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Defying the Diva by D. Anne Love
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Defying the Diva

by D. Anne Love

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A little slow in the middle and Love didn't quite make the heroine endearing enough to compensate for her incredibly dumb decisions but a better than average book about bullying. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
Haley Patterson is a Gossip Column writer in her school newspaper. She writes interesting things that goes on around her school. One day her life changes. Her best friends won’t talk to her and the school’s superdiva and queen bee, Camilla Quinn, is on her tail to make the rest of Haley’s school year miserable. With the whole school turning on Haley, she is left alone and has to suffer with rumors that aren't true and students and classmates messing around with her. As summer moves into the year, Haley is to be staying at her Aunt’s house and is suspected to work at an exclusive mountain resort. There she is working in the pool house, handing out snacks and beverages and checking in and out towels the people use. As Haley is working she meets two really nice boys, the head lifeguard, Evan, and a horse trainer, Harrison. Haley has to face Camilla soon after making new friends and learning to trust again. Will Haley be able to face her fears of Camilla or will she have to be humiliated again? Find out in “Defying the Diva".

I personally disapprove of bullies. I really liked this book because it shows how one change in a column for a news paper can trigger a bully to be on your tail. Bullies are full of selfness and cant get enough attention. I recommend this book to people who want to get rid of their bully problems and to get rid of people who cant help themselves to hurting others. I learned from this book that strangers can become your friends if your friends run from you because of something so small. Making new friends are better than keeping old friends that hurt your feelings. Friends that are always by your side are true friends that no matter what happens they can help you through your problems that affect who you've been. That is what "Defying the Diva" shows. I would forget to trust others if it weren't for my friends who love me more than anything and they can trust me means that I can trust them and love them the way they love me. That's what this book shows. Anything can happen that can ruin your friendship with your friends, but there are always other people that can mend it. Remember to trust those who you love. ( )
  NagisaR.B3 | Apr 28, 2014 |
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

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! ( )
  GeniusJen | Aug 18, 2010 |
Haley Patterson is in her freshman year of high school and is making a name for herself on the school newspaper staff. When she anonymously writes for the paper's gossip column, she alienates one of her best friends and makes an enemy of the most popular girl in school, Camilla. Camilla viciously torments Haley for the rest of the school year, and Haley hopes that the summer will bring relief. However, she is shipped off to her aunt's house while her parents and brother are out of the country for the whole summer, and she gets a job at a summer resort. Can she get past the problems of freshman year and be herself, or does she need to reinvent herself? ( )
  ABurrell | Mar 11, 2010 |
It’s a story about someone saying something wrong and then everyone hating her because of it. They way it was so detailed and how she handled it. It ended good and everything worked out at the end. AHS
  edspicer | Sep 21, 2009 |
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During Haley's freshman year of high school, a campaign of gossip and bullying causes her to be socially ostracized, but after spending the summer living with her aunt, working at a resort, making new friends, and dating a hunky lifeguard, she learns how to stand up for herself and begins to trust again.… (more)

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