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The first two books of Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s beloved series about New England’s most unforgettable teens-now available in one volume! Two years ago the tiny New England community on Chatham Island was rocked by tragedy--three teenagers had a terrible accident that left one dead. Now Lucas Cabral, the person responsible for the events on that fateful night, The first two books of Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s beloved series about New England’s most unforgettable teens-now available in one volume! Two years ago the tiny New England community on Chatham Island was rocked by tragedy--three teenagers had a terrible accident that left one dead. Now Lucas Cabral, the person responsible for the events on that fateful night, has returned. But life on the island isn’t the same, and everyone Lucas once considered a friend refuses to speak to him. Everyone except for Zoey Passmore. As Lucas and Zoey grow closer, Zoey risks tearing apart her close-knit group of friends if they discover the truth . . . that she’s falling for her boyfriend’s worst enemy. Now with a stunning new package, another generation of readers will be swept away by the romance, secrets, and betrayals of this close knit group of friends.


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The first two books of Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s beloved series about New England’s most unforgettable teens-now available in one volume! Two years ago the tiny New England community on Chatham Island was rocked by tragedy--three teenagers had a terrible accident that left one dead. Now Lucas Cabral, the person responsible for the events on that fateful night, The first two books of Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s beloved series about New England’s most unforgettable teens-now available in one volume! Two years ago the tiny New England community on Chatham Island was rocked by tragedy--three teenagers had a terrible accident that left one dead. Now Lucas Cabral, the person responsible for the events on that fateful night, has returned. But life on the island isn’t the same, and everyone Lucas once considered a friend refuses to speak to him. Everyone except for Zoey Passmore. As Lucas and Zoey grow closer, Zoey risks tearing apart her close-knit group of friends if they discover the truth . . . that she’s falling for her boyfriend’s worst enemy. Now with a stunning new package, another generation of readers will be swept away by the romance, secrets, and betrayals of this close knit group of friends.

30 review for The Islanders Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren R.

    Super dramatic and cheesy, in an addicting 90s-style kind of way. (This would have been my JAM back when I was an actual young adult!) I'm open to romance tropes (love triangles, instalove) in ways that feel real and right. This book has both of those things in absolute full force, but not exactly how I prefer them. I couldn't even tell you about each character's personality/interests because they all felt the same. Despite all my complaints I have to say I enjoyed reading the drama. I'll defini Super dramatic and cheesy, in an addicting 90s-style kind of way. (This would have been my JAM back when I was an actual young adult!) I'm open to romance tropes (love triangles, instalove) in ways that feel real and right. This book has both of those things in absolute full force, but not exactly how I prefer them. I couldn't even tell you about each character's personality/interests because they all felt the same. Despite all my complaints I have to say I enjoyed reading the drama. I'll definitely continue the series at some point!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Martinelli

