Love, D. Anne.
DEFYING THE DIVA
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008
Patterson’s freshman year was off to a great start. She has two best friends
and her dream job of working on the school newspaper. But when an article
she writes for the newspaper’s gossip column offends school diva and resident
mean girl, Camilla Quinn, her year goes from good to bad. Camilla launches
a campaign of hurtful gossip and rumors against Haley. Embarrassing and
frightening anonymous notes are being placed in her locker and on her desk.
She is even sent email encouraging her to commit suicide and put an end
to her misery. Friends abandon her, fearful of becoming gossip victims
themselves, leaving Haley alone and miserable. Keeping a low profile, Haley
chooses not to tell anyone including her parents about the humiliation
she is enduring at school. For Haley, when summer arrives, it cannot come
soon enough. She is sent out of town, while her parents are traveling in
Europe, to stay with an aunt in a small resort community for the summer.
Haley gets a job at the local country club but has trouble making new friendships.
She finds that she is still dealing with a lack of self-esteem and needs
to gain the confidence and courage to trust others despite her worries
about returning to school in the fall. Will Haley be able to stand up to
the Diva? Will her classmates continue to treat her as an outcast? When
another becomes the target of the diva, will Haley let history repeat itself?
Prepared by: Dee Robinson, Librarian, Richland County Public Library for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
Bullies -- Fiction.
Self-esteem -- Fiction.
Identity -- Fiction.
Resorts -- Fiction.
Aunts -- Fiction.
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