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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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With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, Walmart, and numerous international bestsellers lists. And have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.
The dramatic rights for all 6 books in THE IMMORTALS series optioned by producers Gil Adler (Constantine, Valkyrie) and Jason Rosenberg; All 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series were optioned for film by Cheyenne Enterprises and Traziende Films; her stand alone novel, SAVING ZOE, optioned by producer/actresses Ellen Marano, Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally) with Jeffrey G Hunt (Vampire Diaries) directing; and her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.
Photo by Nancy Villere.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Despite spending a summer in Greece, all Colby does is complain. Sure, Colby's parents are getting divorced and she's going through a lot, but that didn't make her any less ungrateful or unappreciative. The only thing she cared about for the majority of the novel was making sure she staid friends with the popular kids while she was a zillion miles a way in Greece. There were just too many problems with this to count. My top two though are that the popular kids are so cliche (bitchy and obnoxious) and that they clearly aren't even real friends! So why does Colby care about staying in touch with such awful people? She's incredibly superficial.
Next, she is in Greece! Greece! And what does she do the entire time? Complain! That's it--she just complains. At any time she could have traveled to another island and explored, but all she wanted to do was sit in a cafe and write about how her summer sucked. Then when she finally starts to live a little, she decides that a lot of the things Greeks do are stupid because one of her obnoxious popular "friends" makes fun of a few pictures. AND she defiantly betrays a few people who really trust her. To be fair, Colby does see the error of her ways by the end of the book and grows as a person, but she was far to unlikable to really be redeemed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After having already read some of Alyson Noel's other novels, I didn't enjoy this story quite as much though I still found it enjoyable to an extent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. It was written in e-mails, letters, Colby's blog, and by Colby's diary. I usually don't like books like this with all the mixed letters and e-mails and stuff,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anna LaGrois
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
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