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Florida is everything Summer Smith had dreamed of. The sun is scorching, the water is brilliant blue, and the guys are tanned and gorgeous. Will this be her summer of love? Marquez breaks free when she runs away from the hurt of losing J.T. But Marquez's crazy flight leads her to Diver, who has his own reasons for avoiding everyone. Can Marquez find herself before Summer an Florida is everything Summer Smith had dreamed of. The sun is scorching, the water is brilliant blue, and the guys are tanned and gorgeous. Will this be her summer of love? Marquez breaks free when she runs away from the hurt of losing J.T. But Marquez's crazy flight leads her to Diver, who has his own reasons for avoiding everyone. Can Marquez find herself before Summer and Diana find her?


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Florida is everything Summer Smith had dreamed of. The sun is scorching, the water is brilliant blue, and the guys are tanned and gorgeous. Will this be her summer of love? Marquez breaks free when she runs away from the hurt of losing J.T. But Marquez's crazy flight leads her to Diver, who has his own reasons for avoiding everyone. Can Marquez find herself before Summer an Florida is everything Summer Smith had dreamed of. The sun is scorching, the water is brilliant blue, and the guys are tanned and gorgeous. Will this be her summer of love? Marquez breaks free when she runs away from the hurt of losing J.T. But Marquez's crazy flight leads her to Diver, who has his own reasons for avoiding everyone. Can Marquez find herself before Summer and Diana find her?

30 review for Marquez Breaks Free

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Did I read that right? Even though Seth is soooo in love with Summer, he hooked up with her cousin Diana??? But Summer also cheated on him with some random guy (Austin) so they cancelled each other out or something??? Why are Summer and Seth staying together???? Not a fan of books about cheating in general, but especially not cheating within the same family. Diver seems the only decent character of the bunch, but that’s probably because he’s so conflict avoidant he runs for the hills at the first Did I read that right? Even though Seth is soooo in love with Summer, he hooked up with her cousin Diana??? But Summer also cheated on him with some random guy (Austin) so they cancelled each other out or something??? Why are Summer and Seth staying together???? Not a fan of books about cheating in general, but especially not cheating within the same family. Diver seems the only decent character of the bunch, but that’s probably because he’s so conflict avoidant he runs for the hills at the first sign of trouble. Also, Austin is “in love” with Summer after knowing her for three days! Ugh. There were some funny moments, and I liked seeing Marquez explore her art a little more, but all the cheating was a total turnoff. And I hate Seth.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I love and hate this book. I guess it's a good thing I bought this book, because I have to read tan lines next. But whoever the publisher is, gotten the order of the books mix. Anyway I skip a few chapters(Marquez and Diver)Cause I'm not interested in them. The story was okay, better then Beach Blondes. However, I didn't like how Summer said "guys all mentally cheat" in one page. I'm like girl, your the one that cheated on your boyfriend. But I think Seth and Diana cheat on each other, so I gues I love and hate this book. I guess it's a good thing I bought this book, because I have to read tan lines next. But whoever the publisher is, gotten the order of the books mix. Anyway I skip a few chapters(Marquez and Diver)Cause I'm not interested in them. The story was okay, better then Beach Blondes. However, I didn't like how Summer said "guys all mentally cheat" in one page. I'm like girl, your the one that cheated on your boyfriend. But I think Seth and Diana cheat on each other, so I guess this means I should of read the Christmas book? Eh I'm done with this books. It's fun I don't for the characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    2.5 stars This book was pretty meh for me. Maybe it’s because it was book 4 in a series and I didn’t know that until they kept referencing things that had happened in the previous books. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and I felt like the timeline moved too quickly for anything to feel as if it had substance. Summer was a pretty basic character. Her relationship with Seth was kinda cute. Austin just gave me creepy vibes. He couldn’t respect that Summer was in a relationship, and he k 2.5 stars This book was pretty meh for me. Maybe it’s because it was book 4 in a series and I didn’t know that until they kept referencing things that had happened in the previous books. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and I felt like the timeline moved too quickly for anything to feel as if it had substance. Summer was a pretty basic character. Her relationship with Seth was kinda cute. Austin just gave me creepy vibes. He couldn’t respect that Summer was in a relationship, and he kept pushing. He was also instantly in love with her which I didn’t like. I felt like he was a coward who was just preying on Summer being nice in order to avoid his feelings and the things he was supposed to do. I also didn’t like Marquez. I thought she was a bad friend. It was a pretty quick read and light read. It touched on a couple of heavier topics briefly but never really dove into them. I didn’t really get any romance out of the book at all, and I didn’t care for the love triangle that was building.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Choffrey

