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Tall Cool One: An A-List Novel    by Zoey Dean order for
Tall Cool One
by Zoey Dean
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In this 4th in the A-List series, Anna Cabot Percy is still trying to transform herself, to fit into the L.A. lifestyle, and have as much fun as everyone around her seems to have. She's determined on new adventures, and wonders if she's cut out for casual sex. Anna's friend Danny tells her it's not her style.

While Anna wonders what she's missing, her divorced parents get briefly entangled again. Samantha diets fanatically and is frustrated by Dee's blooming, friendship (based on a shared interest in mysticism) with her pregnant young stepmother, Poppy (they plan to name the poor baby 'Ruby Hummingbird'). And the unlikely duo of nice guy Adam and the previously poisonous Cammie continue a hot but somewhat jinxed romance.

After Anna takes up her father's offer to check out an incredibly upscale Mexican resort, Las Casitas, she takes surfing lessons from sexy Kai. He tells Anna that her brain synapses fire overtime, and teaches her to 'just be in your body. Be the wave.' Sam shows up, fleeing her home life's complications. She and Anna share the wrong kind of adventure, though one in which Sam finally meets someone who's interested in her for herself.

As usual, it's fun to read about the lifestyles of the rich, famous, and dysfunctional. Level-headed Anna takes it all in, thinks for herself, but loosens up a little too this time. As the episode ends, Anna finally succeeds in surfing at Zuma Beach, having learned the key lesson that 'Life, love, boys - it was all about balance.'

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