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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439706785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439706780
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Kliatt
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.

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I am an author of teen novels, as well as a book editor, living and working in New York City. NYC is where I was born, and have lived all my life, barring brief stints in glamorous Poughkeepsie, and (truly) sublime Aix-en-Provence, France. When I am not click-clacking on my trusty laptop or making pencil marks on manuscripts, I am happiest sharing good meals with good friends, losing myself in the pages of a thick novel, a poetry collection, or a magazine, exploring New York City on foot, browsing the Nanette Lepore boutique in SoHo, watching almost any kind of movie, laughing so hard my stomach hurts, and dancing around my room listening to (as of late) Ray Charles. Writing is my passion, and when I am away from my characters and stories, I miss them tremendously. I hope this blog (plog?) will give me a chance to connect with my readers, and see the world beyond the blank page.
Please visit me online at www.aimeefriedmanbooks.com

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my little sister when she was do ne she told me to read it.
Chrissy
Aimee Freidman's book South Beach is a story of two high school girls partying in South Beach, Florida for spring break.
Team LitPick
I recommend this book for teenage girls in high school some of the material is made for older kids.
Corrie

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Professor Mom on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am an English teacher, so I feel qualified to say that this book is a must-read for adolescent women. It not only captures the exhilirating sense of freedom of being on vacation away from one's parents, but it also plumbs the depths of relationships between friends. Friendship, maturity and girl power (as well as fun, sexy romantic scenes) are the backbone of this novel. Buy it for your daughter, sister or friend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book 'Em Danno on June 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Spring Break is here and two girls from New Jersey named Alexa and Holly decide to go to South Beach, Miami to live it up. Sounds like fun and not out of the ordinary for best friends to do? Well Alexa and Holly go to South Beach under slightly different circumstances. They used to be best friends before they got to high school and each one is using the other as an escape from New Jersey for Spring Break. Alexa needs to get away because she just broke up with her boyfriend Tyler and her friends don't have any room for her to go with them to Cozumel. Holly's strict parents won't let her go to California with her friends so she's stuck in New Jersey. Alexa convinces Holly to travel to South Beach with her while Holly comes up with the plan that they'll use the convenient excuse of visiting her Grandma Ida. Holly doesn't mention to Alexa that she's hoping to meet up with her first kiss crush, Diego.

The plan sounds great but just unravels from there. The girls get to Miami and Grandma Ida has no intention of the girls messing up her over-50 groove thing, so she gets a hook for them at the motel Flamingo and agrees to keep it on the down low from Holly's parents. The girls meet a party crew their age at the motel and proceed to spend their week clubbin', finding old and new loves, making friends, and finally realizing what they missed in each other as best friends.

This is a pretty good book although all of these teenagers drink alcohol like fish and hookups are the norm for them. This is girls gone wild for the teenage set. Really this story doesn't have anything you wouldn't get from watching The O.C. or Laguna Beach. Ms. Friedman does have good writing skills and manages to have good character development with both Alexa and Holly. I really liked the ending in that it wasn't fairy tale but realistic and at the same time satisfying to me as a reader. I think Ms. Friedman has a good book her and would read other novels from her in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amany- San Francisco on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
South Beach written by Aimee Friedman is an excellent book! I have never read a book with so many unexpected and scandalous events. The book starts out with Alexandria St. Laurent, a typical rich teenager, who thinks very highly of herself. She's popular, beautiful, and everyone wanted a piece of her. Problem was that she knew all this. "She knew for a fact that at least seven boys in the junior class and two seniors had crushes on her." (Pg. 7) Then there was Holly Jacobson, the quiet and athletic teenager, who wasn't exactly in the "in crowd". "With her wide, sparkling gray-green eyes, sprinkling of freckles on her nose and cheeks and straight, honey-brown hair, Holly was as innocent as she looked." (Pg. 16) Alexa and Holly used to be childhood friends, but drifted when they had hit high school. "There had never been an official split--no screaming matches, no proclamations of a destroyed friendship. Their phone calls and e-mails simply got fewer and farther between, and soon Holly was just a face Alexa passed in Oakridge High hallways." (Pg. 17) It wasn't until Alexa had been on her own for spring break that she had decided to reacquaint with Holly. They both decided to hit up the hottest place for spring break-South Beach, Miami. They originally were supposed to stay with Holly's funky Grandma Ida. However, they felt like privacy and room was being invaded. So Grandma Ida had hooked them up at the local Motel Flamingo. The girls meet other vacationing teens in the motel, and soon become friends. They go to the clubs, where a lot of teenage drinking and sexual content is taken place. "As she twirled around, her skirt flared naughtily. She felt good and drunk now, which loosened her limbs and made her moves even more fluid.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A lover of juicy books on April 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Number One South Beach Fan,

I agree with you! A. Cochran shouldn't have taken the book away, but should have just told the girl to put it in her backpack and not to bring it to school again. This book can be a learning experience! It can teach girls the consciences of drinking and sex. These girls are unbelievely real, and girls go through the type of things that are in this book all the time! If your parents say it's ok to read it, then defiantly read it! It maybe 'trashy' to you A. Cochran, but to some other people it's interesting and a good read. Aren't teachers always pressuring students to learn about the consiciences of teen drinking and sex early? Well this can help girls understand those consiciences. It can also teach girls how to handle situations and prevent the situations these girls are in. But for those people who haven't read the book: it's not trashy and a must read!

South Beach is about Holly and Alexa's spring break vacation. Holly can't wait to finally see Diego again,her first love. But when the two finally, meet Diego thinks of Holly as just a friend, like on their last night together 2 years before. Unaware of Holly's feelings for Diego, Alexa and Diego win up kissing in a cabana at a club. Holly discovers them and is hurt. Alexa thinks Diego is a two-timing loser, and runs off after Holly in confusion. Through out the book both Holly and Alexa make discovers about themselves that makes Holly more confident and Alexa a better friend. What happens with Alexa and Diego? You'll have to read the rest of this juicy book to find out!
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