Cruel Summer: Fast Girls, Hot Boys
MTV, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
he first book in the
Fast Girls, Hot Boys
series begins with a prologue during which the valedictorian of Miami Academy for Creative Performing Arts is about to begin her speech. She looks out over her audience. A seat is empty. One of the school's
didn't make it to graduation day.
fter being introduced to the school's A–listed
, the reader might decide not to care. They are bratty, arrogant, conceited, and exploitive, but little by little Kylie Adams deftly turns the tide as she introduces their insecurities, anxieties and fears, including the things they won't even admit to each other.
anity St. John, daughter of a record producer who ignores her, is a sought after personality with a handler who schedules her social events and photo sessions. Christina is a talented artist who is secretly a lesbian. Her mother, a republican politician, thinks taking on Miami's gay lifestyle will win her the election. Max, the son of a famous actor, worries about his fifteen-year-old sister and the boob job her dad gave her as a birthday gift. Dante is a scholarship student and Pippa is a beautiful Brit whose amoral father has squandered his fortune on drugs.
ull of interesting characters we gradually begin to care about,
rockets along, interweaving plots and the lives of the
. The cruelest part is when the story rumbles to an unsatisfying end with a startling cliff hanger. The reader will have to decide whether a sneak peak into the next episode,
, makes up for the lack of plot resolution.
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