Waking Up to Boys [NOOK Book]

Overview

My Summer To-Do List:

Practice wakeboard front flip

Host late-night island party

Build a bonfire

Seduce Todd!!!

Chelsea's more comfortable strapped onto her wakeboard on Lake Tahoe than laced into platform espadrilles—or flirting with Todd, the adorable watersports instructor she's been crushing on for years. So instead she concentrates on ...

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Waking Up to Boys

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Overview

My Summer To-Do List:

Practice wakeboard front flip

Host late-night island party

Build a bonfire

Seduce Todd!!!

Chelsea's more comfortable strapped onto her wakeboard on Lake Tahoe than laced into platform espadrilles—or flirting with Todd, the adorable watersports instructor she's been crushing on for years. So instead she concentrates on winning this summer's Northwest Extreme Watersports Competition. That is, until Sebastian, a hot Brazilian tennis prodigy, wakes her up to the fact that she can get a boy. But can she get the one she really wants, even if she's competing against him for the gold?

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Editorial Reviews

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Chelsea McCormick’s parents own a resort on Lake Tahoe and she gets to spend her entire summer doing what she loves best--wakeboarding. She has had a crush on Todd, the water sports instructor ever since he joined the resort staff several years ago and taught her how to wakeboard. This summer, she is determined to win his heart. Along the way she intends to beat him in his own sport by winning the annual Northwest Extreme Watersports Competition. Instead of winning Todd’s heart, however, Chelsea wins the undivided attention of Sebastian, the hot new Brazilian tennis instructor at the resort. While Chelsea makes some bad decisions as the summer progresses, she never really suffers or learns from them. For example, while hotdogging on the wakeboard to impress Todd (who by the way is driving the boat without a spotter, a definite no-no) she falls, sustaining serious injuries including a broken arm, yet she continues to sneak out to practice wakeboarding for the end of the season competition. When the other teenage staff members talk her into hosting a secret after-hours party in the pool house, they are caught, yet although Chelsea is punished, it is a mild punishment, and her dad seems more concerned with the fact that she kissed a boy in the hot tub than with the underage drinking rampant at the party. A typical teenage romance with little, if any, character growth on Chelsea’s part, it all turns out with a happily-ever-after ending. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061971655
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 451,041
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 458 KB

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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Waking Up to Boys

Chapter One

Chelsea McCormick flew through the air, the cool water of Lake Tahoe stretching endlessly on either side of her. Grasping the boat's towrope with both hands, she squinted in the afternoon sunlight and shifted her hips, hopping from side to side over the boat's wake. As she gathered speed, she took a deep breath and jumped high into the air, grabbing the board between her legs. The lake was a blue blur below her.

For a long, luxurious moment, Chelsea was flying. The Northern California mountains looked like a smudged pastel drawing in the distance. There was nothing in the world she loved more than the heady, soaring feeling of being suspended over the water's surface. She never felt so much like a rebel as she did when she was defying the laws of gravity.

As her board touched down on the other side of the wake, Chelsea let a triumphant grin spread across her face. Everything felt right. Summer was beginning and she was in her favorite place in the world: out in the middle of the lake, wearing her favorite faded blue wetsuit and skimming her green Gator board along the frothy white surface of the wake.

Chelsea thought for the zillionth time how much happier she felt out on the water than on land. Here, she was a wild, graceful creature who could push her body to do even the most difficult feats. But back on land she felt like a too-tall, too-clunky, too-boyish behemoth who towered over all the other girls.

"You done back there?" her dad, Mark McCormick, called from the driver's seat of the boat.

"Never!" Chelsea shouted back at the top of her lungs.

Her dad gave her anapologetic look and pointed at the big waterproof watch on his wrist.

"All right." Chelsea sighed. She knew her dad had to prepare for summer staff orientation at Glitterlake Resort, the sprawling lakeside lodge and recreation complex he owned with her mom, and she'd already kept him out on the water for nearly two hours. Chelsea pulled herself back to the boat using the towrope and collapsed on the seat next to her dad. She ripped off her tinted goggles and squeezed the excess water out of her short brown ponytail.

"You looked good out there, Champ," her dad said, squeezing her shoulder.

"Yeah?" She smiled at the nickname he'd called her ever since she insisted on challenging the boys around the resort to tree-climbing contests when she was five. "How was my stance when I landed that jump? It felt a little wobbly."