    I’ve spent the past few weeks in a kind of nostalgic binge for the trashy YA novels that I would have grown up with—the series that would release multiple books in a matter of months that dealt with the pre-connected age of teen soap opera lurid scandals that didn’t feel out of place on the pre-CW WB primetime teen dramas. Not that the bulk of them could probably hold up nowadays, technology disconnect or otherwise, but they’re just so much fun to read. It’s literary junk food, and once in a whi I’ve spent the past few weeks in a kind of nostalgic binge for the trashy YA novels that I would have grown up with—the series that would release multiple books in a matter of months that dealt with the pre-connected age of teen soap opera lurid scandals that didn’t feel out of place on the pre-CW WB primetime teen dramas. Not that the bulk of them could probably hold up nowadays, technology disconnect or otherwise, but they’re just so much fun to read. It’s literary junk food, and once in a while, I feel the need to binge on them. I saw the first Islanders omnibus on an Amazon Daily Deal email, thought, “It’s Katherine Applegate, it’s only $1.99, let’s do this.” (I’m more familiar with the Animorphs series rather than Applegate’s teen dramas. To be fair, the Islanders was first released in 1994, and I would have been a little too young for it then.) (Side tangent: Reading updated editions of YA books almost always cracks me up because there is such a devoted effort to make sure all of the pop culture references are contemporary, and yet nobody questions the fact that none of the main characters wouldn’t own a personal cell phone or computer. Especially given that they all live on a small island that requires the characters to be ferried to school every day. Just put a small note at the beginning saying the date, guys. If teens can’t accept the fact that the book takes place over 20 years ago or can’t two seconds to Google the references (and I’m pretty sure even then you can find acceptable well-known references), then that’s their problem. I have a bigger lack of faith in the publishers than in the readers. Btw, the only reason the cultural updating worked in the final Princess Diaries rerelease is that they did at least stick to the conceit that the timeline was from 2005-2010, so that the tech disconnect wasn’t as bad.) The first volume of The Islanders is pure mid-90s teen soap opera cheese that I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of an inkling for a TV show back in the day. This is the perfect style of overwrought teenage drama featuring murder charges, bad boys with a heart of gold, girls getting themselves into deep, and a setting where everyone thinks that they know everyone’s else secrets. Give it to me. The main plot of The Islanders concerns the return of Lucas Cabral, a kid from the wrong side of the island who was cast as a cold-hearted villain after a fatal car accident that took the life of Wade McRoyen, the older brother to star quarterback Jake. Lucas has just returned from two years in juvie, and Jake is now out for not-entirely defined vengeance on Lucas. Jake’s girlfriend and main character Zoey (who kissed Lucas for no particular reason before he left) begins to realize that Lucas might not be as bad as everyone insists him to be. And the only person who begins to realize that there was something fishy about the accident is Zoey’s blind brother, Benjamin, who’s currently dating Lucas’s ice queen ex-girlfriend, Claire, who’s also the older sister of Zoey’s best friend Nina, who has a crush on Benjamin and thinks that Jake is more bad news for Zoey than Lucas is. The only person in this group who isn’t dealing with the tangle of love and backstabbing is mutual friend Aisha, although she has her own problems in dealing with literal Nice Guy Christopher, who won’t give up on dating Aisha until she’s forced to say yes. (Bonus points to the fact that they’re the only two black people of the same age living on the island.) This is so full of deliciously cheesy tropes that I secretly kind of love it while simultaneously facepalming at the overwrought drama and some bad missteps. (I’ll get back to Aisha and Christopher.) Like, you have Zoey dramatically sobbing when she finds out that Lucas is being sent to Texas and she’s losing her “ONE TRUE LOVE!” after they’ve only been making out in public for a week. Or that Claire is the typical YA bitch queen who can get anything that she wants by manipulating all of the boys in her life to do so. And Nina being a sensible best friend (with a quirk of sucking on unlit cigarettes unmetaphorically) except she has secret trauma relating to why she doesn’t want a boyfriend. (It’s hinted at in the end of the second volume, and presumably, Nina’s sexual assault is a main plot point for the rest of the series. I’m not going into it fully here because it’s really not brought up except for an “Oh…oh” moment, but fair warning.) But I like that there’s more to them than being just slotted character archetypes. For example, Claire, who is by her own admission a terrible person who uses her friends and then backstabs them. But, as Benjamin infers, in a position where she could put herself first or her friends first, Claire will do the right thing. (view spoiler)[While there’s a lot of convoluted drama surrounding why Claire can’t reveal that she was actually the one driving in the car crash that killed Wade, she still owns up to it and has to live with the fact that her current target, Jake, has been blaming Lucas for years and that she needs to come clean about it. (hide spoiler)] (Also, Claire is very much into meteorology and habitually records weather patterns in her diary, which I found interesting.) Even Jake gets a somewhat sympathetic realization that he’s been holding onto his brother’s death for so long that he starting to realize that maybe he ought to let go and not be a complete asshole to Lucas all of the time. Of course, then he slides back into being a jerk once Zoey starts cheating on Jake, but there’s at least an effort to grow up and move past it. The only thing that I do think is an issue is Aisha’s begrudging relationship with Christopher. Mainly because Christopher’s “I’m a nice guy, just give me a chance” routine was more accepted back then than it is nowadays, but I did wish that someone other than Aisha would call Christopher out on literally showing up wherever she goes—Christopher works multiple jobs around the island, including cooking at Zoey’s parents’ restaurant and landscaping for Aisha’s family, but once he showed up at her school for work, that does feel a lot like he’s stalking Aisha. (But again, the accepted “Oh, but he’s so nice and sweet and he likes you! You should give him a chance!” kind of rom-com stalking.) Along with the fact that they are literally the only two black people living on Chatham Island (which Aisha calls out that fact and says she’s not going to date Christopher for that reason), it just doesn’t completely work for me, and we really don’t know that much about Christopher to know if he does have an ulterior motive in play or if he’s just pulling the Nice Guy card. While there’s a lot of plot that happens and very little that gets resolved over the course of two books, I am interested in reading the rest of the series. The second book ends on a massive cliffhanger with everyone finding out what really happened the night Wade McRoyen died, and the preview chapter for the second volume hints at an even bigger secret concerning Nina’s trauma. (Katherine Applegate knows how to write her cliffhanger drama bombs, as we all learned the hard way.) And as I said, it’s just fun to read. There are problems with the plot and the characters, but they don’t take away my enjoyment of reading the book, and I want to find out more. (view spoiler)[What’s going to happen to Claire and Jake? Is Lucas’s father going to admit the truth to everyone about the deal he made with Claire’s father? Is Benjamin secretly pulling the strings on a grand conspiracy? Is Zoey going to realize that her romance novel isn’t going to really go anywhere? Can Aisha wisen up and dump