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Forever Summer: Two Books In One: Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer

(Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,453 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Forever Summer: Two Books In One from bestselling author Alyson Noël: Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer

Summer. A break from the burdens of school. Deep tans, deeper thoughts. Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true . . . What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the fami
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Published April 26th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Katie they are completely different one takes place in California the other on some island in Greece.
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ArmyGirls Read too
Lets see what this one will give us. Ever since giving up on the Immortal series, I kind of try to avoid her books. Doesn't hurt to give another chance.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laguan Cove: I... really don't know what to say. I thought the plotline would somehow be a little more complicated... or maybe it's because of - once again - the boring fact that I've probably exhausted myself reading enough books that I find it quite challenging to find a good book to read. A book that can surprise me. Don't get me wrong - the book started out okay, but I just felt it spiralling down as it went on. It was all too predictable. Ellie won the surf competition. Anne and Chris are t ...more
My English review :

Mon avis en français :

Cet ouvrage comprend deux romans qui sont totalement distincts l'un de l'autre, donc deux histoires complètement différentes mais qui ont toutes les deux un point commun : l'action se déroule en plein été, à proximité de la mer (sur une petite île grecque pour la première et sur la côte californienne pour l'autre) ce qui en fait une excellente lecture en cette période d'été.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love summer reads! This book contain two books of a great summer, filled with finding yourself, new loves, and new friends.

The first book, Laguna Cove is about a girl named Anne who moves half way across the country after her parents nasty divorce. Anne is dumped in an abandoned home and hates it. Let me say the both these stories deal with a divorce and finding peace in it. Anne had to learn to deal with her mom's new relationship and her dad's career. The parents I felt were selfish. For me,
May 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First of all this actually has 2 books in one, the first one is Laguna Cove and the second is Cruel Summer. These were my first Alyson Noel books to read and I was actually very disappointed. Normally I like summery novels like these but I found both of these books so completely boring. It took me so long to finish and I had to force myself to finish both of these books. The book "Laguna Cove" felt to me like it moved so slowly and when I finally reached the end it didn't even resolve any of the ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Laguna Cove
This book followed four girls through their first few months of their new high school year. Each girl has a different problem a majority of them revolving around guys. Most of the characters were well developed, some of their personalities more shallow then others. All the girls have "at home" problems as well as "school problems". Since all four girls are very different personality wise, you can most defiantly make a connection with at least one of them. Portrait magazine even said "
Roxanne Murray
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and is a different romance book than I thought. I liked how it was more unpredictable then most of the books I read.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary the only word I can summarize this book with. I didn't enjoy this book whatsoever.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bon et bien, après avoir lu les deux tomes d'un coup, je dois dire que ça ne cassais pas la baraque Very Happy

Certes la plume de l'auteur est très fluide et l'idée de journal intime pour raconter l'histoire de Dorothy dans le premier tome est une idée géniale mais il est vrai que j'ai, moi aussi eu du mal à entrer dans l'histoire. Et les sms, n'en parlons même pas, j'ai eu mal aux yeux tellement la traduction est tirée par les cheveux.

Après pour les deux histoires, j'ai trouvé qu'il y avait une
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you’re searching for the perfect summer beach read, look no further than Forever Summer by Alyson Noël. Forever Summer consists of two books—Laguna Cove and Cruel Summer. Below, I will review each book separately and then discuss which story I preferred.

Laguna Cove

Laguna Cove follows four girls—new comer Alyson and pre-existing residents Ellie, Lola, and Jade. While Anne struggles to fit into the Californian lifestyle after moving from Connecticut, Ellie prepares to score a surfing sponsors
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Laguna Cove but wasn’t much a fan of Cruel Summer, didn’t have the desire to finish that part of the book.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
was cute. well written kinda what you would expect from this sort of story.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two summer-based stories by the same author, though neither seem to be linked whatsoever. I will review each story separately.

Laguna Cove


The plot reminded me a lot of Zoey Dean's The A-List, only a bit more tame. There were several storylines though the major one involves two girls being jealous with one another as well as a surfing contest. I found most of the plotlines entertaining and liked it better than The A-List. This book had a little more depth to it. Not a ton,
Michelle Wrona
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, favorites
Since two novels are included in this book, I'll review each of the two seperately, and then compare the two together.

Laguna Cove:

I found that this one was the perfect summer beach read, why didn't I read it sooner?

In Forever Summer, we have Anne, who's mother sends her to live with her director father in Laguna Beach, California. When she immediately fits in with the cool surfer crowd, Anne must choose between love and friendship, or the other way around. Learning to surf, going to her fir
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, as all of you probably know, this book is a 2-in-1. First off, let me just say that the cover art of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I love the body language of the models, and the sun shining down on them. So, onto the reviews:

"Laguna Cove": I really really didn't like this book. I hated how there was really no main character. Of course it was Anne, but the story seemed to focus too much on the other characters, so it didn't really seem like she was in the spotlight. Speaking of Anne, I h
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 – Laguna Cove
This was a quick and easy read. This is the first book by Alyson Noel I’m reading, just because I happened to find it on my shelf and decided to check it out. It was quick easy, fun read. Sure there are some points I liked and others I didn’t but overall a good book to wind down from reading something heavier.

