Mediterranean Holiday: or, How I Moved to a Tiny Island and Found the Love of My Life

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Hi Abby,

Bet I'm the last person you expected to get a card from. The island is hot and beautiful and brilliant, but you were 80% right about Davinia. No—90% right. She's totally self-centered and she's trying to force me to date this creep! I'd sooner slit my wrists because I'm in love with someone else. He's gorgeous but he hates me. Aren't holidays supposed to be ...

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Overview

Hi Abby,

Bet I'm the last person you expected to get a card from. The island is hot and beautiful and brilliant, but you were 80% right about Davinia. No—90% right. She's totally self-centered and she's trying to force me to date this creep! I'd sooner slit my wrists because I'm in love with someone else. He's gorgeous but he hates me. Aren't holidays supposed to be relaxing?! Abby, I wish we hadn't fallen out. Maybe see you when I get back?

Lots of love (honest!),

Chloe xxx

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061152160
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 941,816
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.83 (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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First Chapter

Mediterranean Holiday

Chapter One

When Davinia Morgan-Harwood was first shown into our sixth-form common room and introduced by our class monitor, the whole place went silent. And not only because no one could really believe that was her name.

First of all, she was looking round at the rest of us as though we'd been dumped on the floor by an incontinent dog. She looked like, far from hoping she'd be accepted by her new classmates, she'd bite your face if you came anywhere near her.

Second of all, she was gorgeous. I mean seriously, unfairly gorgeous. A mass of dead-straight, glowing auburn hair casually caught back with a wide black hair clip, huge fog-lamp brown eyes, quirky but perfect face, long legs . . . the works. And most of all, she had such style, such I-am-who-I-am, screw-the-rest-of-you chutzpah.

She was in the uniform that the sad ex-prison guards who've got jobs as teachers here in this godforsaken, all-girls, fee-paying ghetto made us wear, but on her, it looked good. The skirt was tighter than it should've been; the shirt looser and unbuttoned low, the sweater tied French-style; and her shoes must've cost ten times the whole lot of it put together.

"Shit!" muttered Abby, next to me. Abby, as she frequently assured me, was my best friend. "Who the hell does she think she is?"

I didn't answer—I was too busy ogling.

"Davinia had . . . er . . . some problems at her last school," barked our monitor. "And as the A level exams are upon us she'll have some catching up to do, so I want you all to help her adjust and fit in. Any questions?"

She glared round at us, daring anyoneto say a word. Then she turned on her dumpy beer-bottle legs and marched out.

Cissie, the class captain, had already been primed to Look After the New Girl. She sashayed bossily over to her and bleated, "Hi, Davinia? Do you shorten that?"

"Do I shorten what?" snapped Davinia.

"Your name? I wondered if you got called Davy, or Dav, or . . . ?"

"No."

"O-kay . . . well, let me show you where the kettle is. So you can make coffee?"

Davinia stared at her blankly, then she said, "I don't want coffee."

"Right." Cissie prided herself on her diplomacy and her ability to deal with awkward students. "So—you know where your locker is?"

"Yes," snapped Davinia. She radiated boredom and irritation.

I was utterly bowled over by her arrogance. Here she was in a new school, and she was acting like a queen bitch and she just didn't care. It was suicidal and breathtakingly brilliant.

"What did you get kicked out for?" demanded Abby, hackles rising like the tough little terrier she is.

Davinia looked down and smiled with just one side of her mouth, all sneering and sexy. Then she looked up and said, "Cocaine."

It only took till lunchtime before the bullies were on to her. Marsha Hunt, big and mean, and Una Trilby, stick-thin and warped, led their nasty gang over to her as she waited in the lunch line. Marsha juggernauted her way in front and announced, "You're new."

I was sitting at a table nearby with Abby. I waited with my breath held for Davinia to react, to complain, to say something that would give Marsha's mob the excuse they needed to get verbal and sneakily physical. To give them an excuse to jump her at the end of the day.

"Yup," said Davinia, and she drew out of her pocket a tiny gray-blue mobile and started to read her texts.

"I'm talking to you," growled Marsha.

"S'OK," said Davinia, still text-checking, "I can do more than one thing at a time, I'm gifted like that."

Marsha was stunned, but you could feel her working up a head of steam as her mob shuffled balefully around her. Then, before it could all explode, Davinia looked up and gave her the most stunning and disarming smile and said, "Go on!"

