Zoey Fools Around (Making Out Series #1)

Zoey Fools Around (Making Out Series #1)

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by Katherine Applegate, Ford

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Zoey fools around

They've all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another. . .but they're only just beginning to find out the truth.

Zoey fools around , and it turns their world upside down. New couples are formed, friends become enemies, and secrets and unearthed. . .


Zoey fools around

They've all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another. . .but they're only just beginning to find out the truth.

Zoey fools around , and it turns their world upside down. New couples are formed, friends become enemies, and secrets and unearthed. . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The debut volume of the Boyfriends and Girlfriends series sports a snazzy die-cut cover with a collage of snapshot-style photographs of wholesome kids who would not be out of place on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. Within, ``handwritten'' autobiographical fragments intercut the straightforward third-person narrative. High school senior Zoey, her boyfriend Jake and their gang are an especially close-knit group, having grown up on tiny Chatham Island off the Maine coast. Old alliances--especially Zoey and Jake's long-term relationship--are thrown off-balance when sexy loner Lucas Cabral returns to the island after spending two years in a reform school for his role in the drunk-driving accident that killed Jake's beloved older brother. A relatively lighthearted subplot chronicles feisty African American Aisha's efforts to avoid embarking on a romance with her potential soul mate. With its enticing, gossipy story lines and better-than-average character development (seductive, manipulative, Claire, who seems poised to become the series villainess, is more unhappy and confused than evil), this novel is likely to hook its intended audience. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Making Out Series , #1
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Two Years Ago

"Jake. Jake. Jake! Would you ... would you stop it? Jake, I'm serious. Look, stop it, get your hands . . . I'm getting pissed off now. I'm serious, stop it right now. " Zoey Passmore slapped her boyfriend's hand away, a startlingly loud sound that made several passersby turn and stare in amusement.

"Jeez," " Jake said, looking wounded and rubbing the back of his hand.

"It's my ice cream. You ate yours and you've already eaten half of mine. " She held it up as evidence. "I'm down to the waffle. You pig."

"The waffle?"

"You know, the waffle cone. What do you call it?"

"The cone," he said, shrugging his big shoulders and staring at her as if she'd said something utterly idiotic."What? What are you staring at me for?"

"It's, not called the waffle. It's the cone. Ice cream cone. " He shook his head. "Man, you think you know somebody.""Well, I'm a complex, mysterious woman." She licked a big dollop of the chocolate ice cream.

"That's so sexy the way you do that, "Jake said.

"Oh, shut up. " She glanced around self-consciously, wondering if anyone else had heard him. The crowd on the narrow, cobblestoned street was mostly tourists, people in big, bright shorts and golf shirts, old people and couples dragging small children through the souvenir and Judge shops that lined Exchange Steet. Still, here and there were familiar faces, some of Chatham Island's three hundred fulltime residents.

"Sorry," Jake said without any hint of remorse. "I'm just feeling good today."

Zoey softened, letting a smile form on her lips. It had been two monthssince Jake had felt good. "What do you want to do today?"

He leered comically, an expression that seemed out of place on his serious face. "Same thing I want to do every day."

Zoey sighed. Yes, Jake was getting back to normal, for better or worse. "Okay, if you want to go watch sports on tV. . ."

"You know what I meant.

"Yes, but Im ignoring you." She dodged around a stroller and rejoined him, reaching for his hand. "My am you feeling good today, anyway?. "

Instantly his innocent, happy expression changed. His smile grew cold. "Today's the day Lucas goes off to jail."

She felt her own face stiffen. "Are you sure?"

He nodded "Of course I'm sure. I thought we might get lucky and run into him. I'd enjoy seeing him go. just like I'll enjoy thinking of him locked up.

Zoe released her grip on his hand. "You shouldn't talk that way," she said softly.

"Why not? He deserves it. He killed my brother. "

"I just don't think it's right What happened to Wade was terrible, but still, what's happening to Lucas isn't something to be happy about."

"Is to me, " he said darkly.

A cute ten-year-old girl came running up, a tornado of knobby knees and silken brown hair. "Jake!" she yelled

"Hi, Holly " Zoey said.

"Jake, Dad said you're supposed to help him take Mr Geiger's boat out of the water "

"Oh, crap. I forgot. " Jake winced and looked at Zoey apologetically. "I told my dad I'd help out down at the marina today."