    I’ve read this entire series so far. I will say there is major confusion about the order of the books. So I had to hold off on finishing it because I didn’t own this book. I also thought I could read the last book without reading this book. You can’t. There are characters that are introduced in this book that find their way into the last book. This was okay I struggled with some of the characters and their decisions, but that is what books make us do right? They make us upset or question what we I’ve read this entire series so far. I will say there is major confusion about the order of the books. So I had to hold off on finishing it because I didn’t own this book. I also thought I could read the last book without reading this book. You can’t. There are characters that are introduced in this book that find their way into the last book. This was okay I struggled with some of the characters and their decisions, but that is what books make us do right? They make us upset or question what we believe to be right. Summary - Diana, Marquez, Summer, Diver, and Seth all get back together in Florida for Spring Break. Before their vacation even gets started they experience some difficulties. Summer meets her airplane seatmate, Austin, who is going through a difficult time. She feels a sense of duty to help him through it, but this drives a wedge between her and Seth. Marquez is facing troubling times. Her family has money troubles, she didn’t get into her choice colleges, and she dumped her boyfriend. This leads to her running away. Diver is struggling to fit in with his new found family so he ditches them and runs away. Seth and Diana both are harboring a secret from Summer which is causing them to be uncomfortable with each other and with Summer. This is a typical young-adult book. A bunch of typical high school love drama takes place. I struggled with each of these stories. Let’s start with the easiest, Diver. He feels like his parents are trying to hard since he came back into their lives. He feels they want things from him that he doesn’t want to give, which drives a wedge between him and his parents. Instead of attempting to work through it, he runs. The thing is he doesn’t tell Summer he is leaving or where he is going. I thought that was low. She is trying her hardest and she truly loves him. I think leaving her a note saying he was going to try to start fresh somewhere else and he would be in touch would be appropriate. I can group Seth, Diana, and Summer together because they are all guilty of the same things. Seth and Diana are guilty of a minor transgression they decide to keep from Summer. I think Summer is struggling because Seth pulling away from her slightly. She finds Austin, who is interested in her as a person and focuses on her when they are together. Now Summer commits the same transgression both Diana and Seth are guilty of but they vilify her for it. Then we have Marquez. She just comes across as a cry baby to me. She is devastated that she didn’t get into any of the Ivy League colleges she applied to. She wants to be a lawyer, but you can only do that at an Ivy League school. Apparently I missed that fact when I was applying to schools. So to deal with it she decides to steal Diana’s credit card and runaway. These are minor things, but for me the bugged the crap out of me as I read the book. I understand you need things to happen, but it all felt whiny and annoying. Hopefully the next book is better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    1.Katherine Alice Applegate is an American young adult and children's fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld, and other book series. Born: October 9, 1956 (age 60), Ann Arbor, MI 2.This particular book in this series of 3 was written in 2008 3.There were multiple settings in this book some of them were in a airport in minnesota, or at the beach in florida or in the hotel room or at home in minnesota 4.Summer is so ready to gt out of the cold winter up north 1.Katherine Alice Applegate is an American young adult and children's fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld, and other book series. Born: October 9, 1956 (age 60), Ann Arbor, MI 2.This particular book in this series of 3 was written in 2008 3.There were multiple settings in this book some of them were in a airport in minnesota, or at the beach in florida or in the hotel room or at home in minnesota 4.Summer is so ready to gt out of the cold winter up north and get to the warm sandy beaches in the heart of florida . She was so excited for the spring break trip that she was packing extra and she almost missed her flight but You will have to read and see what happens to summer and her friends on spring break vacation . 5.Theme- Summer is a girl that really wants summer to come back to her hometown in minnesota ,but she is headed to warmer weather she and her freinds are headed to the warm ,sandy beaches of FL. 6.Summer can’t wait to escape the blizzards of Minnesota and head back to the sunny Florida beaches for Spring Break. She’ll be reunited with her best friends Diana and Marquez, but more importantly, she’ll be alone with her sweet-as-can-be boyfriend Seth for an entire week. But when she meets the romantic and mysterious Austin on her way to Florida, she realizes he may warm her heart more than her seaside retreat ever could. With Seth and Austin both vying for her affections, secrets and jealousies begin to threaten Summer’s picture-perfect spring break. This is why she is s excited and sad at the same time . 7.There was symbolism ,hyperbole,allusions in this book. 8.“ Today i’m free”. I'm gonna miss my flight . Hey how are you doing .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenica

    Take a little time to read Spring Break by Katherine Applegate and dive into paradise! I finished this book in one night. It was so intriguing I just couldn’t put the book down. It starts off with Summer and her boyfriend Seth in the blizzards of Minnesota getting ready for their getaway to the sunny beaches in Florida. Summer is stressed enough worrying about the trip, but now her shy mysterious brother is never getting along with their parents. She starts to unwind when she’s finally on her w Take a little time to read Spring Break by Katherine Applegate and dive into paradise! I finished this book in one night. It was so intriguing I just couldn’t put the book down. It starts off with Summer and her boyfriend Seth in the blizzards of Minnesota getting ready for their getaway to the sunny beaches in Florida. Summer is stressed enough worrying about the trip, but now her shy mysterious brother is never getting along with their parents. She starts to unwind when she’s finally on her way to Florida to be reunited with her best friends, Diana and Marquez, but more importantly, she’ll finally get to be with her boyfriend for an entire week. But things start to take a turn for the worst when Summer runs into the romantic and mysterious Austin. She denies her feelings towards Austin at first but she experiences a strong attraction towards him that she can no longer deny. With Seth and Austin both going after Summer, things get very messy on the beaches of Florida. Austin seems to be pulling Summer more and more into him while Seth has a secret too. Summers best friend Marquez and Seth had a thing last summer and Marquez wants to spill the news after feeling guilty for so long. Seth see’s Summer and Austin share a kiss and things got bad very fast. They end up making up but Seth still hasn’t told Summer about him and Marquez. This was a great book. It was very entertaining and romantic. If you are into love stories and books set into paradise, you will love this book. It was an awesome book and I advise you to read it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ella Pepper

    The book i am reviewing is "Spring Break" by Katherine Applegate. The story is all about the main character Summer a teenage girl, and her best friends and boyfriend. Summer has a perfect idea of what her spring break will look like, with her best friends and perfect boyfriend by her side in beautiful weather. But, when unexpected things happen during the trip, summer has a toss up with her boyfriend and a mysterious lover, and needs to decide which is more important in her life, all in the matt The book i am reviewing is "Spring Break" by Katherine Applegate. The story is all about the main character Summer a teenage girl, and her best friends and boyfriend. Summer has a perfect idea of what her spring break will look like, with her best friends and perfect boyfriend by her side in beautiful weather. But, when unexpected things happen during the trip, summer has a toss up with her boyfriend and a mysterious lover, and needs to decide which is more important in her life, all in the matter of a week. When Summer looses the trust of the people she loves the most, something that was supposed to be the most relaxing week of her life, turns Summers world upside down. It's an interesting novel, that is very intriguing for teenage girls. I loved the book, "Spring Break" and strongly recommend it because it is extremely easy for girls my age to relate to , because the main character goes through a situation that is very similar to real life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I enjoyed Spring Break by Katherine Applegate,. It is the second book in the summer series. The first book is Beach Blondes, second is Spring Break, third is Tan Lines and the fourth is Sun-Kissed Christmas. Spring Break was a quick fun read. I was excited to see what happened with Summer, Seth and all the other characters. I'm looking forward to reading Tan Lines this summer! I enjoyed Spring Break by Katherine Applegate,. It is the second book in the summer series. The first book is Beach Blondes, second is Spring Break, third is Tan Lines and the fourth is Sun-Kissed Christmas. Spring Break was a quick fun read. I was excited to see what happened with Summer, Seth and all the other characters. I'm looking forward to reading Tan Lines this summer!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Good!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    this cleared up some things after reading tan lines. i liked this book but still think beach blondes was the best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    danielle

