The Summer of Skinny Dipping

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Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after...

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Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything.

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Editorial Reviews

A Buckeye Girl Reads
...a wonderful coming of age story with lots of hidden gems hidden inside the story.
A Journey of Books
The best way I can describe the experience of THE SUMMER OF SKINNY DIPPING is an emotional rollercoaster; one you would ride again and again. Ms Howells has a great way of writing that really makes the reader feel like their skin is sunkissed; like they're slipping through the ocean waves.
An Addicted Book Reader
I really enjoyed Howells's first YA novel, so I'm looking forward to reading more by her in the future!
Book Binge
Howells does a fantastic job of sinking her writing teeth into you and not letting go. She wrote a story that made me smile, made me laugh and broke my heart all at the same time. She wrote a story that I will not ever forget, I'm thinking.
Book Bookie
I loved this story about a girl with her family and a girl who falls in love with a boy. What isn't there to love?
Book Lush
The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a highly romantic, funny and yes, tearful story about love and life and I'll definitely be checking out more of Howells' future books.
Book Soulmates
Amanda Howell did an incredible job setting the scenes for us. She made it easy for us to close our eyes and just envision ourselves lying on the beach, swimming in the ocean or running through the rain in The Hamptons.
Booklist
"Many teens will appreciate this first novel for how the dialogue not only captures the dynamics of Mia's standoffs with her peers but also reveals her surprising discoveries about adults. Mia's first-person narrative is right on about wanting to be "cool"."
Bookmac
The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a novel that is perfect for the beach if you want that "fun summer romance" book, but the depth and realism make it so much more.
Books and Makeup
I especially liked The Summer of Skinny Dipping because Mia is very similar to me and I really connected with her. Also, I fell in love with Simon along with Mia and they are now two of my favorite heroine and hero in YA.
Books Like Breathing
The Summer of Skinny Dipping was just plain awesome. The ending will have you either crying or pulling your hair out but you will enjoy getting there.
Bookworm Readers
Perfect for Sarah Dessen fans and the upcoming summer, readers (primarily girls) will gobble up this nostalgic, breezy tale of adventure, family secrets, first love, and loss.
Cheryl's Book Nook
Summer of Skinny Dipping is the perfect summer beach read. You don't have to be just a young adult to enjoy this book; you just have to be young at heart.
Chick Lit Reviews
It's breathe taking.
Chicklish Reviews
found this book a delight to read. I'd liken Amanda Howells to an American Kate le Vann, and anyone who loves Kate le Vann's novels (like me) should definitely enjoy this. More generally, I highly recommend this book to fans of thoughtful, summery and romantic coming-of-age fiction.
Cindy's Love of Books
I pretty much devoured this book in one sitting. For me this was the perfect book to start off the summer season. As I am reading this it brought back memories to when I was Mia's age (16 years old) and a summer filled with romance and of course drama.
CosmoGirl.com
