From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-Anyone picking up this book will know exactly what to expect, and this light piece of teen chick-lit delivers. Snooty and popular Alexa convinces not-so-with-it former friend Holly to join her on spring break in South Beach, FL. The two 16-year-olds leave New Jersey and dive right into the night life, but reserved Holly has trouble enjoying the drinking, casual flings, and clothes-clothes-clothes that Alexa embraces. Holly would rather track down Diego, a boy she met there and with whom she shared her first kiss at age 13. When she finds him, however, the magnetic hunk seems to prefer Alexa. While most of these pages simply promote brand-name clothing, shallow self-images, sexist stereotypes, irresponsible underage drinking, and other risky behaviors, the plot rides through on the two girls' character development as together they each find new sides of themselves. The conclusion is too neat, too simple, too shallow, and a perfectly satisfying way to end this fluffy vacation read.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library
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Amanda MacGregor (KLIATT Review, November 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 6))
16-year-old Alexa is looking for a little excitement in her life. Tired of her boyfriend Tyler, who she find naïve, safe, and entirely too nice, Alexa breaks up with him and cancels their spring break plans. Shocked to find herself now with no place to go for break, she calls up her old best friend Holly. The girls decide to hit South Beach, Florida and try to revive their friendship. Their trip is barely underway before both Alexa and Holly are questioning why they ever thought this was a good idea. With little in common anymore except for the memories of a faded friendship, they must struggle to get along and overcome their differences. When a boy comes between them, they realize they are more alike than they think. Good girl Holly dabbles in Alexa’s more free-spirited lifestyle, and Alexa finds herself wanting something more than just a good time. South Beach is just as predictable and vapid as the cover makes it look, riddled with spoiled kids who drink, smoke, and hook up indiscriminately with everyone of the opposite sex they meet. Fortunately, the likeable Holly keeps the story interesting and Alexa, who initially seems one-dimensional, becomes a more compelling character. This will appeal to fans of Haley Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, and Zoey Dean. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, Scholastic, 318p., $8.99. Ages 15 to 18.