When Anne is uprooted from her Connecticut life because of her mothers cheating ways and forced to relocate to her fathers mansion in California, she is adamant that she will never become like all of the tan surfer girls that seem to flourish in Laguna Cove. But she quickly breaks her promise when she makes friends with a couple of nice girls from school, Lola and Jade, and the cutest guy around, Chris, starts teaching her to surf. But while most of the kids at her new school are friendly, Ellie remains icy cold toward Anne no matter how nice Anne tries to be. Anne guesses that Ellie is jealous of the budding relationship between Chris and herself, but she doesnt let Ellies nastiness interfere with her now fabulous new life.
During all of the drama between Ellie and Anne, the other two friends, Lola and Jade, try to stay neutral and deal with boy problems and family problems of their own. Lola, playfully known to her friends as Lolita, is busy trying to carry on a secret relationship with an older guy behind her mothers back. And Jade, an accepting free-spirit, is a little too willing to help a friend who might not be the best influence on her.
The chapters are short, often only a couple of pages, and each chapter alternates between the perspectives of one of the four main girls. While the short chapters keep the book moving along at a fast pace, they also become a little confusing, and its hard to keep the status of each characters relationships straight. The many sub-plots become distracting, and in the end, there are numerous questions left unanswered.
Laguna Cove mixes the spoiled SoCal lifestyle seen in Price of Admission by Leslie Margolis with the new-girl-trumps-the-resident-queen-bee-at-her-favorite-sport-and-steals-her-man storyline of Haters by Alisa-Valdes Rodriguez. Nothing groundbreaking or remotely original, but Noels style of writing keeps the story interesting.
This book is a really cute, short read that I really enjoyed. The story is great, fresh, and while it may not be the most original story on the block, I really recommend it to any teenager looking for an easy read with a great story. The female characters were a little underdeveloped in some places, but I loved all the surfing!
THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK. I never wanted to put it down. I cant wait until my mom will take me to the book store so I can buy her other books! I recomend this book to everyone! This was a great book I chose for a book report because I was able to finish a month before because I loved the book so much and that I just could never put down the book!It deals with real life drama too thats what I truly love about this book! I suggest you go get this book now!