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It's the summer before Lucy's senior year in high school, and life in her sleepy Louisiana town is about to be turned upside down. Her mama's flirting with the dark stranger who runs the art gallery, her best friends Mary Jordan and Evie have boys on the brain, the drama teacher is sparking some powerful (if very, very wrong) feelings in Lucy, and a new boy has moved to town—Dewey, whose gentle ways captivate her. With everyone, including herself, so embroiled in affairs of the heart, it is any wonder the town of...

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Overview

It's the summer before Lucy's senior year in high school, and life in her sleepy Louisiana town is about to be turned upside down. Her mama's flirting with the dark stranger who runs the art gallery, her best friends Mary Jordan and Evie have boys on the brain, the drama teacher is sparking some powerful (if very, very wrong) feelings in Lucy, and a new boy has moved to town—Dewey, whose gentle ways captivate her. With everyone, including herself, so embroiled in affairs of the heart, it is any wonder the town of Sweetbay is fixin' to have itself one sweltering summer?

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From TeensReadToo.comI love how perfect this book is! Love can seem confusing, and scary, and painful, and difficult. ...I remember how tortured and intimidating everything about love and dating felt; this book took me completely back there. But it's also sweet and simple and wonderful in the most unexpected ways, just like this story. If you pay attention, the best lesson about love is in here. ...A wonderful book about love and life, blended magically with a cajun soul. —TeensReadToo.com
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Gr 8-11-Growing up is inevitable but confusing for Lucy, whose 16th summer unfolds with the sweet, languid pace of her small Louisiana town. Her mother might be having an affair, her best friend's boyfriend might be cheating, and something's up with her favorite aunt's love life. There's romance brewing at the local retirement home, and the sexy new drama teacher doesn't seem to appreciate her baby-sitting skills as much as he seems to want something else-something that feels especially wrong compared to the feeling Lucy gets around blond, piano-playing Dewey. Her professed reticence to growing up seems mildly at odds with her perceptive nature, but overall her coming-of-age rings true. With a cast of distinctive characters, this story is told with humor and warmth and is deliciously full of Cajun metaphors and mouth-watering cooking descriptions-and one particular scene with Tabasco that will provoke squirms and giggling. Recommended for fans of Ellen Wittlinger, Joan Bauer, Deb Calleti, and the like.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Here's a quick-moving story focusing on a trio of high school girls coping with the tensions of sexuality in their small Louisiana town. Lucy's intellectual friend Mary Jordan seems to have patched up a fight with her boyfriend, while their friend Evie appears to have found a true love, all as Lucy worries if she'll ever find love. She especially worries that her intensely religious mother may be having an affair with an artist who has recently moved to town. Meanwhile, Lucy's relationship with Dewey, the artist's talented son, slowly moves in the right direction. Filled with playful vignettes of a fun-loving Cajun lifestyle, here's a novel dealing with sexuality that can appeal to both conservative and liberal readers. Not all characters make good decisions, but the love of the three friends for each other heals wounds. Realistic, affecting and enjoyable throughout. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900308
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Les Becquets was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a writer to watch" after the publication of her first novel, The Stones of Mourning Creek. In addition to teaching writing, she enjoys archaeology, snowmobiling, bicycling, and is a competitive archer. She recently completed her MFA in creative writing. Diane lives in northwestern Colorado with her three sons.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    really loved it!

    I thought i wouldn't like this book... it ended up being one of my favorites. It is fun and interesting. I just wanted to keep reading and i ended up reading it in about 2 days (i am a slow reader) it is a very unique story and it is very nice. I recommend this book to anyone!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    One of the best young adult romances.

    This book had to be one of the sexiest young adult books i've ever read. Not for anyone at least under 12 years old. I loved Lucy. She was a really believable character, that reminded a lot about myself. the theme of the book may sound familiar, but don't think of it as an over used cliche. It is a story rich with tradition, the importance of family and community, and growing up and learning what it means to fall in love. Very original.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Cajun love

    I picked up this book after having the author as my teacher at school, because I personally wanted to understand what my teachers writing style was. In the end I was say that this is a an exalent book to read for a good time and a to enjoy some great easy read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    AMAZING!!! 3

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK!!! I loved this book so much, I could not put it down. This story was so romantic and exciting, each page had excitement written all over them. This book was marvelous, amazing, wonderful, great, sweet, lovely, romantic, excellent, exciting and FABULOUS! You won't be able to put it down. On a scale from 1-10, it's 50,000!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    This Book Was Awsome!=

    this was the best book ever. At first i really didn't think it was interesting but in the middle it was so good i loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    omg.. awesome.

    this book was just great.. i dont like reading that much and i just got into it and this book is really making me read more!! it made me think a lot about how life really is and helped me understand somethings. i do believe some part of me has changed and all because of this book. everyone should really read this book to understand more about 'love'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

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    I really had high expectations for this book but I was kind of disappointed. I actually was really excited to start reading it but I found that I had a really hard time getting through it. I found the beginning really slow and I felt it was kind of boring. Overall it was an OKAY book and I think Les Becquets made it much better with the middle and ending of the book. I would kind of recommend it but I didn't think it was great. =/

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Very Sweet

    A pleasant read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    AMAZING

    Loved this story well written...definately a read you dont wanna put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Three Sisters

    I finished this book in 7 hours. It is beautiful story about strangers becoming family and learning the true value of friendship. Everyone should read this, but be prepared to not want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Wow

