About the Author
Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her other books include the acclaimed Wishtree, Crenshaw, Home of the Brave, and the Roscoe Riley Rules series. She lives in California with her family. www.endlingbooks.com
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The waves were more gray than blue, and when Lucas stood up on his board, his longish blond hair was the only splash of color in a tableau of sea and sky that could almost have been a black-and-white photograph
Zoey Passmore pulled the cowl neck of her sweater up over her chin and ears and slid her hands up inside the sleeves. The beach sand had lost all of the warmth from the sun that had shone so encouragingly earlier in the day, and she kept to the blanket. She'd collected driftwood from the beach and fallen limbs from the pine trees behind her and piled them with ex-Girl Scout expertise in a nice little pyramid. But she didn't want to light the fire until Lucas was with her for fear she'd bum up all her stash of fuel before he finally got tired of surfing.
Lucas fell from the board, diving into the water headfirst and surfacing moments later to shake the water from his hair like a dog. He grinned and held up a single finger, indicating one more wave.
I She watched him reclaim his board and paddle back out, black rubber tight on his legs and butt, his feet bare and probably frozen by now. But she couldn't begrudge him the opportunity. There were rarely surfable waves on Chatham Island. This was a fluke, the result of a major storm far out over the Atlantic. It had brought them just the skirts of its clouds and enough of a surge to send Lucas scrambling to wax his old board and squeeze himself into a wet suit he'd clearly outgrown.
He caught a wave and had a good, long ride, bringing the board within a few feet of the narrow beach before he tumbled.
But he kept hisword and emerged from the surf, lifting his board free of the foam that surged to within a couple of yards of Zoey's feet.
"Quick, light the fire!" he yelled. "I'm numb."
Zoey smiled. His hair was wet and tousled, his body outlined in perfect detail by the tight wet suit. She felt a definite twinge. He looked incredible. Too incredible for Zoey's own good. She fished in her bag for the matches, but without taking her eyes from him.'
She tore her eyes away and found the matches. He planted his surfboard upright in the sand and flopped onto the blanket beside her, smelling' of salt and laughing in sheer delight.
"Damn, I'd forgotten how much I loved that." He pulled the zipper halfway down his chest and inhaled deeply. "If only I'd been able to breathe. I guess I'll have to break down and buy a new suit."
Zoey struck a match, but it was instantly blown out by the wind. Don't say it, she warned herself. Don't say it.
Then she said it anyway. "I think that suit looks pretty good on you." Her voice wobbled a little and she concentrated on lighting 4 second match, cupping it in her hands. She touched the flame to the dried grass kindling. It crackled loudly and caught fire.
Lucas rolled toward her and without warning stuck his hands under her sweater, pressing them to her bare stomach.
Zoey squealed, and tried to push him away, but he held on. "Get those icicles off me!"
"I can't wait for the fire," he said. "I need warmth now. My hands are numb."
"I warned you it was freezing out there. You're the one who said, 'Don't worry, I'll be plenty warm in my wet suit.
Lucas slid his hands around her back and drew her against him. Then he rolled onto his back, still holding her tight. "My lips are numb, too."
Zoey lowered her mouth to his and kissed his cold lips. She closed her eyes and kissed him again, more deeply, a vision of him rising from the surf still firmly fixed in her mind. Within seconds his lips were as warm as her own. She kissed his cheeks and pressed her hands to them. She kissed his eyelids and his neck.
"Now are you warm?" Zoey asked.
"Mmm. Now even other parts of me are warm," he said.
"Don't be crude."
"I meant my feet."
"Sure you did," Zoey said. She gave him a light peck on the lips and rolled off him. "Are you hungry? "
"That depends. Is there anything else on the menu? I mean besides food. You know, maybe something for some other form of hunger?"
"We have hot dogs and we have s'mores., That's what's on the menu."
Lucas sighed. "Okay, then I guess I'm hungry.
There was no mistaking the pouting tone in his voice.
"Lucas, I thought we were going to give that topic a rest," Zoey said testily.
Lucas sat up and wrapped his arms around his knees. "I'm sorry. But you know, one thing kind of leads to another.We make out, we touch each other,first thing you know, I'm thinking about the next step.It's like ... like saying hey, we'll get all dressed up,we'll drive to a fancy restaurant, we'll sit down andorder this great meal, only, surprise, we're not goingto eat anything."
Zoey was silent for a moment while the fire snapped and spread a glow around them. "You're using a food example. You must be hungry."
"I'm starving," he admitted ruefully.
"Look, Lucas, if every time we make out you're going to say I'm leading you toward sex, then what am I supposed to do?" She held up her hand quickly. "Scratch that question. My point is, I really, really like kissing you. Really, really. But I'm not going to be able to enjoy it if you keep saying step one has to lead to step two has to lead to step three when I'm not ready for step three. You know?"
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I can't believe how HOOKED I am on these books!! I have only been able 2 read # 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I know I am WAY behind but I just discovered this series at the library in my town. Now I am desperately seeking the other books in this series..I have no doubt that they will just keep getting better..I've LOVED everyone I've read so far!!! I can't wait 2 get the others!!
The title of this book should have been 'Lucas needs to get a grip.' Zoey has already told him she was not ready to have sex prior to this trip. What part of that does he not understand? Lucas and Christopher both need to realize that the world does not revolve around them and just because they are ready to have sex does not mean that Zoey and Aisha should give them what they want, even if they aren't ready.
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