Love on the Lifts

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Overview

Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:

8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)

2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)

1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)

4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)

Stir ...

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Overview

Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:

8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)

2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)

1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)

4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)

Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Kate's Aunt Sue invites Kate and her two friends, Leah and Allie, to spend winter break in her rental condo in Snow Angel Valley during their three-week winter school break. Meanwhile, Aunt Sue invites Kate's brother, Sam, and his two friends, Joe and Brad, to come for break and stay in the same condo. Aunt Sue is an adult that Kate respects and looks to for answers in this coming-of-age story. Aunt Sue has never married, but she always has a new, young boyfriend. In Snow Angel Valley, Aunt Sue rents condos and operates a bookstore/hot-chocolate cafT. Several of the book's chapters take place in this bookstore/cafT setting. Kate has a huge crush on Brad, who ignores her. Meanwhile, Joe becomes interested in Kate. Kate's friend, Allie, pairs up with Kate's brother, Sam. Brad moves out to another girl's condo, while Leah pairs up with one of the ski instructors. So, what will Kate do and what choices will she make? This teen romance, written in first person, is a sweet book, which will prove a quick read even for the most reluctant teenage girl. 2006, Avon/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Lynn O'Connell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060815363
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/13/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 380,588
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.80 (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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Love on the Lifts


By Rachel Hawthorne

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Rachel Hawthorne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060815361

Chapter One

"A totally hot ski instructor," Leah suddenly announced excitedly. "That's what you need to take your mind completely off Brad Connor."

"How can a ski instructor be hot?" I asked. "His classroom is a snow-covered hill. He's gotta be cold."

Allie rolled her eyes and Leah gave me a sharp look that said she was seriously contemplating throwing the snow she'd just scooped up at me.

"That is so lame, Kate."

Okay, so it was lame, but I was also extremely cold, with visions of curling up in front of a roaring fire dancing through my head. And obviously, the chill seeping through the knitted cap I'd pulled down over my ears was causing periodic brain freezes. Even stuffing my shoulder-length, obnoxiously naturally curly red hair under the cap didn't seem to provide any extra insulation against the frigid air that surrounded us.

And it was unbelievably cold. After all, we were in a ski resort town with white peaked mountains all around us.

Leah, Allie, and I had flown in earlier that afternoon. My aunt had met us at the airport and driven us to Snow Angel Valley where she'd made arrangements for us to stay in a condo by ourselves. It was totally awesome. Three bedrooms, a sunken living room, a redwood deck. But more importantly, it was ours for the duration of our visit. Just ours. No parents, no chaperones. We were totally on our own, with the freedom to do exactly what we wanted.

Once we'd settled into our respective bedrooms, Allie had announced that she wanted to build a snowman. But now that we were actually doing it, the activity seemed as lame as my joke. I mean, really, we were seniors, and a snowman is something you care about if you're, like, two years old -- or if you've never been around snow.

Leah and Allie had never been around snow.

I saw it at least once a year, usually over winter break when I came to visit Aunt Sue while my parents took their annual gotta-get-away-from-it-all cruise down to the Bahamas. Aunt Sue lived in Snow Angel Valley, owned a bookstore-slash-hot chocolate café, and rented condos to the tourists more than she did to the locals. This winter break, remarkably, one of her condos wasn't being rented.

So she'd offered to let me stay in it instead of staying with her in her apartment over the bookstore. She owns all these nice condos, but she lives in an apartment. Go figure. She calls herself a minimalist, preferring a simple life to one "cluttered with materialistic objects that serve no purpose other than to provide a place for dust to gather." Her words, not mine.

But you gotta love someone who sees dusting and scrubbing as a poor use of one's time.

"I've never seen a headstone inscribed 'May she rest in peace. She kept a clean house.'"

Again, her words, not mine. Not that Aunt Sue is a slob or anything. She's not. She simply doesn't believe in spending time doing things that aren't important to her.

She is absolutely, without question, one of the coolest people I know. Especially since she told me that I could bring along a couple of my friends to share the condo with me.

So I did. Leah Locke and Allie Anderson. And I'm Kate Kennedy. We call ourselves the alphabet trio because somehow we all ended up with our first and last names starting with the same letter. Alliteration. Of course, we have a lot more in common than our alliterating names.

We attend the same high school, live in the same neighborhood, have the same best friends (each other), and are presently boyfriendless.