Christopher’s ass? Will Nina stand triumphant over everyone or go “FUCK YOU ALL AND THIS POPSICLE STAND, I’M OUT”? These are important questions I need to know. (hide spoiler)] It’s a fun little slice of cheese, and I am planning on getting more of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Wow, just wow. This was a pretty great book. There are only two reasons why I rated this book a 4 star and not a 5 star. First reason is the fact that the POV jumps from one character to another. Each of our characters gets at least a few words in, some more than others. Zoey, Nina, Claire, Aisha are the main characters, but the guys, Jake, Benjamin, Lucas, Christopher also have a few parts. It was especially confusing during the first chapters. I was just thinking it would be Zoey's POV (since h Wow, just wow. This was a pretty great book. There are only two reasons why I rated this book a 4 star and not a 5 star. First reason is the fact that the POV jumps from one character to another. Each of our characters gets at least a few words in, some more than others. Zoey, Nina, Claire, Aisha are the main characters, but the guys, Jake, Benjamin, Lucas, Christopher also have a few parts. It was especially confusing during the first chapters. I was just thinking it would be Zoey's POV (since hey, the book is called Zoey Fools around), but suddenly found myself watching the story unfold from the minds of Nina, Claire or Aisha. After a while I got used to it, but it is still something I don't prefer. I prefer POVs to change during a chapter change, or when it is clearly marked. I just can't switch from one person to another in a short time span without any warning. The second reason is the characters. Don't get me wrong, together they are a fantastic group and they make the story come alive. But quite a few of them are meh or terrible. For instance Claire and Nina were 2 characters I really didn't like. I will discuss the characters in a bit. I want to talk about the story first. The story was perfect. We have romance, drama, but also mystery. Because, 2 years ago an accident happened. An accident that killed Jake's brother Wade. An accident that was caused by Lucas. Or at least that is what we are being fed in the beginning. Slowly, as the story continues you will find out that maybe not everything is what it seems. You will get enough hints, and quite soon you will find out that things might be going down very soon. I really like how the author wrote the story, instead of making it clear from the start, she slowly builds up the tension, slowly builds up to a climax. I approve of this. Some books build up, then dump the climax and then walk away. The author here didn't do that. Even when we find out the truth, she keeps it exciting and fun to read. You just want to know what goes on, you want to know how this will rock the foundations of the little island. Because that is also what attracted me to this book, a little island, people who have known each other for a long time, and now things will be rocked and shaking. What will it do to the whole foundation that they build up, the little relationships they build? It was really interesting how everything was woven together, how everyone knew each other (or did they?). Even with all that, I don't think an island would be the place for me. I kind of like anonymity and privacy. Knowing that if something happens, that the only ones that know about it are my family or friends. Not the whole town/island. The author did a great job describing the island, describing how small it was and how it looked. I could just imagine myself standing there, looking around me and seeing a small town, see the waves crashing against the beach. I could just imagine myself hopping on the ferry to get to the mainland. I liked that this was a two in one book, especially considering how the books ends, you just want more! Now for the characters. I will mention each character and tell a bit what I thought about them. Let's start with Zoey. I think Zoey was the best character in the entire book. Sure, she had some faults, and sure she did some things wrong (the situations with Lucas for instance), but she is a good girl at heart. She tries her best to help everyone, even if that means pissing off people. Unlike some of the characters, she was quite relatable, even though her romance novels were a bit awkward and weird. Benjamin I am still not entirely sure if I like him or not. On the one hand, he is awesome for being able to manoeuvre through life while being blind. It was quite amazing to read how he navigated through school, his house, the island. He knew exactly where he was and how to get there. I liked that he was smart and that he thought through everything. Nothing escaped him. He was also protective of his sister. But, he was also mean, rude and at times a prick. His attitude could use some adjusting. He really drew out the worst from people. Aisha A so-so character that didn't really leave much of an impression on me. I did think the way she played with Christopher was bad. You could clearly see she liked him, yet she kept denying. Nina A horrendous, childish, annoying character, who never seemed to keep any secrets. Not even those of her friends. Which is a trait I don't like in my characters. I don't mind if a character accidentally spills something, but Nina? Nina just kept doing it. No matter what it was about. Also she was so childish, the way she acted, the things she did. Her negativity about a lot of things just got on my nerves. I wish she would be happy for once, and not think negative stuff about a lot of people. And what was up with her having a unlit cigarette in her mouth at all times? o.0 Claire The character I hated the most. What a manipulative, conniving bitch she was. Throughout the book she is just plotting things, saying or doing things that will harm others. Her secret and what she did with it? I just wanted to smack her. However, I can say that during the last pages... I might just started seeing that she also had a good side to her. But, only for a few pages. She hurt a lot of people with what she did after certain events took place in this book and I can't just shrug and say it is all forgiven. Her weather mania? It got a bit annoying, it felt out of place and out of character. It just didn't feel like something she would like. I would see her more as the ever shopping, make-up and giggles kind of girl. Jake I am not sure what I thought about him. He was a bit too clingy, and I can imagine girls will be scared off if you talk about marriage and staying with them forever. He was also a bit dull and boring. I do feel sorry for him, for what he lost, and what he will lose in the next coming books. I didn't like his attitude when certain things happened in the book. It just felt weird how fast he was all over a certain person, and the things he said. Man, what a dick move. Maybe he didn't mean it, but seriously, you don't just say things like that. Lucas Another great character. The poor guy, I felt so sorry for him. He did all that for that person? Wow. Wow. Wow. Not a good step, but I can imagine why he did it. He was really kind and friendly, and I liked how he tried his best to reconcile with people. He really tried so hard. Christopher Ah, Christopher. Dear Lord, I disliked him. He was just under Claire in my ranking under bleh/horrible/bad characters. Mostly I disliked him for how he acted around Aisha. Possessive, demanding and quite honestly? Scary and stalkerish. You don't do all that to a girl. It is just sick and creepy. At times I was just disturbed at how he thought, or how he always seemed to be there when Aisha was. *shivers* Now with all the characters being talked about, I will just end my review with this: I would really recommend this book to everyone. Are you looking for secrets? A tiny island? Characters that will make you feel things (good and bad)? And of course romance? Then try this book. I can't wait for the second volume to arrive, since this book ended on quite an open note, and I am all curious about Jake and how stuff will continue! Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bella Carr

