Thursday, May 30, 2013

Beach Week: Beach Lane by Melissa de la Cruz.

Photo used under CC license from Susan Ujka's Collection
Jennie takes a look at ONE beach read with TWO different looks!

I was recently looking at the new books that come into the library and was surprised to see Beach Lane by Melissa de la Cruz. I’m a pretty big fan of her books—how on earth did I miss that she has a new series out?!

Here’s what the publisher says about it:

Join Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui for a sizzling summer on the beaches of the Hamptons—with no shortage of scandal—in this start to the Beach Lane series.
Meet Mara Walters, Eliza Thompson, and Jacqui Velasco, newly hired au pairs for a wealthy family summering in the Hamptons.
For Mara this job means a fast way out of small-town life. Eliza just wants to return to the posh world she wishes she never left. And for Jacqui, it’s a way back into the arms of the American boyfriend who told her he’d email as soon as he got home. And didn’t.
Besides, how bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? But things get complicated when romance enters the picture, along with superspoiled former friends and lost loves. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui girls have got to stick together, or their summer will be over before it begins.

Here’s the thing… it’s not a new series. It’s actually a new name and cover for Au Pairs (the other books are also getting new covers, but not new names.)

Here’s how the publisher described that one:

Three girls with three agendas and the ultimate destination: the Hamptons.
Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who's anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.
So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They've got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It's shaping up to be the summer of their lives.

The insides, the actual story, haven’t changed, but they sure look and sound different! Which one looks like it has the most partying? Which one looks like a sweet love story? Which one would you rather read? Which one fits the book better?
If you’ve read it, let us know what you think!

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