Leah Greenblatt
April 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In Gwen Cooper?s Diary of a South Beach Party Girl Rachel Baum, an obedient Miami native on the fast track to suburban anonymity, gets drawn into South Beach’s treacherous nightlife, circa 1997.

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Bottom Line Cooper’s story has as much exotic appeal as Miami’s famed turquoise tides…and can be just as shallow. But there’s real wit and pathos beneath the feather boas. B+

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