Lovestruck Summer

Lovestruck Summer

by Melissa Walker



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061715860
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 2.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa Walker is the author of Unbreak My Heart, Small Town Sinners, Lovestruck Summer, and the Violet on the Runway series. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Lovestruck Summer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
robin_titan More than 1 year ago
Age R: 15+ Thoughts: Quinn a.k.a Pricilla (don't call her that or she'll get upset with you) is an 18 year old girl who loves music, especially indie rock. It's the summer before she's going off to college and she wants to go to a city with a music scene (Austin) and find a dream guy, The Supreme, to have a summer fling with. Thank goodness she gets a job (or does she?) working for the label of her favorite indie rock band The Walters. When she arrives in Austin she finds this summer might not be so great. She has to stay with her cousin who it turns out is your typical sorority girl. How is she going to stand that all summer? Oh then there's that itty bitty problem with her "job" and what about that annoying a-hole wannabe cowboy next door? But then there's that REALLY cute maybe summer won't be so bad. :D Lovestruck Summer was such a CUTE read! This is one of those books that you want to read as a pick-me-up. It's short, light and fun. I know that a LOT of covers that are like that are usually those super predictable books (you know which ones I'm talking about) but this one is not like that. I'll admit some things were kinda predicatable, but it didn't ruin the story. It's really enjoyable-for a short read-so go read it! One great thing about this book was the changes that Quinn goes throughout the book. I really loved that! I myself have met people just like her. People that are all "I love indie music! Ugh I can't believe that song I love is all over the radio now, I knew about it way before everyone else grr" and people that are not really open to other kinds of music because it's too mainstream or whatever. I'm glad Quinn changed for the better not just about her music tastes (I love all kinds of music thankyouverymuch) but about her guy tastes too (that sounds funky hehe). I won't say too much about this transformation of hers because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but trust me, it's cool. :) This is the part where I squeal about the ADORABLE romantic scene. Okay, so you can't really hear me mentally squeal, but I'm doing it! hehe I just loved that moment so much, if it were a movie I'd rewind it again and again..and about 50 times more :) It was just so cute! Overall this is one you should pick up if you're in the mood for a quick, fun and cute read. Cool: The fact that the story takes place in Texas, my home state. I LOVED that the protagonist is basically addicted to music, just like me hehe She listens to it for different reasons but w/e it's relateable. I love anything Indie so yay! The girl's working for an independent label so of course this makes things all the more interesting. Not so cool: Hmm can't think of anything I didn't like other than the fact that I wish it were longer hehe Actually there's something else. *Possible spoiler. It's not something I didn't like, it's more like something that made me sad. I think it's sad that the main relationship is basically a one time thing. :(
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Priscilla Parker, known better by "Quinn," just graduated high school and lives her life by the music on her iPod. On one fateful night, Quinn decides to call her favorite record label, Amalgam Records, and ask for an internship. Quinn is beyond surprised when someone answers the phone at 3 a.m. and tells Quinn that she can be an intern during the summer! After convincing her parents to let her go to Austin and stay with her "studious" cousin, Penny, for the summer, Quinn begins her journey of working for Amalgam and looking for her "supreme" boyfriend. Quinn has an idea of her perfect boyfriend, so she completely dismisses Russ, who lives next door to Penny. He's just too much of a Frat boy to be a cool boyfriend. But are Quinn's stereotypes about people getting in the way of her being able to make friends? How can she have the best summer ever if she can't stop making judgments about people the second she meets them? With crazy characters and lots of music-related chapters, LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is a great summertime read!
ILovelovestories More than 1 year ago
Ok first i thought this was gonna be a boring same old same old summer love story. It wasn't at all, don't judge a book by it's cover! If your feeling like staying home a reading a cute teen summer romance novel this is perfect for you! I would tell you something about it but i don't want to spoil it :) 5 stars , highly recommend it!
