Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny (Mates, Dates Series)

Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny (Mates, Dates Series)

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by Cathy Hopkins
     
 

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"That William Lewis really thinks a lot of himself," I said. "He's such a smartarse."

"Hhmm,"said Lucy, grinning. "That's what he said about you too."

"He did? What a cheek! God, he annoys me. I really hate him."

Lucy, TJ, and Izzie exchanged knowing looks. "Yeah sure," said TJ. "You hate him."

Nesta's life is thrown into upheaval when she gets involved

Overview

"That William Lewis really thinks a lot of himself," I said. "He's such a smartarse."

"Hhmm,"said Lucy, grinning. "That's what he said about you too."

"He did? What a cheek! God, he annoys me. I really hate him."

Lucy, TJ, and Izzie exchanged knowing looks. "Yeah sure," said TJ. "You hate him."

Nesta's life is thrown into upheaval when she gets involved in charity work thinking that it might be a cool way to meet people (mainly boys). But as her eyes are opened to the plight of the world, she begins to want genuinely to get involved and help others.

On top of this, Nesta meets William, a boy who questions her motives. At times, she's convinced he hates her and the feeling is mutual. But Izzie, Lucy, and TJ think it is something more like love....

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Cathy Hopkins writes of the comical travails of four English teenagers who are fortunate to have each other as empathetic "mates." The series takes turns highlighting a particular member of the group: Lucy, Izzie, Nesta and TJ. The stories are full of embarrassing situations, which are handled with a great deal of humor. They are all realistic and Hopkins has her finger on the trials and tribulations of this age group. There are moral issues in these books, but Hopkins handles them in a gentle, pleasant manner without pontificating. The characters are likeable, and the plots move quickly. In the Diamond Destiny, it is Nesta who is in the spotlight as she struggles to immerse herself in a charity and make it financially solvent, and naturally, brings her mates along. Of course, along the way there is a boy. In Great Escapes, Lucy becomes the centerpiece. She is initially unable to afford the school trip to Italy, but destiny steps in and she does go abroad. The girls are immersed in Italian culture, or is it just the Italian boys, or the boys on the trip? KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2005, Simon & Schuster, 249p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Sherri Ginsberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442430822
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Series:
Mates, Dates Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
305,256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cathy Hopkins lives in North London with her handsome husband and three deranged cats. She has had nineteen books published. The fifth book
in the Mates, Dates series, Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors, was recently released in the U.K. Piccadilly Press has launched a new series from Hopkins,
based on the classic sleepover game of Truth or Consequences.

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Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is so far the best book out of the series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book...this series is really good for a light but humorous read. A nice beach read, too. Definetely start at the first book in the series...it's worth it. Look for Georgia Nicolson (sp?) books as they are similar in some ways to this series. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole series is amazing.I would recommend this series to any teen looking for some fun reading. I would start with the first one which is Mates Dates and Inflatable bras.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compared to the other ten books in the series, Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny was a 3 1/2. Maybe a 4. The message was good and the tips for what charity teens can help out with were great. I felt that the story was lacking in anything that made it stand out compared to the others. It seemed that this one focused more on the charity than any real romance, so that part really depends on what one looks for in a book. Times are really changing for Nesta Williams. At first she gets involved in charity work so she can pull boys, but then after seeing how much the world really does need help, she and her friends get to work. William Lewis, best friend of Nesta's two timing ex boyfriend, Luke, is also helping out with the charity. Nesta acts as if she hates him, but her friends can see behind her mask. When Nesta meets Williams's sister who is a cancer victim with a narrow chance of surviving, she, Izzie, Lucy, and T.J. try a number of ways to earn money for the Lotus Hospice, a place that houses victims and their families so that they are comfortable in their last days. Many of their attempts end up doing more bad than good, but then Nesta comes up with the brilliant idea of having a Diamond Destiny dance. The only problem is, they can't possibly earn enough money unless they get something people will really really want to see....like the appearance of a famous face. Will Nesta end up with the guy and the money for the addition to the Hospice? Read and find out!
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