Love on the Lifts

Love on the Lifts

by Rachel Hawthorne

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ISBN-13: 9780060815363
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 437,027
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes as New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.

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Love on the Lifts


By Rachel Hawthorne

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Rachel Hawthorne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060815361

Chapter One

"A totally hot ski instructor," Leah suddenly announced excitedly. "That's what you need to take your mind completely off Brad Connor."

"How can a ski instructor be hot?" I asked. "His classroom is a snow-covered hill. He's gotta be cold."

Allie rolled her eyes and Leah gave me a sharp look that said she was seriously contemplating throwing the snow she'd just scooped up at me.

"That is so lame, Kate."

Okay, so it was lame, but I was also extremely cold, with visions of curling up in front of a roaring fire dancing through my head. And obviously, the chill seeping through the knitted cap I'd pulled down over my ears was causing periodic brain freezes. Even stuffing my shoulder-length, obnoxiously naturally curly red hair under the cap didn't seem to provide any extra insulation against the frigid air that surrounded us.

And it was unbelievably cold. After all, we were in a ski resort town with white peaked mountains all around us.

Leah, Allie, and I had flown in earlier that afternoon. My aunt had met us at the airport and driven us to Snow Angel Valley where she'd made arrangements for us to stay in a condo by ourselves. It was totally awesome. Three bedrooms, a sunken living room, a redwood deck. But more importantly, it was ours for the duration of our visit. Just ours. No parents, no chaperones. We were totally on our own, with the freedom to do exactly what we wanted.

Once we'd settled into our respective bedrooms, Allie had announced that she wanted to build a snowman. But now that we were actually doing it, the activity seemed as lame as my joke. I mean, really, we were seniors, and a snowman is something you care about if you're, like, two years old -- or if you've never been around snow.

Leah and Allie had never been around snow.

I saw it at least once a year, usually over winter break when I came to visit Aunt Sue while my parents took their annual gotta-get-away-from-it-all cruise down to the Bahamas. Aunt Sue lived in Snow Angel Valley, owned a bookstore-slash-hot chocolate café, and rented condos to the tourists more than she did to the locals. This winter break, remarkably, one of her condos wasn't being rented.

So she'd offered to let me stay in it instead of staying with her in her apartment over the bookstore. She owns all these nice condos, but she lives in an apartment. Go figure. She calls herself a minimalist, preferring a simple life to one "cluttered with materialistic objects that serve no purpose other than to provide a place for dust to gather." Her words, not mine.

But you gotta love someone who sees dusting and scrubbing as a poor use of one's time.

"I've never seen a headstone inscribed 'May she rest in peace. She kept a clean house.'"

Again, her words, not mine. Not that Aunt Sue is a slob or anything. She's not. She simply doesn't believe in spending time doing things that aren't important to her.

She is absolutely, without question, one of the coolest people I know. Especially since she told me that I could bring along a couple of my friends to share the condo with me.

So I did. Leah Locke and Allie Anderson. And I'm Kate Kennedy. We call ourselves the alphabet trio because somehow we all ended up with our first and last names starting with the same letter. Alliteration. Of course, we have a lot more in common than our alliterating names.

We attend the same high school, live in the same neighborhood, have the same best friends (each other), and are presently boyfriendless.

Although I have to admit that I've been crushing on my brother's college roommate Brad Connor ever since Mom, Dad, and I went to the university to visit Sam during family weekend. That's when I met Brad. And oh my gosh, is he a hunk. Tall, dark, and handsome doesn't even begin to describe him. He has a killer smile --

"Why are we making our snowman round?" Leah asked, interrupting my nostalgic musings about Brad.

Beneath Leah's red cap, she has cropped hair that was brown until she dyed it as black as a raven's wing. It gives her a sort of goth look that gets her a lot of stares when we go out. Or maybe it's her stunningly beautiful violet eyes. Or her pierced eyebrow. Or her braided leather choker. She has this really dark, mysterious aura going on that doesn't really fit with her bubbly personality. She even designed this mosaic that she plans to have tattooed on her neck the day she turns eighteen. Me, I don't want needles anywhere near my jugular.

"Because that's the way snowmen are supposed to be," Allie said.

Allie, on the other hand, is the girl-next-door. She'd stuffed her blonde hair beneath her pink knitted cap. Her pink coat had fur around the cuffs and collar. She's Barbie-doll petite, which sometimes irritates Leah, since she only has to look at chocolate in order to absorb the calories. Fortunately for me, since I'm a chocoholic, I was born with a high metabolism that burns calories quickly. That sometimes irritates Leah, too.

"How would you know how snowmen are supposed to be?" Leah asked.

"I've seen pictures," Allie retorted.