"Great, so you just eat my ice cream and take off?. " Zoey asked.

Jake leaned close and kissed her lightly on the mouth. "I knew you'd understand. Sorry But come over tonight, okay?"

"I'll check my calender, " Zoey called after his retreating back.

She wandered on through the crowd, feeling the sunshine of the brief Maine summer on her shoulders. This strange, tragic summer was finally close to an end.

She walked past all the familiar shops, following the gentle downhill slope toward the dock There, in the wider spaces, the crowd was less dense. She could see a line in front of her parents' restaurant and hesitated, unsure what to do. If she went anywhere near the place, she'd get drafted into working. Of course, she could use the money. Sophomore — year was about to start, and she needed to replace her now dorky freshman clothes.

But it was just too nice a day to bus tables.

She ate some more of her ice cream, biting off chunks of waffle. Yes, waffle, she thought defiantly.

The crowd opened up suddenly, and to her surprise she found herself staring at a guy, standing alone, leaning against a pole by the ferry gate. His blond hair tossed and fretted in the breeze. There were people all around, but it seemed as if a force field surrounded him, leaving him utterly separate and apart.


The image leapt at her, a picture of loneliness. He was gazing with sad, despairing eyes at the bright town, seeking to memorize every image, seeking to hold on.

The ferry whistle shrieked and she saw him flinch, a strange and telling action. No islander raised to the sound of that whistle ever reacted. Yet Lucas had flinched as if he'd been stung.

Were his eyes filled with tears? She couldn't be sure from this distance. Was he searching the crowd for a particular face, hoping that someone, anyone, would come to say good-bye?

A false hope. No one on Chatham Island would break the isolation that had been imposed on the boy who'd brought tragedy to the island His father, hard-faced and grim, stood on the bow of the ferry, waiting to escort his son.

Zoey eased closer, moving in dreamlike slowness. Lucas's gaze at last focused on her, his attempt at a smile crumbling, his attempt to hide his tears failing, too.

"Hi, Lucas," she said, lowering her eyes to the ground

"Hey, Zoey, " he said without expression.

She stood there, an arm's length away, not knowing what else to say He said nothing, only brushed surreptitiously at his eyes. She stared at the remnants of her ice cream cone. Then she looked up.

She had never looked into sadder eyes.

She reached out with her free hand and gripped his arm . "Look, take care of yourself, okay?"

