"Get him and his big words," said Cat. "But I agree. Kiss. You must..." "Kiss the next boy who comes onto the beach," Squidge finished for her.
Becca's on a losing streak with boys and she's willing to resort to anything to have a little fun. So on a dare, she kisses the next guy she sees: Lal Lovering, who's on holiday in Cornwall and totally cute.
But when Becca realizes she's interested in more than just a holiday fling, she wonders if Lal can ever see through her rather overwhelming first impression. Between her own changing feelings and her parents' disintegrating marriage, Becca starts to see what sort of support a boyfriend can give...and just how important her friends can be.
About the Author
Cathy Hopkins lives in North London with her handsome husband and three deranged cats. She has had nineteen books published. The fifth book in the Mates, Dates series, Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors, was recently released in the U.K. Piccadilly Press has launched a new series from Hopkins, based on the classic sleepover game of Truth or Consequences.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My FAVORITE book in this series (apart from 'All Mates Together'... unbeatable!). I think I love it so much, because, again, it captures the mind of Becca, but also, it is an easy book to relate to. It is not necessarily a "Cliff-hanger", although it does keep you on your toes, interested, and hard to put down!!
'Love Lottery' by Cathy Hopkins followed Becca, a girl with good friends but not too much in terms of love prospects. When one of her friends dares her to kiss the next boy she sees on the beach, Lal Lovering comes bounding into her life, much to her great interest - but also, as time passes, to her chagrin. Lal, despite being a nice guy, only seems to have the desire to kiss Becca every chance he gets. While this may seem the dream to some, Becca begins to grow tired of him, no doubt exacerbated by family issues that are plaguing her life during the time she's seeing him. Becca's parents try to do what they can to stay together, but when they find it is becoming too difficult and emotionally taxing on both themselves and Becca, they choose to take some time apart. While Becca can't understand why this is happening, she cuts herself off from reality a bit, unsure where or whom to turn to in order to find some solace in what should be some of the best years of her life - especially summer break between school years. Taking place in England, with Cornwall as its backdrop, 'Love Lottery' explores themes that will resonate with teen readers - lust-filled encounters, family uncertainty, tested friendships, and unwitting - sometimes seemingly unrequited - crushes. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel