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3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,151 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Colby hat es gerade geschafft, in Amandas angesagte Clique aufgenommen zu werden. Eigentlich sollte das der beste Sommer überhaupt werden, sogar der supercoole Levi beachtet sie auf einmal. Da schicken sie ihre Eltern zu ihrer verrückten Tante auf eine griechische Insel am Ende der Welt … ohne Internetanschluss! Verzweifelt versucht Colby, Kontakt mit Amanda und Levi zu ha ...more
Klappenbroschur, 256 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by cbj (first published 2008)
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Sarah
Apr 16, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading Cruel Summer, I almost put it down. It wasn't horrible, but it was definitely not for me. Colby seemed annoying and spoiled, but around the middle of the novel, she got likable enough that I could continue reading. Thats not very good. I grabbed this book because it takes place in Greece, which is one of my favorite places in the world, but was disappointed when all Colby did was complain about it.
I decided to give Alyson Noel another chance after reading Saving Zoe
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Yan
Dec 24, 2008 Yan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amy
Aug 08, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am a little bit disappointed to see the low rating of this book, but I understand why. It's clear that this book can get annoying- main character, writing, the letters, the journal, etc. BUT, for some reason, I find myself having to defend this book. Here's why:

I started out this book thinking it's going to be absolutely cheesy and boring. I was thinking in my head that this would be another book I would have to put down and not finish. (Quite annoyed, since I've not been able to find a good b
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Sarah
Jun 17, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I went to the bookstore, I'd have to say that this one caught my eye just by the cover. Simple yet beautiful. Plus, I had been looking for good summer reads, so I decided to give it a try.

So when I started it, I'll be completely honest, I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish it. The journal entry/email/text message format was very hard to get used to. Also, in the beginning, I didn't find the main character, Colby, likeable at all. She reminded me exactly why most people hate our generation. S
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Judit
Oct 17, 2012 Judit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normálne že Noelka toto napísala??!!
Annabella
Apr 03, 2009 Annabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Adele
Mar 08, 2009 Adele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this is a beautiful, simple cover featuring the stark tranquility of the sky and great body language of the models. It jumped out at me from the shelves of my book store despite someone obviously already having read it (grrrr). I hadn't heard of Alyson Noel before I read this last night and I haven't seen her books on the shelves here in Adelaide, Australia but I will be seeking her out from now on. What I loved about this book was the very fluid, chatty writing style that flowed t ...more
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
This is a cute story about Colby figuring out who she is; we take the journey with her, through diary entries, blog post, emails and text messages. Colby has always been one of the girls that wasn't in the inner circle but wanted to be. After a lucky shot in volleyball, the most popular girl in school befriends her. To accept this friendship Colby has to give up her old life and shun her best friend Natalie.

Colby is in the in crowd, attending parties, has a "boyfriend" and staying out pass curfe
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Liznell Vasquez
Sep 03, 2015 Liznell Vasquez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading

This brilliant book by Alyson Noel was truly eye-opening. She describes the disrupted summer of a popularity obsessed teenager, Colby Cavendish. When Colby's parents file for a divorce, they think it is best if she stays with her aunt Tally until it is finalized. The only problem is that Tally lives in Tinos, Greece. Colby is not looking forward to living in Greece for the summer because she recently became friends with the most popular girl at school, Amanda Harman. She is worried Amanda will
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Katherine
Oct 01, 2008 Katherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: simply-awful
Shoot me in the face. I hated this book. I couldn't relate or sympathize or even begin to like the main character. She was just a selfish brat. It was predicatable, cliche, and boring. Maybe if the author had written the book as an acutal story and not as a diary I would have liked it.
Erin
Sep 11, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this book was the cover. ;) It was a typical teen romance. Cute but nothing special.
Pia
Jul 13, 2011 Pia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vielen Dank an den Verlag CBT für die Bereitstellung dieses Rezensionsexemplares!

