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New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay

New England Rocks

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An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. Privileged, British and expelled from another boarding school Rain Mackensie finds herself at a local high school in New England USA as punishment. With very different rules she struggles to fit in and when she starts falling for the hot guy with tattoos it can only get more complicated...

Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for New England Rocks a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'New England Rocks is a perfect mix of humour and surprise obviously joined with several scoops of teenage romance. I absolutely loved it!'

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If you like Christina Courtenay you might also like to read books by Rebecca Harrington, James Long and Harriet Evans.


New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay

First impressions, how wrong can you get? When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can't believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she's also sent to the local high school, as a punishment. Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn't bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin - Jesse is the hottest guy Rain's ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band! There's just one small problem - Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer. But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn't plan on sticking around - Does she?


Katie Adeniji - 'This book is amazing; I simply couldn't put it down! I managed to read it in under 12 hours!!!' Click here to read the full review.

Amy Knight - ' Rain Mackenzie is a rebellious teenager who plans to keep her head down after being expelled and moving continents. Everything is changing and all Rain can do is hold on and hope for the best.' Click here to read the full review.

Delilah Acworth - ‘New England Rocks is a perfect mix of humour and surprise obviously joined with several scoops of teenage romance. I absolutely loved it.' Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Murray - 'I loved this book and give a well deserved 10/10! The characters were original and the story was very well developed. I cannot wait for the rest of the trilogy.' Click here to read the full review.

Ashley Masters - 'This book is a definite must read for any 13-17 year old remotely interested in romance books.' Click here to read the full review.

Safiyah Afghan - 'New England Rocks is a fast-paced, exciting teenage romance about a sensitive young girl who finds true love. With never a dull moment, interesting and varied characters New England Rocks is perfect for all teenage girls.' Click here to read the full review.

Jade Craddock - 'This is a compelling young adult read with all of the ingredients of teen drama: angst, music, conflict, jealousy, divided loyalties and of course romance!' Click here to read the full review.

Tahmin Ali - 'The character Jesse Devlin/Linden is the type of guy you would find these days which makes the storyline realistic …' Click here to read the full review.

Jonita Lushi - 'I really enjoyed this book as I found out about America - for instance, American people start school later than us, and they can have a driving licence when they are 16.' Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Christina Courtenay

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!). I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them. I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).

Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

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1st August 2013


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208 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
Relationship Stories

General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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