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Defying the Diva

Defying the Diva

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by D. Anne Love

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For Haley Patterson, freshman year of high school boils down to having a good time with her two best friends and making a name for herself at the school newspaper. But when Haley reveals one too many juicy details in her gossip column, superdiva and queen bee Camilla Quinn makes sure that Haley's life changes...for the worse. Completely ostracized by everyone at


For Haley Patterson, freshman year of high school boils down to having a good time with her two best friends and making a name for herself at the school newspaper. But when Haley reveals one too many juicy details in her gossip column, superdiva and queen bee Camilla Quinn makes sure that Haley's life changes...for the worse. Completely ostracized by everyone at school, including her best friends, Haley finds herself alone and miserable.

Reprieve comes in the form of a summer job at an exclusive mountain resort, where Haley forges new friend-ships, snags a cute lifeguard, and learns how to trust again. But her newfound hope is not bought without some heartbreak.

As the summer draws to a close, an unexpected confrontation with Camilla forces Haley to face her fears. Will she continue to let Camilla control her life? Or will Haley find the confidence and courage to stand her ground?

From the author of Picture Perfect and Semiprecious comes an honest, poignant novel about fear, friendship, and fighting back.

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Publishers Weekly

Love (Semiprecious ) takes a hard look at girl-on-girl bullying and offers counsel to the victims in this smoothly written but overly neat novel. Haley Patterson, proud to be the only freshman on the high school newspaper, has been temporarily writing the anonymous gossip column, In the Know. A reference to a party hosted by social arbiter Camilla Quinn, however, brings down Camilla's Olympian wrath-she begins a "Campaign to Destroy Haley," successfully renames her Haley the Ho and even sends her a death threat. Not even Haley's best friends talk to her by the time Camilla is through. Love convincingly describes the school scene and its gradual, devastating toll on Haley, but solves her character's problems too conveniently-another girl presses charges against Camilla, and Haley can step forward on her behalf, using Camilla's e-mailed death threat as evidence. Subplots, too, have a deus-ex-machina quality. Readers hoping for help aren't likely to find much beyond sympathy and an endnote directing them to other resources. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 7-10- Freshman Haley Patterson loves her job on the school newspaper, but when she writes about a wild party (drinking, no adults) thrown by Camilla Quinn, a Queen Bee bully, she immediately regrets it. Camilla nicknames her "Haley the Ho" and turns everyone, including Haley's best friends, against her. Haley even receives a nasty email from Camilla suggesting that she commit suicide on a certain day, and she becomes the victim of cruel jokes. She makes it through the school year, but never gathers the courage to confront her nemesis or to tell anyone about the abuse. Spending the summer with her aunt, Haley takes a job at a pool. Initially she has a hard time trusting the other teens who work there, but she begins to relax. Despite their warnings, however, she develops a crush on a handsome lifeguard. With the help of her aunt and new friends, Haley develops the courage to stand up to Camilla when school begins. Despite the serious subject matter, Diva reads more like Meg Cabot than "problem novel." The book's chick-lit cover and tone will make it attractive and accessible to girls. A strong message and a sympathetic main character make this book worthy of reading and discussion in book groups.-Stephanie L. Petruso, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Odenton, MD

Kirkus Reviews
When 14-year-old freshman journalist Haley Patterson reported on Camilla Quinn's unsupervised bash in her school paper's supposedly anonymous gossip column, she thought the freedom of press would protect her. However, shortly after publication, Camilla, her school's most popular diva and vicious bully, launches an attack on Haley's reputation, making her a social outcast, ignored by even her two best friends. Fortunately for Haley, she's scheduled to spend the summer at her spunky aunt's home in Copper Springs, where no one knows about Camilla. However, even in Copper Springs, Camilla's hate campaign haunts Haley until she takes a job at the local resort where, with the help of co-workers, she slowly gains the courage to confront Camilla. Concluding with a serious author's note on harassment, which includes information on getting help, this text skillfully captures the painful reality of teen bullying while also telling Haley's humorous and sincere story of growing up. (Fiction. YA)

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Meet the Author

D. Anne Love is the author of several award-winning novels for young readers, including Defying the Diva, Picture Perfect, Semiprecious, and The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. Ms. Love lives in Texas hill country with her husband, Ron, and Major and Jake, their book-loving golden retrievers. You can visit her online at dannelove.com.

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Defying the Diva 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks i thought this book would be " juicy" judgeing by the cover but NO!!!! it was a lame book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Haley Patterson is a 14-year-old freshman in high school. She has two great best friends and is planning on making a name for herself by writing for the school paper. But when one of her articles gets the queen bee (Camilla Quinn) of the school in trouble, Haley's life takes a turn for the worse. All of a sudden, her best friends have turned on her, thanks to Camilla and the whole school basically thinking she's easy (info that Camilla has spread around). Of course absolutely none of this is true, but now Haley is stuck being a total outcast. For the summer, she has to go stay with her Aunt in some small town far away from her home, because her parents are going on a trip and her brother is exploring the world. While there, her Aunt makes her get a job at a nearby hotel. Haley is so messed up from her horrible experiences back home that she isn't sure she can really trust anybody that she works with. But maybe, just maybe, someone there will get her to open up and be the amazing girl that she really is. This book shows the classic doings of a terrible high school girl. It really upsets me how girls can be so mean, especially in high school. Throughout the whole book you can't help but to feel bad for Haley. She was an innocent victim who got stomped on for one little thing that she didn't even think was that big of a deal! This book was pretty emotional at times and at other times it just made me want to scream because of how badly Haley was being treated. But I really enjoyed the middle and the ending of the story. It's a pretty good read just for summer, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fourteen year old Haley Patterson uses her freshman year as an opportunity to make a name for herself on the school newspaper and spend time with her friends. But when she accidentally gets Camilla Quinn, the popular girl and Queen Bee of the school, in trouble by leaking a little bit too much information on Camilla¿s latest party in her gossip column, Haley finds herself friendless and the target of Camilla¿s bullying. Her only escape comes when she is forced to spend the summer with her Aunt Bitsy and work at an exclusive resort. Though she faces problems at first, Haley soon finds herself making new friends and dating the super-hot lifeguard that all the girls have a crush on. But, of course, good things don¿t last and Haley soon finds herself heart-broken and humiliated. Then, just as she¿s starting to see the light, Camilla shows up and Haley has to decide whether or not to let Camilla continue to destroy her happiness. Defying the Diva is a fast-paced, heartbreaking, and truthful novel about what happens to the targets of bullying. Each of the characters, from Harrison, the quiet song writer, to Frankie, the overweight but cheerful girl, is well developed and easy to relate to. While I¿ve never gone through anything quiet as horrible, Haley¿s story definitely hit home with me and I could not put it down once I started it. Whether you¿ve been the target for teasing, had your best friend turn on you, or been cheated on by a guy, I highly recommend buying Defying the Diva the minute you see it.