"Go on what?" croaked Marsha. You could tell she was charmed, despite herself.

"With what you were saying."

"Are you making fun of me?"

"What? Why d'you think that?"

"You're making fun of me," Marsha repeated stolidly.

"Of course I'm not. What kind of idiot would I be to make fun of someone on my first day here?" Then she smiled brilliantly again, and said, "Tell me, is that macaroni and cheese edible?"

"It's really good actually," said Marsha. The words were out before she remembered she was trying to bully the new girl.

"I'll get some then," said Davinia, and she practically pushed by Marsha and picked up a plateful. She added a salad to her tray and sailed on to pay, then sat by herself at an empty table near the long, low windows.

"Did you see that?" breathed Abby.

"What?" I answered. "Nothing happened." For some reason, I didn't want to talk about Davinia to Abby. It was like I wanted to keep her to myself.

"Exactly," Abby rushed on. "She just . . . brushed Marsha aside. Look at them all . . . Una's gobsmacked. They don't know what happened. So they're pretending nothing did."

"Nothing did," I echoed.

"Oh, right!" said Abby, indignantly. She hated it when I didn't agree with everything she said. "One of their victims just . . . danced away. Why aren't they going after her?"

"Because . . ." I wanted to say "because of that amazing smile she gave" but I said, "She just acted like she wasn't scared of them, that's all."

"She wasn't acting, if you ask me. She actually wasn't scared. Trust me. She's either thick or . . .

or . . ."

"Or what?" I asked, but before Abby could answer I went on, "Hey—there's Ciara. Shall we get her to come over and join us?" Abby, a bit frostily, agreed, and I waved to Ciara and the subject was dropped.

Except that, whenever I thought I could get away with it, I slid my eyes toward the window to look at Davinia. Who ate all of her salad and half her macaroni and cheese, then calmly stood up and walked, perfectly poised, out of the dining room.

As I watched her go, I wondered if I could possibly be turning into a lesbian.

Mediterranean 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 March 17, 2009

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    This novel, Mediterranean Holiday, is an excellent choice of reading if you are looking for something that would pass by the time. It all begins with a new student, Daviana Morgan- Harwood. To Chloe, Daviana was a thrilling and adventurous student and she automatically wished to have a strong bond with her. As I read this section, it foreshadowed that negative events would be occurring soon enough. I feel Chloe made a huge mistake being mesmerized by Daviana's unusual character. Chloe even pushes her true friends out of her life, replacing their place with Daviana. Her excitement of a new friend overcame her relationship between her best friend Abby and that was when the trouble started.

    Kate Cann did an excellent job showing the feeling Abby had and expressing the excitement of Chloe's. Throughout the whole book, new events kept crashing in which made me want to never put the book down. Even while Chloe struggled with friendship, she met a boy and had problems with her family. Daviana's characteristics though negative had some positive effects for it allowed Chloe to take a trip of a lifetime.

    This novel has an original plot to it which thrills the mind of the reader.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

    Kate Cann writes a scrumptious tale of a dream vacation that features more twists and turns than a roller-coaster in MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY, a coming-of-age story that never fails to entertain. <BR/><BR/>Chloe, a British teen, is trying to regroup and adjust to living with just her dad, after her mom leaves the family for her lover. She decides to refrain from all contact with her mother and does her best to avoid even thinking about her. When stunningly beautiful and spoiled Davinia arrives at Chloe's private school, her presence is a welcome distraction for Chloe. She finds Davinia utterly fascinating and will do anything it takes to befriend her. Throwing away her old friends without a second thought, Chloe spends more and more time with the dangerously daring Davinia in and out of school. <BR/><BR/>The two become fast friends and before she knows it, Chloe is invited to vacation with Davinia's wealthy family on the luxurious island of Caminos, a small island in the Mediterranean. Chloe jumps at the opportunity and daydreams about all of the exciting adventures that she and Davinia will have over the course of their summer. As soon as school's out, the two girls leave behind everything drab in Britain for the sunshine and swimming in Caminos. <BR/><BR/>Right away--well, as soon as they board the plane--Chloe meets a boy that leaves her breathless, and over the course of the summer, Chloe finds herself trying to balance her friendship with Davinia, her pursuit of romance, her family situation, and her newfound independence. <BR/><BR/>But Davinia doesn't turn out to be the girl Chloe thought she was and somebody Chloe thought she never wanted to see again suddenly shows up on the island. Suddenly, Chloe's Mediterranean vacation is nothing like she thought it would be. Will Chloe be able to straighten out her holiday mess and enjoy her last few weeks on Caminos? <BR/><BR/>MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY is a sweet and spicy look at the real life challenges behind a seemingly perfect vacation. I can only hope that someday I'll have a summer vacation as action-packed as Chloe's!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    its ookay, not the best book everr