    I believe I gave the first book in this volume a 2.7. This one was quick and worse believe it or not. The plot of the book is good, precisely the reason I picked up this series. The writing however is truly terrible. The writer obviously has no idea how to portray teenagers. I was cringing so hard when a couple told each other they loved one another a week into their relationship. The book tried too hard to be relatable. Characters had potential but because of the writing they were all pretty ba I believe I gave the first book in this volume a 2.7. This one was quick and worse believe it or not. The plot of the book is good, precisely the reason I picked up this series. The writing however is truly terrible. The writer obviously has no idea how to portray teenagers. I was cringing so hard when a couple told each other they loved one another a week into their relationship. The book tried too hard to be relatable. Characters had potential but because of the writing they were all pretty bad. I give 'Jake Finds Out' 2 ish stars. I will be continuing with the series though because I want to see if these books improve and I do also own them lol

  5. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    You know what? When you get into this, it's really not that bad. If you can deal with the immature characters and the plot being 90% about the romance and 5% about friendship and 5% "deep dark secrets", it's okay. It was enough to keep me interested anyway. And I know it says I read this book in seven days, but it was more like two. The first five days I only read like 70 pages. Benjamin was my favorite character, and I really loved him. He's blind, but he's not defined at all by this disability. You know what? When you get into this, it's really not that bad. If you can deal with the immature characters and the plot being 90% about the romance and 5% about friendship and 5% "deep dark secrets", it's okay. It was enough to keep me interested anyway. And I know it says I read this book in seven days, but it was more like two. The first five days I only read like 70 pages. Benjamin was my favorite character, and I really loved him. He's blind, but he's not defined at all by this disability. He can get around town on his own, he has a girlfriend and friends, he's a good brother, he likes music and books and makes a lot of jokes. I feel like it's rare that you find a good depiction of disability in books. Disabled characters are either 100% defined by their disability, or it doesn't affect them at all, which also isn't realistic. I don't know a lot about being blind so don't take my word as gospel, because at the end of the day someone with more knowledge may disagree and I respect that and would listen to that, but I thought Applegate (+Grant) handled Ben's disability in a good way. Other than that, I wasn't overly fond of any character. Nina was okay, if I had to pick a second favorite it would be her. I liked that it was set on an island, and that they had to take the ferry to school every day. And yes, it did make me want to live on a small island in Maine. This book (or should I say these books, as it's actually a 2-in-1 volume) was actually first published in the 90s. All the pop culture references are updated, but nobody has cellphones and all the technology they mention is really old-fashioned. Personally I think it would've been better if they just removed all the pop culture references (if they had to get rid of the old ones), because in 10 years time this book will probably be outdated all over again. It's hard to place this in age genre. It's obviously YA. The writing style and the characters read more like younger YA, but there are a lot of references to sex and in one of the last chapters in the book they allude to a very dark topic that will probably come up later in the books. Would I recommend this? Maybe not. But if your goal is to read as many Applegate and/or Grant books as you can get your hands on, this won't be the worst thing you read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    H

