So Inn Love

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Overview

Reservations? Yes. A couple. Like: Is Hayden really as interested in me as I am in him? And is my roommate right—should I "beware of hookups"?

Confirmation? Doubtful. Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you said "commitment."

Special Requests? Let me get through this summer without being fired and heartbroken.

Let me fall in love this summer.

Let me be...

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Overview

Reservations? Yes. A couple. Like: Is Hayden really as interested in me as I am in him? And is my roommate right—should I "beware of hookups"?

Confirmation? Doubtful. Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you said "commitment."

Special Requests? Let me get through this summer without being fired and heartbroken.

Let me fall in love this summer.

Let me be part of the inn crowd.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061139048
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 553,162
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Clark is the author of Picture Perfect, Wish You Were Here, So Inn Love, The Alison Rules, and many others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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So Inn Love

Chapter One

"And you are?"

You've got to be kidding me.

I was the last person to arrive. I hate walking into a room that's already full of people-even if the room is the front lobby of a gorgeous seaside inn on the coast of Rhode Island, where I was lucky enough to be starting a great new summer job.

Being late wasn't the impression I wanted to make on my first day, especially since I'd barely gotten this job to begin with, and had found out only a week before that it was mine.

"Hi. I'm Elizabeth McKenzie," I said to the woman standing in front of me. She had short, reddish hair and a stocky, athletic build. She was wearing khaki pants and a white Tides Inn polo shirt that looked as if it had been ironed. The short sleeves had actual creases. "But please, call me Liza," I said. "Sorry-am I late?"

"Just a minute or two. Miss Crossley." She held out her hand to shake mine, and gave me a quick once-over glance, as if she was deciding whether to approve of me or not. I was relieved that I'd removed that pink streak from my hair before I got here-she didn't seem the type to appreciate things like that. Her handshake was so strong, I nearly winced from her grip. "So you're the last-minute hire," Miss Crossley said.

She didn't sound all that happy with the decision, which was funny considering she was the Inn staff manager and she had to be in on hiring me, at some level. I wished she hadn't announced that I was "last minute" like that to the room. Everyone kind of looked up and focused their gaze on me, as if there might be something wrong, or suspect, about me.

As if I'd onlymade the security clearance by the skin of my teeth. As if I were only good enough when there was no other option.

Or at least that's what their faces told me. That I was being snobbed.

Yes, it's a verb. Especially useful around exclusive communities like this one. I actually hadn't known that much about it until three years ago when, because of my mother's job as a professor, we moved to a new town, where Snobs 'R Us was the name of one of the after-school clubs.

Just kidding. But moving right before sophomore year had been a little traumatic for me. Just when I was working my way up from being a lowly freshman, I had to start all over again, and the cliques at my new school didn't make it easy. It was like everyone had lived in the same town forever and I was the sole new person. That wasn't true, but that's how it felt until I made some friends. Now I was wondering if I'd just walked into the same situation here, at my perfect summer job.

One girl flashed me a sympathetic smile, so at least there was that. The room was filled with about forty people, taking up nearly every seat in the large, spacious lobby. It was starting to hit me that I was actually on the Tides Inn staff. I couldn't believe it. Everything had happened so fast, since I got the summons a week ago. My dream job, coming through. I might be late and I might be a little uncomfortable, but at the same time I knew I was lucky to be here.

I finally spotted an empty white wicker chair by the window, so I nodded to Miss Crossley and scooted past her to take a seat.

"Now, we'll do some introductions later on, once you've had a chance to get settled. But the Inn opens for summer season-the only season we have around here-in two days," she said. "That gives us two days to get completely perfect at everything we do. We don't accept less than perfection here at the Tides Inn. Our customers expect it, and we demand it. You've all been hired because of your extreme trustworthiness."

She made it sound as if we were about to go into battle, and we were the elite soldiers. The Green Berets-although I didn't think the Inn's color scheme was green. More like a blue-gray, the color of a whale you might see if you went out far enough in a sailboat. And instead of berets? We'd probably wear floppy bucket hats.

"Now," Miss Crossley went on, "some of you are new to me, some are old friends-" She stopped as the screen door creaked open and slammed shut with a bang.

A tall guy with brown hair, wearing long khaki shorts, flip-flops, and a navy T-shirt ripped at the neck, stepped into the lobby. He glanced behind him at the door, then turned back to Miss Crossley and smiled. He had the kind of smile that made you like him instantly.

"Someone's going to have to fix that before the guests get here," he said.

"Thanks for volunteering, Hayden. Nice you could make it," the manager said. She cleared her throat as she glanced at her watch.

So I wasn't the last one to arrive, after all. Victory! Or at least not total outright failure. I looked at him; his T-shirt said, "Mapleville Academy" on it, a place I'd only vaguely heard of but probably should know about. I thought it was one of those elite private schools in New England.

"Sorry, Peach. I got lost," he said.

"Peach?" several people repeated.

