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Cruel Summer Paperback – May 27, 2008
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“Alyson Noël truly captures what it's like to be a teenager struggling to find herself.” ―Portrait Magazine
“Noël writes a smart and compelling story about life, love and loss that you won't be able to put down.” ―Cara Lockwood, author of Wuthering High
“Noël writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her contemporaries.” ―Booklist
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I really enjoyed Alyson Noël's writing in her other novels that I've read, Faking 19 and Saving Zoë, and Cruel Summer was no different. While the plot isn't fast-paced and exciting, it's the well-developed characters that really caught my attention, though in this case, Colbie was the only well-developed character as the story was told from her point-of-view. Alyson Noël has a subtle way of making her stories much deeper and more meaningful than they may appear on the surface, and this makes them seem real. For example, Colbie is initially portrayed as a whiny and insecure girl, but as her vacation progresses, she starts to appreciate or at least accept what she has in life. I also liked how romance was incorporated into Colbie's story, because she really deserved Yannis in the midst of all her other problems. In all, Cruel Summer was a very enjoyable story and, despite the cover, much better than just a beach read.Read more ›
Okay, so Colby's just a little nervous that it's their first date...well, not even really a date. She's alone downstairs kissing Levi like she's always dreamed, like they'd been dating for forever, while Amanda is upstairs in her room with her guy. And Colby can't stop thinking about her curfew, which, by the way, passed, like, two hours ago. But at least she's stopped feeling guilty about dumping her former best friend, Natalie. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices in order to progress up the social ladder. It's just part of life. Right?
Colby's parents are in the middle of a messy, angry divorce. Turns out they were so engrossed in their fight of the night, that they didn't even know Colby missed her curfew. It seems they barely remember they have a daughter, whose life they are royally screwing up. Then Colby finds out they have plans for her summer that don't include hitting the malls and becoming fully entrenched in her new social order.
They are sending her to Greece. No, not Athens. A tiny little island called Tinos. No amount of ranting, reasoning, pleading, or even crying will change their mind. Colby boards the plane bound for three months with Crazy Aunt Tally and no TV, no computer, no Wi-Fi. Nothing. How is she supposed to maintain her new social status? What if Colby gets replaced by a new Amanda Wanna-Be?
But soon things are looking up.Read more ›
Cruel Summer has somewhat of a slow start, but when it starts to get interesting, it picks up right away after she gets to Tinos. Once it starts to get interesting, you won't want to put it down.
Alyson Noel really knows how to write a teenager's feelings. If I was in Colby's place, I would feel pretty much the same way that she does. Under her confident self, you see a teenager who is just confused and scared as to what will come next in her life. She doesn't know what will happen and she doesn't like it very much. The emotions are written really well, to say the least.
Cruel Summer is a wonderful read and the only real bad thing I can say about it was the slow start. Other than that, it was really, really good. And it was fun reading it now in the middle of winter when it was snowing outside, because it took place in warm Tinos and it made me think of summer. :) Which is always a plus, to me. :)
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My daughter did not like the "journal-format" that the book was written in. Here are seven more words; blah, blahPublished on January 3, 2014 by KJ. Franklin
The story line is quite predictable as you read, but cute. My biggest complaint is the main character is bratty and selfish though just about the entire book! Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Hellen
Cruel Summer has all of the elements of a perfect summer read: an exotic location, a love story, and a summer full of beaches and relaxation. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by AboutToRead
Its a fun and easy read, not a great work of literature its what you expect it to be but it has depth and the characters are likable.Published on June 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. For me, it was a little tough getting into because Colby (the main character) seemed whiny... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by PaigeM.
This book I thought was very interesting. Alyson Noel took a regular teen DRAMA plot and turned it into something else. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Caroline Kessler
It's a nice summer book to read and has great morals and stuff. I love how ALyson puts herself into her stories like art and the places she's been and such.Published on September 27, 2012 by S. Locke
I liked this book. It was cute and I liked how the main character changed over the course of the story. It was nice to watch the main character mature. Nice read.Published on December 27, 2011 by dntnnedtoknow
Colby Cavendish, a former dork, is slowly moving up her school's popularity ladder. She recently befriended resident chief popular girl, which resulted in her ditching her former... Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Confessions of a Book Addict