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The Other Boy

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by Hailey Abbott
     
 

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Maddy's Boy Pros & Cons . . .

Brian—Super cute / hangs with my friends / goes to my high school / my boyfriend!

David—Says I'm a spoiled princess / hates my friends / has amazing blue eyes / cooked me an unbelievable dinner / annoyingly irresistible!

Summer for Maddy Sinclaire starts as a blur of house parties and dips in the

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Maddy's Boy Pros & Cons . . .

Brian—Super cute / hangs with my friends / goes to my high school / my boyfriend!

David—Says I'm a spoiled princess / hates my friends / has amazing blue eyes / cooked me an unbelievable dinner / annoyingly irresistible!

Summer for Maddy Sinclaire starts as a blur of house parties and dips in the pool—until she's caught throwing an unauthorized beachside bash. As punishment, her parents send her off to Napa Valley, where she'll spend her free time working on the family vineyard. Even with her boyfriend, Brian, miles away, Maddy's about to discover that the vineyard is a very romantic place. It's vast, sunny, magical . . . and there's another boy just waiting to steal her heart.

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Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Madeline "Maddy" Sinclaire is about to have the summer of her life. She is almost seventeen; home alone for the summer in San Francisco while her parents rehab a vineyard in Napa; and she has the hottest boyfriend in the school. To kick off the perfect summer, she throws a wild party the night her parents leave town. But as fate would have it, her parents forget something and return home to find the house trashed and the party still going. Maddy's punishment is hard labor at the vineyard. She arrives sulking at a small cottage in the center of an old vineyard. Her parents have arranged for her to work with their business partner's son, David, to clean up and design what will be the wine tasting room. Napa—and David—work their charm on Maddy. When her birthday arrives after almost two months away from the city, her boyfriend Brian is allowed to come to Napa for dinner. Maddy finds herself confused as her two worlds collide. She sees that she has changed drastically in a short amount of time and what she thought she wanted, does not seem to fit into her new life. A very enjoyable read that will draw one into the possibilities of summer romance in a majestic setting. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061253836
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,182,249
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Other Boy, The AER

Chapter One

With the beat of a Gwen Stefani song pounding in her ears, Madeline Sinclaire clipped up her long blond hair and slid into the hot tub on her parents' deck. Steam rose up from the bubbling water, momentarily obscuring her friends' faces. She inhaled deeply and eased downward. Suddenly, something grabbed her feet under the water.

"Brian!" Maddy screamed.

Her boyfriend's sleek, wet head surfaced next to her, and everyone burst into laughter.

"What? Did I scare you?" Brian Kilburn asked, flashing his sexy little smile that curled just the edges of his mouth. After dating him for almost a year, Maddy still thought he was the cutest boy she'd ever seen. Brian's sleepy blue eyes could always melt her annoyance.

"Yes, you did, jerk!" Maddy said playfully. She punched him on his well-toned arm.

"Don't hurt him too badly," Morgan Gainsley called from the other side of the hot tub. "He's the only one left who knows how to tap a keg...Dave already passed out." She pointed to a dark shape lying in a heap on a lounge chair, barely visible through the San Francisco night.

"How is that possible?" Maddy giggled at her best friend. "The party just got started!"

"She's not going to hurt me," Brian growled. "Not before I . . ." He trailed off as he stood up in the water, grabbed Maddy, and tilted her back in his arms.

"Eeek!" She giggled, hoping she wasn't flashing the rest of the hot tub. Her D&G string bikini top didn't allow for a lot of gymnastics.

Brian went for her neck like a vampire. He started to run his mouth lower, but Maddy struggled upright and shoved him away.

"Okay,hornball. Save it for later," she said with a laugh.

Reluctantly, Brian released her and sat down again. Maddy settled back contentedly in the hot water, Brian's arm around her tanned shoulders. Light spilled over the deck from the open French doors behind her. The glow reached the manicured gardens at the edge of the two-acre lawn. Most of Richmond Country Day's upperclassmen, plastic cups of Miller High Life in hand, were packed into Maddy's living room, where the leather furniture had been pushed against the walls to make a dance floor.

On the deck, couples were cuddling on lounge chairs with beer bottles strewn on the ground next to them. Rob Davis had started a game of drunken tackle football on the lawn. "Touchdown!" a huge, hairy guy screamed as he grabbed the ball and landed headfirst in the shrubbery at the side of the yard.

Maddy smiled. Her first official house party of the summer was only an hour old, and she could already tell it was going be a great night. In fact, it was going to be a great summer...maybe the best ever.

Maddy's other best friend, Kirsten Owens, slid up next to her. "So when did your parents leave?" Kirsten asked, resting her elbows on the edge of the tub behind her, looking sleek and athletic in her navy blue Speedo. Maddy laughed. Even though Kirsten's idea of a relaxing Saturday was running a ten-mile race, Maddy still found it funny that she insisted on wearing a one-piece suit to a party full of bikinis and boys.

"This afternoon...finally," Maddy replied. "They should be arriving in Napa any minute now."

"I cannot believe you have the house to yourself for two whole months!" Morgan squealed, splashing across the tub to join the other two girls.

"I know, right?" Maddy agreed. "You know, at first, they actually tried to tell me that I had to help them fix up that little midlife crisis...I mean, vineyard. But they couldn't resist my powers of persuasion..."

"And that A in AP English, you nerd," Brian teased.

