Okay, that's out of my system.
Even though that's out of my system (mostly), I must say that I'm pretty sure my love for him knows no bounds.
Some super-confusing time with Brandon and an ugly feud with a rival society on campus make Amy Haskel's winter absolutely miserable, so the idea of spending her very last Eli University spring break on Rose & Grave's private island is an attractive one.
Of course, this is Amy Haskel we're talking about. And wherever Amy Haskel goes -- sometimes through no fault of her own -- there is trouble. An accident-that-could-easily-have-turned-disastrous on the ferry ride over to Cavador Key sets the tone, and that accident is followed by out-and-out vandalism, anonymous threats and destruction.
There is a not-very-impressively-veiled spoiler in the next paragraph, but I just checked, and the back of the book also has a not-very-impressively-veiled spoiler about the same subject, so... it's your call. If you choose to skip it, just know that anyone who loved the first two books in the series will love Rites of Spring (Break).
Some (like me), who carry an affection that tends in a certain direction ("Whoever could she be talking about?", you ask...), will lurrrve it even more. I did feel that Amy took waaay too long in figuring everything out -- I had the various mysteries mapped out from the moment they were introduced, while it literally took the non-physically-violent equivalent of a blow to the head for Amy to start to put it together -- but as Amy's affections finally Moved in the Right Direction, I didn't mind her lack of Mystery Solving Brain Power.
As usual, I thank Diana Peterfreund for a total blast of a book -- a perfect-o chick-lit-ish beach book blend of mystery, romance, humor, smartassiness and action. As I've said, this series is shelved in Grown-Up Land, but it's a perfect crossover for the older YA set. Totally, totally looking forward to reading Book #4.