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.
|Publisher:||Margaret K. McElderry Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.52(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.94(d)|
|Lexile:||NC770L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book sucks i thought this book would be " juicy" judgeing by the cover but NO!!!! it was a lame book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
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.