Cruel Summer

Alyson Noël

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

240 Pages



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Having recently discarded her unsavory image—and the best friend that went with it—Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long summer of parties, barbecues, and hopefully, spending more time with her crush, Levi Bonham. 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 friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper, forcing her see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.


Praise for Cruel Summer

"Alyson Noël truly captures what it's like to be a teenager struggling to find herself."—Portrait

“Noël writes a smart and compelling story about life, love and loss that you won't be able to put down.”—Cara Lockwood, author of Wuthering High

"Noël writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her contemporaries."—Booklist

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Alyson Noël
June 13Dear Aunt Tally,
When I asked my mom for your e-mail address, she just laughed and told me you didn’t have one. But I know she’s just joking—right?
I mean, it’s not like you have to have a computer or anything, since I’m planning on bringing my laptop anyway, I just need to make sure you have wi-fi, high speed, broadband, or whatever they call it where you live, since it’s really important for me to stay connected, because, well, I just started hanging with this new group of friends and
Anyway, so my mom
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  • Alyson Noël

  • Alyson Noël is the author of Saving Zoë and Art Geeks and Prom Queens.  She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

  • Alyson Noël
    Alyson Noël