Although I have to admit that I've been crushing on my brother's college roommate Brad Connor ever since Mom, Dad, and I went to the university to visit Sam during family weekend. That's when I met Brad. And oh my gosh, is he a hunk. Tall, dark, and handsome doesn't even begin to describe him. He has a killer smile --

"Why are we making our snowman round?" Leah asked, interrupting my nostalgic musings about Brad.

Beneath Leah's red cap, she has cropped hair that was brown until she dyed it as black as a raven's wing. It gives her a sort of goth look that gets her a lot of stares when we go out. Or maybe it's her stunningly beautiful violet eyes. Or her pierced eyebrow. Or her braided leather choker. She has this really dark, mysterious aura going on that doesn't really fit with her bubbly personality. She even designed this mosaic that she plans to have tattooed on her neck the day she turns eighteen. Me, I don't want needles anywhere near my jugular.

"Because that's the way snowmen are supposed to be," Allie said.

Allie, on the other hand, is the girl-next-door. She'd stuffed her blonde hair beneath her pink knitted cap. Her pink coat had fur around the cuffs and collar. She's Barbie-doll petite, which sometimes irritates Leah, since she only has to look at chocolate in order to absorb the calories. Fortunately for me, since I'm a chocoholic, I was born with a high metabolism that burns calories quickly. That sometimes irritates Leah, too.

"How would you know how snowmen are supposed to be?" Leah asked.

"I've seen pictures," Allie retorted.

The part of Texas where we live had never been visited by a single snowflake, which was the reason they were so totally into building this snow guy.

Leah picked up a twig. "Let's be creative. Let's make him buff, give him some abs, some guns -- "

"Guns? Are you going to make him a cowboy -- " I began.

"No." Leah held her arm up at a right angle, closing her hand into a fist. "Guns. Muscled arms. That's what my brother calls them."

Her younger brother is on the football team and into working out. Not that he needed to work out. He was huge.

Continues...


Excerpted from Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne Copyright © 2005 by Rachel Hawthorne. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    In mood for love? Read this!

    For a high school student who doesn't read much and is experiencing all types of new adventures and romances, Love on the Lifts did an amazing job at showing me I was not the only one doing so. Just like me, if you are one of the many teenage girls out there eager to experience love, learning from past mistakes and making an effort to get the best out of life, I recommend this book. This novel is for those seeking a romantic story that will give them hope that love really exists and contradict the typical stereotype that suggests all guys are jerks! Also, this tale will provide an important lesson of life: sometimes things don't work out as you planed but better than you could've imagined!
    This story begins when Katie's aunt invited her and two friends to a Condo in Snow Angel Valley. Thinking they will have the entire Condo to themselves, Katie's bubble bursts when her older brother joins the party. However, while complaining about his being there, she notices he has brought with him two friends and one of them particularly catches her eye, as it turns out, she had been crushing on him for the past year!
    Even though it is a mere fact that I had fun while reading this novel and spontaneous laughs suddenly took over me, I disliked that the author provided too many hints for development of the plot to the point where the resolution was extremely predictable. However, putting aside my predictions with hope that the author would prove them wrong, I didn't put the book down. However, I became disappointed when the ending turned out exactly as I had predicted.
    Taking into notion that the setting of the novel takes place in the mountains, reading this book in a cold atmosphere made it easier to feel what was going on. This book also aroused a variety of feelings in me, such as, thrill, happiness, disappointment, and love. When I first began reading this book I liked that Rachel Hawthorne's style of writing was easy to follow. Then, while getting to know Katie, I felt I could understand what she was going through probably because our age range is close. Later, as the action began to take place and the guys came into the picture, thrill overcame me. Finally, towards the ending when Katie realizes who her true love is, I felt love and happiness for her. In conclusion, this book is a romantic tale that will surely send shivers up and down your spine, particularly if you are a girl between the ages of thirteen to nineteen.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Irrataion, frusteration, apprectiation.

    3 1/2 stars :D okay, so i love Rachel Hawthrone books! LUV UM! Like Carbian crusing, and island girls! But this book is obviousky awseome, but it got pretty annoying because of Kate. If you read the book-gosh you will see, but i reccomend this book if you like romantic comedy's and rachel hawthrone, or if you simply want a fun and short read.
    ~your truley the book worm
    (Please dont mind my spelling errors :D)

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

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    A Yearly Read...