Meet the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years in a Washington State shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan was well-known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumbprint.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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Zoey Fools Around (Making Out Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book Is Awesome!!! I Loved It So Much!! I Read The Whole Thing In 3 Days.. I Couldnt Put It Down!!! I Cant wait Till I Get The Second Book In The Mail..... I Cant Wait!!! I Cant Wait To Find Out Whats Going To Happen To Zoey And Lucus!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading 'Zoey Fools Around' I loved it, I plan to continue reading the whole series, im hooked. i strongly suggest this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best book i have read in two months its got everything love suspence anything and everything. it got me wanting to read more and i just cant wait to get to the library this week. what zoey did to jake was not right but zoey really wasnt getting something from jake that she got from lucas this book is the best i recommend it to all girls and guys it the best, if i could i would give it 1,000 stars!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say the making out series is not just another set of teen books. The characters take on the role of friends, sharing in their constant misery and ironic humor. I started reading these when I was 13 and at 17, I'm still picking them up to reread and laugh. I've never felt so alive!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book!it reminded me of 1 tree hill the tv show- I barely put it down...U should definitely read it if you like realistic books for teens
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the way the words are written makes me want more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best series that I have ever read. It realates to real teens today, unlike those phony books where teenagers still think the opposite sex has cooties. I finish the books faster than any other book I have ever read. It seems like I am always going to the store to buy the next book. I would also recomend her other series if you like this one a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever! You will not be bored when youre reading it! It is one of those books where you want to stay up all night trying to find out what is going to happen next! You will love this book~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 30 years old and stumbled across this title on the internet. I purchased this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading book 2-28
Guest More than 1 year ago
My older sister baught me one of these books for Christmas a couple years ago. Little did I know I'd still be reading them today. I just finished reading #20 and I haven't been reading constantly. I can read one of these books in less than a day they're so addictive and im NOT big on reading! These books have inspired me to start writing my own book. Zoey is my favorite character, b/c i can relate to her the most, being a writer myself. But, I'm also intrigued by Clairs manipulative nature and ability to always keep her cool, under the worst circumstances.... even though she is evil. Anyways, I just really like this series and I hope it continues forever! I would write more, but im about to go to the mall and buy number 21!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series because of my older sister. Once I read Zoey Fools Around, I was hooked! I couldn't stop reading them and bought the entire series! I would read a book a day and I don't even like to read. The books have topics that I can relate to but also seem like the islanders are living in a fantasy world. The characters seem like real people and I wish that I lived on the island with them! I would recomend this entire series to everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! Totally gripping and realistic. I already feel as if i can relate to these people. Zoey is my fave character. Don't you just wish that Jake and Lucas were real?! I've got all my friends reading them, we can't stop! I've always loved books, but this just takes it past the point of entertainment! U gotta read the rest of the series!!! Go on, get out there and buy them!!! 5+ stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book of the Making Out Series about two weeks ago and ever since then I can not get enough of them. This is the BEST SERIES I have honestly ever read. I think i love this series so much because it is so real and is easy to relate to. This book is perfect when it comes to a teenagers life well at least my life. It is so reality based that you can actuallY sort of get into the book. I am on the 9th book and have found my self reading one of these books from the series in 4 straight hours and time flys by, which is not something i am used to when it comes to books. Like for example school book reports; I am always the one to put off reading the book until I find my self reading a book and not comprehending it the weekend before the report is due. So I would just like to say thank you so much to the author for finally coming out with a reality based book that I enjoy reading and most of all making my mom finally say, 'she was sick of driving me to the bookstore,' and believe me that is something I thought I would never hear!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the world,This book is so true...i can relate to real life, and it got me reading again so now i'm going on the 8th book it's such a great series and there all really good and leave you hanging at the end so you read the other ones! YOu have to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are great! One of my friends started to read these books last year and I never knew why! Until I read this first book! What can I say? These books are GREAT and this one got me hooked! Now I LIVE at the bookstore! Teenagers are really able to relate to these books! If you are feeling a little doubt about reading this book, DON'T! The only problem will be that after you finish this first book, you will not be able to sleep until you find out what Jake does when he finds out about Zoey and Lucas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. Just like all the others are. It really took you into the teenagers worlds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought I could get hooked on these books, but I did, and I love them!! I got the entire series finally!!! My friends think I am crazy I am always carrying one of them to school, a different one every week!!! I love how Zoey and Lucas got togethor they are my favorite characters, I hope they stay togethor for along time, cause they are like a perfect couple I think!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best series ever! Every time I get a new book I read it right away, you can't out 'em down once you've started 'em! I can't wait to go out and buy #24, and #25 comes out in a few days! Yeeeaaaa. . . I love this series sooo much, the cliff-hanger at the end of EVERY SINGLE BOOK keeps us all hooked, and for that 'Concerned Parent' Get a life Lady! I bet you were like that once. . .
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, the entire series for that matter, and would give literally a million stars if i could!! (Though it will probably go over better w/ older kids, maybe 13/14.) I read the whole book in an hour, the whole series (whats published so far) in 1 1/2 weeks. Its a wonderful series and im sure others will agree!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. This whole series, Making Out, is great. I have only read 1,2 and 3, but so far they are all really good. They arent all that sentimental cute stuff that they assign for english. They are teenage, funny, romantic books that are very hard to put down. I majorly recommend these books to anyone who is pretty much bored with they're boring lives and wanna read something that will hold their attention for more than 5 minuts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was the best ever! I haven't read any others yet but I am planning on buying them soon. This book kept me on the edge of my seat constantly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I was not into romance when I started this series. In fact I read my first book as a joke. I mean I'm the kind of girl who teachers may call 'advanced reading' meaning I read Oscar Wilde and books people are reading a few grades above me but I enjoyed this series so much! Every charecture has a personality you can relate to. This series is funny and suspensful not to mention romantic and charming. We all need our pleasure reading right? I really suggest this book to all sorts of readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that in one point in your life you were a teen. I know you say that you were so much more responsible then, but guess what you weren't. This series is one of the finest i've ever read. I'm on book 18 and i can't put them down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the most realistic book for teenagers that I have ever read. Reading the parts about Zoey and Jack's love life and then Zoey's adventures with lucas hit home. I felt as if this book was happening to one of my friends or even me. i reccomend it for anyone who wants to read about real life teenagers