The part of Texas where we live had never been visited by a single snowflake, which was the reason they were so totally into building this snow guy.

Leah picked up a twig. "Let's be creative. Let's make him buff, give him some abs, some guns -- "

"Guns? Are you going to make him a cowboy -- " I began.

"No." Leah held her arm up at a right angle, closing her hand into a fist. "Guns. Muscled arms. That's what my brother calls them."

Her younger brother is on the football team and into working out. Not that he needed to work out. He was huge.

Continues...


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Love on the Lifts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best teen romance books I have ever read. It's so cute and once I picked it up I could not put it down. If you're looking for something fun to read then this book is for you. It's such an amazing book and I believe everyone should read it. This book was sweet and cute and clean - basically a generic romance for teens. This book was about three girls Leah Allie and Kate...Kates aunt sue had a condo at Snow Angel Mountain which she let Kate and her friends use...Aunt Sue did not tell the three girls that kates brother and his two other friends were gonna be staying with them...Kate has a crush on her brothers one friend Brad...and her two friends want to get kate and brad together...but...what kate doesn't realize is that there is someone cuter than brad that she hasn't been giving much attention to!    
atpmolecule More than 1 year ago
For a high school student who doesn't read much and is experiencing all types of new adventures and romances, Love on the Lifts did an amazing job at showing me I was not the only one doing so. Just like me, if you are one of the many teenage girls out there eager to experience love, learning from past mistakes and making an effort to get the best out of life, I recommend this book. This novel is for those seeking a romantic story that will give them hope that love really exists and contradict the typical stereotype that suggests all guys are jerks! Also, this tale will provide an important lesson of life: sometimes things don't work out as you planed but better than you could've imagined! This story begins when Katie's aunt invited her and two friends to a Condo in Snow Angel Valley. Thinking they will have the entire Condo to themselves, Katie's bubble bursts when her older brother joins the party. However, while complaining about his being there, she notices he has brought with him two friends and one of them particularly catches her eye, as it turns out, she had been crushing on him for the past year! Even though it is a mere fact that I had fun while reading this novel and spontaneous laughs suddenly took over me, I disliked that the author provided too many hints for development of the plot to the point where the resolution was extremely predictable. However, putting aside my predictions with hope that the author would prove them wrong, I didn't put the book down. However, I became disappointed when the ending turned out exactly as I had predicted. Taking into notion that the setting of the novel takes place in the mountains, reading this book in a cold atmosphere made it easier to feel what was going on. This book also aroused a variety of feelings in me, such as, thrill, happiness, disappointment, and love. When I first began reading this book I liked that Rachel Hawthorne's style of writing was easy to follow. Then, while getting to know Katie, I felt I could understand what she was going through probably because our age range is close. Later, as the action began to take place and the guys came into the picture, thrill overcame me. Finally, towards the ending when Katie realizes who her true love is, I felt love and happiness for her. In conclusion, this book is a romantic tale that will surely send shivers up and down your spine, particularly if you are a girl between the ages of thirteen to nineteen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that I read it once a year. Every time I read it, I'm surprised and thrilled that I still enjoy it. The first time I read this book I was in 8th grade. Back then, I absolutely loved it. I thought the story was enjoyable and relaxing. Now, I still love the book and the characters. I love the unlikely relationships between the characters, the twists, and the adorable setting of it all. It is a great holiday book to get your mind off of all of the stress that comes with the end of the year and relax in a book that will take you to another place. It is a great story!
Emily Lasiter More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect book to read when your up at your cabin with nothing to do. Joe is the sweetest guy ever and you will love the crazy emotions as Katie trys to figure out where her heart truely lies.
tHeBo0kWOrM More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars :D okay, so i love Rachel Hawthrone books! LUV UM! Like Carbian crusing, and island girls! But this book is obviousky awseome, but it got pretty annoying because of Kate. If you read the book-gosh you will see, but i reccomend this book if you like romantic comedy's and rachel hawthrone, or if you simply want a fun and short read. ~your truley the book worm (Please dont mind my spelling errors :D)
carolvo More than 1 year ago
such a good easy read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love this book. I couldn't put it down when i started to get really into it. It was very romantic and a good book for those boring cold nights. Rachel Hawthorne has wrote some amazing books, but I have to say, this one was a real page-turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveeeeeeeedddd this book i stayed up all night to finish it it was great
BooBerry More than 1 year ago
This was absolutely astonishing... By far one of the best books I've ever READ!!! The characters are easy to like..