    Going in the trash!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    Pretty short and I can't say I liked they way it ended but there are still more books in the series so maybe that is why. Summer was a little more annoying in this book so was Seth. I feel like if they had just talked to each other about what was going on things would have been better but I guess that is typical teenage behavior lol. I'll definitely finish the series. Just waiting for the next book to arrive. Pretty short and I can't say I liked they way it ended but there are still more books in the series so maybe that is why. Summer was a little more annoying in this book so was Seth. I feel like if they had just talked to each other about what was going on things would have been better but I guess that is typical teenage behavior lol. I'll definitely finish the series. Just waiting for the next book to arrive.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Summer and Seth heading back out to Florida for spring break! Except she meets a guy named Austin on the plane ride over and changes the plans entirely. I didn’t really enjoy the way Summer treated Seth in this book. She really took advantage of him and his love for her. She needs to decide who she wants to be with and not lead Seth on. I know Seth also made mistakes, but she has done this multiple times now and idk if I approve...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I enjoyed this book, I really did. I thought it had some really interesting elements to the plot but at some points I felt like it was getting to be very predictable. Maybe that's why I like this series, a predictable summer themed love story with good friends. Either way I really enjoyed this book and I love the series of course! I would recommend the book and the series as a whole! I enjoyed this book, I really did. I thought it had some really interesting elements to the plot but at some points I felt like it was getting to be very predictable. Maybe that's why I like this series, a predictable summer themed love story with good friends. Either way I really enjoyed this book and I love the series of course! I would recommend the book and the series as a whole!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Hobbie

    I found a good series to continue reading when I'm at the beach soon 🙂. I found a good series to continue reading when I'm at the beach soon 🙂.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Marie

    I liked this book it only took me a day to read it not even. Im so confused on the order of the books in this series tho! Excited to read tan lines next :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darya Kowalski

    A light read. Entertaining.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Thompson

    Good summer read. Always has something new in the plot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Timmons

    The story was decent overall. It was predictable but good. However, the ending felt rushed and did not tie up the story or leave you hanging for the next book. Honestly, I was disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katsumi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To read the original review and others, go to www.myteenreads.blogspot.com In the next book in the Summer series, Summer heads back to Florida for Spring Break. She'll be with Seth, Marquez, and Diana for a week and it should be perfect. But on the plane she meets Austin, who changes the way she looks at her life. **SPOILERS AND PROFANITY AHEAD** I had many problems with this book. First of all, Seth is the "love of Summer's life". They have been together nine months and are already thinking about To read the original review and others, go to www.myteenreads.blogspot.com In the next book in the Summer series, Summer heads back to Florida for Spring Break. She'll be with Seth, Marquez, and Diana for a week and it should be perfect. But on the plane she meets Austin, who changes the way she looks at her life. **SPOILERS AND PROFANITY AHEAD** I had many problems with this book. First of all, Seth is the "love of Summer's life". They have been together nine months and are already thinking about college and marriage. A little unrealistic, but sure. Then Summer goes ahead and kisses Austin? Well Summer, that is called cheating. You are a slut and do not deserve Austin or Seth. I really don't think your infidelity should let you have any guy because you're not worth it. If you are "so happy and in love" with Seth as you claim, then you should have no problem staying devoted to him. I don't care what you say about Austin and how he's sick or whatever, it doesn't matter. A kiss is a kiss. The tarot card lady and Seth on the plane I could handle, but it seems a little unrealistic how she meets ANOTHER hot guy on her plane ride is just too ridiculous. Okay, now to Seth. Seth, Seth, Seth. You don't deserve Summer either. YOU CHEATED ON HER WITH HER COUSIN. And worse? You couldn't even tell her at the end of the story. You are a terrible terrible boyfriend and I think Summer should have just gone with Austin rather than be with a jerk and a liar like you. Diana... You are a terrible person as well. You are a bad cousin and a friend to Summer. I don't care what feelings you have for Seth, he is your cousin's boyfriend and you have to respect that. I understand that you "did the right thing" in the end, but that still gives you no excuse for what you did. And don't even try using your depression and whatnot as an excuse. There is no excuse for cheating. Marquez... You are more of the more redeemable characters in this story. However, you get to angry and afraid and run away from all you problems. I thought you had learned this before, but apparently not. You need to grow up and deal with the shit in your life. JT... I had kinda liked you in the last summer, but not anymore. You don't deserve any girl in your life. Diver... You're my favorite character because you haven't done too many things wrong. You also run from your problems, but I think that you have a better reason too. In case you couldn't tell, this book made me very angry. I found it to be unrealistic with terribly flawed characters. Also, this book is supposed to represent Summer's spring break, but there really wasn't too much other plot going on besides who cheated on who. K.A. Applegate, I still love you with all my heart. And maybe it was your purpose to anger me, but I just wanted to throw this book across the room. 2 out of 5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gary Reger

