Grecian Holiday: Or, How I Turned Down the Best Possible Thing Only to Have the Time of My Life

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Dear Mike,

Arrived at the old villa 3 days ago. It's all blue shy, white walls and heat here — you'll see. Jade's's already heading for trouble and I can't suss Sarah out. Hope you and your mates are having a blast on your trek, especially without me dragging you down. I bet deep down you're glad I bailed out. Ill see you before this postcard even finds you.

Miss you!

Kelly ...

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Dear Mike,

Arrived at the old villa 3 days ago. It's all blue shy, white walls and heat here — you'll see. Jade's's already heading for trouble and I can't suss Sarah out. Hope you and your mates are having a blast on your trek, especially without me dragging you down. I bet deep down you're glad I bailed out. Ill see you before this postcard even finds you.

Miss you!

Kelly XOX

When Kelly opts out of a summer of roughing it with her intimidating, intense boyfriend, Mike, she doesn't realize she's opted into a summer that will change everything, especially herself.

Kelly's summer vacation at a Greek farmhouse is disrupted by the arrival of her boyfriend, with whom she has recently had a terrible fight.

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KLIATT
After recently reading her Love trilogy (Ready!, Sex and Go!, reviewed in KLIATT July 2001), a huge favorite in my high school library, Kate Cann is my new ab-fab British author. Many girls connect to her realistic stories of love, sexuality, friendship, family and adolescence. Grecian Holiday continues this tradition with the story of Kelly, who turns down her boyfriend's invitation to go on a road trip with him and his mates in order to go to a beautiful villa in Greece with two girls. The trip turns out to be just what she needed. Kelly is amazed both by her friend Jade's unabashed sexuality and by Sarah's total fearfulness. Traveling with these two teaches her a lot about what she needs in order to grow up. This light read about gaining independence and getting a suntan at the same time will hook many female readers who are seeking a quality escapist story to get lost in. The sexual situations here are handled with maturity and authenticity, and the book is suitable for high school readers. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, HarperCollins, Avon, 346p., , Lacey, WA
VOYA
When Kelly and her lover Mike have a spat about how to spend their gap year, they nearly break up. Kelly convinces him, however, to take off on the van trip he planned with his friends before they met, while she accepts an invitation to share an antique farmhouse in Greece with two schoolmates so different that their combined personalities could almost make up one complete person. Kelly struggles to keep the peace between two old friends while regaining the identity lost in her intense relationship with Mike. The delicate balance is upset when Mike and his van full of buddies arrive for a visit. In this atypical and unpredictable romance, the strong characters represent a range of attitudes toward love, romance, and sex. Kelly and Sarah go through profound changes as they arrive at their individual comfort levels. Cann's first-person narration provides an authentic voice that ranges believably from rationality to desperate physical longing. The descriptions of worry-free days on the beach and bountiful food and drink will make readers ooze jealousy. Bedroom scenes mostly focus on emotion and desire rather than on play-by-play detail, making the book appropriate for most teen collections. The size of an adult mass-market paperback, the bikini-bedecked cover will appeal to high school girls. Those unfamiliar with the British school system might have some confusion over the age of the characters. Most slang is self-explanatory but those in doubt could refer to the glossary and appendix in Cann's trilogy, Ready? Sex. Go! (HarperCollins, 2001/VOYA October 2001). VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Avon, 345p,
— Beth Gallaway
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064473026
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST AVON E
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 14 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Cann lives in England with her husband, daughter, son and dog. She worked as an editor for many years before writing several books, including Ready?, Sex, and Go!, which were bestsellers in the UK.

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Chapter One

Three weeks into June, and life was great and I had everything going for me. Four weeks into it and I chucked it all in.

OK, that's a bit dramatic, but that's what it felt like. I look back and still can't believe what I did. So unhesitatingly. On instinct, I suppose. Survival instinct.

A-levels were over, and I thought I'd done OK in them. Good enough to get the college place I was after, anyway. But first — euphoria. Freedom. A whole gap year before I got down to real life.

