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Product Details

  • Series: The Romantic Comedies
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141690011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416900115
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–Through a series of highly contrived events, Lula and Jeff end up getting an apartment the summer after high school graduation and working in the restaurant below. The owner is a saucy Latina with a flair for Celia Cruz and Cuban cuisine. The other apartment dwellers are a collection of stock "wacky" types, e.g., an old coot, a flashy black girl, erudite gays, etc. The story follows Lula as she finds love and becomes the songwriter for a band. There are some romantic scenes and a red herring involving studly Enrique, who might be too good to be true. The writing is fairly pedestrian and the story offers no real surprises. The authors try hard to be contemporary and clever, but the pacing, characters, and rudderless plot make the book a bit of a slog. Young teens who are looking for a glimpse into life in a cosmopolitan city will pick the book up, but it certainly lacks sizzle.–Amy Patrick, New York Public Library

About the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written more than 100 novels for children and young adults and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books in the Once upon a Time series include The Crimson Thread and The Night Dance among others.  Another contribution to the Pulse line is her Romantic Comedy, South Beach Sizzle. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, NY.s

Diana Gonzalez loves animals and has worked as a veterinary assistant for the last four years while also attending school. She also teaches horseback riding and has a horse named Albert who she rides regularly. Diana especially enjoys studying art, creative writing, and web design.

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I loved this book it was very refreshing and funny.
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Sometimes I felt like I was going to have a headache just reading about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on April 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eighteen-year-old Lula Cruz is totally stoked about the road trip she'll be taking with her best friend, Jeff, the summer before she begins her studies at a University in Miami. She plans on checking out of hot, sweaty NYC, and diving right in to the cool waters that SoBe (South Beach) provides. However, the two friends are quickly realizing how hard it truly is to be out on their own, with no one there to support them. They get day jobs that totally run them down, and are, how should we put this...totally boring! So Lula and Jeff decide to spice things up by entering a local band contest that could get them televised and everything. The only problem, is that the newest hottie Lula's been hooking up with, Enrique, has also entered the band contest, and is her band's toughest competition. Sure, Enrique is totally mesmerizing to look at, but Lula's not sure if she can trust him with her secrets...or her heart.

As a HUGE fan of the SIMON PULSE ROMANTIC COMEDY series, I never pass up the opportunity to read their latest releases, which is why SOUTH BEACH SIZZLE quickly caught my eye. Suzanne Weyn & Diana Gonzalez have created an excellent book for anyone looking for an easy read during their Spring Break or Summer Vacation. The characters found in SOUTH BEACH SIZZLE are upbeat, fun, and all feature unique personalities. The romance is cute, and will definitely appeal to pre-teen and teenage girls; while the band competition will appeal to aspiring musicians of the female gender. Overall, this was a wonderful addition to the SIMON PULSE ROMANTIC COMEDY series, that will be enjoyed by all.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Nerd on June 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, this book was funny, entertainable, and predictable. There was no tragic break-up with a happy reunion. The end of friendship thing lasted, like, two pages. It was pretty funny, but it's not the type of book that keeps you guessing until the end. It's basically about a girl named Lula finding out about herself. But, she doesn't change from self concious to a wild woman. I think that they could have edited it a little more and added more of a plot twist. I don't know. It was fun to read but not really enlighting. I've read sooooooo many better spring break books. Yet, I must admit, this wasn't the worst. It could have been a lot better. If you want to check it out of a lib. then go ahead. But PLEASE don't waste your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willow on March 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love all the books in this "series" (Royally Jacked, Spin Control, Ripped at the Seams, etc.), and I couldn't wait to read SOUTH BEACH SIZZLE.

SOUTH BEACH SIZZLE is about Lula Cruz and her best friend Jeff. They move from New York to South Beach, Florida the summer before they start college, and the trip is a bit of a disaster from the start. Lula is going to stay with her dad, and is planning on getting to know him better, and Jeff is going to be staying with his ultra-strict uncle. When both Jeff and Lula realize that they can't possibly stay where they are, the two of them decide that they have to find an apartment that's relatively cheap. Enter CeCe's Cuban Cafe, a small cafe in South Beach that isn't doing to well business-wise. There's an apartment over the restaurant, and the owner (CeCe) decides that Lula and Jeff can stay there if they offer to work in her restaurant.

SOUTH BEACH SQUEEZE is a cute story about friendship, music, and romance. My favorite thing about the book was all the pop culture references, but it's overall a really enjoyable read.

Overall grade - A
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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This book is really hard for me to review, because I have mixed feelings about it. It is very well written, and the plot is really excellent, and all the events went together perfectly and cleverly. The only thing I didn't like was all that music and dancing, as I am not a music person. But if I were to fairly grade the book, I would have to give it a perfect score; I wouldn't be able to fairly hold the music against it.

This is a teen book, probably considered a teen romance. It takes place the summer after Lula and Jeff graduate high school. They go from New York to Florida. (I will not tell you how or why they went to Florida - you have to read the book to find out.) They both quickly get jobs at CeCe's Cuban Cafe, and also live above the cafe. Lula is a talented poet, in fact, she is going to go to college on a writing or poetry scholarship. Lots of fun and adventure this summer. Fun on the Florida beach. Jeff and Lula have full lives that summer, between work at the cafe and their fun beach life.

CeCe, the owner of the cafe, is a very compassionate person. Jeff and Lulu also find out she is a very talented singer. It would be a perfect world if everybody had a boss and a landlord as nice and compassionate as her.

There is just too much singing and dancing in this book. Sometimes I felt like I was going to have a headache just reading about it. That's how sensitive I am to music and dancing. Needless to say, I could never go to nightclubs or restaurants where there is music. I hate loud music and I despise dancing. I almost deducted a star because of it, but I think I should fairly judge this by the plot and events that led to the conclusion of the plots, and it was a very good story idea, and very well written.
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