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Forever Summer

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by Alyson Noël

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Forever Summer: Two Books In One from bestselling author Alyson Noël: Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer

Summer. A break from the burdens of school. Deep tans, deeper thoughts. Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true . . . What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable


Forever Summer: Two Books In One from bestselling author Alyson Noël: Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer

Summer. A break from the burdens of school. Deep tans, deeper thoughts. Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true . . . What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the familiar and finding new friends. A new place in the world. A new sense of self. And maybe even new love along the way . . .

When you're having the time of your life, you never want it to end.

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“Alyson Noël truly captures what it's like to be a teenager struggling to find herself. A must read!” —PORTRAIT MAGAZINE

“I absolutely loved it. Put this book on the top of your reading pile. It's a perfect way to end the summer.” —BOOK CHIC

“Teen girls will totally love this book. The range of emotions, devastating lows to breathtaking highs, and the intense feeling that everything affects her is so authentic. I give it five stars!” —TEENS READ TOO

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St. Martin's Press
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5.38(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Forever Summer

Laguna Cove
For Ryan and Kelsey Sherman,
in memory of their father, Richard Sherman, 1957-2005

chapter one
"Excuse me. You're in my seat."
Anne brushed her long blond hair out of her blue eyes and squinted at the man standing next to her. His hair was dark, with the kind of deep side part used to disguise the early stages of baldness, and his charcoal gray suit, light blue shirt, and red tie were all slightly rumpled. Still, he looked vaguely familiar.
"I always book 2A." He gave her a condescending look.
"Oh, sorry. I guess you're right. I'm supposed to be in 2B. I'll move," she said, picking up the letter she'd been writing and grabbing her bag.
"Forget it." He sighed loudly, dropping his briefcase onto the aisle seat. "Just stay. I'll take B."
"Whatever." She rolled her eyes and focused again on her letter, making sure she hunched over it so he couldn't peek. She was in no mood to be messed with by some balding old fart. It was because of old people like him (namely her parents) that she was on this stupid plane in the first place. Did they really think that buying her a first-class ticket would lessen the pain of being dragged away from everything she knew and loved? Like the group of close friends she'd had since childhood, her hard-earned status as captain of the dive team, and Justin, the love of her life whomshe'd been dating for the last year and a half? Did they really think they could buy her off with an oversized seat, hot towels, and a choice of six movies?
The plane pushed away from the gate and the flight attendants asked everyone to direct their attention to the safety demonstration on the video screens. But Anne refused to look--there was no way some stupid video could save her from a crash. Thanks to her mom's affair with the senior partner at her law firm, and the bitter divorce that immediately followed her dad's walking in on them, Anne's life as she knew it was completely crashing down around her, and there was nothing she could do to save it.
"Sir, you need to turn off your cell phone immediately."
Anne looked up to see an attendant with her hands placed firmly on her navy-clad hips. She was scowling at Mr. 2B. "Sir, don't make me say it twice."
"Excuse me," he said, putting his hand over the mouthpiece and glaring. "Do you know who I am?"
"Yes, Mr. O'Rourke, I've seen your show. And if you don't turn off your phone right this minute, we will return to the gate so you can disembark and continue your call while we fly to Los Angeles without you." She reached up and smoothed her blond French twist.
Anne watched him snap his phone shut and mumble something under his breath as the attendant walked away. Oh my God, no wonder he looks familiar. It was Bob O'Rourke from that news show on FOX. And she was sitting in his favorite seat, and she'd even rolled her eyes at him! But he was kind of a jerk, so she didn't feel too bad about it.
The plane began its runway roll, quickly gaining speed. This was the moment when Anne would normally reach over and hold her dad's hand until the wheels lifted off the tarmac and retreated into the belly. She looked over at Bob O'Rourke, glasses perched on the end of his nose, scowling at a stack of papers in his hand,and she knew better than to even try. She was on her own now, in more ways than one.
She closed the window shade, fearing she might cry if she glimpsed the diminishing East Coast landscape, then reread her letter. But halfway through, her throat grew hot and tight and her eyes started to sting, so she quickly scribbled at the bottom, telling Justin how much she loved and missed him. Then she folded the letter into a perfect rectangle, stuffed it into an envelope, and shoved it deep inside her purse.
She was just drifting off to sleep when that same attendant came by and asked if they'd like anything to drink. And after listening to the very important Bob O'Rourke grill her about the available wines and their grape origins, Anne was feeling so bad for her she said, "Um, I'll just have a bottle of water. I don't need a glass or anything." Then, determined to ignore the famous jerk beside her, she put on her headphones, extended her footrest, and turned on her in-seat video unit.
On channel 3 they were showing that movie Blue Crush, but Anne flipped right past it. No way was she gonna watch a bunch of sun-struck surfer girls talk about the beach and "killer" waves. She'd be forced to live among people like that soon enough, and she was in no rush to get there.
She was down to just a five-hour cushion between her beloved old life and her dreaded new one, and she was determined to make the most of it. The only surfing she planned on doing was channel surfing.
She thought about her last phone call with her dad, and how he sounded so excited when he told her about the house he'd bought. "It's in a private gated community called Laguna Cove, and we're right on a cliff overlooking our very own beach."
"We have our own beach?" she'd asked.
"Well, we have to share it with the neighbors." He laughed.
"Is there a pool?" Anne remembered asking.
"No, honey, there's not. But I think you're really gonna like it here if you just give it a chance."
Easy for him to say, since he's never home much anyway, always away on location, or busy schmoozing with fellow movie execs. And how could she possibly like a place with no pool? Diving was her passion! She'd spent the last three years at her private school earning a reputation as a skilled and fearless competitor. And then, right when she finally makes captain, they yank her and send her to some stupid California beach town that's probably filled with pot-smoking hippie surfers named after flowers. She wasn't being negative, she told herself, just realistic.
The flight attendant reappeared with a bottle of water for Anne and a glass of red wine for the jerk in 2B, who was currently missing in action. "I'll just set this here for when he returns," she said.
But by the time they came by with the meals, he still wasn't back.
"Do you know what happened to the person that was sitting here?" Anne asked the male attendant with a deep tan and tightly cropped, bleached blond hair. "I think his name was Bob O'Rourke?"
"He moved to 5C. Looks like you're on your own. Do you need more wine?" he asked, motioning toward the untouched glass.
"Um, no. Maybe in a little while."
Then, the second he was gone, Anne craned her head around and peered down the aisle at 5C. Sure enough, there was Bob O'Rourke, napkin tucked into his collar, smug nose buried deep into his wineglass. Carefully picking up the wine next to her, she placed it on her own tray. Then she looked around nervously, to see if anyone noticed, but nobody seemed to care. Besides, the attendant guy thought it was hers, so it may as well be.
She lifted the glass to her nose and inhaled just like that O'Rourke guy did. Though she wasn't exactly sure what she wassupposed to be sniffing for. Was it to see if it's rancid? And what did rancid wine smell like anyway?
She lowered the glass to her lips and sipped cautiously. Sometimes she and her friends drank beer and once, last New Year's, champagne, but this wasn't too bad.
So she took another sip.
And no one seemed to notice she was still four years away from her twenty-first birthday.
Maybe flying first class wasn't so bad after all.


