Title: Cruel Summer (Forever Summer)
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 26th April 2011
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 BBQ's, 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 finds herself worrying 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...
One summer changes everything in this poignant young adult novel about best friends, popularity, and an unforgettable summer romance.
This story is written in a very different way compared to the other books I've read. It is told through a series of emails and blog posts. Colby is not really a character that I could relate to and she was a very annoying character. She was stubborn and constantly holds a grudge. This is shown through her blog in which she calls "Cruel Summer." It took me a while to get through this book and I don't think I'll pick this book up again to re-read.
On top of her complaining about her horrible summer in Greece, which if she just loose a little and just realized that she was in GREECE she could of enjoyed it from the start, her parents are going through a break up that she is constantly checking back on via email. She tries to control so much and doesn't understand anything that her parents are going through but still constantly butts in
Recommend or Not? No, not really. I really didn't like the narration of Colby and how she saw everything. "Cruel Summer" could of been "An Awesome Summer" if she lightened up a little. It's a shame.