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Mates, Dates, and Tempting Trouble

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Mates, Dates, and Tempting Trouble

Nesta has been dating Luke for a while. But when T.J. and Luke begin working on a research project together, T.J. finds herself falling for Luke. Of course, Luke is helping this along by flirting with T.J. and acting as if he is falling for her as well.

This naturally divides Nesta and T.J., and their friends, Lucy and Izzie, take sides. Lucy supports Nesta; this is probably helped by the fact that T.J. is dating Lucy's brother and she doesn't want to see him get hurt either. Meanwhile, Izzie sides with T.J. and tries to be something of a peacemaker. Thrown into this whole mess is the fact that T.J's best friend recently relocated to Africa and her parents want to move to their retirement home. Needless to say, T.J. has a lot on her plate.

Cathy Hopkins accurately captures the teenage angst of life, love and friendship in this eighth installment of the "Mates, Dates" series. One of the book's strengths is the characters; readers will care about the girls and what happens to them and their friendship. Humor is another strength. It is a tongue-in-cheek British style of humor that will have readers laughing out loud. Most importantly, though, readers will be able to relate to the events in the book. Hopkins writes about issues that most teenagers have faced (or will face) in their own lives.

Hopkins is already working on future installments of this successful series. There seems to be a lot of mileage left in these characters. The series is still fresh despite seven previous books, which is a tribute to the writing of Cathy Hopkins.

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Reviewed by Melissa A. Palmer on October 18, 2011

Mates, Dates, and Tempting Trouble
by Cathy Hopkins

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 0689870620
  • ISBN-13: 9780689870620