Colby hat es gerade geschafft, in Amandas angesagte Clique aufgenommen zu werden. Eigentlich sollte das der beste Sommer überhaupt werden, sogar der supercoole Levi beachtet sie auf einmal. Da schicken sie ihre Eltern zu ihrer verrückten Tante auf eine griechische Insel am Ende der Welt … ohne Internetanschluss! Verzweifelt versucht Colby, Kontakt mit Amanda und Levi zu halten. Alles auf dieser griechischen Insel is
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Lettersalad
Jul 24, 2013 Lettersalad rated it did not like it
Shelves: auf-deutsch
Colby ist eines dieser verwöhnten, hochnäsigen und unendlich oberflächlichen Teenie Mädchen, die nichts als Partys, Make-up und Jungs im Hirn haben. Als ihre Eltern sich scheiden lassen, schicken sie Colby zu ihrer Tante nach Griechenland.

Sommer, Sonne, nette Menschen und eine wunderschöne Landschaft auf der charmanten kleinen Insel Tinos klingen bei Colby wie eine Inhaftierung auf Alcatraz.
Nichts und niemand kann es diesem Gör recht machen und in ihren Postkarten, E-Mails und Briefen in die He
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Freya
Apr 12, 2012 Freya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich machs mal auf Deutsch. Also. Das Buch ist jetzt nicht unbedingt lesenswert. Positiv fand ich zum Beispiel das Cover (das deutsche) und die Form, in der das Buch verfasst ist. Es besteht nämlich nur aus SMSn, Emails, Briefen, Tagebuch- und Blogeinträgen der Hauptfigur Colby an irgendwelche Personen. Positiv ist im Nachhinein auch Colbys Entwicklung.
Negativ sind erst mal die Identifikationsprobleme mit Colby. Sie ist ziemlich oberflächlich, lässt richtige Freunde für falsche Freunde fallen und
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Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
1.5
This is the only book (so far) that I felt like giving up numerous of times! but I didn't.

Told entirely through Colby's letters, journal entries, and blog posts, this story is one of a girl's search for her identity and struggle to fit in. And this, like so many other young adult novels, is a great idea. I just wish I found Colby a little more likable. She's just so whiny. I mean, sure, teens are typically an unhappy and angsty bunch when things don't go their way, but Colby is more like a pe
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Reut
May 30, 2011 Reut rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Original review at http://reutreads.wordpress.com/2011/0...

Cruel Summer is a relatively normal beach read. Nothing too exciting. I like Alyson Noel's Immortals series, and have the first book in the spin-off series, Radiance in my tbr-pile, and almost cried during Saving Zoe. But this one was not really a game-changer for me. Didn't cut the cheesecake, if you know what I'm saying.

Cruel Summer is a "mixed media" kind of book that takes different formats, like blog posts and journal entries, and m
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Rachael
Aug 13, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colbie Cavendish is looking forward to a fun summer spenet partying with her new (and über-popular) circle of friends. Unfortunately, her fighting parents decide to send her to a tiny Greek island no one’s ever heard of to stay with her crazy aunt Tally. This is practically unforgivable to Colbie since she’ll only have minimal contact with her new friends (email) and is worried they’ll forget her. But when Colbie finally takes a break from being depressed about her vacation when she spends mostl ...more
Erik
Mne sa to pacilo, co s tym narobim. Colby, nasu hlavnu hrdinku poslu rozvadzajuci sa rodicia do Grecka za strelenou tetou Tally. A tam sa deje vsetko co sa v letnej knizke diat ma. Cele je to pisane formou listou, esemesiek, e-mailov, blogu a dennika z Colbinej strany. Noelova tymto naozaj prekvapila, ziadne sprosta hrdinka, ziadne nerealno, lahky letny pribeh, ktory sa hodi ako citanie na plaz, prvu polovicu precitate kym si opalite predok, druhu kym zadok.
Necakajte ziadnu tazku literaturu a i
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Jule
Apr 18, 2015 Jule rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rezensiert
Colby wird von ihren Eltern auf eine kleine Insel nach Griechenland geschickt, zu ihrer verrückten Tante und ohne Internetanschluss!! Ausgerechnet jetzt, als sie es geschafft hat Amandas “Freundin” zu werden und der beste Sommer ihres Lebens vor der Tür stand. Auf Tinos, der kleinen griechischen Insel, fühlt sich Colby einsam und findet das Leben dort schrecklich hinterwäldlerisch. Doch als sie Yannis kennenlernt scheint alles doch nicht mehr so furchtbar…
Alyson Noel erzählt in „Hibiskussommer“
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Muskan
This book have plenty of reasons to be good, and plenty of reasons to be bad. One of the reasons that this book is good, because it is knowledgeable. You will get to know loads about Greece (mostly Tinos) and some Greek words which is cool. But on the same hand, if you have been to Greece & liked it, or want to go there, then it will be kind of frustrating since pretty much everything Colby does at first, is complain about it.

