5 Things to Know About: Island Girls (And Boys)

Island Girls (And Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne is one of the used books that I picked up at the Franklin & Marshall used book sale. To see more of my book haul click here!

1.  Island Girls (And Boys) is the story of 3 friends (Jen, Amy, and Chelsea) who recently graduated from high school.  They go to and island to live in Jen's grandparents beach house for the summer while they work at a coastal campground.  They learn that living with your best friends isn't all it's cracked up to be.  Some of them even find love!

2.  I've read a lot of Rachel Hawthorne books and they're basically just light teen romances.  However, that's not to say they aren't filled with hard-hitting drama.  Because they are!  While there's the obvious theme of summer romance, the girls must also learn how to grow up before college and get used to living on their own, without their parents to help them.

3.  Speaking of hitting, I'm surprise that Jen didn't wind up slapping her friend Chelsea halfway through the book.  That girl got on my nerves. haha  If I had to rank the main characters I would say that Amy was my favorite, Jen was my second favorite, and Chelsea could be eaten by a shark for all I cared.

4.  I think Amy was my favorite character because of her quirks.  She likes to take in stray animals (and stray guys) because she has a big heart and hates to see other people suffering.  I thought that was a funny character flaw (or perk?) and wish that the other girls had paid more attention to her during the course of the book.

5.  I liked reading about their summer jobs and about life on the campground.  My full time job is in the hospitality profession and I related to some of the goofy customers that Jen had to deal with. haha

All in all this is a fun summer read and I recommend it if you're looking for something summer-y.  I spent quite a bit of time reading it while I was tanning in my backyard.

Take care,
Marian

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