VT (Vermont) (Ski Share Series)

VT (Vermont) (Ski Share Series)

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by Emily Costello
     
 
A condo on the slopes.

A bunch of hot strangers.

A three-month party that's off the hook.

The Killington, Vermont, condo is almost slopeside, and almost stylin'. So what if one of the bedrooms must be coed? And the resort paychecks are a joke? It's cool. The six housemates are riding hard all day and raging hardcore all night. The windchill may be

Overview

A condo on the slopes.

A bunch of hot strangers.

A three-month party that's off the hook.

The Killington, Vermont, condo is almost slopeside, and almost stylin'. So what if one of the bedrooms must be coed? And the resort paychecks are a joke? It's cool. The six housemates are riding hard all day and raging hardcore all night. The windchill may be dropping, but these ski bums, boarders, and bunnies keep heating things up -- by the fire, in the hot tub...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
What happens when a bunch of late-teens and early twenty-somethings share a condo in Killington, Vermont? The snow turns steamy. Six hot-blooded young people-three men and three women-work and share a condo at the Killington resort. Complications begin when a mistake forces one of the bedrooms to be coed. Eliot blogs everything. Isis, a stellar snowboarder, needs a boost of confidence to showcase her talent. Chad is mysteriously angry. Brazilian Dolce comes to figure out if she really loves the boyfriend she left behind. Beautiful Jenny hides a lack of self-esteem. Frank is a Dartmouth ROTC grad who could be called up at any time and happens to be taking advantage of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The main plot thread deals with Isis and Eliot. As she gears up for a major snowboard competition, her relationship with Eliot blossoms-with the usual difficulties, of course. The language is frank, possibly too raw for schools and libraries in more conservative communities. Much drinking is involved. Sexual tension and activity, although deftly handled, abound. Costello is current with e-mails and blogs featured in the text. She does an excellent job capturing the voice of the generation as well as effectively creating the atmosphere of Killington. Eliot and Isis are interesting, fully realized characters. The supporting cast is, naturally, less fully developed. With great appeal for Real World fans, the novel is bound to be wildly popular with teens. VOYA CODES: 3Q 5P S (Readable without serious defects; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Simon Pulse/S & S, 288p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Mike Brown
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Six teens party and clash during a three-month ski/work program at Killington. Eliot, a blogger who will use any and all of the others as subject matter, falls for Isis, who snowboards for joy but lacks confidence in her considerable talent. Jenny is the free-and-easy party girl. Dolce is really there to test her commitment to her boyfriend, who wants to get married. Chad, a smoldering enigma, provides mystery as well as misery. Frank, a gay ROTC recruit awaiting orders, acts as host. Although the story is heavy on foul language, sex, and drinking, it also has fairly fleshed-out, if stereotypical, characters and a plot that moves right along. Chapters alternate among the different roommates' perspectives and include blog entries and e-mails as well as traditional text. Descriptions of snowboarding jumps and tricks are realistically exciting. This novel's fast pace will have reluctant readers lining up at the gate.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416914662
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Series:
Ski Share Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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VT (Vermont) (Ski Share Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Six housemates are sharing a condo on a ski slope in Vermont. They have never met before this ski season, so conflicts of personalities are bound to be a problem and, yes, this includes the mandatory lust/love frustrations, which begin to stir even before the central character, Eliot, makes it to the first meeting of this coed household.

Eliot is a rampant blogger, focusing on himself and his life. Ultimately, then, he blogs about anyone and everyone with whom he comes in contact, i.e. his housemates. Most of the gang is cool with it, but not the mysterious Chad, whose angry outbursts about the blog heighten the mistrust and tension in the condo. Jenny is pretty, and it seems that she doesn't have a lot of motivation to build upon skills that do not involve her physical attributes. Isis is a snowboarder, and she takes the sport extremely seriously, to the point that being friends with a skier like housemate Eliot may be impossible. Dolce is from Brazil, and is determined to show her boyfriend that she can make it on her own in a new country--thrive, even. Last but not least is Frank, the peacemaker of the bunch. Frank does his best to keep all of these different personalities from clashing, which is good, because if they are going to make it through their intended three-month stay, they certainly are going to need a referee.

This lighthearted romp through the snow is written from the point of view of all the characters, with each chapter starting in a new voice. While the majority of the work is written in traditional prose form, it is broken up with some of the story being told through instant messages, some through email, and, of course, the reader gets to peek at Eliot's blogs, to see what is causing all the fuss on the slopes.

On the plus side, it is a fun book, and I think adolescents will enjoy their time on the slopes with these characters. On the minus side, it is a stereotypical book with a forced "mystery/lesson" that ultimately doesn't resolve itself in a way that makes all the pieces suddenly pop together and make sense. Overall, however, it will get kids reading, and reluctant readers will enjoy the way the pace is broken up by the IMs, emails, and blogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about how six housemates meet at a condo at Killington VT. The book alternates telling the story through each housemate but mostly revolves around Isis, Jenny and Eliot. Each character has there own goals to accomplish over their three month stay at the ski resort 'which unfortunately for them also includes jobs, working at the resort' and Costello does a good job at describing this. Throughout the book there is constant drinking and drugs but plenty of skiing. As a person who skis and has skied at VT 'i¿m an okemo girl though' it was cool to read about characters that ski and do crazy jumps that I would never have the guts to do. The author did well describing the thrills that you get when you ski and it made me wish it was winter now. The book also includes all the usual topics that make a good book hookups, breakups and of course SKIING! All in all a very good book that I couldnt put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a really great book especially if you ski or snowboard. It was the kind of book that you wont want to put down! I think the ending could have been better, but it still was a really good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Vermotn native, and a skier, this book really caught my eye. It was a fun, engaing read. I recomend it to anyone who loves sking, Vermont, or even just the great outdoors.