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South Beach
     

South Beach

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by Aimee Friedman
 

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HOT SAND. HOT CLUBS. HOT GUYS. What more could two girls want? Try the same guy. SPRING BREAK. SOUTH BEACH. 'NUFF SAID. On a trip to a place where anything can happen -- and does -- two ex-best friends discover that a chance encounter can lead to the chance of a lifetime. HOLLY: Dream date or bad fate? She wants true love--and a break from her strict

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HOT SAND. HOT CLUBS. HOT GUYS. What more could two girls want? Try the same guy. SPRING BREAK. SOUTH BEACH. 'NUFF SAID. On a trip to a place where anything can happen -- and does -- two ex-best friends discover that a chance encounter can lead to the chance of a lifetime. HOLLY: Dream date or bad fate? She wants true love--and a break from her strict parents. Perhaps a spring fling will do? ALEXA: Flirting with destiny or flirting with disaster? The guy of her dreams turns out to be her friend's first love. How far is she willing to go? This year, Spring Break is going to be scandalous!

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KLIATT
16-year-old Alexa is looking for a little excitement in her life. Tired of her boyfriend Tyler, who she find naive, safe, and entirely too nice, Alexa breaks up with him and cancels their spring break plans. Shocked to find herself now with no place to go for break, she calls up her old best friend Holly. The girls decide to hit South Beach, Florida and try to revive their friendship. Their trip is barely underway before both Alexa and Holly are questioning why they ever thought this was a good idea. With little in common anymore except for the memories of a faded friendship, they must struggle to get along and overcome their differences. When a boy comes between them, they realize they are more alike than they think. Good girl Holly dabbles in Alexa's more free-spirited lifestyle, and Alexa finds herself wanting something more than just a good time. South Beach is just as predictable and vapid as the cover makes it look, riddled with spoiled kids who drink, smoke, and hook up indiscriminately with everyone of the opposite sex they meet. Fortunately, the likeable Holly keeps the story interesting and Alexa, who initially seems one-dimensional, becomes a more compelling character. This will appeal to fans of Haley Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, and Zoey Dean. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, Scholastic, 318p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Anyone picking up this book will know exactly what to expect, and this light piece of teen chick-lit delivers. Snooty and popular Alexa convinces not-so-with-it former friend Holly to join her on spring break in South Beach, FL. The two 16-year-olds leave New Jersey and dive right into the night life, but reserved Holly has trouble enjoying the drinking, casual flings, and clothes-clothes-clothes that Alexa embraces. Holly would rather track down Diego, a boy she met there and with whom she shared her first kiss at age 13. When she finds him, however, the magnetic hunk seems to prefer Alexa. While most of these pages simply promote brand-name clothing, shallow self-images, sexist stereotypes, irresponsible underage drinking, and other risky behaviors, the plot rides through on the two girls' character development as together they each find new sides of themselves. The conclusion is too neat, too simple, too shallow, and a perfectly satisfying way to end this fluffy vacation read.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Kliatt
Amanda MacGregor (KLIATT Review, November 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 6))
16-year-old Alexa is looking for a little excitement in her life. Tired of her boyfriend Tyler, who she find naïve, safe, and entirely too nice, Alexa breaks up with him and cancels their spring break plans. Shocked to find herself now with no place to go for break, she calls up her old best friend Holly. The girls decide to hit South Beach, Florida and try to revive their friendship. Their trip is barely underway before both Alexa and Holly are questioning why they ever thought this was a good idea. With little in common anymore except for the memories of a faded friendship, they must struggle to get along and overcome their differences. When a boy comes between them, they realize they are more alike than they think. Good girl Holly dabbles in Alexa’s more free-spirited lifestyle, and Alexa finds herself wanting something more than just a good time. South Beach is just as predictable and vapid as the cover makes it look, riddled with spoiled kids who drink, smoke, and hook up indiscriminately with everyone of the opposite sex they meet. Fortunately, the likeable Holly keeps the story interesting and Alexa, who initially seems one-dimensional, becomes a more compelling character. This will appeal to fans of Haley Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, and Zoey Dean. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, Scholastic, 318p., $8.99. Ages 15 to 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545231992
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
911 KB
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky, South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and Breaking Up. Born and raised in Queens, Aimee now lives in Manhattan.

