Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel

“This was supposed to be my best summer yet, the one I’ve been working toward since practically forever. Now I’m being banished from everything I know and love, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”

Having recently discarded her dorky image--and the best friend that went with it--Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.

Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.

I really enjoyed this YA read!!!! The book was told in a journal, email, letter and blog format which I really liked. I loved Colby's development throughout this book, she learned a few lessons and grew so much over this one summer. I loved reading her inner thoughts and watching her blossom into a wonderful young lady. Dealing with the divorce of her parents and major changes in her home life, Colby learns that no matter what life throws at you, as long as you keep yourself centered you will indeed *be okay* As an adult I truly enjoyed this read, and definitely think that teen girls would enjoy it as well, it tells a wonderful story!!! 4.5/5


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