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Erin Haft. Meet Me at the Boardwalk
Point  $9.99  ISBN 978-0-545-04213-0  203 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

Now think about what it would mean if the boardwalk were to be torn down. No more two-dollar buckets of fried clams at Sonny's Clam Shack. No more Pete's Petting Zoo. No more Amusement Alley. Can you imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower? Hollywood without its eponymous sign in the hills? St. Louis without the Arch?

Hyperbole? Maybe. But the boardwalk is Seashell Point.

Seashell Point is a hot beach town. It's not as ritzy and glitzy as the Hamptons, but it's definitely not some run-down, polluted beach next to a city. Seashell Point is where you can relax, surf and of course, go to the boardwalk. That's exactly where best friends Jade, Megan and Miles have been meeting, before they go to school ever since they became friends. The boardwalk is definitely the place to see and be seen. Well, not if you're up for a party. Because if you are, Jade's yoga lovin' father has left his daughter alone in their house and now she's got a huge bash planned for friends and, of course, any crazy tourists who want to join in. Well, as long as they're young, hot and preferably single, but we all know Jade wouldn't really care either way. See, Megan has a gigantic raging crush on Miles but after he was injured in a surfing accident, it was Jade who kissed him all better. Oops! But after blowing off the awkward incident and trying not to ever speak of it again, Miles finds himself falling for a beautiful tourist girl who also happens to be the daughter of the business tycoon who wants to demolish the boardwalk and install a floating casino. Can you say complicated? This summer it is all happening at the boardwalk, but will the trio manage to keep their friendships intact?

Meet Me at the Boardwalk is a juicy summer story that will appeal to any girl who wants a hot read next to the ocean. It's cool, hip and entertaining. Girls will gobble it up like cotton candy but guys will probably just end up with a stomach ache. It's definitely no literary masterpiece but it's like a gossip magazine or an episode of The OC. It's short, sweet and in a few parts, steamy. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14. Some parts of it were somewhat boring though, I will admit. It's a little too cheesy and to be honest, kind of lame. It's like comparing J-14 Magazine with Seventeen Magazine. Or Christopher Paolini with Tolkien. It's already been done before. I'm not saying it's the worst book I've ever read though, definitely not. It's the perfect complement to a warm summer sun, the sound of waves in your ears and a sandy towel. But, off the beach? Eh, not so much.

I give Erin Haft's Meet Me at the Boardwalk three out of five stars.

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