October Breezes [NOOK Book]

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Skye Williams knows everything there is to know about mistrust: Dad skipped out when she was five, leaving Mom with an angry daughter and an upside-down mortgage. Then there were the boyfriends—at least a dozen—hot on his heels and hot for her mom, none of whom stuck around long enough to figure out Skye hated them—hated the underage toys they brought as bribes and the way they looked at her, speeding past with the same distaste they would have for a yellow traffic light. And now this Warren Jacobs has shown up ...
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Overview

Skye Williams knows everything there is to know about mistrust: Dad skipped out when she was five, leaving Mom with an angry daughter and an upside-down mortgage. Then there were the boyfriends—at least a dozen—hot on his heels and hot for her mom, none of whom stuck around long enough to figure out Skye hated them—hated the underage toys they brought as bribes and the way they looked at her, speeding past with the same distaste they would have for a yellow traffic light. And now this Warren Jacobs has shown up to sweep Mom off her feet—and all he’s brought with him is a crummy, dog-eared book. She doesn’t even read! How can Mom even like this guy, much less trust him? He’s just another loser with a capital L.

But Warren’s not the only concern rocking Skye’s world. Devin Abbott, a guy she’s known since kindergarten, has changed. Almost at once, he’s become this tall, broad-shouldered guy with dark hair and easy eyes she might date—if he hadn’t always been her best friend. Skye swears there’s nothing between them, but everyone else thinks differently. Devin doesn’t act the way he used to, especially when Kellin Morgan, senior quarterback, asks Skye out. Flattered, she accepts, and, Devin sulls up—and he isn’t the only one. Kellin’s best friend, Tyler Rutherford, gets bent out of shape, too, as he’s always wanted Skye for himself. When Kellin and Skye attend one of Tyler’s famous parties, neither senses the impending disaster. Afterwards Skye is left with consequences that will change not only her life but also that of everyone who loves her.

This edition includes the first two chapters to the follow-up novel, Summer Sunsets
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011808197
  • Publisher: Maria Rachel Hooley
  • Publication date: 10/2/2010
  • Series: October Breezes , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 282,902
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maria Rachel Hooley is the author of thirty novels, Including New Life Incorporated. Her first chapbook of poetry was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. When she is not writing, she is teaching English to high school students.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

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    Very Cliche

    The book was very predicable in storyline and dialogue. I felt I knew what was going to happen each step of the way. Maybe because I read Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. The rape and the following out are very similar. The book is not awful or bad but just not well put together. I really do not understand the high ratings. Like most, I bought it for my nook and the price is not bad. I also found Skye Williams not to be very likable.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    great book!

    this book will fill your heart with love happiness and sadness. this book is a tear jercker that is worth the good cry! it is so true to real life. its a must read for any teenage girl.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    ok

    Overall, the story was ok. The dialoge seemed repetitive and I was not able to connect to Skye's character. But for the price I suppose it was a good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    LIFE CHANGING BOOK. A MUST READ.

    October Breezes starts out slow but picks up pace as read. The main character, Skye, is someone who you instantly have a dislike for. Although some of her decisions you may not agree with, Skye proves to be a very empowered young woman who one has no choice but sympathize with. It's impossible to understand the type of pain Skye goes through, but in trying, you as the reader feel your own pain FOR her. Personally, I cried multiple times in this book. It was impossible not to while seeing this young woman have her life turned upside down in the course of the month of October. Again, this book is a must read, I cannot stress that enough. October Breezes has become my new favorite book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    A YA Masterpiece

    October Breezes is written for a YA audience but this is a story so thought-provoking that it makes good reading for their parents as well. Just about every painful adolescent dilemma imaginable -- some routine, others life-altering -- is thrown at Skye Williams. Some she handles well and others she botches. The strength of the story is in how Skye picks up the pieces and who she turns to when life goes badly.

    The characters are alive, and, more importantly, realistic. I remember all of them from my high school years and I think most YA readers will recognize them too. One character in particular, somebody who probably won't even be on the poster when October Breezes hits the big screen, resonated with me because he is the kind of quiet hero that really exists but is seldom written about.

    Parents who check this book out will be reminded of serious issues that teenagers must deal with. Ultimately, though, it's a book for teens. The complexity of issues presented in such an entertaining and gripping storyline leads me to declare October Breezes to be a YA masterpiece that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    An eye opener!!!

    Skye is a young girl who has been damaged emotionally by the divorce of her parents and the abandonment by her father. Believing that everyone eventually leaves anyway, Skye wears a protective skin and keeps everyone at a safe distance.

    Skye's outlook on life does not serve her well when she refuses the advice of her best friend, Devin, warning her to keep clear of a dangerous group of boys at school. Skye's life spirals out of control, landing her in a situation that will scar her for life and will leave her to make life altering decisions that further rip apart her life. Her relationship with Devin is so damaged that she feels that she has no where to turn, she is alone and is now harboring some very dark secrets.