Looking for a book that you can lose yourself in this summer? Pick up The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. It's told from the point of view of 16-year-old Mia Gordon - a character you'll surely relate to. She starts off her summer vacation excited to get to the Long Island shore, hang out with her cousins, and nothing more. See, she's just broken up with a cheating boyfriend and having her heart broken again is the last thing she wants to ruin her break. But Mia's summer takes an unexpected twist when she discovers that she has nothing in common with her cousins and finds herself falling for the boy next door - Simon Ross. He's unlike anyone she's ever met (or dated) and when he encourages Mia to let go of her inhibitions and go skinny dipping for the very first time, well, Mia knows her life is about to change forever! You'll also love the fresh and easy writing style that author Amanda Howells surely perfected as a ghostwriter for series like Sweet Valley High and Fearless!
Eating YA Books
The Summer of My Skinny Dipping is the perfect beach read. Mia is a well-drawn character with a beautiful clear voice. She is very easy to relate and connect to, and the romance is one that drew me in. I believe that the various relationships between the characters helped make this about more than a summer romance novel. So, if you are like me and want more than a romance novel to occupy your time this summer, then The Summer of My Skinny Dipping will definitely fit the bill.
Enchanted by Books
The writing is so beautiful that I had to reread many passages out loud because I loved it so much.
Kirkus
"The romance is filled with similarities and allusions to The Great Gatsby, and readers of the American classic will predict the tearjerker ending."
La Femme Readers
Overall, it was a story of love, coming of age, heartache and unfortunate events. All the elements to create a great, well-balanced novel.
Lindsay Blogs
It's an understated love story told by a truly talented author. I can assure you...Amanda Howells is going to be a huge name in the YA genre. I have already referred my best friends to this book and I suggest you go pick it up now.
Literary Cravings
Howells really captured my interest and emotions, taking me on a wild entertaining ride. I would totally recommend this story to readers!
Minding Spot
A wonderful beach read this summer from debut author Amanda Howells.
Mother Daughter Book Club
The Summer of Skinny Dipping will make you wish for days with nothing to do but lie on the beach and read while giving you issues to think about.
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
A great beach read for romance lovers who don't want sex and steam, cute but not over done, and has a touch of real life teen drama. Great for adults and young adults.
Novel Novice
Howells does a masterful job of creating interesting, multi-dimensional characters, as well - and despite many opportunities to fall into caricatures (we're taking about people rich enough to spend their summers in Southampton), Howells deftly avoids this pitfall.
One Book at a Time
laid out so that you don't know what's coming and your just in the moment. The author has created something beautiful that I hope a lot of people enjoy.
Paranormal Obsession
you'll want to read this book over and over and over ... there's so much to be learned from it ... I'd recommend this to everyone ... no matter your age, you'll adore it.
Poisoned Rationality
Howells grasp of teen emotions--the push and pull of them, one extreme to the next, the certainty that what you are feeling right now is all that matters--was deft.
Pudgy Penguin Perusals
For a debut novel, this one is excellently done. I have not read too many books in the YA category but I thought this one was very enjoyable, easily read and had a lot of great insight into teenagers' perceptions of themselves and the world around them. The story flowed easily with very believable dialogue and characters in an interesting plot that kept me turning the pages. No dry spots here at all! Highly recommended.
RT Book Reviews
A deep, realistic exploration into first love and, yes, even loss.
Sacramento Book Review
Young readers will be able to relate to both the coming-of-age and first-love themes, as Mia learns to accept herself and situations she cannot control.
School Library Journal
With a lyrical yet straightforward voice and a layered plot, this novel will live on for more than a summer.-Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD

— Melisa Rabey

Stacked
This is a solid standalone novel that will hook readers any time of year. Hand this one over to your Dessen, Han, and Ockler fans without hesistation.
Steven's Cybrary
is a story that has life lessons and talks of struggle and hardship and moving on. Congratulations to Amanda for her success in this debute novel.
Teens Read Too
This is a touching novel about falling in love, being independent, and learning to believe in yourself. It's definitely bittersweet at times but very realistic. This a terrific summer read!
The Book Cellar
I had thought I would like it a lot, but I was not expecting to love it as much as I did.
The Book Scout
The Summer of Skinny Dipping was an exceptional debut, that had me crying, laughing, shouting, and smiling. It was original and well done, with great characters and a sweet romance. If you're looking for a vivid, refreshing summer read with depth, The Summer of Skinny Dipping is the book for you! Amanda Howells is definitely an author to watch out for!
The Cat's Meow
This debut novel is an excellent commentary of the pressures teenagers encounter daily. The author does an excellent job of creating dimensional characters and a web of different storylines. Readers will appreciate the departure from the run?of?the mill girl meets boy on the beach story. Skinny Dipping is a perfect fit for fans of Sarah Dessen. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Elizabeth Duffy, Regional CATS Coordinator
— Elizabeth Duffy
The Charleston Gazette
Howells has created a touching love story and an inspirational self-discovery story all in one book. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to be truly moved by a piece of literature.
The Fiction Enthusiast
The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a book I'd recommend for not only teens, but also adults searching for a sense of nostalgia. A beautiful book that I highly recommend.
The Hiding Spot
I'm stunned by Howells' deftly written coming-of-age tale. There are many YA novels in which the main character spends the summer in the Hamptons, or some similar summer destination, and learns startling truths about herself and the sparkling world that she once thought was so perfect, but I don't think I've enjoyed any as much as Howells' portrayal.
The Naughty Book Kitties
I don't want to compare The Summer of Skinny Dipping to anything else, because it's very unique, but I just have to say: It was better than a Sarah Dessen novel. I know, I know. That's saying a lot, but really, Amanda Howells' writing is just as great.
The Story Siren
Mia's voice grabbed me. And the rest is history.
With a Book
Amanda Howells writing in this novel is incredible. I don't really know what else to say. The emotion that she was able to put in this book is what makes the story so captivating.
Writing from the Tub
The realism of The Summer of Skinny Dipping makes for an excellent summer read that I devoured in one sitting.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
Sad and happy, dangerous and free spirited, angry and loving and so much more. A most definite read for anyone this Summer and one that should be on high school reading requirements nationwide.
Yay! Reads
"The best summer read you won't forget."
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—"I was being strong. Even though I felt weak." Grounded, logical Mia is trying to cope with a summer that hasn't been what she expected. Her vacation in New York's tony Hamptons with her extended family was supposed to be about spending time with her firecracker cousin Corinne and her sympathetic aunt as relief from her mother's criticism and her parents' fights about money and status. But quickly the bubble bursts: her aunt is tense and preoccupied while jaded Corinne is more interested in drinking and her cool friends. Adrift, Mia can't help wanting to be part of Corinne's circle, even though she doesn't like these girls. Struggling to remain true to herself, she strikes up a friendship with Simon, the boy next door. Through late-night walks on the beach, the teens become more than friends. A skinny dip after a storm brutally ends Mia's summer—but not the growth she's achieved. Tailor-made for Sarah Dessen's fans, this novel mingles family drama and teen relationships. Over the course of the summer, Mia comes of age as she questions who she is and what she wants from the people in her life. Amid a cast of well-developed characters, her stumbles and achievements keep readers rooting for her. With a lyrical yet straightforward voice and a layered plot, this novel will live on for more than a summer.—Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Mia Gordon reminisces about her pivotal 16th summer in this realistic and satisfying chick-lit debut. As her Athens, Ga., family travels to the Hamptons to stay at her aunt and uncle's beachfront property, Mia can't wait to catch up with her cousin, Corinne, and her cousin's seemingly perfect family. After years of separation, she's shocked to discover a house full of tension and lies and that svelte Corinne has given up ballet to become a snobby, wild partier who dabbles in alcohol, drugs and sex. Self-conscious about her body image and her family's lack of money, Mia instantly feels caught between being honest and trying to fit in with the wealthy vacationing set until she meets aspiring artist Simon, summering at the gaudy, nouveau-riche house next door. During their secretive late-night meetings along the beach, she finds the courage and the freedom to be herself. The romance is filled with similarities and allusions to The Great Gatsby, and readers of the American classic will predict the tearjerker ending. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402238628
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 221,787
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Howells
AMANDA HOWELLS grew up on a small bay on the Atlantic Ocean and spent summer weekends in the Hamptons while a college student in New York City, where she studied creative writing. She has published many stories for teen and adult readers and now lives in the pacific Northwest.
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From Chapter 1:

"This is terrible," Mom moaned, fussing with her hair as we inched down the Long Island Expressway, a line of cars as far as the eye could see. "When will we start moving?" she asked Dad. "Or will we have to spend the summer in the car?"

"Do I look psychic?" Dad replied in a rare moment of irritability. "This is your home turf, not mine, Maxine."

We were all irritable. The heavy New York heat rolled over us like a carpet, so humid it constricted lungs and seemed to lick armpits. We'd been driving for days, and ever since the car's AC gave out somewhere near Pennsylvania, everyone had been losing it.

Dad had said that driving to New York would be an "adventure" and that we'd "need an extra car" at my cousins' house. But we all knew it was more about keeping costs down. Four airline tickets were nothing to sniff at for Dad, especially since his hardware business was struggling and his retirement savings had tanked in three months-along with everyone else's since the economy took a nosedive.

"This sucks," my sister, Eva, whined. She blew a giant Hubba Bubba bubble that exploded, leaving bits of stickiness across the back of my mother's headrest.
"Eva Marie, stop that!" Mom said. "And watch your mouth, sweetheart. It's not pretty to speak that way, and you need to behave well in front of your cousins, please."