    This is the first book I've read in this series, short novels ("Spring Break" is 211 pp of fairly large print, probably 49,000-50,000 words altogether) aimed at teens. There are clearly rules. Kissing passionately is fine, one mention of feeling one's breasts pressed against a boy is okay, but clothes are never removed, bodies never described, and sex is completely off the table. Summer, the protagonist, insists to her boyfriend Seth that she's "not ready for that" yet. Well -- The improbabilitie This is the first book I've read in this series, short novels ("Spring Break" is 211 pp of fairly large print, probably 49,000-50,000 words altogether) aimed at teens. There are clearly rules. Kissing passionately is fine, one mention of feeling one's breasts pressed against a boy is okay, but clothes are never removed, bodies never described, and sex is completely off the table. Summer, the protagonist, insists to her boyfriend Seth that she's "not ready for that" yet. Well -- The improbabilities pile up. The meeting between Summer and the other apex of the book's mild love triangle, Austin, is really contrived; would anyone really run off an airplane to follow a stranger to return a notebook? You and I would give it to a flight attendant, who'd send it to lost and found, and Austin would ask once he'd realized he'd lost it, and would get it back. So right off the bat we are asked to swallow a pretty big unlikelihood. Other questions pop up. Summer is a high school senior. How is she affording to, or allowed to, go off on spring break to Florida with her boyfriend? Her parents subsidizing that jaunt? She, Seth, and her two girlfriends are staying on a yacht (!) owned by the friend of Diana's aunt and moored at a dock in Florida -- and we are to expect Seth and Summer to do nothing but kiss? Two 18 year-olds? Really? The plot mostly revolves around Summer's infatuation with Austin, conflicted loyalty to Seth (who kissed Diana several months ago, though Summer never learns about that little straying), and the fact that she spontaneously kissed Austin. It may well be that teens would obsess about these peccadilloes -- and to be honest, so would many adults -- but the contrivances necessary to keep the pot simmering are just not easy to take. The subplot about Maria Marquez is racier -- her boyfriend really cheats on her -- and pulls in Diver, Summer's runaway older brother, in another plot point that has its problems. Still, Summer is cute in a typical way, somewhat lacking self-confidence, not a brilliant student, anxious over buying a swimsuit. The writing is simple, short sentences, no challenging vocabulary. The viewpoint is that of Summer except when it turns omniscient third-person. I admit freely I'm not in the target audience -- not and never have been a teenage girl. So my reaction is probably not going to be helpful for intended readers. On the other hand, the book was published in 1996 and much has changed since then; today's teen girls might well find themselves less than enthralled by Summer's self-absorbed problems. In the time of COVID, when school's online, when grandma is sick and maybe dying, and the West Coast aflame, whether Summer should feel bad for kissing a random guy met on an airplane may seem less than compelling. On the other hand, her troubles could be just the escape a teen needs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim Smiley