    The beginning of the novel started in such a way that I thought the book was going to be simply about a self loathing girl, but I am thankful that I read on. Author, Maria Rachel Hooley, delivers some very tough subject content in this true to life teenage drama. The subject matter is so sensitive that few are able to write about it in such an authentic way while keeping it balanced with the appropriateness for young adult readers.

    October Breezes left me with the knowledge of why some people may make the desperate decisions that they do and a willingness to better understand them.

    I recommend this book for young adults, adults who work with teens and anyone who is looking for a book that will open your eyes to a new way of understanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Amazing and Emotionally wrenching

    I've read other reviews that havent been so great. Don't know why, this book has something someone could identify with. I wont give away anything in my review. Skye is a naive young woman who has been scarred by her father's abandonment. She is angry and afraid to let anyome get to close to her. She is afraid they will walk away from her and hurt her. She thinks she is unloveable and that she made her dad leave. She has a best friend Devin who she test at every chance she gets and tries to push him away. They both make bad choices that lead to terrible events. Skye tries to deal with the consequences to a bad choice she made. People don't let her foget and she ends up making things worst. But from her choice everything is discovered, the truth comes out and Skye can begin to deal with her past and try to heal. Skye dated someone she really shouldn't have. Kellin lets himself be led by the rumors and what he is told. He doesnt ask Skye if what his friend says about her is true. He just accuses her and takes his friend's side. When he realizes what was done to Skye it's too late, things have already spiraled out of control. Devin also makes bad choices by turning his back on Skye once she starts dating Kellin because he's jealous. Devin is in love with Skye but never lets her know. He justs gets mad at her and then turns his back on her. He tries to warn her not to go to Tyler's party but he never really tells her why. He has known Skye since they were little but he also believes the rumors about her as if he never really knew her. This a very moving and touching story that anyone of any age can read. There is something about Skye that anyone can identify with. I cried as I read this story. Give it a shot and see for yourself if its good or not. I do highly recommend this book, give it a shot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    If you've ever had a best friend..

    ...and especially if your friendship was forced to change its shape, you will most certainly like this story. As a teen I never had to cope, as Skye does, with a new town, a new school, and a life-changing decision, but I did have a best friend whose friendship I cherished and whose love I couldn't decide if I wanted. October Breezes took me back to that time and reminded me that a single event; a thing you never saw coming, changes everything. I will definitely read more books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    very good!!!!!

    This was a very good book. When i am reading a book i look for things the author repeats alot, and she repeated the word frown alot. BUT it was a very well put together book. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

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    A Brave Book

    I admire writers who have courage, and Maria Rachel Hooley definitely has courage. She takes on powerful topics - rape, abortion, suicide - and keeps a compassionate pen in their depiction. She also manages to give space to many of the different sides of an issue without taking a side. That is a difficult feat - one in which the author must disappear as much as possible into the book.

    Plot: Main character Skye and her best friend Devin are at a crossroads when Skye begins to date a popular guy on the football team. Skye is also wrestling with her mother's new boyfriend and her feelings of anger toward the father who walked out on her. Devin, like her father, walks out on her when he disapproves of her choices.

    Setting: High school, and this is high school as I remember it, with all of the cliques, yet a good deal of the cross-over. By that I mean that Skye is not one of the popular crowd, yet several popular boys are interested in her. In many books, the groups do not intersect, but in most high schools it seems that they do. We also have Becca, the queen bee mean girl in school, who has her own reasons for her actions.

    Characters: I really liked Skye and found her reactions to be very true to how many teenage girls might act in her situation. Hooley does a good job of showing her distrust of her mother's new boyfriend, and her difficulty accepting that someone cares about her. The dynamic between Skye and her mother is also well done. The football players, happily, do not all fall into stereotypical boxes. The only character that I found myself disliking was Devin - he seemed paternalistic and down the nose to Skye; instead of being a true friend, he walks out on her when he doesn't like what she does. Unfortunately, his warnings have a ring of truth to them and Skye does find herself in a terrible situation. Because Hooley's hand is so invisible in the writing, I couldn't fault her for the paternalistic Devin; it's impossible to tell if he's being presented as the typical perfect male best friend, or if he is dealing with his own shortcomings.

    Style: Well done, good writing for Y/A. Good "voice." Some typos.

    Overall Impression: Four stars. An excellent read for middle- to older-young adults and adults who enjoy reading young adult literature. A brave book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    make time to read

    this book was so good I spent 6hrs reading it!! you can get in touch with the characters so well and feel there pain and all emotions..cried like a baby....EXCELLANT READ!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    deep!

    this book was a very mature read for it to be a teen book... i enjoyed it very much. At times i was nervous and scared for skye....idk u have to read it urself...its good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

    I have to admit that, at first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. It had somewhat of a slow start for me. I also had issues with the main character, Skye, as she came across as a kind of whiny, self-centered brat at first. I'm not sure if that was actually intended by the author or not. and having read the rest of the story, I can see how it might have been an intentional device to show character growth throughout the story.


