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Tall Cool One

(A-List #4)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,250 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Tall Cool One is the fourth novel in this witty and risqué series that takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati.

New York blueblood Anna Percy came to L.A. to learn how to have a good time. Now she's surfing Zuma Beach with the industry's hottest young television producer. But duty calls and Anna must jet down to Las Casitas, Mexic
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by Poppy (first published April 1st 2005)
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Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Anna is sick of boys. She doesn’t want to worry about how she looks or acts, and is irritated with her family for being so superficial. When her father bails on one of his work trips, Anna takes the opportunity to go in his place. She ends up at a resort in Mexico and decides to learn how to surf. Her friend Sam has the opposite problem. Samantha (Sam) wants to fret over her appearance, find someone to crush on, and live life the wild way, even though she’s not really a wild girl. A few days (a ...more
I will admit I skipped all the Dee - Poppy chapters and some of Sam’s. They just do not interest me at all, and they’re always gossiping so you get a recap in the next chapter anyway. I think Adam and Cammie are cute and I’m glad Sam has a potential love interest as well. Anna, well I think it was good she’s finally alone in this book as I think her character needed some “me time.” It’s a good series if you are into Gossip Girls and Pretty Little Liars. Quick, fun, light reads!
Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))
Anna is still player.. But whatever....

I am so weird that I liked this series when I was young but I was never finish with it by last two books! -_- Have to finish this series then I can move on!
Lauren R.
Honestly maybe 4.25-4.5 stars! I love this one. Cammie is showing her human side. Sam finally has Eduardo and maybe some confidence in herself. Anna is learning to be less of an uptight goober. My favorite so far! I want to stay at a fancy resort now...
OK. I'm sorry. The first three books were okay and, all right, this book was kind of enjoyable at times, but this is the most annoying book ever. I think this "Zoey Dean" person is such a pretentious writer, like she hates that she's writing about rich teenagers in Beverly Hills so she tries to sound like she's super smart and could be writing something that's the next super-awesome-great-american-novel. Either that, or she got a little thesaurus-happy because some of her word choices puzzled th ...more
Anna Kerber
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tall Cool One is the story of Anna Percy’s fabulous, yet not so fabulous life in Beverly Hills. Anna finds herself thinking about the meaning of casual sex as she finds everyone around her experimenting with this trend. Anna herself is inexperienced and has only been in love once, with her ex-boyfriend Ben, a student at Princeton. She begins to wonder if something is wrong with her as her friend/enemy, the gorgeous Cammie Sheppard, starts hooking up with Anna's ex, Adam. Although Anna was the on ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2019
Honestly just reading these to try and get them
Off my shelf.
Chassyn Jones
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I give this book two stars. I would not suggest it to anyone. This ones actually one of the worst books I have read because of the story line. I thought it wasn't thought out very well and the plot was basic. It would have been much better if there were at least some type of plot twist or the story got deeper. I have loved all the other novels I have read by Zoey Dean and other books in the genre. Maybe if it was more relatable and realistic it would be better. Although I did enjoy all the detai ...more
Nicole Felten
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! So happy for all of the characters!

To get a break from LA , Anna and Sam head to a Mexican beach resort. But what do they do when they find themselves literally lost in the desert!? I found myself very happy for all of the characters in this book, can't wait for the next in the series!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am trudging my way through this series to remove it from my shelves. These teen romps are shallow and boring, which are already dated and feel old. This book was ridiculously longer than the others in this series and I do not think that was a wise decision.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
very simple love story, it was okay
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Erakky 3/11/08
904 Writing Arts
Book Review
Book: Tall Cool One
Author: Zoey Dean
# of Pages: 295
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Cost: $9.99
ISBN: 0-316-73508-6

Have you ever wanted to live the life of the rich and beautiful?? Zoey Dean does a great job of making you feel like one. “ ‘ Rich Americans! From Beverly Hills, California;’ shouted Sam in English. ‘ My father is Jackson Shape. The famous actor! (Dean 266) ’” That’s the line Samantha Sharpe always uses to get o
Julia Maggiacomo
It’s been six weeks since Anna Percy left New York to live with her father and become one of Beverly Hills’ elite teens. In that time, she’s been emotionally entangled with two boys, made friends and enemies. Zoey Dean chronicled these events in three previous parts of The A-List series. Tall Cool One is the fourth installment in the best-selling set. Fans will appreciate that the story picks up right where Blonde Ambition left off. Anna has a bad case of Ben on the Brain. Not helping matters is ...more
Trisha W.
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books, read2009
his book started out slow for the first chapter, then it picked back up again, then it went down hill again. There were many times I was going to close the book and be done with it, but I ended up finishing it. This is the fourth book in the A-list series. I was told that you didn't need to read them in order and the way the book was written I believe that.
A problem I had with the book was the celebrities popping up all over. I know this is an A-list book directed towards celeb city but just the
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the A-List Series
Recommended to Brittany by: Danielle
How I Came To Read This Book: Danielle lent it to me.