    I am SUCH a sucker for 90s teen melodrama. Let's recap what went down. STATE OF THE UNION: Zoey is my favorite and needs to drop Jake ASAP Jake is the boringest boyfriend ever ("most boring" doesn't express his level of boring) Lucas is the perfect bad boy Ben is hilarious, but will be taken advantage of by Claire (calling it now) Nina is truly an original Chris is too good to be true Aisha is me, down to the obsessive overachieving and stubbornness Claire is a shady lady Still to be resolved: 1. How long I am SUCH a sucker for 90s teen melodrama. Let's recap what went down. STATE OF THE UNION: Zoey is my favorite and needs to drop Jake ASAP Jake is the boringest boyfriend ever ("most boring" doesn't express his level of boring) Lucas is the perfect bad boy Ben is hilarious, but will be taken advantage of by Claire (calling it now) Nina is truly an original Chris is too good to be true Aisha is me, down to the obsessive overachieving and stubbornness Claire is a shady lady Still to be resolved: 1. How long before Lucas and Jake get into a real fight? 2. How much time until Chris' laissez-faire relationship motto blows up in his face? 3. How well does Lucas kiss versus Jake? (Zoey, please show all your work in your answer.) Stay tuned. Onto the next: The Islanders: Volume 2: Nina Won't Tell and Ben's In Love.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    So in the wake of Katherine's Newbery and Michael's minor mainstream success with Gone, I guess HarperCollins decided that a nineties series that the team wrote the first eight books of (the rest were ghostwritten) for a quick buck would sell. I never really planned on reading this series (I always got the impression that Applegrant didn't really care about what they were writing before the Animorophs-Everworld-Remnants era), but I guess I might as well give it a shot. So in the wake of Katherine's Newbery and Michael's minor mainstream success with Gone, I guess HarperCollins decided that a nineties series that the team wrote the first eight books of (the rest were ghostwritten) for a quick buck would sell. I never really planned on reading this series (I always got the impression that Applegrant didn't really care about what they were writing before the Animorophs-Everworld-Remnants era), but I guess I might as well give it a shot.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dianna Carney

    This was a strange read. Mostly cause the beginning and end of the book sucked but the middle was good. Not really sure how it happened, but it did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Akilah