    I stuck with it, and I am glad that I did. This book deals with so many issues that teens face today, including a couple that a teenage girl should never have to face. But I know it happens more than we'd care to admit.


    I don't want to mention the exact circumstances, because they came as a surprise to me while reading, and I feel their impact would be lessened if the reader was forewarned. Suffice it to say that this character has a couple events to deal with that are a heck of a lot more heavy than just an absentee dad and the bitterness it causes. I found myself alternately shocked, saddened, and heartbroken for this heroine, especially toward the end. Skye's circumstances cause her to grow so much as a person, and although it took these circumstances, she finally learns to love and trust the right people, and to love and trust herself.


    I would have liked to have seen Devin stick by her a little bit more during these events, but let's face it, in real life, he probably would have acted exactly how he did in this book. So I can't say the author made the wrong choice here. I think she wrote it to be true to life, and it was. Devin comes through, and he comes through with his own growth. That was satisfying, and made me like him more.


    The author handled three very sensitive issues with great, well, sensitivity, which marks her as an excellent author. I'm not sorry I stuck it out on the beginning. I'm glad to have read this. I would say that the subject matter is probably more suited for older teens, however.


    I look forward to seeing what this author puts out in future. LATE BREAKING NEWS: As I was writing this review, I discovered this book has a sequel that I will want to get called Summer Sunsets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    amazing

    this book is so real. i can picture every detail. very vivid. is in the top 5 books i've ever read..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    beautiful romantic and hot.

    skye is a character that many say is hard to love because she is so negative, but she grows on you. this book is sexy and romantic, but heartbreaking all the same. my favorite all time book. i couldnt put it down. now stop reading reviews and buy the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Must Read!

    I loved this book! It must be on my top 10 list(and I have read a lot of books). It was all about friendship, love, and a lot more! Skye and Devin are wonderful characters that have to battle through a lot of hard things. Believe me you might cry. The next book Summer Sunsets is just as great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    WOW!!!

    It was a roller coster of emotions that makes you feel everything. one of the best books ive read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Great book

    I think think this was a well writen book and i will recommened this book to just about anyone with a need to read. this book was a good sized book, that took me about a day or more to read. i also read the next book that goes with this book and loved it!!!

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Originally posted @ mrcheesete0.wordpress,com

    October Breezes follows the life of a young high-school girl, Skye Williams, through many of the terrible experiences she goes through. Other key characters include her mom; her mom's fiance, Warren; Her best friend, Devin, her new beau, Kellin; her unlikely ally in all the mess, Jimmy; the girl who wants her boyfriend, Becca; and the guy of her nightmares, Tyler. On the proverbial "high-school food-chain" Skye and Devin rank quite low, so low they don't exist to the "popular crowd". Kellin, Tyler, and Jimmy are all on the football team, and Kevin is the quarterback. Kellin and Jimmy are the opposite of all the stereotypes that just popped into your head. Tyler follows said stereotypes to the dot. Becca is the witch with a capital B who controls the minds and actions of all the girls in the popular crowd, the "queen bee" you could say. Throughout the book Skye runs into problems that threaten to destroy her life, usually caused by Tyler and Becca. Devin tries to warn her, but every time she ignores him they grow farther and farther apart. He doesn't like Kellin, but Kellin isn't the problem, Tyler is. Becca pretty much hates Skye's guts, because she has the guy Becca wants more than anything else.

    I'd have to say I see through Devin's perspective the most, if I was asked. I can relate to being in his shoes, trying to stop your close friend from dating a guy that is going to hurt her. I sympathize with Skye, but as I'm not a teenage girl, and have been in almost none of her problems myself, I can't really imagine being in her shoes. This is really good book, but it isn't the kind of book I would ever say I "enjoyed", because its an extremely sad story. I didn't like the story, but there was a very loud message being said through the story, and the message is a good one. Throughout the book, I found myself on the edge of my seat, worrying for Skye, and wanting to punch Becca in the face. The writing is so good, it just drags you right into the story. I couldn't put it down My favorite part of the book was the ending, when we finally learn what the big deal with Becca is, and the couple that should have been together throughout the whole book finally come to terms with their feelings for each other. The ending to the book, was the best part because it ended all the sadness. My least favorite part was all the times Skye was abotu to do something stupid, and I couldn't warn her (I know that makes me sound silly, but its true). I wouldn't ever change anything to the story, it was written perfectly as it should have been, and for that I congratulate Mrs Hooley. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all young adults out there who enjoy reading, and even a lot of those who don't enjoy reading should read it. I would especially recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, or Brian Katcher's Almost Perfect. Thank you to Mrs. Hooley for giving me the chance to read this novel and enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing(: Even though Skye could be a bit annoying at times, thats expected. i mean, if your dad walked out on you like that, wouldnt you have some trust issues too? But anyways, it was great! It wasnt your average teenage love story- And for once its not about a girl faling helplessly in love with a vampire! But overall, i give this book 4 stars out of 10 and would definitely reccomend to anyone!(:

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