This was about the angriest my mother ever got with Eva, the family brat and apple of Mom's eye. Eva was nine, and she had the biggest, bluest eyes imaginable-so big and so blue they could take her "all the way to Hollywood," or so my mother never stopped telling her. Eva had been named after Eva Marie Saint, the actress from that old movie On the Waterfront.

I'm also named for an actress: I'm named after Mia Farrow, but unlike Eva, I look nothing like my whisper-thin, blond name­sake. Luckily for Mom, she got what she had always wanted with her second kid: a beautiful replica of herself, who could live out the fantasy Mom had always dreamed of but never followed: to be a star. The last thing I would ever want to be.

"Mia, do you want me to put the radio on?" Dad asked. I caught Dad's eye in the rearview mirror and smiled because Dad was always tuned in to me. So on the favoritism front, you could say things even out.

"Not that station," I said quickly as the radio static turned to something recognizable. "I hate that song." "Forever" was actually one of my favorites. Until six weeks ago, when my boyfriend, Jake, had dumped me.

"I didn't plan this," Jake said.

We were standing outside school. I was trying not to look at Jake because I knew if I looked at him, I would cry. I stared at his shoes instead.

"It's just getting to be too serious too fast between us. I need space."

"So that's why you're hooking up with Gabi? To get space?" I spat back. "How does that work?" I lifted my gaze and stared him down, picturing Gabi Santiago draping her leggy body all over my boyfriend. "Correction," I snapped. "There is a lot of space when it comes to Gabi. Between her ears."

"You're going away for the summer. Gabi is here." Jake looked embarrassed.

"It's just timing." He shifted awkwardly, rolling a skateboard back and forth under his foot like he couldn't wait to roll on out of there and away from me. "Mia, I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say."

But I thought I loved you! Even thinking the word "love" made me feel sick. This boy whom I had fallen for the minute I'd laid eyes on him. My first boyfriend. We'd only been together two months, but it had felt like forever. The way love should feel.

"How long has this been going on?" I asked, my voice low and hard. "What exactly is the timing of this relationship?"

"It's not a relationship, Mia, I-" Jake began lamely, but I was done.

"-Save it," I choked. I wheeled around and walked away, my eyes filling with tears. I didn't want to know any more. Jake was a cheat. I could see it in his eyes. I could hear it in his voice. Not that it mattered anymore. Because the relationship I'd thought was real had never existed. Jake could spin it any way he liked, but I obviously hadn't meant anything to him. I was just holding him back. If only I had held back from him! If only I could take back the three words I had said to him just last weekend, the words that had come tumbling out of my mouth.

But once you say something like that, you give something you can never get back.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    The Summer Of Skinny Dipping

    This book made me laugh and cry. It was basically the closest story to perfect I've ever read. The cover and title makes it seem like a light summer read, but its not really. Its more than that. It has depth and shows that everyone, especially the 'mean girls', are real people with problems of their own. The idea isn't exactly original (there are so many books about girls going to the Hamptons or similar places and find the truth about themselves and their lives), but like I said: I loved this one. Mia's voice is perfect, real, and easy to relate to. That's what sets this book away from all the others and makes it worth remembering.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

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    A Story You Will Never Forget

    If you read my book blog, follow me on Twitter or have seen my contest page you know I'm in love with this book. I read the whole thing in one day, never being able to put it down. The Summer of Skinny Dipping was amazing from start to finish.


    I'm a huge fan of summer romance novels, there one of my favorite things to read, particularly in the summer. So when I saw the cover, which sets the perfect outlook tone for summer, I was eager to get my hands on this book. Then once I started reading I realized it wasn't just a meaningless story like most of the summer romance novels, it's so much more.

    Throughout the book you follow Mia's journey to find who she really is. In the beginning she just wants to fit, and forget her about her ex. Who had just dumped her after she said `I Love You' to him. And become close to her cousin Corinne again, who she used to countless adventures with when she was younger but as they grew older they also drifted apart.

    Every part of The Summer Of Skinny Dipping was realistic. The characters had real problems that you can really relate to, and at times I forgot they weren't real people. From Mia's mom who seems to be living her dreams to be a star through her kids, to Simon who just desires to be an artist and not a business man like his dad wants him to be.

