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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cruel Summer by Alyson Noël

“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.

The formatting of Cruel Summer was incredibly unique. Unlike other books, it had NO chapters, none. And while that may seem like it would make the book draw on… and on…and on, it didn’t. If anything, it made the pages fly by even faster! Rather than telling the story the normal way, Noël craftily created Colby’s summer through her journal entries, emails, letters, and blog posts and comments.

These scraps of information provide a window into Colby’s life and make her voice shine through. Her blog gives a peek at her day to day adventures in Greece, while her journal reveals her most inner thoughts and paints a picture of teen angst. Without a great deal of dialogue, you still feel as if you’re getting all of the necessary information, directly as she saw it.

4 Stars!

If you liked this, you may like… Kiss and Blog by Alyson Noël, Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, or Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita


  1. This kind of reminds me of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I've only seen the movies, but you know, the first movie. When Lena goes to Greece and meets Costas. I may have to read this book now.


  2. I like that it is set in Greece. May have to pick it up!


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