Friday, January 16, 2009
Cruel Summer - Alyson Noel
“This was supposed to be my best summer yet, the one I’ve been working toward since practically forever. Now I’m being banished from everything I know and love, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”
Having recently discarded her dorky image--and the best friend that went with it--Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.
Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.
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, but Cruel Summer was a fabulous read. I enjoyed it a lot - almost as much as I did Saving Zoe by the same author.
Cruel Summer has somewhat of a slow start, but when it starts to get interesting, it picks up right away after she gets to Tinos. Once it starts to get interesting, you won't want to put it down.
Alyson Noel really knows how to write a teenager's feelings. If I was in Colby's place, I would feel pretty much the same way that she does. Under her confident self, you see a teenager who is just confused and scared as to what will come next in her life. She doesn't know what will happen and she doesn't like it very much. The emotions are written really well, to say the least.
Cruel Summer is a wonderful read and the only real bad thing I can say about it was the slow start. Other than that, it was really, really good. And it was fun reading it now in the middle of winter when it was snowing outside, because it took place in warm Tinos and it made me think of summer. :) Which is always a plus, to me. :)