I'm sure anyone who gets this book will enjoy it. (I hope)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book overall, i loved its idea and its setting but it started out tooo slow for me. While i was all excited to see what would go down between kate and the boy of her choice, she was barely realizing she wanted a guy at all. While i was anxious to see how theyd react when the truth was revealed, kate was having second thoughts. On and on. I dont know if she was really that oblivious or......? Well, it was good but i finished it all too fast as well. I sped thru the slow parts (thewhole first half) and by the time id gotten to the action,it was over. RECOMENDED to those with patience to listen and analyze a pretty clueless girls thoughts about love
Amanda Costopoulos More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! Boring at first but towards the end I couldnt put it down! Great read for any romance lover, like myself!
chargirl More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was pretty good. I enjoyed the plotline going on with the main character doing almost anything for this one guy and hooks up with someone else who she didnt expect to hook up with in the end. It such a sweet book, and its really good to read with some hot chocolate and snuggle under the fire place. I thought the book had a unclear understanding with the people talking to people...While I was reading, I would have to go back and forth a few pages just to understand who was talking. But even though I had to do that a few times, I didnt mind going back and reading the parts again....come on! Its a teenager romance book, for petes sakes. :]]]]]] So kick up your legs and enjoy!
mom2lnb on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Love on the Lifts is a sweet, young-adult romance that celebrates the wonder of first loves. High school senior, Kate, the main protagonist and first-person narrator of the story, takes her two best friends to a ski resort to stay in a condo owned by her aunt, where they are unexpectedly joined by her college freshman brother and his two friends. Needless to say everyone finds someone to romance during a fun-filled winter break. Kate was a very likable heroine. She seemed like a pretty typical girl in her late teens. She harbors some mild self-confidence issues and teen angst. Once I realized that Kate's huge crush, Brad, her brother's roommate, is a player who can also be a bit of a jerk, it could have been easy to want Kate to just get over him and open her eyes to Joe, the other, better guy right in front of her, but in my opinion, her being stuck on Brad was never overdone. She does a great deal of thinking about whether he's really worth pursuing, as well as pondering what she really feels for Joe. In fact, I liked that Kate took the time to carefully consider a relationship and ended up making a wise and admirable choice in the end. I also couldn't help but sympathize with her conflicting feelings and confusion as I remembered the romances of my own youth. Even though the events took place pretty quickly over just a few weeks time, I liked that Kate and Joe built a friendship and got to know each other before anything of a more romantic nature took place. It was just really sweet that they came to realize how well-suited they were for each other and how much they simply enjoyed each other's company.In addition to the romantic relationships, Love on the Lifts also had an uplifting take on the relationships between family and friends. Kate has a close bond with her aunt, with whom she has spent many a winter break, but she learns a few new things about her this trip. Kate fights with her brother, Sam, as siblings are often wont to do, but even they have a few more loving moments that come as a bit of a pleasant surprise to Kate. Her best friends, Allie and Leah, have very different personalities, but they all get along wonderfully and support each other unconditionally. As a parent, I would say that Love on the Lifts is appropriate for the young-adult audience at which it is aimed. I counted a sum total of only three mild profanities. Not surprisingly, since the plot revolves around three guys and three girls sharing the same house without adult supervision on site, there are some implications of possible hanky-panky going on behind closed doors, but absolutely nothing explicit within the text. Even the kisses (the only thing that does take place on canvas) are pretty sweet and tender without getting too sensual. Aside from Brad, who only seems to be out for a fling, all the other relationships are rooted in loving feelings (not just sex), even though I'll admit that most of those feeling came about pretty quickly. Not to mention, all the couples plan to continue their newfound romances long-term. Because of the implied sexual content though, I would probably only recommend it for more mature teens. On the up side, I thought the book had a very good message about love being more than a surface attraction, and that one must look deeper to find something more genuine and lasting.Love on the Lifts is a fast-paced, easy read. It was a fairly simple and predictable story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. It may have been a lighter, more upbeat novel than what I typically read, but I thought the author managed to infuse it with just enough emotion to keep it real and believable. I've previously read Rachel Hawthorne writing adult romances as Lorraine Heath, and I'd have to say this book was definitely a different style and tone from what I'm used to seeing from this author, but still enough alike that I could discern hints of her other style. It seems that no matter which name she is writing under,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very smoothly written book about boys, girls, and snow. Just when you think life throws you a curve ball; the truth of what you think you need isn't always what yoy should have. Three friends with boys on their minds, interupted by the brother and his crew. Will there be chemistry or will it end in disaster? For some it's more then expected and for others a surprise that the heart leads us not always to what we think we wanted. Don't forget snow, slopes, and love.
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This book was a great read! I enjoyed every minute of it, and finished it in one day! Perfect for a qiuck read, and had a cute story to it ! Really enjoyed this one (:
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I wish there was a continuation to this book. I want to know what happens when they get back to school.
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