    This was a very short, quick book. It's between Beach Blondes and Tan Lines if you're reading the big thick books in this series. DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT A SUMMARY OF THIS BOOK!! So Summer is going on spring break again to meet her cousin Diane and their friend Marquez. She is still with Seth, who she sees on occasion since they don't live close. They've been going together for 9 months now and she is looking forward to their week in Florida together. But, as always, some things get in the w This was a very short, quick book. It's between Beach Blondes and Tan Lines if you're reading the big thick books in this series. DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT A SUMMARY OF THIS BOOK!! So Summer is going on spring break again to meet her cousin Diane and their friend Marquez. She is still with Seth, who she sees on occasion since they don't live close. They've been going together for 9 months now and she is looking forward to their week in Florida together. But, as always, some things get in the way. First, a really nice looking guy sits next to her on the plane. His name is Austin and he's very nervous and ends up exiting the plane. Summer notices he left his notebook, which is full of poetry he wrote. So she gets off the plane to find him and return it and she ends up missing the flight. So to kill the time, she and Austin go to Disneyland. He is really taken with her and he tells her that he got off the plane because he is going to see his sick father who he hasn't seen in a long time. His sickness is so bad he may not even recognize him. So Summer agrees to go to the hospital w/ him when they get there. Also, Marquez runs away because she can't deal w/ her boyfriend who cheated on her, her parents are losing their house and she didn't get into the college she wanted to attend so she could be a lawyer. Diver also ditches Summer's family as he cannot deal with their version of home life. So ironically, these two end up finding eachother and help eachother cope with their difficulties. In the end, Summer has feelings for both Seth and Austin, and Seth soon finds this out. What Summer doesn't know is Seth kind of messed around w/ someone else on Christmas break, so he forgives her for kissing someone else because of the guilt he feels for doing the same thing. On to "Tan Lines."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shibei

    Spring Break is a novel written by Katherine Applegate, self explanatory by the title, this book is about the Spring break of Summer Smith. Summer is going to Florida to meet with her best friends, Diana and Marquez, and her boyfriend Seth. She met Austin on the plane but he ran off but left his notebook on the seat so Summer got off the plane to return it to him. Because of that, they both missed their flight and had to wait for the next one. When they finally got to Boca Beach, Florida Austin Spring Break is a novel written by Katherine Applegate, self explanatory by the title, this book is about the Spring break of Summer Smith. Summer is going to Florida to meet with her best friends, Diana and Marquez, and her boyfriend Seth. She met Austin on the plane but he ran off but left his notebook on the seat so Summer got off the plane to return it to him. Because of that, they both missed their flight and had to wait for the next one. When they finally got to Boca Beach, Florida Austin stayed with Summer and her friends so he doesn’t have to live in a motel. Summer wants to help Austin because she knows he is going through a lot of stuff, his dad has the Huntington’s disease which means he has the chance of inheriting it from his father. Gradually, they became attracted to each other and everything becomes a mess when Seth sees Austin kissing Summer in the parking lot. Austin left at night only leaving a note behind. Seth forgives Summer knowing that he done the same to her and they got back together. They even went to prom together, but on that same day Summer receives a letter from Austin saying how much he loves her. An issue in this book is the dishonesty between each other. Diana and Seth were dishonest to Summer about what they did on Christmas, they were all close together but they didn’t tell the truth because they didn’t want to hurt Summer. But also, Summer was not honest about how she felt about Austin until Seth saw them. This book is full of issues about relationships between friends and couples, dishonesty can lead to betrayal which can lead to bigger problems.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    Book Reflection For: Spring Break by Katherine Applegate By Tess Hurney This summer I read many books, including Spring Break. I enjoyed reading this book the most. The books genera is a summer novel, I love these types of books. I love the genera of book because it was engaging to read and I never knew what was going to happen with characters. I like summer romances because there are so many bits and pieces and it makes me think and get into the characters. I also loved the authors writing style. Book Reflection For: Spring Break by Katherine Applegate By Tess Hurney This summer I read many books, including Spring Break. I enjoyed reading this book the most. The books genera is a summer novel, I love these types of books. I love the genera of book because it was engaging to read and I never knew what was going to happen with characters. I like summer romances because there are so many bits and pieces and it makes me think and get into the characters. I also loved the authors writing style. The author put me in the mind of the characters. I love when books are written in the characters perspective because I get more into the characters and how they are think and who they are. When I was reading Spring Break by Katherine Applegate I was engage to the very last page, I would stay up late reading page after page not wanting to stop. This book over all was a great summer read. I love finding books that are engaging and are fun summer romances and that was, the perfect book for it. Spring Break is about a girl named Summer goes out to Crab Claw, Florida for the summer. She is planning to see her Cousin Dina and her friend Marquez. Summers perfect boyfriend Seth is coming out to visit her in Florida. She finds herself meeting boy his name is Austin. Austin and summer become close friends. (To close) summer ends up spending more time with Austin then her boyfriend Seth. Suddenly her perfect summer comes crashing down with her boyfriend ending their relationship over Austin. He friends come and save her summer and her relationship.