    I love this book so much that I read it once a year. Every time I read it, I'm surprised and thrilled that I still enjoy it. The first time I read this book I was in 8th grade. Back then, I absolutely loved it. I thought the story was enjoyable and relaxing. Now, I still love the book and the characters. I love the unlikely relationships between the characters, the twists, and the adorable setting of it all. It is a great holiday book to get your mind off of all of the stress that comes with the end of the year and relax in a book that will take you to another place. It is a great story!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Fantastic! My favorite book by far!

    This book is the perfect book to read when your up at your cabin with nothing to do. Joe is the sweetest guy ever and you will love the crazy emotions as Katie trys to figure out where her heart truely lies.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    Wonderful :)

    This was absolutely astonishing... By far one of the best books I've ever READ!!! The characters are easy to like..<BR/><BR/>I'm sure anyone who gets this book will enjoy it. (I hope)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    such a good easy read !

    such a good easy read !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Love on the Lifts

    I totally love this book. I couldn't put it down when i started to get really into it. It was very romantic and a good book for those boring cold nights. Rachel Hawthorne has wrote some amazing books, but I have to say, this one was a real page-turner!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Great

    I loveeeeeeeedddd this book i stayed up all night to finish it it was great

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    Great!!!!!

    This was a great book! Boring at first but towards the end I couldnt put it down! Great read for any romance lover, like myself!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Gooood book but starts out sloww

    Good book overall, i loved its idea and its setting but it started out tooo slow for me. While i was all excited to see what would go down between kate and the boy of her choice, she was barely realizing she wanted a guy at all. While i was anxious to see how theyd react when the truth was revealed, kate was having second thoughts. On and on. I dont know if she was really that oblivious or......? Well, it was good but i finished it all too fast as well. I sped thru the slow parts (thewhole first half) and by the time id gotten to the action,it was over. RECOMENDED to those with patience to listen and analyze a pretty clueless girls thoughts about love

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    awesome!!!

    one of my favorite books! i always read this when it's winter break xD

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Loved it!

    If you are a fan of Rachel Hawthorne books you have to read this book! It is in my top 5 favorite books by her!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Such a sweet plotline.

    I thought the book was pretty good. I enjoyed the plotline going on with the main character doing almost anything for this one guy and hooks up with someone else who she didnt expect to hook up with in the end. It such a sweet book, and its really good to read with some hot chocolate and snuggle under the fire place. I thought the book had a unclear understanding with the people talking to people...While I was reading, I would have to go back and forth a few pages just to understand who was talking. But even though I had to do that a few times, I didnt mind going back and reading the parts again....come on! Its a teenager romance book, for petes sakes. :]]]]]] So kick up your legs and enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Feelings

    Today I was sad
    <br>'Cuz my friend was bad
    <br>And when I got hurt he was glad
    <br>Oh what a sad day I had.
    <p>Oh I am so happy
    <br>And my toes are all tappy
    <br>And my hands are all clappy
    <br>I just can't stop be so zappy!
    <p>I am so mad
    <br>That I feel mean and bad
    <br>I made my friends all sad
    <br>'Cuz I was a bad ol' lad.
    <p>I am fine.
    <br>Won't you come over and dine?
    <br>I have good food and the finest chine
    <br>What? Oh no. I do not have a pet rhine.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Adorable!

    This book was a great read! I enjoyed every minute of it, and finished it in one day! Perfect for a qiuck read, and had a cute story to it ! Really enjoyed this one (:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Ugh

    I wish there was a continuation to this book. I want to know what happens when they get back to school.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Amazing book!!!

    This is one of the best books i have ever read! perfect with a snow day and a cup of hot chocolate. enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    MUST READ!!!

    I Loved this book! A very fun Winter read, and one you can read over and over again. Definitely worth buying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Love on the lifts!

    I thought this book was overall, great. The storyline is great and it really teaches people that not every guy is the same and that life doesnt always go according to plan. But, even if it doesnt go as planned, you should never give up hope. Kate learns that and in some ways, it could change her whole life. I loved this book and i would definitely recommend this book to any teen looking for a cute, romantic read that will make you smile!

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

    Better than I thought it would be

    When I bought this book I wasn't sure if I would like it. Then when I read it I fell in love with it! :) Give it a try :)

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