    I thought this was going to a bland teen book. I was looking for a book my fifteen year old grand daughter could read and for obvious reasons, I always read them first. This 216 page book is pretty well perfect. From the plot, characters and editing, the only thing I would change, if I could would be the length. I want the book to be longer. I want to know what happens next as these young people become adults. Oh, please let there be a sequal. This has become one of my favorite young adult books, some where in line with To Kill A Mockingbird and the Peaches series. I recommend this book for 14 year olds and up. All I can say is WOW! More please.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    Love, Cajun Style 5091

    Love, Cajun Style is a great, modern read that will relate to almost any teenager and all their conflicts in life, with relationships, and becoming more mature to family issues and troubles at school. Lucy, Mary Jordan, and Evie grew up in a small area in Louisiana called, Sweetbay. These three girls are the best of friends. The girls shared everything with each other, as soon as it happened. They couldn't go 24 hours without talking to one another! Lucy, Mary Jordan, and Evie take adventures together, and on their own, whether its going swimming in the ocean together completely naked, or falling in love with the boy they would never assume would take their heart.
    Mary Jordan thought she had found her love for a little while now, his name is Doug. They dated and then broke up, she got sweet revenge on him, but he figured it was her that pulled the prank so he got her back, but in a sweet, lovely manner by kissing her on stage of a rehearsal. Mary and Doug are a big dramatic couple that always seems to be the drama in the group. Evie has also seemed to find who she is the happiest with, Billy, Mary Jordan's older brother who attends LSU. Evie has always had a little puppy crush on Billy when they were younger but now she thinks it's true love. And for Lucy, she has drama of her own. From her mother being accused of having an affair, to Lucy being hit on by her teacher/someone she baby-sits for.
    This book is just so realistic, and really relates to a lot of peoples lives and issues in everyday situations. It shows how difficult or how easy growing up can truly be and how some might view the experience of love, or their opinions on true love. Every that occurred in this book I'm sure everyone has heard about happening to himself or herself or someone they know personally. This is an addicting book that once you start reading you just want to know what happens next, you feel like your one of the best friends in the book who's going through the experiences with them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    For teenager Lucy Beauregard, love seems incomprehensible. It's not that she doesn't want to be in love someday, or even that she doesn't imagine the guy she might fall in love with -- it's just that she doesn't really understand love. Sure, she gets the basic idea, but deep down, real true love? What is it, really? And how do you know you're in it? How do you find it? <BR/><BR/>Lucy dated a guy last year; he was her first real kiss. At the time she thought she loved him. But now, he doesn't seem to matter so much. If it was really love, wouldn't it still matter? Is love what her best friend, Mary Jordan, has with her boyfriend? Then why does it get so confusing? Lucy's other best friend, Evie, seems to have some good theories. Surprising for someone whose own family breaks her heart over and over. And what about the new teacher who seems to be hitting on Lucy, even though she knows his wife and babysits for them? Lucy's only real example of love used to be her parents, but now even that looks like it's falling apart. <BR/><BR/>It seems like the harder Lucy tries to understand it all, the further she gets from it. It's all awfully confusing and difficult for something that seems like it should be natural and effortless! <BR/><BR/>Lucy learns some unbelievable things about life, people, heartache, pain, and yes, love, before the end of this story. At the end she's still the same Lucy, but stronger and wiser, and, at the same time, more willing to let go. <BR/><BR/>I love how perfect this book is! Love can seem confusing, and scary, and painful, and difficult. And it's all multiplied when you're just starting to figure it all out. I remember how tortured and intimidating everything about love and dating felt; this book took me completely back there. But it's also sweet and simple and wonderful in the most unexpected ways, just like this story. If you pay attention, the best lesson about love is in here. Just in case you miss it though, I'll tell you: No one can love you if you don't love yourself. Someone else can't make you whole. You have to do that yourself first. <BR/><BR/>A wonderful book about love and life, blended magically with a cajun soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    For teenager Lucy Beauregard, love seems incomprehensible. It's not that she doesn't want to be in love someday, or even that she doesn't imagine the guy she might fall in love with -- it's just that she doesn't really understand love. Sure, she gets the basic idea, but deep down, real true love? What is it, really? And how do you know you're in it? How do you find it? Lucy dated a guy last year he was her first real kiss. At the time she thought she loved him. But now, he doesn't seem to matter so much. If it was really love, wouldn't it still matter? Is love what her best friend, Mary Jordan, has with her boyfriend? Then why does it get so confusing? Lucy's other best friend, Evie, seems to have some good theories. Surprising for someone whose own family breaks her heart over and over. And what about the new teacher who seems to be hitting on Lucy, even though she knows his wife and babysits for them? Lucy's only real example of love used to be her parents, but now even that looks like it's falling apart. It seems like the harder Lucy tries to understand it all, the further she gets from it. It's all awfully confusing and difficult for something that seems like it should be natural and effortless! Lucy learns some unbelievable things about life, people, heartache, pain, and yes, love, before the end of this story. At the end she's still the same Lucy, but stronger and wiser, and, at the same time, more willing to let go. I love how perfect this book is! Love can seem confusing, and scary, and painful, and difficult. And it's all multiplied when you're just starting to figure it all out. I remember how tortured and intimidating everything about love and dating felt this book took me completely back there. But it's also sweet and simple and wonderful in the most unexpected ways, just like this story. If you pay attention, the best lesson about love is in here. Just in case you miss it though, I'll tell you: No one can love you if you don't love yourself. Someone else can't make you whole. You have to do that yourself first. A wonderful book about love and life, blended magically with a cajun soul. **Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    GRRRRRREEEEEATTTTTT!! =)

    This is a great book it teaches youi alot about love, life, and fighting. IT IS A MUST READ

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