Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adults
Moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. The hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing. And then there's Ellie: beautiful, competitive queen of the social scene who takes an instant disliking to Anne. So when Chris--one of Ellie's oldest friends and, oh yeah, the most gorgeous guy in school--reaches out to Anne and offers to teach her how to surf, sparks fly...in more ways than one.
I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and I decided to read it. I've read every other Alyson Noel book and I've loved them all and I was pretty excited about this one and not because it sounded good, but because it was written by Alyson Noel and if you're a reader of this blog, you know I absolutely love Alyson Noel and her books. She's defiantly one of my favorite authors.
I felt as though the book started a bit slow and even thought the writing was good, the plot didn't have much of a hit for me. I was hoping there was going to be a budding cute romance, and even though there was, it didn't have any magic. Also, mean girl Ellie, became nice and the book turned out to be more of a happy - lesson learned book rather than a book filled with romance, gossip, and a big competition in the end. I really was hoping that there was going to be a lot more competition for the surf contest between Ellie and Anne, but there was none and the plot fell short. Plus, I didn't think there was a climax in the story that made me jump or give me any emotions.
If you're at the beach, this is a fun book to read and enjoy. It's a very quick read, but it's not very memorable. The summery makes the story sound as though it has more potential than it actually does.