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Lovestruck Summer is one of my all time favorite books. Walker is a genius! This is the way romantic comedy is supposed to be written. Breezy, charming, fun, kicky & memorable. I feel butterflies flitting in my stomach just thinking about this darling treasure. Priscilla Quinn Parker ~ Quinn ~ is a fiery, saucy, indie music lovin' chick. " I live my life in headphones. That way, I can control what I let in." Walker captured the essence of Quinn & created an impressive spitfire. She is just fun! I laughed, cried, fell in love & had a blast! With an industry over saturated w/ paranormal this & paranormal that, Walker's Lovestruck Summer is a refreshing sparkling romantic getaway. Walker is one gifted writer, she's able to create appealing, invigorating, whimsical three- dimensional characters who rocket off the page. Quinn is simply remarkable, utterly misguided & thoroughly magnetizing. Quinn's progression from a snotty show-off into a more unbiased young woman was skillfully devised. Penny aka "Party Penny" is more than Quinn's cousin or your typical sorority babe. She has her own depth, appeal & spunk! I am eager to read more about Penny & hope Walker considers revisiting this character again. *Hint* ; ). Penny's dog, Miss Tiara is a riot! Penny's irritating frat-boy/wannabe-cowboy friend & next door neighbor, Russ (sigh) is the guy that no matter how hard Quinn tries she just can't seem to shake. Russ is the one who stimulates her senses, makes her question her beliefs & makes her feel. Russ is always calling Quinn "Priscilla" which steams her to no end. When he starts calling her "Cilla", I am in love ; 9! Let me just say, I so wanted to be Quinn ; )! Chrissy, Penny's friend & neighbor ~ Russ's roommate ~ is more than a buxom, dippy blonde. She definitely is the definition of "never judge a book by its cover". Walker delivered a striking punch in this feel good read. Walker filled this 272 page light read w/ more substance than a 500 page tome. Brava, Walker! There has been a bit of buzz on the cover. Some love the bubble gum cover others roll their eyes @ the cutesy presentation; the cover depicts summer romance in the HarperTeen "Beach Reads" category. I love it! I love the "beachy" look & the colors are darling! Afterall, it captures the essence of Austin's Barton Springs perfectly. You really should grab a copy of Lovestruck Summer. Whenever you need a pick me up, escape or to just feel good inside, Walker's Lovestruck Summer is it.
AmeeE More than 1 year ago
I love romantic comedies. They are the best to read when looking for something light and fun. And since I'm always looking for that, this book was perfect. I laughed, I almost cried, and just had an all around good time reading it. What I loved about this novel was that it was strictly a romantic comedy. It has a lot of depth to it! Quinn has to question everything she's thought about herself, boys, and just people in general. It really makes you wonder if you're selling yourself, and others, short like Quinn. Maybe I was more susceptible to this because I've been wondering about that very thing here lately. Like Quinn comes to realize, I've been realizing lately that I don't want to be that person that makes fun of the bubble gum pink sorority girls or other people who seem to fit a stereotype but may have more to offer. So in that capacity, this novel really struck a chord with me (musical pun not intended but kind of cute now that I think about it!). For a romantic comedy, it is also less predictable than you would think. I might just be easily thrown, but I really did question at times if the book would end how I felt it should. Of course it does, but it's realistic. So, this novel has comedy, romance, depth, and moments of unpredictability for those readers who tire of knowing how a book will end (but the journey is what matters anyway, right?). I highly recommend this as a perfect summer read. I have a feeling I might even reread it later this summer, it's that good!