    Oh Simon, another part of the book that I loved with his bold and artistic personality. He was awesome. My favorite scene is when Mia meets him at her cousin's party. While they sit on the porch Simon talks about how her dress and the party reminds him of the Great Gatsby, and at the end of the night Mia jokes around and gives him a fake name, Daisy. Not that he would believe her real one. (Since she is named after the actress who played Daisy in the Great Gatsby.) It was adorable and set up their romance.

    At first I didn't really know what to think of the title `The Summer of Skinny Dipping', but after reading the book I think it's perfect. I don't think any other title would have fit. Then Amanda Howells writing in this novel is incredible. I don't really know what else to say. The emotion that she was able to put in this book is what makes the story so captivating.

    I could really just keep writing about everything I love about this novel but I'll stop here before I give away the ending (which you will NEVER see coming) and just tell you to read this book, which I promise will be a story you will never forget.

    I hope Amanda Howells continues to write more amazing young adult romances because I would love to keep reading them. I think she could be a new Sarah Dessen.

    Caution: Read with tissues near by.

    P.S. Make sure you enter my giveaway for The Summer Of Skinny Dipping and hurry it ends June 16th!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    You'll read it over and over again!!!

    The Summer of Skinny Dipping is an amazing book. I couldn't put it down!! I finished reading it the first day and I reread it all the time!! This book was all twists and turns!!! The ending was the most shocking!!! One of the best books I have read yet!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Readme

    This book was way to many words to describe. A story about raw emotions of a teenage girls summer memories as she goes back and retells what she will never forget. As the reader you are garanteed to feel as if you are in her shoes and even relate to the main character. I would capture this book as understandibly touchable yet untouchably perfect. Enjoy

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Is this book good?????

    Should i buy this book??????

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    To HELP

    I find it to be fine. I'm 14

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    it was amazing.

    I couldn't put the book down. At first I wasn't too sure if I was going to like it, but being a sucker for summer romances I instantly fell in love. Honestly I was blown away and found myself SOBBING at the end. Just read it, you will love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    MVM says "Buy it!"

    The book first begins and the book seems to make you feel bad for the main chracter. As it goes on the book gets better! The eding was a suprising-ish ending. You can guess it if you pay close attention to the book. I personally liked the novel. I give it a 8 because the book brings you down but brings you back up! "You left me with a broken heart...with nothing but a kiss" (The Maine) thanks for reading. THANKS FOR READING!!! -MVM(:

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    I expected The Summer of Skinny Dipping to be another coming of

    I expected The Summer of Skinny Dipping to be another coming of age novel set on the beach. I thought it be another novel about a girl falling in love during the summer. It got what I wanted...kind of. Except The Summer of Skinny Dipping is one of those summer novels that I'd classify as a Heavy/Dark summer read. Don't let the deceptively light cover fool you.




    When Mia and her family go to stay with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousins for the summer, she excepts for her and Corinne to bond like they used to when they were kids. Except this summer Corinne bonds with her sister Beth and choose to spend her time with Beth and her cool friends. Mia tries to fit in but she just feels like an outsider. Then one night at Mia meets Simon. Her whole summer starts to change but Simon is even more of an outsider than she is. 




    I think even before the novel takes a darker turn, I wasn't really connecting with the characters. I liked the idea of Mia but not Mia as a character. I didn't like her family or Corinne's friends, and I wasn't swooning over Simon. I got the idea and kind of like the idea of each of them as characters, but I didn't really like a single character. They were more of concepts than realistically developed characters. 




    Another issue that I had with the novel was that the problems just seemed so contrived, like an after school special. There were a lot of big issues. It was so cliche and so was the resolution of the problems. That saying it's not like I hated the novel, because I generally liked it, it just felt a little artificial. 




    The second to last chapter of the novel is the heart of the story. It's was unexpected and seriously broke my heart. I didn't see it coming and I think that's why I like it. It was the one aspect that came out of no where.