    In an effort to get my writing mojo back, I am rereading books that I absolutely loved as a teen that made me want to be a writer. I first read this series when it was published as BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS (yes, pre-Making Out) and still have the originals on my shelf. So when I say I loved them, I mean I loooooved them. Anyway, this was fun to read because the ~drama~ is exactly what I loved about it. It's like reading a soap opera with multiple characters, their POVs, and their relationships. I o In an effort to get my writing mojo back, I am rereading books that I absolutely loved as a teen that made me want to be a writer. I first read this series when it was published as BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS (yes, pre-Making Out) and still have the originals on my shelf. So when I say I loved them, I mean I loooooved them. Anyway, this was fun to read because the ~drama~ is exactly what I loved about it. It's like reading a soap opera with multiple characters, their POVs, and their relationships. I only checked out this updated version because I was traveling and it's available on Kindle. What's hilarious is all the updated pop culture references (One Direction, Lindsay Lohan, Ed Sheeran) with no attention paid to the fact that none of the characters has a cell phone or other device that would drastically change the story otherwise. There's also no note that says it was written in the '90s and updated, so I'm not sure how today's teen would feel about/register that part. Nina and Ben remain the actual best, and I love them with my whole heart. The Aisha/Christopher story doesn't hold up as well, but it is uncanny how much I related to Aisha's attitude toward Zoey this time, and it's also funny knowing what I know about the end of the series. This was so nice to reread even though the beginning was kind of slow for me, but when the drama kicks in, it KICKS IN, and I am 100% here for it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I just have to say I was really disappointed in this book but then maybe it wasn’t for me because it was very high school drama-ish. The first book is kind of getting to know all the characters and their lives. Zoey - romantic at heart and her bf is Jake but you can tell they were meant to just be friends nothing else. Jake - lost his brother in a drunk driving accident and the pain from that controls his life. Nina - Zoeys best friend and also in love with with Benjamin (zoeys brother) but is d I just have to say I was really disappointed in this book but then maybe it wasn’t for me because it was very high school drama-ish. The first book is kind of getting to know all the characters and their lives. Zoey - romantic at heart and her bf is Jake but you can tell they were meant to just be friends nothing else. Jake - lost his brother in a drunk driving accident and the pain from that controls his life. Nina - Zoeys best friend and also in love with with Benjamin (zoeys brother) but is dating her sister Claire! Claire - seriously not a nice person, very manipulative and thinks because she’s oh so pretty she can have any guy she wants but has a huge secret that only her bf and dad know about! (Couldn’t stand her) Benjamin - Zoeys older brother who is blind but really knows what is going on around him, also knows Claire has feelings for Jake. Aisha - new to the island and trying her best to fit in. Christopher - also new but has so many jobs that it’s hard to keep up with him. He’s in love with Aisha (which she’s having none of haha). Lucas - was involved in the accident that killed Jakes brother went to “jail” for a year and is now back. No one likes him except Zoey. Just an overall confusion of what us going on and so much betrayal. Glad it’s over.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I’m in a reading funk and I saw these books that I adored from my childhood had been rereleased so I decided to give it a shot. It definitely broke me out of my funk a bit but good lord! I loved and idolized these books as a child. No wonder I was such a messed-up, overly dramatic teenager. Anyway, they were still as good as I remembered which is to say, these were the Twilight books of my youth. Empty calories, brain-blasting fluff. A McDonalds binge in word format. I’m okay with it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Little

    I loved the books as a teen. Now ten years later I read them again and I still like them it's just not as good as I remembered them to be. ^^ I don't like love triangles and looking at the series now, most characters have quite annoying flaws actually. It's still a good series and I'll probably continue (although I need a break from all the drama right now) but I think it's more a book you should read in your teen years. :) I loved the books as a teen. Now ten years later I read them again and I still like them it's just not as good as I remembered them to be. ^^ I don't like love triangles and looking at the series now, most characters have quite annoying flaws actually. It's still a good series and I'll probably continue (although I need a break from all the drama right now) but I think it's more a book you should read in your teen years. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Drake

    I read this whole series back when it was originally published a million and a half years ago. A recent google search ("teenage books living on island") let me to find them again republished and of course, tear through the series as quickly as possible. I want someone to make this into a Netflix series ASAP. I read this whole series back when it was originally published a million and a half years ago. A recent google search ("teenage books living on island") let me to find them again republished and of course, tear through the series as quickly as possible. I want someone to make this into a Netflix series ASAP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Not as good as I remember and much more soap opera. Nina and Benjamin are still bad ass characters though. Love comparing the updated cultural references to my old books. Ed Sheeran is the new Axl Rose?? Hah.

  15. 4 out of 5

    michaela

    dnf: tried reading this several years ago— was hoping for a chill, beachy, summery vibe. honestly i can’t remember anything about it. all i remember was that I was so bored reading it & desperately tried to finish it for months, but to no avail. oh well

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sondra

    Reading these takes me straight back to freshman year of high school. I can’t tell if I actually like these books, or I love the feelings and memories that it brings of reading these with my friends 18 years ago. And at the end of the day, does it really matter which?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Like a teenage soap opera that you just can't turn off Like a teenage soap opera that you just can't turn off

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I really enjoyed this book. It is in 2 parts. It is set on an Island in Maine. Great Summer Read!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kreiss

    Excellent YA novel. Looking forward to reading the second one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Haley Day

    A compelling story with well-developed characters that each have positive qualities and flaws that make them easy to relate to. Looking forward to the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    When I was a teenager in the 90s, I loved this series when it was the "Making Out" series. The first 8 books have been rebranded "The Islanders" and repackaged for today's teens, complete with updated pop culture references. Sure, there's lots of drama and insta-love, but again, its a teen series. Despite all that, the series held up pretty well. I grew up going to Maine during the summer and I was always enchanted with living on an island with a close knit community. I can't wait to read the ne When I was a teenager in the 90s, I loved this series when it was the "Making Out" series. The first 8 books have been rebranded "The Islanders" and repackaged for today's teens, complete with updated pop culture references. Sure, there's lots of drama and insta-love, but again, its a teen series. Despite all that, the series held up pretty well. I grew up going to Maine during the summer and I was always enchanted with living on an island with a close knit community. I can't wait to read the next volume and see how that one matches up to my memory.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aline