I'd only met Miss Crossley a minute ago, but I didn't get the impression that she was very "peachy" at all. Apple, maybe. Granny Smith Apple. Sour.

"In case the rest of you are wondering, Hayden's the only one allowed to call me that." Miss Crossley narrowed her gaze at Hayden. "And even then I'm not so sure, actually. And what do you mean, you got lost? You've been here the past two summers, plus I picked you up from the New York train yesterday. So where have you been?"

So Inn Love. Copyright (c) by Catherine Clark . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Crash and Burn

    Liza McKenzie is going to Tides Inn for the She is going to work there for the whole summer with people that she doesn¿t even know. The first thing that Liza notices is the hot lifeguard, Hayden. Some of the people working at the Inn are new but some of them are not. So the returning employees take some of the new employees and throw them into the ocean. Claire, Liza¿s roommate, is also a newbie so they both get thrown into the ocean together. Hayden just happens to have thrown Liza in and notices the expression of pleasure on her face. There is just this immediate attraction to each other. They only problem is that Hayden has a hard time showing people that he and Liza are an item. Liza hates it when Hayden likes like there is nothing going on between the two of them in public. She wants to know why Hayden hates to show affection in public. Will Hayden be able to show his affection for Liza, or will he crash and burn? I liked this book and all, but I think that it waited too long to begin. I really liked it when Hayden would do something cute and romantic for Liza. Yes this book had romance in it but it didn¿t over do itself. I thought it was really funny when Hayden threw Liza into the ocean and then he was in disbelief that she actually enjoyed it. This book is not part of a series, but there are other books like it. Love on the Lifts, Summer in the City, and Icing on the Lake is some the books like it. This book also reminds me of the movie 27 Dresses at the end. The people that would enjoy this book are probably more girls than boys. If you like to read about love and romance then this book is for you. The book doesn¿t over due the whole love and romantic thing. There are just a few parts that are cute. The authors that have some books like this is Rachel Hawthome books and Elizabeth Craft¿s books.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    Great Book!!!

    This book was one of the best i ever read. It was an easy read. The setting was great a remote beach in Rhoad Island.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    okay

    This book started out really slow. I almost stoped reading it because i thought it wasn't going to be any good, but It started to get better at then end. It not her best book for sure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Recommended for a quick read

    This book was great! I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good book. Although it seemed like it went by way too fast, it was still good. Kind of predictable, but good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Okay

    It was a pretty good book but everything was so predictable. I loved the short fun plot of the story. Overall sweet and cute short read. (163 pgs)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    It was an absolutely perfect teenage summer romance. As with all Catherine Clark's novels the pages practically turned themselves. It was fun and funny. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Loved it

    This book is absolutly great!! Recommened

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Cute

    Liza's working at an inn in Newport, RI. At first she imagines working at the front desk - but in reality she'll be housekeeping or where ever else they need her to fill in. Soon she's starting a summer romance despite her roommate's protest. Soon that gets rocky with Hayden keeping their relationship on the down low in public. Is her summer going up in smoke?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2009

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    Great Book

    "So Inn Love" is an unforgettable book. Liza and Hayden are endearing characters that follow an even greater plot. Catherine Clark describes an (almost) perfect summer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

    Liza takes a summer job at the Tides Inn to make some money, get a tan on the hotel's private beach, and find true love. <BR/><BR/>When she arrives at the Inn to report for duty things, as expected, do not go as planned. <BR/><BR/>Instead of working as a front desk clerk she ends up on the housecleaning crew. The dorm that the employees stay in is not nearly as nice as she had hoped. And her former friend that she knew from vacationing in the area with her family acts like Liza is a dead bug on the bottom of her shoe. <BR/><BR/>SO INN LOVE is a cute summer read, although at times predictable and it seems to have an abrupt ending. It's a great book to read while lying in the sun, though!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Question: Is Hayden really as interested in me as I am in him?

    My answer and version of the question:
    Question: Does Ethan really like me as much as i like him??
    My Answer: Probably yes. Wait. Scratch that. Yes. It's clear that he likes me a lot.
    My problem: I don't know how to tell him!!
    Help

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Age

    I read this book when I was 12 too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Hi

    Im 12 too.OMGOMGOMG?r u a guy?im a grl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    AGES?

    What ages is this for? Im 12

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    ?

    Should i read it?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Best book in the world

    I could put it down i love ecer part of it!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    It's ok....

    I've read a lot of better books. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because I have read other books fro the authir that are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    One of the Best Books I have Read!

    Very good summer book and roadtrip book! Love It!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    This Book

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it

    i just loved this book. just how people can just love each other so much after a short time but then how just one little misunderstanding can change the other persons view on the the person. and how the person will try so hard to get the other person back. the amount of love that flaunts between the two lovers is pure bliss. it just makes you so happy when there happy. because with the way how catherine describes the lovey parts (nothing really bad) it just makes you happy because it like you can feel the love coming through the pages. okay i just really liked it. if you like romance novels this is for you!!!!!

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