Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast-first for being fat and then for being "easy"-Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Café and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
I've been saving this Sarah Dessen up for a while as I know I always enjoy her books. This one was no exception.
This book follows the story of Colie. Colie is a former fat girl with very low self esteem after suffering at that hands of bullies whilst attending a variety of High Schools. This summer is a bit different. She has been sent to stay with her eccentric aunt for the summer while her mother goes off touring around Europe in the seaside town of Colby.
In Colby Colie finds a group of friend in the staff who work at the Last Chance diner and starts to question her previous life and the motivation behind other people's nastiness in the way they prejudge people. This book really considers well the role bullying plays in destroying a person's self esteem and how unfounded rumours can be used by others to make a person feel like they are worthless.
All in all another brilliant read from Sarah Dessen with all the charm and warmth I have come to expect from her novels.