240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.88 in
September 1, 1999
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670885495
ISBN - 13: 9780670885497
Read from the Book
chapter oneMy name is Nicole Sparks. Welcome to the first day of the worst summer of my life."Colie," my mother said with a sigh as she walked down the train platform toward me. She was in one of her FlyKiki workout suits, purple this time; she looked like a shiny grape. Her assistant, standing by the station door, took a not-so-subtle look at her watch. "Will you please try not to look so tortured?"I fake-smiled at her, crossing my arms more tightly over my chest."Oh, that’s even worse," she said. Another sigh. "With your hair that color and that thing in your lip you look terrible even when you’re smiling." She came closer, her sneakers making squeaky mouse noises on the concrete. Like everything else, they were brand-new. "Honey, you know this is for the best. You couldn’t stay by yourself at the house all summer. You’d be lonely.""I have friends, Mom," I said.She cocked her head to the side, as if she doubted this. "Oh, honey," she said again. "It’s for the best."The best for you, I thought. The thing about my mother is that she always has good intentions. But that’s as far as she usually gets."Kiki," said the assistant, whose name I hadn’t even bothered to learn because she’d be gone by the time I got back, fired before they even reached the airport, probably, "we’ve got to go if we want to make that flight.""All right, all right." My mother put her hands on her hips—the classic Kiki Sparks aerobic stance—and looked me up and down. "You’ll keep up your workouts, right? I
From the Publisher
Never underestimate the power of friendship.
When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.
But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.
Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.
And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .
“A down-to-earth Cinderella story. . . captures that special feeling.” —The New York Post
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
From the Jacket
"Sit down", Isabel said, kicking aside one white sandal and a pair of shorts to pull out the chair. The dressing table itself was a sea of little bottles and containers, so covered with cosmetics that you couldn't even see the surface. I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered what I was doing there.
Isabel pushed some more stuff aside and leaned against the dressing table. "Look, Colie. I have something to say to you, and I'm just gonna shoot it straight. Okay?"<_p22_ considered="" this.="" it="" _couldn27_27_t="" be="" any="" worse="" than="" what="" had="" already="" happened.="">
She tucked her hair behind her ear, took a deep breath and let it out. Then she said, "I really think you should pluck your eyebrows".
This hadn't been exactly what I was expecting.
About the Author
Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.
From the Author
"I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I’ve spent in Chapel Hill, NC. My parents were both professors at the University of North Carolina: my mom is a classicist (which means she knows everything you could ever imagine about myths, Latin, and words) and my dad teaches Shakespeare (which means I’d seen As You Like It about five times by the age of 18.) I have one brother, who is a musician and lives in California with his son and his wife, an artist who designed my personal website. (Thanks, Mariangeles!) "I’ve been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I’d sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time. "In high school, I was lucky enough to have a big group of girlfriends that have really inspired a lot of the stories in my books. I’m still close with my frie
From Our Editors
It’s not every teenager’s idea of fun, but for Colie Sparks, spending the summer in sleepy Colby is better than gadding around Europe with her fitness freak of a mother. Not only that, but in the serene care of her Aunt Mira, Colie can finally get away from her bad rep at school. Then the 15-year-old meets some very special, very sassy waitresses at the local establishment and meets her destiny. With her finger on the pulse of what it means to be an adolescent, Sarah Dessen follows up the best-selling Someone Like You with Keeping the Moon.
"Teens will want to cheer."(SLJ, starred review)