It was high summer, and I was with Mike. We'd been together four months and that time had been intense. I'd felt like I was walking a tightrope all the time. On one side, Mike, and on the other, working for the exams, and me in between, swaying dangerously. Just about keeping my balance, keeping my head together.

But as soon as I walked out of the last exam I just plunged. I spent every possible minute with Mike. I couldn't keep my eyes off him, I couldn't keep my hands off him. Time spent without him was wasted, pointless. My friends accused me of dropping them, of being obsessed. But I didn't care. I'd worked my hide off and now I was going to free fall unthinkingly whichever way it took me.

Which was to him.

So there we were, blissed out, staying in, going out, making love, partying. Talking about every subject under the sun. Except love, we didn't talk about that. We just circled it, the whole idea of it. But we were falling all right. Well, I was. I felt like he was taking me over.

There were bad times, too, of course there were. He'd throw a fit over some comment, some attitude of mine, say stuff like, "I can'tbelieve you think that way!" And I'd back down, because I couldn't bear to disappoint him. Or we'd row, and his temper would be spiraling out of control when he'd manage to stop, and say sorry. And then I'd say sorry, too.

Sometimes I felt we'd moved too fast, too soon. Everything was so intense. Little things, little differences — they took on an importance out of all real proportion. It was made worse by the fact that he was going away at the end of June, off across Europe in a souped up sleeper-van with four of his mates. Something that had been planned long before I came into his life. We felt like time was running out on us. He kept saying he didn't want to go, couldn't bear to leave me behind for the summer. And I was pleased and restrained, waiting to see what would happen.

Then one morning he rushed round, early, pushed past my indignant mum, and burst into my bedroom. I saw him first in the mirror, because I was standing there brushing my hair, and my stomach flipped, like it always does when I see him. He is so fit. Real strong features, wonderful eyes, sexy teeth. I spun around and he came bounding over and wrapped his arms around me, half lifting me off my feet. Then he stepped back, and smiled, hugely. "You're in, Kelly! The guys — they've said you can come on the trip!"

This scenario had not even entered my consciousness. I'd imagined him dropping out, or coming home early, to be with me — but not this.

I was so shocked I couldn't speak, but Mike filled in the silence for me. "This is the best, Kelly — it's perfect. We'll be together for like, three months! I've got a tent I can take. And if the weather's rough you can have my bunk in the van and I'll sleep on the floor."

"But Mike, this is — Jesus, this hadn't even crossed my mind . . ."

"I know. I didn't want to say anything to you until it was fixed. I didn't want to get your hopes up. But it's definite, Kelly. Everyone's agreed."

"They agreed? But I mean — they hardly know me — "

"What does that matter? They know you enough to say yes. What's the matter? Aren't you pleased?"

"Yeah — yeah — of course I'm pleased, it's just so unexpected, it's — "

"Bloody brilliant. It solves everything, Kelly, it's great."

And he took a step toward me again, grinning, but I stopped him saying, "You sure you didn't twist their arms?"

"Look — don't worry about them. You'll be with me, not them."

"Yeah, but I'll be there. Won't I throw the balance out?"

"What are you talking about? What balance?"

"You five guys."

"Look — they've said you can come!"

"Yes, but it's a big blokey thing, isn't it? They wanted you along . . . if you're with me you'll have less time with them and — "

"Jesus, Kelly — stop making problems! I thought you'd be . . . I thought you'd be really pleased! Don't you want to be with me this summer?"

"Well, yeah you know I — "

"So stop worrying! It'll be great! I can do stuff with them. And we can all do stuff together. And you and me — we can do stuff too, yeah? Really do it."

And then he reached out, wrapped his arm around my neck, pulled me toward him and started pushing his face into my hair, and we stopped talking and went on to the stuff, despite the fact that Mum was singing very loudly in the bathroom on the other side of the wall.