    The Islanders by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate * 4.5 Stars* Website: www.alinemattosreview.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2... Tumblr: http://alinemattosreview.tumblr.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/alinemattosreview Twitter: https://twitter.com/alinesreviews This is a story about choices and decisions. Zoey, Jake, Lucas, Nina, Ben and Claire, know each other for many years, since the island where they live is so small and everyone knows everyone. Aisha joined the gr The Islanders by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate * 4.5 Stars* Website: www.alinemattosreview.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2... Tumblr: http://alinemattosreview.tumblr.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/alinemattosreview Twitter: https://twitter.com/alinesreviews This is a story about choices and decisions. Zoey, Jake, Lucas, Nina, Ben and Claire, know each other for many years, since the island where they live is so small and everyone knows everyone. Aisha joined the group one year ago and Christopher just moved in. Zoey is good girl. I see her as the one always trying to make the others happy and sometimes, on this process, she forgets to make herself happy. But how long will she settle instead of following her heart and doing what she feels that right for her? Jake is Zoey boyfriend. They are together for years and he believes she is his true love. I found him too plain, not as a character, I meant his personality. Lucas. Oh, Lucas. Here we go. Lucas is the perfect bad boy (Is he really? A bad boy?). He spent two years in juvie and now he is back. I won't say my favorite characteristic of his or I will definitely spoil the entire book with one single word. Yes, One simple word from me about Lucas can ruin the mystery behind the whole scenario. Ben is Zoey’s brother and he is blind. But he is strong willing and very smart. Ben learned how to use all his other senses to compensate his blindness. The way he moves around so independent, made me see another perspective of a blind person. Nina is Zoey’s best friend. She is different than the other girls. Her favorite thing to do is to read for Ben, since he can't. Claire is Nina's sister and also Ben’s girlfriend. I think Claire is selfish and shallow. It's my least favorite character- the ice queen as Nina calls her. Aisha is a control freak. I found her annoying many times. Christopher is the new guy. He is very persistent and work hard to achieve his goals. I really like Lucas and Christopher. They are my favorites. Every character shows a little bit of their struggles with choices and decisions they need to take in life. I liked that many characters are sarcastic or funny and I caught myself laughing out loud with their comments and some scenes. I think the story is well developed, and the characters are easy to distinct from one another. The writing is really good and I really enjoyed this novel. It's an easy read and the pace is steady to fast. I loved the “mystery” on this novel, although predictable, being a plot driven reader I kept trying to find different explanations for what is behind the mystery. But I do know that this book is not about the plot per se, but the characters struggles in life and their choices. I loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    Feeling nostalgic for the books of my youth, I revisited Katherine Applegate and her Islanders omnibus editions (first released as the Making Out series way back in 1993. Yes, I am that old...). While I found them to be overly-dramatic and a little bit cheesy on second reading, I think they would be loved by teenagers today. YA has taken a much-welcome step in the sphere of fantasy, science fiction and Dystopia, largely, in recent years so for teenagers looking for the traditional romance novels Feeling nostalgic for the books of my youth, I revisited Katherine Applegate and her Islanders omnibus editions (first released as the Making Out series way back in 1993. Yes, I am that old...). While I found them to be overly-dramatic and a little bit cheesy on second reading, I think they would be loved by teenagers today. YA has taken a much-welcome step in the sphere of fantasy, science fiction and Dystopia, largely, in recent years so for teenagers looking for the traditional romance novels filled with teen-angst and buried secrets, these are a good series to turn to. A little bit Dawson's Creek in it's setting and it's drama, The Islanders is the perfect teen soap opera.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I first read these two books when they were still under the “Making Out” series title back in high school. There were the books that started my love of reading for fun, instead of something that I had to do for school. I thought the characters were so mature for teenagers and that their lives were interesting compared to my own. I think there were a total of 28 books in the whole series and I had collected them all. When I went to college I decided that I was “too grown up” for them and gave the I first read these two books when they were still under the “Making Out” series title back in high school. There were the books that started my love of reading for fun, instead of something that I had to do for school. I thought the characters were so mature for teenagers and that their lives were interesting compared to my own. I think there were a total of 28 books in the whole series and I had collected them all. When I went to college I decided that I was “too grown up” for them and gave them again. A decision I regret now. Recently I have had a surge for nostalgia and I was so excited to see this book on Amazon. My roommate bought it for me for my birthday and it took me less than 24 hrs to read it. And I was sick as a dog so I’m pretty proud of myself. While I can’t say that I loved it as much as the first time I read the series, I did enjoy it. I still thought the characters are unique and provide a nice span of ethic backgrounds that are nice. But the part of me that wanted to read these again were the references to the 90s pop culture that I identified with so much in the first time around. Since this is a later reprint I understand that the author needed update the content and make it more relatable to today’s teenagers. It just wasn’t what I was looking for. It’s also upsetting that they only republished 8 of the 28 books into the duo novels. But the biggest draw back to me was the “smack your face” insta-love I missed the first hundred times I read the series. It’s there and it’s so badly done that I just want to smack myself for having loved the book. In spite of this, I really did enjoy rereading a favorite from my childhood.