  25. 4 out of 5

    M

    This book is the second (or maybe even third if you include the short Christmas novel) in The Summer series by Katherine Applegate. Don't read this review if you haven't read Beach Blondes :). So, this book pretty much is just an in-between book before you read Tan lines, it came out after tan lines so it pretty much is there to clear up some stories that are carried on in tan lines. I sat up last night and finished this book, I'm not sure why because i wasn't even pretty excited. I guess i just This book is the second (or maybe even third if you include the short Christmas novel) in The Summer series by Katherine Applegate. Don't read this review if you haven't read Beach Blondes :). So, this book pretty much is just an in-between book before you read Tan lines, it came out after tan lines so it pretty much is there to clear up some stories that are carried on in tan lines. I sat up last night and finished this book, I'm not sure why because i wasn't even pretty excited. I guess i just want to finish this series and move on with my book life. So in this book the main story goes around Seth and Summer and their relationship, the strain they have of keeping together and the feelings they have for each other. But even though they seem to be in love there's always somebody there to change Summer's mind. What else can I say? The story line was interesting but I wish Katherine Applegate made it all at least slightly believable. Like, really? Meet somebody on a plane. On that plane is a tarot card lady. Okay, i could stick with that. But when she seemed a little more desperate for a story in this book you could tell. I'm sure in her mind the story seemed clearer and you can't put it on to paper, everyone gets those times. But this book was even more predictable than the first. I just don't know. Pretty cheesy too. Anyway 3 stars. It's still the sort of book that makes you get butterfly's. I'll be reading tan lines just so I can see where she puts this story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shoshanah

    Last year I started Beach Blondes while at the beach so it only made sense (at least in my mind) to continue that tradition and read the next in the series on this year's beach trip. Yes, these are a bit ridiculous and probably not appropriate anywhere but the beach, but they're still kind of fun. Not too surprisingly my complaints of this book are the same as the first. The books were first published in the 90s, but when they redid them for republication they updated a lot of the references. Whi Last year I started Beach Blondes while at the beach so it only made sense (at least in my mind) to continue that tradition and read the next in the series on this year's beach trip. Yes, these are a bit ridiculous and probably not appropriate anywhere but the beach, but they're still kind of fun. Not too surprisingly my complaints of this book are the same as the first. The books were first published in the 90s, but when they redid them for republication they updated a lot of the references. Which means the girls listen to ipods instead of cd players or answer their cells phones instead of car phones. Except while this could have worked, there's things that would have been to difficult to update and were left in, so Summer spends her time looking for a pay phone or visits Disney World and sees the Skyway and Captain Nemo Submarines, rides that haven't existed since the 90s. The book is definitely caught in a bit of a time warp between 3 decades that doesn't quite fit. But I didn't find the plot nearly as cheesy this time. I think it helps that this was a single book, while the first had the first 3 in the series repackaged. But even so, I found this one a lot less predictable than the first. I do have the next in the series, and while I don't plan on reading it till next summer (which hopefully I'm able to make happen with a baby!), part of me is looking forward to reading it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nahmetbasic