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South Beach 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book called South Beach by Aimee Friedman and I thought it was amazing. When I saw that you made a new book I wanted to read it immediately. I found out about this book by when I saw my sister reading it and she recommended it to me so I decided to try it out. In this book there was a lot of drama and I loved the characters and their personalities especially Holly. She had this free-spirited, care free lifestyle, and she was such a good girl, until she reunited with Alexa and decided to go to South Beach with her. Overall, I loved the whole book and I am going to read all of them to come. This book is about 16-year-old Alexa is looking for a little excitement in her life. Tired of her boyfriend Tyler, who she find immature, safe, and entirely too nice, Alexa breaks up with him and cancels their spring break plans. Shocked to find herself now with no place to go for break, she calls up her old best friend Holly. The girls decide to go to South Beach, Florida and try to restore their friendship. Their trip is barely in progress before both Alexa and Holly are questioning why they ever thought this was a good idea. With little in common anymore except for the memories of a washed out friendship, they must struggle to get along and conquer their differences. When a boy comes between them, they realize they are more alike than they think. Good girl Holly experiments on Alexa's more free-spirited life and Alexa finds herself wanting something more than just a good time. This book, as I said, has a lot of drama or problems. When they get to South Beach to stay at her Grandmother Ida's house with Alexa she finds out that he grandmothers BOYFRIEND is living with her grandmother now. So they decide to not protrude and they rent a room at the Flamingo, a hotel/motel that Holly's grandmother recommend, which turns out to be a rat hole. There are co-ed bathrooms with a shower and that has no stalls. They run into Thomas, Daisy, Kaitlin, Aaron, and Jonathon who gets them into the clubs and etc. I think that Alexa has two different sides to her: she can be nice, helpful, and caring; but at times she can be mean, offensive, and insightful when you get on her bad side. And Holly I think she is a nice sweet good all A+ student, but not when she is around the wrong people. I noticed that ever since she started going to places with Alexa she is trying to act more like her and dress more like her. I think she is trying to do this because when Holly sees Alexa at clubs she acts so natural around boys and she is like a boy magnet. And I think that the only reason why Holly wants to be like Alexa is because when she finds her long lost love Diego she wants to be like Alexa. The impact that this book had on me was that I could see that your old friends that you thought weren't as weird as you thought they were. I also thought that I took away from this book is to not judge people and actually give them a shot and don't just judge them when you first see them ( not to be so judgmental ). I think that this book has a clash of different characters personality, which makes this book so interesting. This clash of different characters personalities makes this book also make you not want to put it down. I recommend this book to people that want to read a book that is drama filled and a book that you could never put down. In conclusion, I love this book and I cannot wait to read the next one French Kiss and I hope that it's going to better than this
TxTobinxJ More than 1 year ago
When i first got this assignment from my 9th grade english teacher i thought she must have been joking, it was a comical day in her class. After the initial awkwardness of going into barnes and noble to purchase this book i began to read it when i returned home that night and couldnt put it down. This book provided a new perspective on life, vacation and young adulthood. It was able to show what most girls would think in those kind of situations compared to us guys. I would reccomend this book to most of my friends because it was very entertaining, amuzing and insightful in many different ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book South beach writen by Aimee Friedman is an outstanding book. It¿s about a romance between two characters, but later on it forms into three.This book is great for readers who understand a day in the life of New York City. You can buy this book at basically any book store, and I deffinatley recommend this book. It¿s the best book I¿ve read in years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i mean yea it iz kinda like gossip girl. But it had an awesome ending i luvd it can't wait to read part 2. I started reading this book and after a second couldn't get out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give me example of what u mean Btw im a girl(16)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i want nook sex please
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Pick up and read this book....guartee u willl love it I did U just cant put it down It will keep u tied down to it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and right away, i was hooked on to it. Alexa & Holly never have perfect lives that I could relate to, and the book was filled with drama and romance. The only thing that was not very good was that some of the things are not really realistic. Overall, it's a great book that I enjoyed over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gossip Girl's already done it, Aimee. Think of a better plot to upgrade your poor storylnes. Work on your vocabulary too, it sucks. It was pretty boring. Nothing new, and the narraration sounded like it was coming from a fourth grader, since it lacked vast vocabulary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
South Beach is about two people who used to be friends and go on Spring Break together and if that isn't the best part there is alot of romantic parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, I thought it was great with the romance, the drama, and an old friendship renewed. I love books with ALOT of drama, and this book has ALOT!