Girlfriend Material

Girlfriend Material

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by Melissa Kantor

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Kate's not the type to lose it over a guy. So she's appalled by her mom's summer plan: to drag Kate along to Cape Cod, in a ploy to make Kate's dad jealous. But just when Kate's resigned herself to three months of stoic solitude at the country club, a cute boy named Adam starts drawing her out, and seems intrigued. Suddenly Kate can't help but wonder


Kate's not the type to lose it over a guy. So she's appalled by her mom's summer plan: to drag Kate along to Cape Cod, in a ploy to make Kate's dad jealous. But just when Kate's resigned herself to three months of stoic solitude at the country club, a cute boy named Adam starts drawing her out, and seems intrigued. Suddenly Kate can't help but wonder what it would be like if a guy lost it over her.

When her breezy romance quickly grows more complicated, can Kate keep pretending Adam is just a carefree fling? Or will she risk telling him her real feelings? Now Kate is asking herself a question she never thought she'd stoop to: Is she girlfriend material?

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Publishers Weekly

Kantor (The Breakup Bible) writes a funny and intimate story of summer romance and family conflict featuring 16-year-old Kate, who wishes she could be more like the independent heroine of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Lady Brett Ashley ("without a doubt the coolest woman in the world"). But Kate's plans to spend a peaceful summer writing, reading and playing tennis go awry when her mother, wanting a temporary separation from Kate's father, whisks Kate away to stay with old friends at their summer house in Cape Cod. Besides resenting being uprooted, Kate feels uncomfortable around the friends' daughter, Sarah, who is less than pleased to have Kate tagging along. Amusingly neurotic as a narrator, Kate gradually gains confidence as she cultivates friendships with other teenagers, especially cute Adam ("Was it my imagination, or did he say big serious relationship as if it were a repugnant political party"). The changes in Kate are both gradual and realistic, as she learns painful lessons about love, her parents' failing marriage and her own needs. Her emotional journey and acute self-consciousness are likely to strike a chord. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
In the frequent battles between her parents, Kate Draper usually sides with her father, and her older sister Meg usually sides with their mother. But it is Kate who has to go to Cape Cod with their mother instead of staying home in Salt Lake City where she is taking a summer creative writing class and practicing her tennis game. The only thing Kate likes about the trip is that they will be staying with her mother's old college friends, Henry and Tina, who have a daughter a year older than Kate. But when they arrive, it is clear that Sarah does not want to spend any more time with Kate than she has to. Kate tells the story of the summer before her junior year in an often humorous and usually insightful voice that expresses a range of emotions. She is angry with her mother for dragging her off and for temporarily leaving her father. She is uncertain about her ability to attract boys, and Sarah's unfriendliness isolates her. She loves to read, and she daydreams about being the cool and beautiful Lady Brett Ashley, from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Then she meets Adam, one of Sarah's friends, who becomes very interested in her. To protect her emotions and to seem more experienced than she is, Kate returns his interest but pretends that she does not want the relationship to go beyond the summer. By the end of the summer, much has improved in her life. Her parents have not made up, but she has developed a greater closeness with her mother, she and Sarah have become good friends, and she and Adam are planning to see each other when he comes to Utah to ski at Christmas. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Salt Lake City native Katie, 16, is planning a great summer with her friend Laura. She is registered for a fiction writing class and has scheduled daily tennis practices, activities that will keep her out of the house so that she can avoid her warring parents. Suddenly her mom announces that she and Kate will be spending the summer on Cape Cod, at her old friends' house. Although Kate is unhappy that her plans have been shelved, she looks forward to spending time with Sarah, the pretty, self-confident and super-cool hosts' daughter. Unfortunately, Sarah is clearly less than pleased to have a new sidekick. Kate determines to make the best of the situation and lands a job teaching tennis, and eventually Sarah mellows enough to be friendly and include her socially. Kate falls hard for good-looking, smart Adam, necessitating her to deal with a complicated romantic relationship while coping with her parents' possible divorce. In this engaging and satisfying novel, nothing earth-shattering happens but the dialogue is witty and readers will relate to the realistically described roller coaster of emotions of a typical suburban teenager. This is the perfect book to give to a someone who loves Maureen Daly's teen classic, Seventeenth Summer (S & S, 1981), or Kantor's earlier books.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Kate's dreams of a perfect summer are dashed when her mother announces that she is taking her from their home in Utah to stay at an old friend's house on Cape Cod. While her mother receives the support she needs for her failing marriage, Kate has to fend for herself. She manages to make a few friends, find a job teaching tennis and meet Adam. At first Kate imagines a fun summer fling, but her feelings for Adam quickly become more complicated. Kate is simultaneously oblivious to the reality of her parents' situation and completely sensitive to her own emotional life. While understandable and developmentally appropriate to a point, Kate's obtuseness in the face of obvious evidence may well leave readers frustrated. Realistic dialogue and a quick pace keep the story lively, but uneven character development, unlikely plot twists and an overly familiar plot keep this from hitting its mark. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Kantor ( is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband, the poet Ben Gantcher, and their three children. She is the author of Confessions of a Not It Girl ; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? and The Breakup Bible. Visit her online at

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Girlfriend Material 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
EB25 More than 1 year ago
"Girlfriend Material" is a great read. This book has the right amount of romance and drama. Katie gets a change of plans for summer vacation. Instead of going to Salt Lake to visit her dad, Katie now has to go across the U.S. to Cape Cod with her mom so that her mother can visit an old friend and her family. When Katie arrives things didn't go as planned. Her mom's friend's daughter, Sarah who was her friend at a young age now seems like she wants nothing to do with her. As days pass on Katie is starting to figure out that being in Cape Cod isn't as bad. Katie even thinks that maybe Sarah isn't such an annoying New Yorker. Also things start to heat up between Adam and Katie after the game of golf with his friends. Also maybe giving Natasha, a 13 year old girl tennis lessons isn't the worst thing in the world but for 20 dollars an hour, Katie hasn't even considered backing down. As you get into the novel it will make you wonder, and as you read more you won't be able to put this book down. This book is a very decent book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good dramatic book. I am less than half way done and already I don't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books that I have read! A great summer read :)
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I love this book and i think the author did a great job. If you wou enjoy a little romance, i suggest you get this book.
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
cute story
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I fell in love with this book, this book got me to even start reading , very cute, a must read!
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This on of my favorite romantic reads. It only took me two days to finish this book. Once you start reading it you can't put it down. Also, the author Melisaa writes amazing books!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story about a girls summer and first relationship. The story didn't dragnor was I fighting to put it down. All in all it was a good lite read that would be great to take along to the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only book i have ever read thats ending truly caught me by suprise! It is still one of my favorites an i read it a year ago. dont ignore this review! At least get the sample! I promise you wont regret it! What have you got to loose? You wont forget reading this book!
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So after reading all the comments and hearing how wonderful this book was I thought why not. well ladies and i guess some gentlemen if your into that (i won't judge) this book is absolutely the cutest. I highly recommend this to any teenager who loves cute romances. (by the way I am 16 and a junior in high school -- but i still feel like any teenager could relate)
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Its very relative to teens! Romance, drama and friendship all in one!! Its really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, easy read. A little heavy on the classical references at times.
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Stacey Rayos More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!! A must read!
bookgirl96 More than 1 year ago
Some days walking down the beach in L.A i wish i could go to cape cod and some sweet and takes me for me. Just like adam dose for kate.
Stacey Ferguson More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. It was a lonestar book last year. Its a perfect for youg girls.
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