    when i read the back of the book at the library, i thought it sounded pretty good. there are some 'exciting' parts in the beginning but after they get to the island, there's nothing big going on. it gets a little bit better after that, it's really slow going. but once you get more towrds the end, it actually gets pretty good. it's definetely not a quick read, since it's slow-going at first. but it's okayy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Kate Cann writes a scrumptious tale of a dream vacation that features more twists and turns than a roller-coaster in MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY, a coming-of-age story that never fails to entertain. Chloe, a British teen, is trying to regroup and adjust to living with just her dad, after her mom leaves the family for her lover. She decides to refrain from all contact with her mother and does her best to avoid even thinking about her. When stunningly beautiful and spoiled Davinia arrives at Chloe's private school, her presence is a welcome distraction for Chloe. She finds Davinia utterly fascinating and will do anything it takes to befriend her. Throwing away her old friends without a second thought, Chloe spends more and more time with the dangerously daring Davinia in and out of school. The two become fast friends and before she knows it, Chloe is invited to vacation with Davinia's wealthy family on the luxurious island of Caminos, a small island in the Mediterranean. Chloe jumps at the opportunity and daydreams about all of the exciting adventures that she and Davinia will have over the course of their summer. As soon as school's out, the two girls leave behind everything drab in Britain for the sunshine and swimming in Caminos. Right away--well, as soon as they board the plane--Chloe meets a boy that leaves her breathless, and over the course of the summer, Chloe finds herself trying to balance her friendship with Davinia, her pursuit of romance, her family situation, and her newfound independence. But Davinia doesn't turn out to be the girl Chloe thought she was and somebody Chloe thought she never wanted to see again suddenly shows up on the island. Suddenly, Chloe's Mediterranean vacation is nothing like she thought it would be. Will Chloe be able to straighten out her holiday mess and enjoy her last few weeks on Caminos? MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY is a sweet and spicy look at the real life challenges behind a seemingly perfect vacation. I can only hope that someday I'll have a summer vacation as action-packed as Chloe's! **Reviewed by: Amber Gibson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    Pick Your Holiday

    Ok, this book was really good. I do think that Spanish Holiday was sooo much better. Also, Iwish we had seen some more of the char. earlier on. But I would def. read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    sweeet

    I looooved this book! It was sooo good! Although it wasn't as good as Spanish Holiday, I still thought this book was pretty amazing...just not enough good stuff though....like the ending was kind of cut off. But definitely worth reading if you liked Spanish Holiday!I just wish the romance came earlier in the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2007

    Good, but not great

    Well this book was okay, nothing worth rushing over to the book store for, and honestly a little choppy. In most, if not all Kate Cann books, the main character meets a hot guy then does nothing about it for 100 pages. Skimming these will not hurt you, as a matter of fact, it'll save you so much time, as nothing happens in these chapters. Then out of nowhere the characters get together. It's like they secretly liked each other then kiss then all the sudden they are in love. There is no build up to the characters, no development, which makes it a little disappointing, and unbelievable. Now, because this book does not go into the relationship of chole and alex in depth a connection between the reader and the characters is lost. Which is probably the reason this book got a lot lower reviews than Spanish Holiday, as in that particualr book there is 100 pages straight of the relationship between the two main characters that allows the reader to feel as if they are experiencing the situations played out in the book. However, if you are a Kate Cann fan you are going to like this book, it may be out of a sense of obligation, or you may just like it, but there are much better books out there, and you should read those instead of this strict beach read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    better

    this was better than the other holiday books, i have to admit. it was probably the best one. this book is worth reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    good

    this book was a good one i wouldnt say it was the best of the holidays but its good...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    ehhh

    Spanish Holiday was a whole lot better. This book sort of draws out everything. Then everything happens all at once and leaves you feeling like 'what the heck just happened'. It's very predictable as well =/. I was really dissapointed cause i've read all the other holiday books.

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