The Plot: Anna Percy and Sam Sharpe are in need of a break from their high-strung LA rich girl lives - so they take their rich selves down to Mexico to an exclusive resort called Las Casitas to engage in some fun and flirting. Meanwhile back home, dippy Dee has moved into the Sharpe household to help Sam's stepmom prepare for her pending baby girl, Ruby Hummingbird, and Cammie is struggling with her strong feelings for Adam Flood - that are be
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
The more I go through these books, the more I feel like Anna should just give up on boys completely and focus on her relationships with her girl friends. I mean, when her and Sam are actually on the same side, the two can take on anything, that's so much fun to see. When she's constantly having to fight with Cammie and Dee, then it gets hard to deal with. Why can't they all just be friends and say "screw you" to Ben and the rest of the boys that cause them nothing but heartache and headaches? I ...more
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Anna needs a time-out from all her boys, and Sam's hunting for a good one to love. So together they make a getaway to Las Casitas, Mexico, the super luxury spa where Angelenos go to get more sun. They spend the week waterskiing, scuba diving, saloning, and yes, smooching with boys.Then a crazy lunch leads to Anna and Sam heading to a bar and they get drunk and stumble into the desert. After regaining their senses, they realize they have gotten rid of their watches and phones and they notice a hu ...more
Tiny Pants
Sep 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Having actually enjoyed the third A-List book, I was excited to read this one. Had this series actually turned a corner? Unfortunately, no. This book, while getting props for being randomly named after a horrible Robert Plant solo hit from the '80s, was terrible. It picked up exactly zero of the plot from the last one that was exciting, and in fact acted as if some of those things (specifically Cammie getting a stepsister with no explanation of her origins and the same character getting severely ...more
Michele Wen
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-2013
To be honest, I would not recommend this book because it did not have much of a conflict. All the conflicts were extremely boring and completely a "first world problem". The whole book was way too descriptive. Being descriptive is definitely a good thing, but details that were not necessary were added into the scene. It really stretched out everything and it made the book a complete snooze-fest. It was about 4 rich girls who have relationship/slight family issues. They all find new boyfriends wh ...more
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Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This is the first book I read in the series. It was an okay read.

The Pros
I loved the sneak peek into the glamorous lives that the protagonists led, the complications and the inner demons they battled with daily. I was also glad that Cammie, from which I originally thought was a two-dimensional character, actually turned out to be somewhat good. I was also interested in the lives of people in Los Angeles, specifically in Beverly Hills, considering I just migrated to Los Angeles myself. I also lov
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
this book receives a four star rating mostly for the fact that its the first one in the series with no noticeable screw ups. no really its not that exceptional im still wondering why i liked this series and why i feel compelled to finish it but it was just nice to see someone finally editing. I liked seeing sam finally find a guy who'll hopefully take care of some of her body image issues because im sick of the poor little rich girl routine. it was fun watching anna unwind while high. other than ...more
Amanda M
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls
Shelves: finished-reading
This book is about a teenage highschool girl living the rich life in Beverly Hills California. She moved there from Upper East side of New York. The main character Anna has 3 Friends. Sam which is her best friend. Dee who is somewhat a friend, and last Cammie who is the definition of a "mean girl". Sam and Anna decide they need a get away so they run away to a highclass resort in Mexico. Sams step mom is pregnat and she is favoring and spending alot of time with Sams friend Dee. Soon Sam feels l ...more
Mar 28, 2012 marked it as gave-up
Shelves: dnf
I really liked these books when I was in college but when I attempted to re-read them to finish up the series over the last couple of years, they are really hard to get into. The first one was decent, in a soap opera way, and the second was better, but didn't much care for the next one. I don't really see the point in continuing as I don't even care what happens at this point. I also took the ones I hadn't read to the used book store so doubt I'll ever be inclined to pick them up again. I guess ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I went back and forth with liking and being annoyed with this book... but because it literally made me laugh out loud multiple times and conversations were just so nuts I ended up liking this book even though it is really random and weird and usually the kid of people I would stay away from. Things didn't really get going in this book until 3/4 of the way in.... But I still want to keep reading the series because I want to know who people end up with!! It's kinda dumb but it's addicting.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
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Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A-List Fans
This book is a good follow up to the the third a-list book Blonde Ambition. This book is slower paced in the begginning but ounce it gets interesting it is a fairly good book. In order to understand this book and get the best affect you should read the first three a-list books, the a-list, girls on film, and blonde ambition.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hahaha! Loved the part when they drink the mescal and then break into the rich dudes house! SO AMAZING! I was telling my mom about that part and she goes, "So, these are the kinds of books I spend my money on?!" I just said, "No, mom. You didn't WASTE any of your money. 1. They are pretty good books, and 2. They are Steph's." Hehehe.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was actually the first book I read in the series. I had no idea it was number four and when I read it (quiet a number of years ago now) I remember thinking once I found out it was part of a series that it was easy to follow along in the story because it re-introduced a lot of the plot from the previous three. I loved this series way more than Gossip Girl.
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The author of The A-List series and How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, which has been renamed and turned into a TV show known as Privileged on the CW in September 2008. Zoey Dean's books are produced by the media packager Alloy Entertainment, which created Gossip Girl, The Clique Series, and The A-List and sold them to Little, Brown and Company.
Zoey is currently working on The Talent series. She is

Other books in the series

A-List (10 books)
  • The A-List (A-List, #1)
  • Girls on Film (A-List, #2)
  • Blonde Ambition (A-List, #3)
  • Back in Black (A-List, #5)
  • Some Like It Hot (A-List, #6)
  • American Beauty (A-List, #7)
  • Heart of Glass (A-List, #8)
  • Beautiful Stranger (A-List, #9)
  • California Dreaming (A-List, #10)

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