roses7184 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lovestruck Summer is one of the sweetest and most fun reads I've opened in a long time! From the moment I met the main character, Priscilla (better known as Quinn), I knew this was a book I was going to love. Quinn is witty, she is stubborn, and she loves the Indie Rock scene. My kind of girl! Each time someone called her Priscilla and she bristled at the name, I knew we were destined to enjoy one another's company.If you are an Indie Rock fan, or for that matter if you are looking to branch out to new music, you will love this book! All the pop culture references in it, all the band shout outs, all the place shout outs, keep you involved. It was refreshing to take a break from fantasy. I needed to step into a story where what was taking place could really happen, and this made my heart sing!My absolute favorite part about this story was the characters, without a doubt. Each one of them is so different, but they play on one another's strengths and weaknesses perfectly. Quinn is young, slightly naive, and stubborn. Russ (the cowboy) is strong and emotional at the same time. Penny and her sorority counterparts are just big balls of crazy energy. I LOVED each character in their own right, and that made this book extremely enjoyable.Although this book is a sweet and funny romance, it's also all about stereotypes and breaking those down. You'll be pleasantly surprised when you start to read at the message underneath. I knew there was a romance novel out there I'd enjoy. I knew it! I found it. Thank you Melissa Walker, you have opened my eyes.
wsquared on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Eighteen-year-old Quinn heads to Austin, TX for the indie music internship and rock star boyfriend of her dreams. But her sorority girl cousin and her country-music loving neighbor put a wrench in her plans and cause her to rethink some of her assumptions. This breezy, summer story has a lot of heart and is perfect for music lovers and chick lit aficionados.
ericajsc on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Even though I know that Melissa Walker went to Vassar, I¿d swear after reading this book that she went to college in Texas. She has perfectly captured the atmosphere that surrounds a Texas campus. I attended college both in Texas and outside of Texas, and believe me when I say that there is nothing quite like college in Texas. And although Quinn isn¿t in college yet and is in Austin during the summer, that atmosphere pervades this book. So it probably won¿t come as a big surprise that I enjoyed this book immensely.On the one hand, this book is light and fluffy and fun. It¿s a quick, summery read. But on the other hand, when you actually look closer at the story, at Quinn herself, there¿s a lot to learn. I¿m not saying the book is didactic or lecturing in tone, because it¿s far from it. And, like the books I enjoy the most, this one doesn¿t rely on a flashy gimmick or crazy plot to propel the story ahead. This is all about the characters, and, oh, how I love them.Quinn¿s voice is convincingly that of a recently graduated eighteen-year-old. She knows what she wants and what she likes, and she has unlimited hope for what the future holds. Then there¿s Russ, who is approaching his senior year of college, and he finds her rigid adherence to her indie image to be a sign that she needs her mind to be opened. As Quinn spends more and more of her lazy days with Russ, it becomes obvious that Russ has feelings for her, but she¿s sure that he¿s not the guy for her. The guy for her is Sebastian, who perfectly fits the image of what she wants in a guy. There¿s a lot of back and forth between Quinn and Russ, but I admire the way Walker chose to end the book.I¿ll end with this, my favorite quote from the book, which not only cracked me up but also rang true to my own experience. Upon returning to Penny¿s condo for a party, Quinn observes, ¿It¿s like they¿re staging a production of the musical Oklahoma!, with a keg.¿
stephxsu on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Priscilla Quinn Parker¿who prefers to go by ¿Quinn,¿ thank you very much¿isn¿t sure that her summer before her freshman year of college is going the way she imagined it. She¿s living with her older cousin Penny in Austin, Texas, and has an internship at Amalgam Records, her favorite indie label¿but her internship is only one day a week, and Penny is a complete sorority girl. Things start to look up, however, when Quinn finds her ideal indie boyfriend in Sebastian a local Austin DJ. He¿s beautiful, musically knowledgeable, and just like her. Therefore he¿s perfect. Right?Then there¿s Russ, Penny¿s annoying frat-boy wannabe-cowboy friend and neighbor. For one, Russ is always calling Quinn ¿Priscilla,¿ which she hates. For another, he¿s always trying to get her to listen to country music, then calling her a snob when she says she hates country. Russ is clearly not her ideal guy¿but Quinn finds herself unable to get him or his favorite country songs out of her head, especially after he calls her out on her close-mindedness.Maybe Quinn will learn to open up her ears, mind, and heart, in order to find a love and a life that¿s real.It¿s been so long since I¿ve read a straightforward, fun, romantic, somewhat predictable, but ultimately heartfelt summer tale, and so LOVESTRUCK SUMMER far exceeded my expectations. Instead of flat characters, you get interesting, three-dimensional people whom you want to be friends with. It was of course easy to predict how this book was going to end, but I was surprised by how endearing Russ was, and what great banter existed between him and Quinn.Most poignant was Quinn¿s development from a self-centered, naïve snob into a more open-minded individual. I¿m still having trouble understanding how Melissa Walker managed to, in just a little over two hundred (small) pages, make Quinn¿who was even likable in her initial state¿actually mature into a young woman we love and respect. Such gorgeously smooth character development rarely exists in a book that intends to be a light beach read, and I was greatly appreciative of how much I was able to understand, accept, and love the flawed Quinn and her equally entertaining and realistic friends.LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is, first and foremost, a pleasure read, something that will make the bubbles rise in your stomach as the sun warms your face in the summertime. However, don¿t miss out on the endearing characters and the complexity of Quinn¿s maturation. I know that I will be reading this again whenever I need a book that makes me smile, swoon, and feel hopeful about the human nature.
