Spain Or Shine

Paperback | September 8, 2005

byMichelle Jellen

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Elena is lost in the shuffle between her three overachieving siblings. But now that she’s on her own for a whole semester, she intends to keep the spotlight on herself—and Spain is just the place to do it. Once she starts living it up in tapas bars, lying out on the beach (even though it’s November), and having a nice, long siesta smack-dab in the middle of every day, Elena finds that Spain is everything she hoped it would be. She’s even met a to-fawn-over Spaniard, Miguel. But Elena has always been more comfortable writing plays than starring in them, and she’s beginning to realize that keeping out of the spotlight has its perks too. . . .

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Elena is lost in the shuffle between her three overachieving siblings. But now that she’s on her own for a whole semester, she intends to keep the spotlight on herself—and Spain is just the place to do it. Once she starts living it up in tapas bars, lying out on the beach (even though it’s November), and having a nice, long siesta smac...

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2001 with a degree in English, Michelle Jellen traveled through Europe. One of her favorite cities was San Sebastian, Spain. She lives in Northern California with her husband. This is her first novel.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.6 inPublished:September 8, 2005Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142403687

ISBN - 13:9780142403686

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from B.E.S.T. - Best ever story told! This book is amazing taking you through a journey as a teen going on your own to Spain! IT connects with things you may feel when on this trip and how you get through certain situations as a student staying with a host family! It's pretty good, but not as compelling as I would have liked! Still good though you should read it!
Date published: 2006-08-04

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Spanish Crush Elena was a little embarrassed to be hunting Miguel down at work, but also secretly excited. She could picture him looking gorgeous in his bellhop uniform, his tan skin set against the crisp white cotton. She would be poised, striding up to him with the grace of a dancer. “Hello.” He’d beam. “I didn’t think I’d see you again so soon. What a wonderful surprise.” Elena, you’re hopeless, she thought. Elena followed Jenna through the canopied front entrance and into the gleaming lobby. They stood beneath a crystal chandelier, its light bouncing off the rosy marble floor. The windows stretched up tall and arcing to graze the ceiling. The molding at the top of the ceiling looked like cake frosting. When Elena glanced over her shoulder, she felt the eyes of the concierge burning into them. She suddenly felt out of place and antsy to leave. Elena grabbed Jenna’s hand and steered her back to the front of the lobby. “He’s obviously not here,” she whispered, turning her head to look at Jenna. “That guy behind the desk is giving me the creeps and—” Before she could finish her sentence she felt herself smack into someone. When she turned her head, she found herself staring directly into Miguel’s eyes. They were inches from her own. For a split second she thought, If this boy ever kissed me, this is what it would feel like the moment before our lips touched….