Thrill Ride

Thrill Ride

by Rachel Hawthorne


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ISBN-13: 9780060839543
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 413,671
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
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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Thrill Ride

By Rachel Hawthorne

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Rachel Hawthorne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060839546

Chapter One

Summer job possibilities . . . decisions, decisions

Work at Hart's Diner

Pros: Weekly paycheck; Nick, my new boyfriend, works there; chance to kiss in the cooler in between serving customers?

Cons: Aching feet; aching jaw from continually smiling to get better tips; living at home while Mom and older sister, Sarah, go through the insanity of planning Sarah's summer wedding (They can't agree on anything! Mom? Hello?!? Sarah is twenty-three, old enough to plan her own wedding. Note to self: Stay out of it!)

Work at the local movie theater

Pros: Weekly paycheck; watch the latest blockbusters for free; eat complimentary no-limit-on-the-butter popcorn until I pop.

Cons: Aching feet from standing behind the concession counter; sweeping up spilled popcorn; sticky floors; see less of Nick; live at home while Mom and Sarah . . .

Work at amusement park near lake far, far away

Pros: Weekly paycheck; get on all the rides for free; gone all summer; dorms are available; being totally absent from home while Mom and Sarah . . .

Cons: Share a dorm room with someone I've never met; never seeing Nick; and okay, I have roller coaster issues . . . like, I totally don't get what is so great about the wholequeasy-stomach, heart-in-throat, up-and-down, faster, faster, higher, higher experience.

Decision: No brainer. Living with a stranger has got to be better than living with Mom and Sarah while The Wedding is being planned. I don't have to ride the big roller coasters. It's only three months. True love can survive that, can't it?

And that's how I, Megan Holloway, a life-in-the-slow-lane, carousel-ride type of girl, packed up the essentials of my life following my junior year in high school and headed to the Thrill Ride! Amusement Park, vacation destination extraordinaire on Lake Erie.

That afternoon I'd flown into the airport. With my backpack dangling off one shoulder, I pulled my large wheeled suitcase to the passenger pickup area outside the main terminal. An impossible-to-miss bright red Thrill Ride! shuttle bus was parked nearby, motor running.

So I headed over to it and peered in the door.

"Going my way?" I asked the driver.

He wasn't exactly what I was expecting. White-haired, wrinkled, slightly hunched. Still, he laughed and climbed out of the bus. "You here for the summer?" he asked.


He wore a red shirt, cargo shorts, and his name tag read pete (santa fe, nm).

"You from Santa Fe?" I asked.

"Before I retired. Got tired of playing golf so came up here to work. Being around young people keeps me young."

He took my suitcase and put it in a holding bay at the back of the bus. "Climb aboard," he said.

I settled onto a seat. I heard laughter and two other girls clambered onto the bus.

"Hi!" one said.

"Hiya!" the other chirped.

"Hi." Not exactly an original response, and maybe part of the reason that our conversation didn't last longer.

They sat in front of me and immediately started talking to each other like long-lost friends. Pete returned to the driver's seat, closed the bus door, and headed away from the airport.

I figured the two girls were returning summer employees. Maybe a little older than me. Definitely friends. They were giggling, talking, and screeching periodically.

I looked out the window, trying really hard not to feel ignored and lonely. I so did not want to be lonely.

I was already missing Nick. We'd only been dating for three months, and he was totally bummed that I'd applied for a job at the park, and even more bummed that I'd been hired to work there for the entire summer.

"That sucks," he'd said.

Not exactly what I'd wanted to hear when I told him. I wanted him to be ecstatic about my good fortune. I mean, a thousand people had probably applied. I'd had to fill out an extensive application and submit an essay about the reasons that I wanted to work there. And I'd gotten in just under the wire on the minimum age requirement of seventeen. My birthday was yesterday.

So I'd been feeling pretty good about myself when I received the letter telling me that I'd been hired.

After I'd shared my good news with Nick, he'd moped around most of the evening. I'd shown him a video of the amusement park that my dad had ordered for me. My dad is really into watching the Travel Channel, so he was the one who discovered Thrill Ride! and told me about it. It sounded like it would be an awesome experience.

But Nick was less than impressed with the rides, the park, and all the facilities that the tour guide on the video walked us through. The video was geared toward enticing teens to come work there and making parents feel comfortable sending their kids off into the scary unknown. There were dorm moms and curfews and all kinds of safety features.

"It's just the same as Six Flags," he'd said. "You could have worked there over the summer, commuted from home, and been a lot closer to me."

"It's not the same. It's the thrill ride capital of the world. It's in another state. I want to live away from home. I'll be more independent. On my own. Or pretty much on my own. I mean, I'll live in a park-sponsored dorm, but gosh, Nick, no parents."

