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Laguna Cove

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,114 ratings  ·  126 reviews
In Alyson Noël's Laguna Cove, moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. The hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing. And then there's Ellie: beautiful, competitive queen of the social scene who takes an instant disliking to Anne. So when Chris--on ...more
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Published July 25th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was typical modern teenage fare. Rich girl moves from East Coast to Laguna Beach, becomes girl surfer, gets cute boyfriend.... One wonders if modern teenagers relate to this sort of thing. One thing about '80's teen novels- they were mostly about average girls..the ones today are always about the fabulously wealthy doing things and going places most people never will. I usually love anything about surfing, but this one was nothing special.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book is a light summer read . I got attached to the characters. However i wasn't really convinced with the ending it's missing a lot . Nothing was resolved . It would be way much better if there's a sequel so we can know what happens to the characters
Kailee Bauch
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was pretty boring and just plain stupid. The characters were underdeveloped and shallow--no real substance to the story whatsoever. The ending wasn't even an ending, just the end of chapter with nothing else after. The story was not completed at all. All the loose ends weren't tied up, the story just abruptly stopped. There's so much that could have been added to make it a more enriched novel. This book was a HUGE disappointment. Do not read this book unless you want to be sorely dissa ...more
Jessica Madden
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an okay read. I was expecting more from it, but it's still a good read.
Manon Chartier
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
It was a very good spring read, it was light and funny and a really quick read to read in the park with the sun !
Jennifer Wardrip
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Anne feels like she is being punished by her parents by being forced to move in with her dad. Her mom and dad are in the process of a divorce because Anne's mom has been cheating and is in love with her boyfriend. Anne is being pulled from the life that she loves; her amazing boyfriend, Justin, all of her friends, and her beloved diving team, which she was just crowned the captain of.

Laguna Cove, where Anne's dad lives, is a rich neighborhood where
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I bought Forever Summer which this book, Laguna Cover, and Cruel Summer were included in it. There have been many negative reviews due to the ending of this book however once finishing it I didn't think it was as bad as I thought it would of been.

Anne is the new girl in town. She is continuously worrying about fitting in with everyone at school but she soon finds out there is nothing to worry about. Anne, I found, was a strong and confident character. She wasn't afraid to take risks that may end
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book pretty slowly. June was a busy month and I didn't feel like reading. I still enjoyed this book a lot.

It had a lot of the modern teenage clichés, but if you are able to get past those it is a laid back summer book.

Anne moves to Laguna cove to live with her dad. This place is totally different than New York. Anne doesn't feel like she fits into until she meets Lola, who introduces her to Jade, Ellie, and Chris. Ellie has liked Chris for years, but when she notices that Chris lik
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Though this is a fun light summer read, I thought the story was a bit hurried and I wasn't a particularly huge fan of the ending. At first I was a little doubtful that the multiple points of view would work, but then I thought they worked quite nicely together. In reaching the end I realized that so many iteresting aspects to the characters were introduced, but they were never really developed. So to me the entire novel seemed almost too light, and the characters a bit too 2-D. But I found there ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I honestly didn't like this book at all. There were only one or two good parts and that was it. It was a quick read, but I had to push myself to keep reading it. I felt like there were so many things in the book by the end that I was hoping that there would have been a sequel that would have tied up the loose ends. Like what happened with Chris and Anne or Diego and Lola and everything with Anne and her mom. I felt like this was a reoccurring theme throughout the book. Like with Justin and Anne. ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: summer, 2014
I TRIED. I really did.

I couldn't finish it.

It was unbearable. Clichéd plot - which I wouldn't have minded, I was only looking for mindless entertainment, after all - but it was badly written, too.

Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy a little bit of cheesy contemporary as much as the next person but this was just so BORING and uneventful that I couldn't get through it. I did not even remotely relate to any of the characters and kept confusing them all with each other because nothing about them st
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love young love books
Recommended to Heidy by: My librarian/friend
This book is breathtaking, because there are intence love moments that I even forget to breathe. It made me feel like is I was living it,it felt so real. I learned that when you are jealous because someone stole your boyfriend don't get mad at the person that he loves because it is not her fault. And I would recommend this book to those who love romance books about teenagers,because it is about young love.
Abigail  Hirst
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: district4ever
I loved the whole California vibe as its one of my favourite places in the world, and I really loved the whole surf scene. Other than that I struggled to love other aspects of Laguna Cove. I felt there were too many characters to get a real grasp on their personalities and the story I felt didn't have too much structure in terms of passing or time scale.
Aliyah Northington
Jun 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you're looking for a light summer read, this is not it. I just finished He's With Me by Tamara Summers and even though it was juvenile, it was a cute read. This book was awful, and it doesn't even have a real ending. I wanted to stop reading it about 20 pages in, but I decided to give it a chance. I never regret reading anything, but this was really not worth my time.
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: complete-garbage
I read about half this book before I finally just couldn't do it any longer. Everything about it was cliche and it just started to get really annoying how everything was so perfect for everyone all the time. So I gave up. I don't suggest it to anyone! It was beyond boring.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
this book was a good light summer read! that was great when you just wanted to read when you sitting by the pool!!!

Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Dec 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Not at all what I expected. Too many characters and not enough story devoted to them. Too much left hanging. Not all that impressed.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
When Anne moves to Laguna Beach, California from Connecticut, her entire life changes. Anne doesn’t quite know how to fit into the laid-back California surfer culture. She’s never surfed before, and this sets her apart even more from the other people at school. She finally is able to meet some friends at a Hollywood screening and also decides to give surfing a try. A gorgeous guy named Chris offers to teach her the basics. Most of the others accept her into their group, but one girl named Ellie ...more
Meilyana Xu
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Patricia Cortez
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a light summer read but I was pretty disappointed with the ending. As many reviewers have brought up, a number of interesting storylines were introduced but were never followed through or properly explained. Despite the story following the lives of four different people, only one character's story received a proper ending. I felt like this story was underdeveloped in so many ways.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an okay book, I’m not to fond of the ending.
Johana Lara
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good book!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy light summer reading! Perfect for the beach or pool while relaxing. Typical teen summer romance!
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Starting with the plot....

Anne has been forced to uproot her high school existence and move all the way to Laguna Beach to live with her father after her parents' divorce. After her elite prep school upbringing in Connecticut, Anne is completely unprepared for the life of glitz and glam that awaits her in California.

As she assimilates into the popular teen crowd, Anne encounters a handsome boy named Chris who seems to show possibilities for a romantic future. Except, queen bee Ellie, the most b
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book did not blow me away however I do not think it meant to. It was the perfect light summer read and the characters were extremely relatable. The lines between good and bad were blurred and it shows that nobody is perfect.
The story was basically about four girls.
Anne : The East Coast Girl who moved to sunny Cali and badly wanted to fit in. Anne was a diving champ at her old school and she was sent across the country to California against her wishes to live with her dad where she met Chri
Sara Shalash
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
After reading such a heavy read earlier, Laguna Cove was just what I needed to lighten the mood. It was fast, enjoyable, and very fluffy. It was the perfect mindless read to take your mind of things. It felt nice to jump into the warm environment of Laguna Cove. Although I did enjoy this one, I did have some issues about it.

Anne is being forced to move to luxury California to live with her dad. It sounds really great to most people, but not to Anne. Things were great back home, she had a great b
Kim Ortiz
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laguna Cove by Alyson Noёl is a really fascinating book about a teenagers summer. This story is about a teenage girl called Anne who moves in with her dad to a private gated place called Laguna Cove she at first hates. Anne is a gorgeous blonde girl who left a great impact in a guy called Chris. Anne caught the attention of Chris, Laguna Cove most handsome, good-looking, great surfer and on going guy. While these two characters in the story find their similarities in many thing, Ellie is the mos ...more
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Anne's a 17 year-old from the East Coast and moves to the West Coast to live with her movie business dad after her parents divorce. Then, there's beautiful blonde Ellie who grew up in Laguna Cove and is a competitive surfer and amazing student. These girls each seem way different, but like most girls they have their own family issues.

From the moment the two girls meet, they don't get along. Anne instantly finds cute boy Chris attractive and Ellie has had a crush on him FOREVER. Not only are they
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Summary :Moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. The hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing. And then there’s Ellie: beautiful, competitive queen of the social scene who takes an instant disliking to Anne. So when Chris—one of Ellie’s oldest friends and, oh yeah, the most gorgeous guy in school—reaches out to Anne and offers to teach her how to surf, sparks fly…in m ...more
Zoe Joy
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book 4 stars because of the general idea of it. Summer, feel good, surfing. Also I'm always in Laguna and I have been to Laguna Cove and many of the venues in the book. The characters were ok. At first I thought the book was about Anne but through reading, it was about a few characters. I kind of liked how each character was represented in detail though the chapters kind of go back and fourth between them so at times I got lost. I defiantly think the book sort of leaves you hangi ...more
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Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of 26 novels, including: Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Savi
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