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Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel – Review by Tarah, Teen Blogger

Cruel Summer - book coverSome things in life seem totally unfair. When you get yourself into one of these situations, all you have to do is find the bright side of the situation, and just maybe you’ll find that it isn’t as bad as you’d originally thought. In Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, not only does Colby Cavendish find the bright side, she also learns some invaluable lessons about who she is and who she could become.

Colby Cavendish finally joins the popular crowd, and she’s looking forward to what could be the best summer ever. That is, until her parents decide to send her to a small Greek island to live with her crazy aunt Tally with no cell phone reception and no internet access (except at an internet cafe). She’s absolutely miserable until she meets Yannis, a cute local boy who seems to be related to everybody on the island. Over the course of the summer, Colby learns that friends are more important than popularity and that things may not always be as bad as they seem.

The thing that immediately caught my attention about this book was the interesting format it was written in: letters, blog posts, journal entries and the occasional text. We really got to see how much the attitude of her thoughts changed over one short summer.

I also found it interesting how she acts like she’s spoiled rotten in the beginning, but she doesn’t really seem like an underdeveloped character. She’s whiny and attention-seeking, but you can tell that she’s also scared and confused.

The book wasn’t really a mystery novel, but there was a mysterious Anonymous who commented on her blog. I found that small mystery to be a bit predictable, though maybe it was just a lucky guess.

In conclusion, this book is a good choice if you’re looking for a meaningful yet quick read. It isn’t a genre that I would usually go for, but I definitely enjoyed it.


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