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Lara gets lucky when she spots Lucas and Nina alone together. She's been looking for ways to hurt Zoey, and now the people Zoey loves most have played right into Lara's hands. Lara has a dangerous secret—and she intends to use it...Lara gets lucky when she spots Lucas and Nina alone together. She's been looking for ways to ...
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Lara gets lucky when she spots Lucas and Nina alone together. She's been looking for ways to hurt Zoey, and now the people Zoey loves most have played right into Lara's hands. Lara has a dangerous secret—and she intends to use it...Lara gets lucky when she spots Lucas and Nina alone together. She's been looking for ways to hurt Zoey, and now the people Zoey loves most have played right into Lara's hands. Lara has a dangerous secret—-and she intends to use it...
Katherine Applegate is the author of the hugely popular series Animorphs as well as many other books for young readers. She lives in Minnesota.
Zoey's hands and arms were submerged in dirty dishwater.
This wasn't exactly how she'd plan to spend her first morning back on Chatham Island -- scraping the remains of lobster fricasse off china plates and scrubbing the soup tureen until it was free of congealed clam chowder. But she'd woken up at five A.M., an hour to which she was totally unaccustomed, and although she'd tried to go back to sleep, for some reason that had proved impossible. Instead she'd lain in bed for a while, snuggling under the blankets, writing in her journal and letting her mind drift. In the end she'd had too much energy to stay still.
Now it was 6:45 A.M., and Zoey had already taken a jog along Leeward Drive, showered, dressed, and unpacked the suitcase she'd taken with her to the journalism conference in Washington, D.C. She divided her dirty clothes into "to be washed in the machine" and "to be washed by hand" and deposited a jumble of jeans, sweatshirts, and underthings in the washing machine out in the garage. She listened now for the whooshing sound that meant the rinse cycle was ending and the spin cycle was beginning. That would mean three minutes until it was time to move the load to the dryer.
Zoey had gone to the kitchen to have a glass of orange juice and a bowl of cornflakes and found herself confronted with a massive pile of pots, pans, dishes and silverware. Her first instinct was to run away and pretend she had never seen this disaster area, but then she'd thought better of herself. After all, the mess was a result of the party from the night before, a party in honor of her homecoming.
The party had been really good, just as good as thehigh-school graduation party she and Benjamin had thrown at the beginning of the summer. Actually, Zoey considered, last night's party was better than the graduation party. Because Lucas was there.
Zoey pushed her hands deeper into the sudsy water in order to pull the stopper out of the drain. The pipes made a gurgling sound as the water began to drain. Zoey stared at her wet hands. They were red from the hot water, and the tips of her fingers were wrinkled like raisins. They reminded her of Lucas's hands when he got off the fishing boat, pinched from the salty sea water and sunburned.
Lucas has already gone to work, Zoey thought, sighing. It really was too bad that Lucas had to work on his dad's fishing boat. As the daughter of restaurant owners, Zoey knew all about family obligations. Don't even compare an occasional dinner shift at the plush family restaurant to what Lucas has to do, Zoey scolded herself. If only Lucas didn't see working on the boat as such a stigma, Zoey thought. If only he could see that it'd be over soon. That he'd be off to college soon. Not that he was too excited about the University of Maine, either.
Zoey knew she had to make every second remaining in the summer count. Zoey smiled as she contemplated the many ways she'd shower Lucas with affection. They'd make out in the dark movie theatre at the mall in Weymouth, take long walks along the beach, hang out in the family room downstairs, watching music videos. I won't even make him change the channel for MTV TRL, Zoey thought, smiling to herself.
"You look like quite the happy homemaker."
Zoey whipped around to see her brother, Benjamin, standing in the middle of the kitchen, grinning. He was dressed in a black wet suit with royal blue stripes down the side. His nose was covered with a white splotch of zinc oxide. His wet hair was held back by a pair of blue plastic sunglasses that were strategically placed on the top of his head. Zoey couldn't help but think back to the time when Benjamin's sunglasses weren't just a fashion accessory. In fact, sometimes she still expected her once blind brother to be wearing his trademark black Ray-Ban sunglasses and a cynical smirk. Not that she missed the trappings of Benjamin's blindness; it was just that, well, somehow this happy-go-lucky, sporty Benjamin wasn't the same person.
"It's about time someone in this house got up," Zoey said, walking over to her brother and flipping some soapsuds in his general direction.
"The Passmores aren't known for their early bird habits," Benjamin replied as he crossed the kitchen and opened the refrigerator.
Zoey nodded. "I could make you a smoothie if you want," she offered.
"Hmmm ... sounds ... healthy," Benjamin answered, as if healthy food was a concept he was unfamiliar with. He grabbed a bottle of water from the refrigerator, shut it, and took a seat at the kitchen table. "Hey, not that I mind the company, but why are you up so early?" Benjamin paused. "Is it because you're planning on catching some waves with me?"
"Not quite," Zoey answered, peeling a banana and throwing it in the blender. "I just couldn't sleep,"
"Why not?" Benjamin asked.
The ice clattered as Zoey dropped it in with the banana. "I guess I'm just excited to be home."
"I see," Benjamin replied. "Well, since you are up, you could come with me. Surfing is good for the soul, you know."
Zoey looked at him. But it can be dangerous, she wanted to say to Benjamin, but she didn't.
Zoey had to wonder if Benjamin could read her mind because he immediately responded with: "You know, you could be happy that I'm getting out of the house and taking in the outdoors. You'd think people around here want me to be blind again or something."
Zoey poured some orange juice in the blender and pressed mix. "Benjamin, don't even joke about that," she said over the whirring noise. "It's just that -- "
"It's just that what?" Benjamin asked. Zoey could hear the defensiveness in his voice.
"It's just that nothing," Zoey responded curtly. "I just worry about you, that's all."
Posted May 20, 2002
Lara strikes gold and finds out what has really been bothering Lucas. Clairs old internet buddy is stalking her. Benjamin is having problems with his sight. Aisha finds Christophers ex-wife(who is still a drug addict and possibly had Christopher's baby). And last but not least, Kate is having off and on melt downs. The island kids are having all kinds of issues. That is exactly what makes this series great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2001
i really enjoyed it but i totally feel bad for nia, she still misses ben and now she has to deal with this. i think laras plan is awful, but nina and lucas should have just come clean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2000
I really like this whole series! I've read alot of the books and they are all asome I would recommend this book to almost anyone well I'm not sure if guys would really go for the whole romantic teen thing but I do and I cant wait till read Now Zoeys alone! What do you people think? e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.orgWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2000
I too am a big fan of Nina and Lucas getting together. I have been reading since book one. I am hooked. I thought that this book started off kinda slow, but it got really good. I am so tired of Zoey. She is self-centered. So I am ready for the next book. I don't like Lara, but I am ready for her or anyone for that matter to let Zoey know what is going on between Lucas and Nina. Also, what does everyone else think about Aisha going off to find Carina? Just e-mail me and let me know.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2000
Ive been reading this series since it used to be called boyfriend/girlfriend. This didnt start to a great start but it got intersting after that. I really want to know if Aisha and Christopher end up getting married.I also want Nina and Lucas to get together. I know Lucas is in love with Zoey, but Zoey is always messing up, and she seems to think shes better than everyone else. My favorite character is Nina. She's more down to earth than any other person on the island, and shes funny. I really reccomend this book and I cant wait to see how Lara tells Zoey are if Zoey finds out for herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2000
I've been reading this series since book #1 and I always look forward to getting them every month. I find them to be very powerful to real teen life, people have weird problems like this. Kathrine Applegate really is a great writer, one of my favorites!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.