    I generally liked The Summer of Skinny Dipping. I related a lot to the main character in many ways. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    love.

    i loved this book! defiently a summer read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Anonymous

    During this book there were parts when i laughed and cried. at first i kinda thought the title was stupid but as i read it the title seemed to make more sense perfect title~ My faveriot part was when simon and mia meet the most romantic thing ever~ I think the end bit was the saddest ever i cried i feel like probably one of the most cutest books i have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Not sure

    I liked the story and the authors style of writing but i hated the ending
    ***spoiler alert***
    I hated how mia just stood thete forever while simon was drowning, why didn't she atleast try to go in and help him. She waited too long to run all the way back home, instead she should have tried to help, it says in the book she is a good swimmer and she's smart, she knows what to do.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Thanks . (((:

    To Anonymous on March 21 , 2012 . :
    Thank you so much ! This book looks very enjoyable for me !
    Keep up the good work, and keep on reading ! L0L .

    - A . (((:

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Had me asking, "really???"

    Im not exactly sure how i feel about this book. I loved the authirs style of writing and loved Simon's character. However, the ending was harsh, devastating, and unbelievable. Had the ending been different, i would have liked this book much better, but it is what it is and i would suggest it for any one looking for a decent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    An amazing summer book that surprised me

    I was really affected by this book in many ways. First off, I felt like the main character Mia was a tortured soul. She constantly was dealing with the cutting remarks of her mother who always made her feel she was heavy, even though you get a good feeling from Mia's thoughts that she's a very good swimmer and very toned...just not waif-like or ballerina thin like her beach best friend Corrine. Mia was hoping to have her friend to get her through her recent boyfriend breakup but that proves to not happen, and her relationships she used to treasure almost fall apart.
    But one party that she attends she meets Simon, a cute boy who's family is renting the next door house. Even though Corrine and her friends dislike Simon, Mia sees something else in him. They end up dating, and spending all night walking the beach and eventually skinny dipping in the ocean. Simon is a good for Mia and really helps her a lot, but a run in with Simon's father takes things to a tragic ending, that left me sobbing by the final page.
    This is an emotional book on so many levels. You really feel bad for Mia..her mother rides her over her looks,she never feels right in social situations, and she is struggling to deal with so much. But the ending was not even expected to me. But I have to hand it to Mia, she survives and moves on, even as broken as she was. This book captures a summer vacation with all the ups and downs you expect, but the romance with Simon is good. It's nice to see her have the giddy love feelings we all experience growing up. I wish that the ending was not so abrupt, but just like the art they talk about in the book, your mind fills in the gaps and that makes it better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    Light read for the most part with a twist at the end

    I liked this book. For the most part it's chick lit, and a good light summer read. There was a bit of a twist coming I didn't see, but I liked it in a way. It added depth to the light story. I would recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK

    I didnt think much when i bought this book... i frickin loved it!!!!!!!!!! Great characters, hard to imagine simon for me tho other wise awesome (((:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Great Read

    This book was a very good book. I have always loved summer beach romance stories and this was aother one to add to the collection. I would reccomend this book, even if some people didint like this book, I enjoyed it; between the laughing, crying, happy and sad moments, I felt like I was in the stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Young romance lost and found

    THE SUMMER OF SKINNY DIPPING, by Amanda Howells is a sweet story of teenage angst and first loves. Being a teenager is hard enough emotionally but when broken hearts and unmet expectations occur, the results can be life-changing.

    The summer that Mia recounts in this book was the best summer of her life. After being dumped by someone she thought was her true love, she wanted to get away to a time and place where everything was simple. But Mia discovered that the appearance of perfection that her cousins and aunt represented was farthest from the truth.

    In the wake of any breakup, a person undergoes an analysis of themselves to try and understand what went wrong. Mia with her southern roots and not-so-thin body was scrutinized by her cousins and even herself. But the interest of Simon Ross transformed Mia's perspective completely.

    Howells characters were fantastic. Each one of them was affected by this incredible summer of transformations and realizations. Mia and Simon were a striking couple. They both created a friendship that turned into a romance by opening up completely with each other, including skinny dipping. As a reader, I invested a lot in these characters and their happiness but sometimes bad choices get in the way. Life is about balance and if you create good from bad you are never wrong.

    Overall this book was exceptional. This story of love, appearances, and being true to yourself wholly transformed my thinking of life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Good Summer Read

    I did not realize this book was for young adults when I purchased it but it still made a quick summer read.

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