  25. 4 out of 5

    fc7reads

    I enjoy YA fiction though I am not a young adult reader. This book did not disappoint. There is one twist that I saw coming right from the start. There is another twist that I didn't predict. I appreciated the interplay of story lines given the size of the community in which the story is set. I feel I have a good sense of the characters but also believe the author left room for them to grow. I didn't expect to want to follow this up by reading the next volume but I believe I'll be doing exactly I enjoy YA fiction though I am not a young adult reader. This book did not disappoint. There is one twist that I saw coming right from the start. There is another twist that I didn't predict. I appreciated the interplay of story lines given the size of the community in which the story is set. I feel I have a good sense of the characters but also believe the author left room for them to grow. I didn't expect to want to follow this up by reading the next volume but I believe I'll be doing exactly that.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    These are from my childhood, republished and made current. I remember checking these out from the library and becoming engrossed and then they disappeared from the shelves. 20 years later, I go looking for them and here they are. They aren't that good, but my 13 year old self loved it and my 33 year old self enjoyed the time travel. I mean, teenagers in love. It is ridiculous and escapist and dramatic (melodramatic) and sweet. Plus, set on an island!! I'm probably going to read them all. And kee These are from my childhood, republished and made current. I remember checking these out from the library and becoming engrossed and then they disappeared from the shelves. 20 years later, I go looking for them and here they are. They aren't that good, but my 13 year old self loved it and my 33 year old self enjoyed the time travel. I mean, teenagers in love. It is ridiculous and escapist and dramatic (melodramatic) and sweet. Plus, set on an island!! I'm probably going to read them all. And keep them all. Who knows when I will want to pretend to be 13 again, and believe in such hyperbole? ****addendum --- the originals were written in the early 90s. They've updated to modern day references (Jimmy Fallon, Liam Hemsworth, Marchesa) but not one reference to modern technology. No cell phones, no computers, no email, no snapchat/Instagram/Twitter, no selfies.... The list goes on. Couldn't they have just kept the time warp? Or made a little more effort on the revisions? This doesn't even crack the surface of how dated the technology around Braille is!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rina Borough - Ireadwhatiwant2

    I originally bough the book Zooey Fools Around at a swap meet around the year 2001. I read through quite a few of the books in the series back then and haven't thought about them since, so I was excited when I saw this book (containing books 1 and 2 of the Making Out series) being sold at a local bookstore. I can't wait to reread this these books and flashback to being a young teenager. Fun fact: Jake Finds Out was my first ever online purchase. I originally bough the book Zooey Fools Around at a swap meet around the year 2001. I read through quite a few of the books in the series back then and haven't thought about them since, so I was excited when I saw this book (containing books 1 and 2 of the Making Out series) being sold at a local bookstore. I can't wait to reread this these books and flashback to being a young teenager. Fun fact: Jake Finds Out was my first ever online purchase.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    1.5. Really not very good. Predictable in the first 10 pages. Originally published in the 1990s and apparently recently re-released with odd pop culture updates (one direction, Lindsey lohan) but utterly lacking in technology and social media which would make it more believeable for modern day but would also break down the whole plot.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adina Hilton

    Good old fashioned nostalgia. I thought this book series was the coolest in 7th grade, it's even older than that! Some of the pop-culture references felt forced with this new packaging and "updating," but it makes up for it with fun high school drama. Good old fashioned nostalgia. I thought this book series was the coolest in 7th grade, it's even older than that! Some of the pop-culture references felt forced with this new packaging and "updating," but it makes up for it with fun high school drama.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aloverofgoodbooks

    Like the storyline. Read the original series when ir first came out. I will probably read the others because I never did finish the original series and now I need to know what happens next.

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