I'd give anything if you could come," I said. We'd shared everything since kindergarten. I couldn't imagine not sharing this too.

"I know. You have to send me a postcard from every port," she commanded. "I will. I promise."

"And since you are so into making lists, I expect a report listing all the yummy details about every guy you meet."

I laughed. I was a little obsessed with lists. I liked organization and had compiled several different lists as soon as I found out I was going on a cruise—everything I needed to buy before I came onboard, all the items I needed to pack, and everything I planned to do while I was on this cruise.

"Maybe I'll just send you a list of their names. I'm hoping there will be so many that I won't have room on the postcards to tell you about all of them."

"That's a definite possibility," she said. "Have you ever seen so many cuties in one place?"

"Nope." From the moment I'd checked in and we'd started our quick tour of the ship, I'd seen at least a dozen guys who I thought I'd like to get to know better. Each one was smiling, laughing, or talking with someone.

"I think it is so romantic that Walter is going to marry your mom on a cruise ship," Julie said.

"He's definitely gone all out."

Walter Hunt was quiet and reserved, but when he spoke, people listened and did as he asked. Mostly because his name appeared on a famous list of the top one hundred wealthiest people in the world.

Hence the cruise. A special honeymoon for him and his new bride—who just happened to be my mom—and anyone else who wanted to tag along. Of which I was undeniably one.

They say that most people are introduced by a friend to the person they'll marry. That's how Mom met Walter. She was attending a friend's funeral. Her friend had worked for Walter's company so Walter had gone to the funeral as well. He and Mom met, hit it off, and now my life was on the verge of changing forever in ways that I'd never really anticipated. And truthfully, it's something I was having a hard time comprehending. For as long as I could remember, it had always been just me and Mom. Now it would be me, Mom, and Walter.

Still, Walter was nice and I liked him. I thought he'd be good for my mom. I was heading off to the University of Texas in the fall, and I'd been a little worried about Mom dealing with the empty nest. So I was definitely in favor of her marrying Walter.

And I was going to be a bridesmaid for the first time in my life. I had no doubt that I was embarking on a summer of firsts. And I planned for most of them to take place on this cruise.

I didn't think most cruise ships allowed wedding guests onboard, but Walter had made special arrangements so he and Mom could have their friends and family attend the wedding. He'd reserved the top deck for the ceremony. At midnight we'd have our official bon voyage and prepare to leave the port of Galveston. The guests would depart, and the ship would sail away into the night toward the Caribbean.

"I can't believe you are going to spend ten nights on this ship. Did you see all the stores we just passed on that boulevard?" Julie asked.

"I know. It's like a fancy mall or something. Plus there are lots of little shops on the islands. They're supposed to have some great bargains. Good thing I've been saving all my paychecks."

While Julie tore ticket stubs at our mall's movie theater, I worked in the concession stand. Sometimes I thought I'd never eat another bag of buttered popcorn in my entire life. Just the aroma of buttered popcorn made me lose my appetite.

Julie glanced over at me. "If you run out of money, I'm sure Wealthy Walter will buy you anything you want."



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Excerpted from Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne Copyright © 2007 by Rachel Hawthorne. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2009

    Wonderful

    I absolutely love the way Rachel Hawthorne writes. She keeps the reader going and going till you dont want to put the book down. These books are wonderful to read and they are so heartfelt. I hope you read many more of Rachel's books. She always keeps little twists and turns.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    i read it over and over and it never gets boring

    i stay up all night reading this book over and over because it catches my attention so fast it's incredible. i walk around on the cruises i go on and try to imagine what it was like for lindsey not just the cruise, but ryan along for the ride as well. ryan is such an intruging character he's so perfect his flaws are undetectible with the naked eye. i can't stop reading the intense scenes between him and lindsey, they are so intimate and scary. this is definetly a great book to inspire and to commemorate. ever scince i've read this book i find myself a whole different person on my many cruises. rachel hawthorn makes eveything seem possible, no matter how clich`e that sounds, it's true.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

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    Read this Book!!!

    This book was about an 18 year old girl named Lindsey.When she sets out for a cruise which holds her mother's wedding she meets here step-dad's incredibly hot godson named Ryan. She immediately says he is not the guy for her summer romance aboard the ship beacause he would definitly see him again. But when she sees that she obviously can't resist his beautiful blue eyes... read caribbean cruising to find out more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    Loveddddd itttttttt

    i found this book in the store picked it up the day i got it and didnt want to put it downnnn. i loved it. the ending is the best and i didnt want it to end . so worth reading!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    Carribean Cruising

    I really like this book. It was adorable!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    impressed

    I loved this book because its was still flirty and romantic without being raunchy. The characters were entertaining yet realistic. The ending was kind of expected, but there were still plenty of suprises throughout the book. I would definately recommend this book. I was going to say its a quick read seeing as I just read it in one sitting, but looking at the clock, it's one in the morning...oops...oh well. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

    There is only one word to describe this book. AMAZING!!! This book is filled with romance, jealousy, and the occasional best friend butts in. Mainly what this book is about is that 18 year old Lindsey is joining her mother on a cruise in the Caribbean Sea. While on the ship, her newly engaged mom will marry multi millionaire fiancé. Lindsey is then supplied with a hot chaperone named Ryan who Lindsey starts to build up a crush for him. From scuba diving, to parasailing, to mountain climbing, this book will keep you wanting more till the very end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Racheal book

    This book was my favortie book in middle school. It's a very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    The corvus

    Accidentally rams a spy submarine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Sweet book.

    Shorter story but cute. About 169 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Sweet

    Sumer read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Love it!

    I have read this book soooo many times! It is a great read for those days when you just dont want to get out of bed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

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    Really cute and wholesome..... No sex scences, just very romantic and what evety girl dreams off at 18.... Mr Right. Will let my 13 yr old read this...


    LOVETOREAD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Sue

    Cute story, a little too much sex for my taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    OTHER PEOPLE CRUISE TOOO

    Ok so i just got off the cruise i had just been on and met a few guys haha so i was looking for a book on a cruise and i thought this was perf its cute

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    cute book

    cute book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I love Rachel Hawthorne! Her books are amazing! They're cute and

    I love Rachel Hawthorne! Her books are amazing! They're cute and romantic and once I start reading I can't stop until it's finished. Yea staying up all night was totally worth it. [:

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    too mature

    i was reading this book and in like the first chapter it was getting really mature so i returned it. you should be at least 15 to read this book

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