"Miss, Miss. Excuse me, we've landed."
"What?" Anne opened her eyes to find the blond attendant with the French twist kneeling next to her. "Are you feeling all right?" she asked, eyes narrowed with concern.
"Um, yeah. How much longer?"
"We're here."
"What? Oh my God! Okay, just let me get my stuff," Anne said, running her fingers through her tangled, messed-up hair and searching the seat-back pocket for her bottle of water. The inside of her mouth felt like the Mojave Desert.
"Are you sure you're okay?" the attendant asked again.
"Yeah, really I'm fine," Anne assured her, even though she felt the exact opposite of fine with her throbbing head and stinging eyes. And where is that damn water bottle?
"Well, we're laying over and our van is waiting, so you really need to hurry." She stood and ran her hands over her tight blue skirt.
"Okay, okay, I'm ready. Do you know where baggage claim is?" Anne asked.
"You can follow us."
Anne stumbled behind the flight crew, listening to their laughteras they made fun of Bob O'Rourke. And even though she had no idea what their lives might really be like, at that exact moment she would have traded places with any one of them, no questions asked. Because at this point just about anyone's life looked better than what she was in for.
Okay, maybe on the surface, moving to Laguna Beach, into a big house with a private beach, didn't sound so bad, but it was all relative to what she was leaving behind.
She shifted her purse to the other shoulder and mentally scolded herself for drinking too much, passing out, and generally wasting the past five hours on the plane. And now she didn't even have time to freshen up, since she knew her dad would be waiting at baggage claim. And even though she didn't have time to look in a mirror, she was willing to bet she wasn't exactly at her best right now.
The blond attendant stopped and turned while the rest of the group continued ahead. "You can take that escalator right over there all the way down to the baggage carousels. Have fun!" she said, turning and rushing to catch up with the rest of the crew.
Anne used the thirty-second escalator ride for some quick damage control. Breath mint? Check. Stila lip gloss? Check. Designer sunglasses? Check. Red wine stains on brand-new vintage-wash two-hundred-dollar jeans? Triple check. Ridiculously expensive wrinkled-up white T-shirt with drool stain dripping down the front? You bet.
God, what she really needed was a toothbrush, a shower, and a decent meal to soak up all the alcohol. But since she hadn't seen her dad for the month he spent getting the house ready, she was banking on the fact that he'd be so excited to see her that he wouldn't notice how she'd boozed it up in first class.
And speaking of Dad, where the hell was he? At six foot three, with a lean build and a head of thick silver hair, it's not like hewas hard to miss. But after scanning the crowd she didn't see him anywhere.
Oh, please, don't let him be late, she thought, heading over to the baggage carousel and retrieving her cell phone from the bottom of her purse. But when she flipped it open and tried to turn it on, nothing happened. Oh, great. She'd used up her entire battery on the limo ride from her house in Connecticut to the JFK Airport. About thirty seconds were spent saying good-bye to her mom. The rest was saying good-bye to her friends and, of course, Justin.
She sat there with her two oversized bags and wondered what the hell she was supposed to do now. She didn't even know where she lived.
FOREVER SUMMER: LAGUNA COVE © 2006 by Alyson Noël LLC, and CRUEL SUMMER © 2008 by Alyson Noël, LLC. All rights reserved. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Meet the Author