Grecian Holiday. Copyright © by Kate Cann. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Grecian Holiday by Kate Cann

    This book is great for the beach. It is an easy read that makes you want to go to Greece with real problems such as friends and boyfriends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    which holiday do you enjoy the most

    okay well...for some reason all of these holiday books are super boring. i would skim ahead like 50 pages to a good scene. then go back and read up until that point. this book to me was boring. i love kate canns book meditarranean holiday because it was so intense. i reccomend this book for 12 and up. i have to say i was dissapointed...but im sure she has more great stories to come!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    AMAZINGG.

    this book was great... any teenage girl would love it. i read it for school and now i have all of my friends reading it as well. anyone could read it... 12 and over would be appropriate for some scenes.... other than that i loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was another cheesy romance where the girl is pushed around by her egocentric boyfriend who didn't know a thing! This book was lude, and disgusting I thought it would be like other teen romance novles I have read but I was wrong! If any teenage girls are reading this who love this book I appoligize if this offends you but this is my one and only oppinion on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Read this book!

    i loved this book, not just because im greek(well, that was part of it) but because it was so unexpecting, but it was a little slow, i would have liked more drama but that's me! im looking forward to a new holiday book too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Great

    This book was great! It was about a girl who gives up going to a manly trip with her boyfirend and goes with her friends to Greece. There they live in a hudge farmhouse. Her boyfriend comes there to surprise and they deal with their relationship. NOT FOR PPL YOUNGER THAN 14.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    awesome

    this was one of her best books yet i love how it all fit together at the end n i was alwayz surprised i didnt want to put the book down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Not my cup of tea

    I read spanish holiday, and that was great, so I thought I would like this too. But it stunk! It went soooo slow, and the romance sucked. I guess it depends on what you like. This definatly wasn't a happy feeling book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    great

    this book was really good. i loved how the setting of the story and everything in it was described so vividly. totally awesome book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Good Book!

    I Think that the book, Spanish Holiday was just as good even better than this. I would recomend it to girls ages 13- because this dose have some things in it not approte for young girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    My Reading Vacation

    A book that captured me and made me feel like I was there.I love how her sex experiences are so real,like people teasing you about it and how it's so unexpected!Thanks for opening my eyes to a new way of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Hot,juicy,and spontainous

    I loved this book so much i read it in 2 hrs i just couldnt stop reading it. I think that kelly should stay wit mike he is not trying to be mean or self centered he just really wants to spend time with and over the summer and i think that they should have but they ended up getting some time alone and i think that when they get back to england they should work it out!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Perfect for a Rainy-Day Read...or Anytime!

    I found that this book was extremely well-written and enjoyable. I was absolutely caught up in the plot, and I missed supper because of it! There are a few sexual referances, but all in all, it's a great book for the twelve and over crowd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    I could not stop reading this book!!!

    I loved this book so much. I loved the characters and seeing how they changed over their holiday vacation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    'Grecian Holiday' was one of the best books i have ever Read.

    This book was appsolutly brilliant. Kate Cann goes into such depth to describe the senere and characters. She a has a intruiging way of writing. A type of wwritting that hooks you in the beginning so you cant put the book down! I would recommend this book to any girl. Although their are few sexual refrences I recommend this book for ages 12 and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    good read

    I really enjoyed this book. Cann gave each of the characters the proper amount of character development and made them come to life. I felt as if I was in greece watching the story rather than reading it. The only thing that bothered me was the ending, in which she decides to get back with her ex-boyfriend, mike, when she returns to England. Nick, her other love interest, seems like a better guy and she needs to give him a chance because I doubt that mike will ever be able to work out his issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    La creme de la creme

    Not only was this book inspiring... but it changed the way i looked at things! I can't wait when/if a companionship...i'd buy it in a heartbeat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!

    This book was really good. But I think she should have had more fun with guys instead of worrying about her boyfriend. If it was me I'd choose Nick over Mike anyday! I don't think Kelly should really get back together with Mike when she gets back home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    AwEsOmE!

    This book is totally awesome I couldnt keep my eyes off of it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    One of The Best Books I've Ever Read

    A great book for teenage girls. If you enjoy roadtrips and adventure, oh and boys too, of course!!! Then this book is for you!!! When you read this book you could only wish to be on of these girls in their own paradise....

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