Review of: Defying the Diva by D. Anne Love
Release date: March 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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 in 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 two best friends have turned on her thanks to Camilla and the whole school basically thinks she is a slut from what 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 experience 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 basically 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 book. It's a pretty good Summer read too because it basically takes place during the Summer. :)