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Holly in Love by Caroline B. Cooney [Excerpt]

Holly in Love by Caroline B. Cooney [Excerpt]

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A high school senior develops a major crush on a younger guy in Caroline B. Cooney’s tender, funny story about falling in love

Seventeen-year-old Holly Carroll hates the cold weather—sometimes she thinks she’s going to die of winter. She lives in New Hampshire, where snow’s a staple and everyone’s gearing up for the annual Ice Sculpture Festival. What Holly wants for Christmas this year is a boyfriend. In Bermuda. Then one day, she notices Jamie Winter. He’s nice, cool, and really good looking. He’s also sixteen—her younger brother’s age.

Her friends want to know how Holly can even think about dating a junior. All Holly knows is that she and Jamie have a great time together. He’s not only fun, he’s sensitive. And whip smart. But that doesn’t stop her friends from trying to set her up. Suddenly, dateless Holly has prospects, like the twenty-one-year-old college man who drives a silver Corvette. And there’s handsome, popular Pete Stein, who suddenly seems interested. But no one can compare to Jamie. Is Holly willing to risk the scorn of her classmates—and her whole school—to be with the boy she loves?
A high school senior develops a major crush on a younger guy in Caroline B. Cooney’s tender, funny story about falling in love

Seventeen-year-old Holly Carroll hates the cold weather—sometimes she thinks she’s going to die of winter. She lives in New Hampshire, where snow’s a staple and everyone’s gearing up for the annual Ice Sculpture Festival. What Holly wants for Christmas this year is a boyfriend. In Bermuda. Then one day, she notices Jamie Winter. He’s nice, cool, and really good looking. He’s also sixteen—her younger brother’s age.

Her friends want to know how Holly can even think about dating a junior. All Holly knows is that she and Jamie have a great time together. He’s not only fun, he’s sensitive. And whip smart. But that doesn’t stop her friends from trying to set her up. Suddenly, dateless Holly has prospects, like the twenty-one-year-old college man who drives a silver Corvette. And there’s handsome, popular Pete Stein, who suddenly seems interested. But no one can compare to Jamie. Is Holly willing to risk the scorn of her classmates—and her whole school—to be with the boy she loves?

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HOLLY IN LOVE 
Caroline B.Cooney
One
 
IT WAS COLD ENOUGH to make a polar bear shiver. I stood at the bus stop listening to my blood, which I  was quite sure had frozen solid and was now breaking up into icy little splinters, traveling like miniature red icebergs up to my heart valves. I’m only seventeen, I thought, and I’m about to die of winter. Kate came leaping and bounding over the snow. Her cheeks were rosy from the cold, and she didn’t seem to notice the snow crawling down inside her boots each time she stepped in a drift. “Oh, Holly!” she said ecstatically. “Isn’t it  beautiful? Don’t you just
love
 the first snow of the year?” Kate hugged me, sharing her joy. I hugged her back because I like Kate, but I detest snow. In fact, I detest winter. Kate and Henderson and Stein and Ayers began rolling a snowman. We live in a northern New Hampshire town renowned for three things: a men’s college, a ski slope, and the annual Ice Sculpture Festival. In other towns, you might not see too many high school seniors making snow people all over the place. In this town, it’s practically a federally mandated activity. Kate actually took off her mittens to use her bare hands for molding a few snowy features. Henderson gave the snow person a pony-tail—you have to be a real snow expert to
 
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do that!—and Ayers began pressing its upper regions to give it a Miss America figure. It made my whole body ache with cold just thinking about snow on that part of my anatomy. I stepped back slightly so I could stand behind Jamie Winter—I couldn’t imagine having to say that word all  year round—but his shoulders did not have any particular effect at blocking the horrid, biting wind. He was wearing earmuffs, a form of protection I have always found useless, and his thick blond hair blew over and around the muffs, dancing in the wind. I have long brown hair, and I rarely  wear it down. If it blows in the wind, it gets in my mouth and my eyes. The school bus was late. “I’ve decided what I’m going to do when I graduate,” said Kate. Miraculously, she did not slip any snowballs or ice packs down my back. Turning seventeen had done wonderful things for Kate’s  behavior. “I thought you decided last week to write advertising slogans,” I said. “That was last week. Saturday I was buying a new lipstick and I changed my mind. I’m going to be a New Lipstick Namer.” Kate dug her new lipstick out of her purse and showed it to me. “My lipsticks will be named Cinnamon Snowhaze. Frozen Plum Wine. Icicle Peach.” Even the lipsticks around here are wintry, I thought. “I happen to own Cinnamon Snowhaze,” I said. “That one’s taken.” “That’s not what you’re wearing, is it?” said Kate, peering at my mouth.

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