I'd tried to talk Nick into applying, so we'd be together, but since he worked at Hart's Diner during the school year, he didn't feel like he could leave for the summer and expect to have a job when he got back. I admired his dedication, and totally understood his reasoning, even if I was a little hurt because it showed lack of dedication to our love.

But I didn't say anything to him about it, because I figured he could argue that my not hanging around . . .


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Thrill Ride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THRILL RIDE by Rachel Hawthorne is a great book about summer fun and romance.

Megan takes a summer job at an amusement park called Thrill Ride. It is away from home, so she lives at the park with other teens who are part of this summer program.

This big decision had many factors, yet one downfall. Megan wanted to escape her mother and sister who are constantly arguing about her sister's upcoming wedding. The only downfall about being so far away is that Megan won't be close to her new, cute boyfriend, Nick. But the family drama trumped the new romance and Megan headed off to the shores of Lake Erie for Thrill Ride!

Soon after arriving, Megan meets Parker, the brother of her roommate and an all around hottie. With him around being super nice and helpful -- not to mention super adorable -- will Megan and Nick's relationship be able to survive? And if not, is there a possibility of one with Parker?

This great teen read is recommended for any teenage girl who wants to read a great book about romance and first love. Forget about a depressing story of break-ups and loves lost, read THRILL RIDE by Rachel Hawthorne and get the best pick-me-up invented -- a cute guy and happy endings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book, I didn't think much of it. And then I read the first chapter. It was so good! Megan's mom sounds kinda nuts, Sarah seems way too frazzled, Nick seems kinda jerky, Jordan has way too much energy but is sweet, and Parker... Wowzas. Can I just say he seems fine? :) The best part of the book in my opinion is when he puts his number into Megan's cell phone and she asks, "what if I called you every day?" And he replies, "I wouldn't change my mind if you called every hour." It was so cute!! Totally an aww moment. I would love to see this made into a movie. I would definitely go see it. So, out of 5 stars, I give it 1,000,000,000.... haha :) But for sure a 5 :) READ THIS BOOK!!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!!
Kinneshi More than 1 year ago
I've reread this book at least five times since I got it. Yes, I know the ending but the little things I forget happened make me laugh every time. The cute introduction between the two characters via phone at the start was entertaining and grabbed my attention. Of course, it also led to misunderstandings but that just added some more spice to the book. It's a light little romance with a believable storyline. This is a great book to curl up with so give it a try :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the hardest 150 pages to get through. This book was so boring I never throughly felt the chemistry between megan and Parker their first kiss was the most boring kiss I ever read about. I didn't fall in love with any character. And I still don't understand what was so bad about working at the gift shop besides the costume. I also hate that she got over Nick so fast and was ok with him having someone else in his life. In real life it's always hard to see an ex with someone else after we just get dumped even if we are interested in someone else. This was just a boring bad book that took me over a week to read
Sarah Stewart More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time! I strongly recommend it!
thekaisu on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I had a friend who once said that he was against long distance relationships because most of the time, it never works. Nick and Megan are the perfect example of that. Like my friend said, it takes two to make it work. It takes a tremendous amount of trust and effort to keep the relationship going.I guess if you really want to make it work, then the relationship will work out.Though I haven't been in one of those LDR's yet, I know its hard to be in one, so I guess I can relate to Megan's predicament a bit. And I guess one of the classic pitfalls of LDR's is shown quite prominently in the story. Falling for someone else while you're away from the one you're in a relationship with.I needed to read something that wouldn't really require me to think that much and feel as mushy as possible, and I guess this book did it for me.It was a really fun read, and I did have fun. I was a bit surprised it got quite serious in the end, but I guess I loved it. That this isn't just an ordinary romantic read.I was really rooting for her and Parker up to the end.Hah, and I know about that roller coaster and carousel symbolism. Carousels are for people who wanted to be on the safe side. The roller coasters are for those who would dare. It was scary, but the thrill you get is always worth the scare. I'm glad Megan was finally able to take the risk to ride the roller coaster, and to stay with Parker.
okmliteracy7 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This book is about a girl named Megan who tries to get away from her family for a summer job at a theme park. She moves away from her bickering mother, and a loving boyfriend. She meets new people, has new loves, and is guilty at times. She meets a great boy named Parker and well.. things happen. This book is good if you like quick romances and chick literature.Lea S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good fun read. The story is cute, but it does not have much depth. It's a great summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect summer read! Ut was cute, witty, interesting, and just perfect for a read at the beach or at home, by a pool!
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Awesome book i loved it
erslacker More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved this book. the plot was a amazing and so were the characters. i loved this book it truely is amazing. i could just re-read everyone of rachel hawthorne's books :}
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RoxxiiReaderr More than 1 year ago
Loved this book it was a very fun read thatkept your attention the whole while. Ignore the negative comments it was truely amazing and made me like the guy i told myself i was over bevause of a long distance relationship. I miss him and cant wait to see him in a few months ;) read it! You wont he sorry
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