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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Forever Summer 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I love summer reads! This book contain two books of a great summer, filled with finding yourself, new loves, and new friends. The first book, Laguna Cove is about a girl named Anne who moves half way across the country after her parents nasty divorce. Anne is dumped in an abandoned home and hates it. Let me say the both these stories deal with a divorce and finding peace in it. Anne had to learn to deal with her mom's new relationship and her dad's career. The parents I felt were selfish. For me, all I saw was that they really didn't care for their daughter but for themselves. Ann meets new friends, a new guy and find herself in surfing. I wasn't to keen on the ending. It made it seem all fake. The second book is about Colby who is this time, sent half way across the world during her parents divorce. Put in an uncompromisable position, Colby starts a blog called Cruel Summer in which she writes down everything that she is going through. Now this story was a story that a reader can relate to. I really liked how the reader got to see the anger of Colby and how the divorce effected her. Her mistakes, her flaws, made the character Colby easier to relate. Colby in the end, dealt with the divorce as best as she could. Both stories were good and very predictable. It was easy to read and very easy to get into. Both stories revolve around the summer forcing each girl to examine whats going on now, how to deal with it and be contempt in who they are now no matter what there parent do.
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I normally enjoy light, fluffy reads if they're done right, but Alyson Noel failed with Laguna Cove. The plot had potential, but I ended up highly dissatisfied with the ending. There were gaping plot holes left open to the point that I figured the other book, Cruel Summer, was a sequel, but nope. Apparently it was just shoddy writing. I understand that some books are meant to be open for interpretation, but if that's what Noel was going for, it didn't work. I felt like I wasted my time with this read, and the only aspect I was satisfied with was how short it turned out to be. At least I didn't waste too much time reading it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the sample!! Even tho it was kind of short i liked it!! Definetely worth the money!!!
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I just finished the first -laguna cove and i loved it i just wish it was a series cause it kinda left you wanting more so it would be perfect for a second book to pick up soo. Now off to read cruel summer hope its as good as laguna cove
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only liked languna cove cause i surf the other one wasnt to my liking i got the real book from b and n, and it was 9.99 while the languna cove book alone was 12.99 so i saved money
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harstan More than 1 year ago
"Laguna Cove". Angry Anna loathes moving into the exclusive home of her movie producer father in Laguna Cove because her cheating mom is divorcing her dad to live with her boyfriend. She loathes leaving behind her boyfriend, her friends, and the diving team. Her dad is too busy to meet her at the airport so he sends his lackey Jake to do so. He introduces her to his friend Chris before dumping her at the house so he can surf. At school, she feels like the outsider except for Chris until she meets his friends. Chris becomes her boyfriend but Ellie loathes the newcomer though Anna is unsure why. "Cruel Summer". Seventeen-year-old Colby has made plans for the summer but those she proposes her parents disposes. They inform her she will spend the summer with her crazy Aunt Tally on a Greek island no one outside of Greece heard of. Instead she wants to remain the new BFF to the school's coolest person Amanda and hang with hunk Levi. Colby joins her nutty aunt only to learn she has no cell phone service or internet access; and forget about a zillion channels - no TV. She begins to jot down her feelings of being exiled to a land before time in her "Cruel Summer" blog that she updates everyday at the nearby Internet café. She becomes confused about her feelings when she meets Yannis the teen islander. These reprints of two summer high school tales are fun due to the well rounded lead females as Alyson Noel captures the essence of the belligerent bewildered teen; they each brings resentment, confusion, and vigor to the changes in their respective lifestyles caused by their parents. Readers will enjoy the worst and greatest summers in the lives of angry Anna and cantankerous Colby. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so book consists of two stories, the first story is called Laguna Cove, and the other known as Cruel Summer. Laguna Cove- It felt so rushed to me. The author was trying to fit a whole lot of things in just over 200 short pages. There was way too much going on. I really disliked how it kept skipping to the three different main girls, also. The characters were really weak, too. I mean yes, the author tried to put in as much as history as she could, but it still didn't really build them up or anything. I really wouldn't recommend this book. There's nothing in it at all. But if you just need something to waste your time on, then this would be it. Cruel Summer- This is the only reason, why I didn't return this book!! This story was actually good, In this book, Colby is forced to live in Greece with her extended family, apperantley to get away from the chaos of her parents divorce.She worries that her friends will forget about her and move on, so she creates a blog where they can read all about what she's doing. A Good summer read. This book would of been so much better without LAGUNA COVE, Cruel Summer is the only reason why I didn't throw it out! I would rather just buy Cruel summer, rather than wasting your money on this book.