We start off by meeting Anne who has recently moved to California from CT to live with her father. Here she meets a large group of friends who have been friends forever
Alexandra ☆Reading By Starlight☆
*Re-read 2016, Actual Score 4.5 stars.

Even though it's the dead of winter here in Melbourne, Australia and we've got serve weather warnings and blistering cold fronts after watching the film 'Kings of Mykonos' I was seriously in the mood for some summer ya contemporary. I know - where is the logic in this? Perhaps I just wanted to escape the cold for a moment and pretend that I was in a world of sun kissed skin, blue skies and the endless possibilities of romance. I just keep telling myself; on
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
Forever Summer is a story about loss, love, and finding your way to happiness.
There are two seperate stories in this book: Laguna Beach and Cruel Summer. I will be giving a small review for each one.

Laguna Beach: 3/5 stars. I enjoyed this story. It has 4 different POV's and each character has an interesting story. However, sometimes it got a little confusing as to which character it was. All in all, it was entertaining and I sympathized for the characters and what they were going through. There
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has come as such a surprise to me I'm amazed that I haven't read it sooner. It was different than expected and very enjoyable. Though both books were very similar they had a different feel to them, which is a big relief because I would not like to read two of the same stories. As for the similarities and how they differ; both are contemporary and both follow a main character that is on the move due to a divorce, but one is moving to be with her dad in California and the other is moving ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed both books in this fantastic duo novel. Both stories were equally intriguing, and made me lust summer (which is a huge compliment considering I hate summer). They were short, got to the point, and the characters were developed perfectly. There were unexpected twists and the writing style keeps you hooked every page. I couldn't put it down and I kept reading this book! I truly enjoyed it and I want to read more books by this author! I can't choose which book of the two I like ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on Kindle hoping to get a typical corny summer teenage romancey novel. However both stories had major flaws. I loved Laguna Cove and its storyline but it ended so abruptly that I did not even realize it was over until I was onto the next story and I was so disappointed with the lack of real closure that it was hard to appreciate the good parts during the story. Frankly, I found Cruel Summer very annoying. The main character, Colby is very immature and constantly complains abou ...more
Kelly Hager
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book, Laguna Cove, is about a girl named Anne who's moving to California to live with her dad. The second, Cruel Summer, is about Colby, who goes to Greece for the summer while her parents are going through an incredibly acrimonious divorce.

They're both about adjusting to what seem to be less-than-optimal circumstances (although can I just say that moving to California or spending a summer in Greece both seem pretty awesome to me?) and they're both incredibly fun. I liked Anne better
Jennifer Lee
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Do you want to read a cliche, corny romance that's not even set in summer? Perfect, then read Laguna Cove. There are a million things I didn't like about this book. After finishing Laguna Cove, it really stopped me from reading Cruel Summer because the first story sucked. A lot. It's the typical romance story: New girl has hot boyfriend, they fight, they make up yay they live happily ever after! Exept, the thing about this is Chris and Anne, they don't even make up. One chapter they're ignoring
Priscilla Garcia
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I love loved Laguna Cove and I gave this book 4 stars because of Cruel Summer...That girl just wrote and wrote emails and letters..not my fave book.

Laguna Cove ooh this book was awesome, great and good..please please tell me there is going to be book 2/sequel..We have to know what happens between Chris and Anne..I can say that Chris will end up with Ellie..I don't like the idea but he change when Anne told him about Ellie's feelings towards him. Anne is looking at Jake i
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Cruel Summer yet, so I'm just gonna talk about Laguna Cove. I really liked the beginning of the story and the fact that there are so many different characters and conflicts. The problem is the end. I mean, there are so many things left unsaid. It was like Alyson Noel got tired of the story and just wrote something to finish it faster. Also, I think the couples were all wrong. I didn't like how everything turned out to be. I really hope there'll be a second book. I think it's kind ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cassidy Washburn
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Yeah...not the greatest book in the world but more on that later!

So as a whole this book wasn't great. In fact I would probably only give each book in this bind up a 1.5 or maybe 2 and that's being generous. The one thing that was the same in both books, that made me dislike the book so much was actually the main character(s). They were so unlikable and believe me, it is hard to like a book when you can't even like the characters.

I also did not like the switching of perspectives in the firs
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic, giveaway
HATED Laguna Cove. The character were all annoying and petty. I read some of it and skimmed the rest. This made me decide not to read The Immortals Series by Alyson.
Like Cruel Summer. The main character started off annoying and unlikable as well, but it was a cool format, and a cute plot, though the writing felt a little forced. This book made me decide to read The Immortals Series by Alyson. ;)

O stars for Laguna Cover (first time for that)
3 stars (on the Goodreads scale, not my blog's) for Crue
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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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