She gave Brian a push. "Go get me another beer," she ordered playfully, admiring the muscles of his back as he climbed out of the hot tub and shook the water out of his dark hair. A tan line showed where the waist of his baggy navy trunks had dropped down a little. She heaved a sigh of delight as she thought of her and Brian...and her big, empty house...together, all summer.

"Girls, we're going to have so much fun!" she declared, stretching out her long legs and watching her toes bob in the bubbling water as her two best friends flanked her on either side. "First of all, we finally got to throw the party we've been planning since finals. And for the rest of the summer, we'll have shopping in Noe Valley, the beach every afternoon..."

"Parties at your place every weekend!" Morgan finished for her, sending a splash of steaming water toward each of the girls. "You have the best party house in San Francisco, Maddy."

"No question," Kirsten said, looking across the artfully lit pool to the view of the bay. Behind them the sprawling six-bedroom Spanish-style house pulsed with Rihanna's latest album.

Maddy smiled her agreement. Everyone was getting what they wanted: Mom and Dad were living their dream up in Napa, and she was experiencing sweet independence down here in the city.

"I should probably go mingle, guys," she told everyone. "I am the hostess, after all."

Brian splashed back into the tub next to her just in time to catch her last words. "Don't go too far," he said, winking at her meaningfully. Maddy laughed at him and pulled herself onto the deck, knowing he was enjoying watching the water run off her slim, tanned figure.

"If you tap that new keg, I might have a special treat for you later," she said flirtatiously.

He grinned back. "Wait, I want my party favor right now!" He grabbed for her, but she dodged his grasp and draped a silk sarong around her hips, slipping a gauzy linen shirt on top.

As Maddy made her way to the foyer, she saw Brian's best friend push through the oak front door. "Mad-e-line!" Chad yelled, crushing her with a bear hug. The hall filled up with huge, brawny boys lugging an extra case of beer. Two skinny blondes appeared behind them, each waving a bottle of vodka. Maddy shook her head...for two of the richest girls at school, Taylor and Sunny certainly managed to look remarkably cheap.

Other Boy, The AER. Copyright © by Hailey Abbott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Hailey Abbott grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Getting Lost with Boys, The Secrets of Boys, The Perfect Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Forbidden Boy, and The Other Boy well as the Summer Boys books and The Bridesmaid. Hailey now lives in New York City.

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The Other Boy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Maddy Sinclaire is your typical rich girl. She loves to party the night away, has the perfect gorgeous boyfriend, Brian, and she knows that she's about to have the summer of her life. Her parents are headed up to their newly purchased vineyard up in Napa and they're trusting Maddy at home in the city by herself for the entire summer. The first night her parents are gone she throws the ultimate summer party, but then she gets an unexpected visit from her parents. Apparently, they forget a few important documents and had to turn around and crashed the party.

Not trusting Maddy anymore they bring her back with them to Napa to spend the entire summer helping fix up the vineyard. Maddy is devastated that she has to spend the summer away from her friends and Brian and then, on top of that, she is going to be imprisoned in the middle of nowhere!

When she gets to Napa, though, she unexpectedly meets David, the extremely cute son of her dad's business partner and the boy she's going to work with all summer. Although she hates to admit it, Maddy starts wondering if Brian is really the right guy for her, or if David, who's nothing like she is, might just be worth her time.

This was definitely the perfect summer read. Light, fun, and romance-filled -- what girl could resist? While it was your classic clichéd story, I thought it was super-cute and wish that I could be as lucky with guys as Maddy!!! I enjoyed seeing Maddy's character develop from a rich snob to a down-to-earth girl who could appreciate the beauty of nature.

I'm not going to lie, at first I despised Maddy; she was whiny and stuck-up, but as the book progressed she became very likable and relatable. The book was also very funny. The author created a ton of humorous situations where I found myself laughing out loud. For fans of Hailey Abbott's previous books, THE OTHER BOY will not disappoint!
Red-SoxGirl More than 1 year ago
this book definitly has its moments of goodness but most of the time i found it not very interesting and boring. Definitly not what I was expecting from Abbott. I am very sorry to say but the Summer Boys were much better than The Other Boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always liked Hailey Abbott as an author and The Other Boy lives up to her reputation that I have for her books. The Other Boy is a quick, fun, and fresh summer read that I enjoyed thoroughly due to the witty humor and the change the main charactor, Maddy undergoes throughout the story! Overall it's another hit from Abbott!
pinkdove27 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those of you who love reading romance books... Its a great summer book as well.
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I will b your nook friend just give me your email adress!!!! Thx ~Christina (cici)
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I really enjoyed it. Has the best of both worlds.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Madeline Sinclaire¿s parents allow her to stay home while they go to Napa Valley for the summer. Her parents end up coming back early and catch her throwing a party at the house. They are infuriated and sentence her to spend the rest of her summer with them at their vineyard. This means she¿ll be away from her friends and away from her boyfriend, Brian. She¿s reluctant to enjoy the two months there. The place is unlike what she¿s accustomed to in San Francisco. She gets commissioned by her father to fix up a wine tasting room with David, his business partner¿s very gorgeous son. David is more enthusiastic about the job that Maddie is. At first they get off on the wrong foot (of course). They go around to other places for ideas on how to decorate and design the place. They spend a lot of time together working. She actually begins to enjoy being up at the vineyard. And she¿s enjoying the time with David. Will summer turn out better than she thought? I¿ve read several Hailey Abbott books over the years. They have all been nice light reads. This one was very cute. Very cute. I liked all the characters and the way that Maddie grew along the way. I could go back and read this one again. My Rating: Very Good... Stay up late
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