Secondly, since the book is a series of journals, postcards, e-ma
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Shelby
Seventeen year old Colby Cavendish finds herself being shipped off to the tiny Greek island of Tinos (that not only has no tv., but also no computer or internet!) to live with her "crazy aunt Tally" while her parents sort out all the details of their nasty divorce. At first, Colby does nothing but complain about everything, and worry and obsess about how she will stay tight with the "popular crowd" at school, (and the total hottie, Levi Bonham, her one time hookup!) while she is away. But everyt ...more
Maddison77
Jul 27, 2015 Maddison77 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-day-reads
There comes a time for every avid reader, a time of desperation. I picked this book up because my local library was sort of in limbo, all the books I wanted were "on order" so I was kind of desperate.

I had two major issues right away with this book. One was right after I read the back. Colby, the main character whines and whines over the fact that her parents hate her, they are sending her to Greece, yes I repeat GREECE to spend the summer with her aunt. Oh poor you. I am a teenager myself and
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Kathy
Ok first of all lets just get this out there...I'm 38, what am I doing reading a book that my 16 year old if not my 11 year old should be reading?!?!?!!!!

Ok that's out there and now that aside....ok wait I can't put that aside because I think that is my main problem with this book.

Ok so Colby's parents are getting a divorce. To save her from all the drama and ugliness they send her to stay with her not well known aunt. She's eccentric...but really who cares SHE LIVES IN GREECE. Wait wait that's
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Joanna
Jun 15, 2014 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book about a week ago, since I had just gotten out for summer break and I wanted to celebrate with a "Summer Read" and I figured "Cruel Summer" would be a good choice. Right? Wrong... So very, very, very wrong.

First of all, Colbie is a very dislikable character (seriously, I forgot her name and had to think for a moment to remember it). I was 11 pages into this book and I already wanted to fling it against the wall and not pick it up, but I am a reading warrior and I cont
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Cloie
So like everyone else who read this book, first impressions weren't the greatest. Or at least that's what I believe. The format of this story was different from what I was expecting. It's a series of texts, letters, journal entries, and blogs. I thought that would make it harder for me to enjoy the book, but I got used to it. The other problem was the main character, she was irritating and whiny. Her decisions through out the story weren't always the greatest, but in the end she learned some gre ...more
Alyssa
May 06, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character REALLY annoyed me for the first half of the book. But she grew on me, and in the end I actually liked her. The concept of the story is also really cute (and cliche but..). I enjoyed the overall message that the story was trying to tell. I don't know if I would recommend this book, but I am glad that I finished it.
Jessica
Jun 30, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alyson Noel has released another work of art. This book was humorous, engaging, captivating, and entertaining. I read it one sitting. And although I might have found it in the young adult section. I'm nearly 30 and I thought it was brilliant! Either I'm still a teen at heart, or this book has the power to appeal to anyone...at any age!
Jenyy
Jun 23, 2010 Jenyy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ITS RLY GOOD!
I am so proud Of reading this book but the ending was so sad I wish they would end up being together and meeting each other again somehow other than parting away and living in different countries. I loved everything in this book but the ending should be different. Better I suppose...
Irini
Dec 26, 2014 Irini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book without knowing what it's about, because I really liked 'the Immortal'-series by Alyson Noel. I read this book in a plane while flying to Greece and the book kinda started with Colby flying to Greece too so that was funny. So to the book itself, I didn't have high expectations on the storyline, just because I don't usually read this genre. I liked Alyson Noels writing and the story was really cute and fun to read. It's definetly a summer read if you are asking me and the chara ...more
Noelle
Nov 17, 2010 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
romantic????
Yes it is.
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