Cruel Summer- Alyson Noel
This was supposed to be my best summer yet, the one I've been working toward since practically forever. Now I'm being banished from everything I know and love, and it just doesn't make any sense.
Having recently discarded her dorky image- and the best friend that went with it- Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQs, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.
Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.
During the summer Colby's parents will be getting a divorce, and think sending Colby to Greece to visit her aunt would be the best. Colby is determined not have her summer ruined by getting shipped off to Greece, but even with begging, she's off.
I thought Cruel Summer was a cute, fun quick read. At first I was quite annoyed with Colby. She was in Greece, and all she could do was complain. Huh? As soon as she meets Yannis though, the good looking greek guy, she quickly changes her tune. The story is written through emails, letters, blogging, and journal entries. Just looking at the cover makes me want to book a flight to Greece. Beautiful!