"Looked pretty darn amazing," her dad said. "And if it was a little shaky, it was probably my fault for not lining up the wake better for you. But you can land anything, Champ."

He looked at her, grinning eagerly. She knew what he was thinking about: the Challenge. It was all that was on either of their minds ever since they'd learned that Glitterlake was hosting this year's Northwest Extreme Watersports Challenge.

Chelsea stretched her legs out over the boat's fiberglass floor, basking in the afternoon sun as they sped toward shore. Off in the distance, the resort's large windows glinted in the sunlight. From where she was sitting, the main lodge looked like an eagle resting on the crest of the hill—the lobby, dining hall, and reception rooms forming its body, and the east and west sections of guest rooms extending out on either side of it like wings. Gravel paths wound down from the main lodge to the clusters of cabins and waterfront tennis courts. Chelsea knew that behind the main lodge were the state-of-the-art indoor pool and spa, as well as her family's own comfortable home. Back beyond that, down another long gravel path nestled in the trees and tucked safely away at the foot of Pine Mountain, were the staff barracks, which, at that very moment, were probably filling with the last of the summer staffers, who'd be dumping their duffel bags on whatever remaining bunks they could find and noisily chattering about how their winters had gone.

The boat was rapidly approaching the docks adjoining the sandy beach that in just a few short days would be crowded with vacationing honeymooners and families. Now that Chelsea was sitting, she could feel the knots in her thighs from so much physical exertion, and she couldn't wait to get onto the dock and stretch. Maybe she'd even pop into Glitterlake's forty-jet Jacuzzi before the summer staff orientation meeting.

"Well, I know you're tougher on yourself than anyone, Chels," her father inserted into their comfortable silence. "But I just know you've got this summer's Challenge in the bag. I can feel it in my gut." He leaned back a little in his seat, slowing the engine as they got closer to the dock.

Chelsea's heartbeat doubled just thinking about it. The Challenge was held at a different lake each summer, and the day she'd discovered that it was coming to Glitterlake was the most exciting of Chelsea's life. She'd been the first wakeboarder to send in her registration fee, and had spent all winter training and learning new tricks on her snowboard at Sierra Mountain. Not that snowboarding was nearly as rewarding to her as wakeboarding, but she had to stay in shape somehow, and Lake Tahoe was way too cold to brave in the winter.

"I'll be on the water every day until I'm ready." Chelsea heard the determination in her own voice.

Her dad smiled as he straightened out the boat. "That's what I like to hear," he said, turning off the engine and hopping easily onto the dock. He tied off the boat as Chelsea leapt out and began stretching her tight arms over her head.

"Okay, hon," her dad said, turning to head in the direction of the lodge. "I'll see you at the meeting later. Oh, and Champ?" He turned back to face her.

Waking Up to Boys. Copyright © by Hailey Abbott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

    Chelsea is a wakeboarding lover! <BR/><BR/>Her parents own a resort that is right on Lake Tahoe and she is in love with the wakeboarding instructor, Todd. He was the one who taught Chelsea her passion at age fourteen, and now she is better than he is at his own sport! And now they are competing against each other at the Northwest Extreme Watersports Competition that is going to be held in the resort's part of the lake! <BR/><BR/>But, over the summer, she meets a guy that likes her, so they begin going out, but she quickly realizes that the sparks just aren't there. But Sebastian, her boyfriend, makes her realize something important -- that she can make a guy like her. <BR/><BR/>Will Chelsea be able to beat her crush at his own sport? Will the sparks ever fly between Sebastian and Chelsea? Will Todd ever think of Chelsea as more than a fierce competitor? <BR/><BR/>Read this fun summer novel to find out! After reading WAKING UP TO BOYS, I even wanted to learn to wakeboard myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    wakeboard love

    i'm a wakeboarder & i really like hailey abbott books. so when i saw she had a book with wakeboarding i was so exited! its really rare books speaking about my favorite sport :D & it was really well written, it was captivating i couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    ugh!

    i was so dissapointed with this book i had to force myself to read it. some of the parts were okay but all around it was just boring. i really didnt care for it i hope her next books are better

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    i bought this because i liked some of her other books and this one sounded good it was good but not one of the best books i have read

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