    This book is about a girl who loves spring break. She has been planning her trip to florida with her and her friends and her boyfriend. Finally she gets out of Minnesota and heads down for florida. Her boyfriend has to come down there later because of work. On the plane she sits next to a strange guy. He doesnt really talk but he did drop a picture that she seems to pick up. She is determind to get it to him. She soon finds him and he desides to stay with her and her friend for a little bit. So This book is about a girl who loves spring break. She has been planning her trip to florida with her and her friends and her boyfriend. Finally she gets out of Minnesota and heads down for florida. Her boyfriend has to come down there later because of work. On the plane she sits next to a strange guy. He doesnt really talk but he did drop a picture that she seems to pick up. She is determind to get it to him. She soon finds him and he desides to stay with her and her friend for a little bit. Soon as you know it she starts to have feeling for him. Now she has to choose who and what she wants at the moment. Will it be her long time boyfriend or someone who she just met, yet has so much in common with?? Over all i do recommend this book. Its not one of my favorites but i think that some people will like it. If you like romance and drama you should really read this book i think you would like it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caeleigh MacDonald

    Spring break was about a girl named Summer that had 2 best friends. Once spring break in school started they flew back from Minnesota to Florida to enjoy the nice, hot and warm weather. summer had to stay back and wait for the second flight because she got caught up in returning a poem book that was left by a guy named Austin. (She saw him drop it and gave it to him by running into the men's bathroom). I rated his book 3/5 stars because it got a bit confusing at times. For example I wasn't sure Spring break was about a girl named Summer that had 2 best friends. Once spring break in school started they flew back from Minnesota to Florida to enjoy the nice, hot and warm weather. summer had to stay back and wait for the second flight because she got caught up in returning a poem book that was left by a guy named Austin. (She saw him drop it and gave it to him by running into the men's bathroom). I rated his book 3/5 stars because it got a bit confusing at times. For example I wasn't sure where the scene was happening and who was talking and it overall didn't make that much sense. I enjoyed the fact that it was based on spring break. There are a few other books in this series. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about spring and who enjoy fiction!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becca D

    My author, Katherine Applegate, I think was more of the type of writer that wanted the dialogue to be very understandable and realistic, rather than painting a picture in the readers mind. Although I think the settings were very well described, I imagined every single setting in the book perfectly, of course it's probably not what the author imagined, but I did have a perfect image of the settings. I rate this book four out of five because I think that it was a really good story, but really it is My author, Katherine Applegate, I think was more of the type of writer that wanted the dialogue to be very understandable and realistic, rather than painting a picture in the readers mind. Although I think the settings were very well described, I imagined every single setting in the book perfectly, of course it's probably not what the author imagined, but I did have a perfect image of the settings. I rate this book four out of five because I think that it was a really good story, but really it is supposed to be realistic fiction and its really not realistic that a girl would miss her plane ride just to give a guy back his notebook.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Pros 1. As sad as this is I don't think I have one. Cons 1. It was rather unnecessary. Like I didn't get why half the things that were in the book were there and it just generally kind of sucked. 2. I only bought it because I planned on reading tan lines and this is the book in between but I don't know any more. 3. Austin was an unnecessary character and Summer was just annoying me. 4. I really didn't enjoy this at all which is a shame because I really enjoyed beach blondes. Pros 1. As sad as this is I don't think I have one. Cons 1. It was rather unnecessary. Like I didn't get why half the things that were in the book were there and it just generally kind of sucked. 2. I only bought it because I planned on reading tan lines and this is the book in between but I don't know any more. 3. Austin was an unnecessary character and Summer was just annoying me. 4. I really didn't enjoy this at all which is a shame because I really enjoyed beach blondes.

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