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Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
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Dec 02, 08

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Read in December, 2008

Colby has finally penetrated the inner circle of the cool kids at her high school when her divorcing parents send her to Greece for the summer. At first Colby clings to home, desperate to maintain the fragile friendship she's developed with bitchy Queen Bee Amanda, but as the summer unfolds she figures out where her loyalties lie and she learns to take life as it comes. Told in journal entries, emails, blog posts, and text messages.

I really enjoyed this funny, fresh novel. Colby starts off pretty clueless and really hurting about her parents' divorce (although she doesn't know how to express it) and she really grows and develops over the course of the novel. It's a mite predictable and Colby seems to act younger than her age, but for me it was funny enough to overlook those slight flaws. Between the cover and the title, I thought I was in for a Gossip Girls-esque read, but I'd liked it more to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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