Wing recaps Making Out #11: Ben Takes a Chance by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) and yells a lot about how people are not objects to own, goddamn it.
Dove recaps Making Out #10: Nina Shapes Up by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) in which Nina is neither shaped nor shapeless, but Zoey is a complete pain in the ass
Title: Zoey Plays Games Front Blurb: Life was bliss for Zoey and Lucas until Aaron showed up on the island. Now Aaron wants Zoey. Claire wants Aaron and Zoey’s got a secret that EVERYONE is talking about. How long before Lucas finds out that Zoey Plays Games Back Blurb: Zoey plays games with Aaron and sets off a wave of broken hearts. Because Lucas is in love with Zoey, Claire has vowed to make Aaron her own. But the island is too small for big secrets. Initial thoughts: I don’t remember this book. It’s Zoey story, so that’s probably why. Fun fact- this is the first Making Out book that wasn’t written by Grapplegate – they handed the series over to ghostwriters from book 9. Also, there are also no more reprints for these later books, so it’s firmly nostalgia from here onwards. [Dove: Oh good, a Zoey book. You know how highly I regard the Passmore family in general, and Zoey in particular. This is the point where I really got sick of her nonsense, I think.] [Wing: I’m pretty sure life wasn’t bliss for Zoey and Lucas, book, but cool. Coooool.]
Wing recaps Making Out 8 Aisha Goes Wild by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant and fun, slightly creepy, love all the Halloween-horror-movie style plots WHAT THE FUCK AMNESIA PLOT WHAT.
Rosey recaps Making Out #7: Lucas Gets Hurt by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) wherein Lucas does indeed get hurt, because he’s a horny toad.
Wing recaps Making Out #6: What Zoey Saw by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant, and oh my god, the drama THE DRAMA. (How is Jake my favourite guy?)
Rosey recaps Making Out #4: Ben’s in Love by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant), in which Benjamin is confused over which Geiger he loves, Jake is a car wreck, consent is very iffy, Nina is so cool, and Aisha is the baddest badass that ever badassed.
Title: Jake Finds Out Front Blurb: Zoey fooled around behind Jake’s back with Lucas, who used to go out with Claire. Claire’s falling in love with Jake, but she’s got a secret only Lucas knows, and she’s dreading what will happen when… Jake finds out. Back Blurb: They’ve all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another… but they’re only just beginning to find out the truth. Jake finds out, and life on the island will never be the same. First Zoey, his old girlfriend, betrayed him. Now Claire, his new love, has hurt him too. Somebody’s going to pay… Initial Thoughts Things are moving awfully quickly for Claire to be Jake’s new love. Also, that “somebody’s going to pay” line makes it sound like Jake is about to go on a spree killing, which would be a very different kind of story. [Wing: ETA February 2: I have no idea why a version went out in January without any comments. It has been deleted and this is the real version. Sorry for any confusion.] [Dove: Sorry I’m late, I was due to comment on this last night, but instead I was really ill.]…
Dove recaps Making Out #1: Zoey Fools Around by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant). And Nina Geiger is still THE BEST.