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Sigh. I honestly can not say enough good things about this book. This is my first book by Melissa Walker and it will not be my last. I started this book last night and finished it today and I wish it would have been longer. This is one of those books that the characters were so awesome that I would love to know every little detail that they went through. I really enjoyed Quinn in this book. I wish that I could go away and have a summer like she did. She discovers herself in this book and I think that is what makes the book so much better. I love seeing a character in a book transform from the beginning of the book to the end. One thing I did not like about the book was the ending. I feel that the ending could have been different. I am hoping that it ended the way it did because Melissa plans on writing another book to go with this one. If not, then that will be a bummer. But you should really read this book!!
bookworm90210 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When Priscilla (call her Quinn) goes away for the summer and lives with her sorority obsessed cousin, Penny to work as an inter in Austin, Texas, things get crazy. She hopes to find the perfect summer boyfriend. When she finds one that she THINKS she wants, she is head over heels. But there are always flaws. Why cant she stop thinking about the fratty-cowboy neighbor nesxt door? Will Quinn really find what shes looking for?
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When I heard Melissa Walker ¿ of Violet on the Runway fame ¿ had a new book coming out, I was excited. When I heard it took place in BookPeople¿s hometown, I just couldn¿t wait to get my hands on a copy. What could be a better setting for a summer romance than AuLovestruckSummerstin, Texas? Of course, as soon as I picked up Lovestruck Summer I couldn¿t put it down. Our heroine, Quinn, is a true blue indie rock girl with designs on making the most of her internship with a record label in ATX. She can¿t wait to see her cousin, Penny, whom she¿ll be staying with, and, of course, she¿s hoping for a cute indie rock boy to make her summer complete. But when do things ever go as planned? First of all, her cousin is now an unrecognizable sorority girl, and the extra room in her condo belongs to her dog ¿ Quinn has to sleep on the couch. And even though she¿s found a fabulous DJ to spend time with, Quinn can¿t help but notice Russ, the country-music-loving Texas boy next door. Lovestruck Summer is a sweet, exciting beach read that challenges stereotypes in a really fun way. And, of course, it makes Austin sound like a fabulous place to be in the summer ¿ which it is!
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A super read, perfect for when ur craving that texas romantic comedy!
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Mmonteiro33 More than 1 year ago
It was a cute story. I do have to admit after reading all the reviews I thought this book was going to be better. Quinn/Priscilla was cool and reminded me of me. I loved how the author used music in this book. After reading it I wanted to listen to country music and discover new indie rock. The only thing that drove me crazy was the author thought she had to write who said each line when there was dialog. This drove me crazy and at times did not let me enjoy the book. I had to find a way to ignore it.
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ashleyGlover More than 1 year ago
This book was funny and sweet i love how it flipped things around. It was one of the best books i ever read i would deffenitly read this book over and over again.i suggest this book for those who love comedy/ drama/love stories.
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Mackenzie Haran More than 1 year ago
Its actually really good! It is an easy read, but worth the while! I loved it! :)
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