Cruel Summer: A Novel
Have you seen The Conjuring? I've heard it has a lot of 'classic horror' influences, so I'm excited to check it out.
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Although, that said, I feel like I haven't seen a really good horror movie in a while. The Strangers is probably the last horror I rated at all. Thanks, Liz. This one has been rated highly by nearly everyone I know. Including Cait below! It was!
Cruel Summer: A Novel
I must go take a look at your review. I'm doing my blog hopping rounds at the mo! I am such a baby when it comes to scary reads, but I really like the idea of a summer sizzler, as you say. Maybe if I read it on the beach it won't freak me out as much! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this one. This is such a brilliant review!
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I think you'll be safe if you read it on the beach! Say Her Name sounds amazing. I need it like yesterday! Ooh, I have to admit that while I'm not a big fan of horror, this one has definitely piqued my interest. I do remember loving I know what you did last summer, so with those comparisons that you've thrown in - well, I can definitely see myself giving this a try.
Oh - I was also a big fan of King in my teen years. I should reread some of his work again - I'm feeling all sorts of nostalgic now.
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Thanks to everyone who has awarded the blog in the past. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. 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 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 is in the in crowd, attending parties, has a "boyfriend" and staying out pass curfew - her parents are in the middle of a divorce and decided to send Colby to Greece for the summer, while their divorce gets ugly wished that was my summer before my sr.
She doesn't understand why they are punishing her for their problems. This was supposed to be the summer of her dreams. They are sending her to stay with an aunt; they have always called Crazy aunt Tally. Colby arrives in Greece and has to take a boat to the small secluded island of Tinos. It is her worst nightmare- no cell service, no Internet, no TV. Luckily she does find an Internet Cafe with her laptop and a frappacino in had she starts a blog called Cruel Summer. Aug 21, Katherine rated it did not like it 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. View 1 comment. Sep 11, Erin rated it it was ok. The best part of this book was the cover. Cute but nothing special. Aug 13, Rachael rated it it was amazing.
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For example, Colbie is initially portrayed as a whiny and insecure girl, but as her vacation progresses, she starts to appreciate or at least accept what she has in life. In all, Cruel Summer was a very enjoyable story and, despite the cover, much better than just a beach read. May 07, Reut rated it it was ok. 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 mixes them in with some letters and narration. For one thing, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if the other media "chapters" had had a different kind of template? If that makes any sense at all?
One thing I liked was the premise of the book. The whole girl gets sent away to an exotic place appeals to me, and add in a divorce and some crappy best friends, and the book has some potential. The initial plotline was good, it was just the details I didn't really like. Can I just say that I am tired of the books with a "mystery" I can figure out from miles away? Nothing against this book in particular, but when the main character I am supposed to like fails to see the obvious conclusion, it exasperates me.
Here, there was supposedly some kind of "what just happened? I did genuinely like the journey Alyson took Colby on. It was a bit rushed at times--and I have to admit I don't know why, this was a short read--but Alyson manages to gradually take Colby from being a typical Cady Heron type Mean Girls reference! Try this if you're looking for a beach read that is deeper than a kiddy pool, but otherwise, read Saving Zoe instead if you just want to read something else by Alyson Noel. 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 1.
I mean, sure, teens are typically an unhappy and angsty bunch when things don't go their way, but Colby is more like a petulant child than an angst ridden teenager.