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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

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Summer is approaching and with temperatures soaring back up within reason, it’s time for everyone to start getting their summer reading lists together! Personally, my fav things to read during the summer are warm, insightful contemporaries that just make me feel good on the inside. SO. HERE ARE THREE great contemporaries that I’ve read and I think would make A+ summer reads.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  • YA Retelling of You’ve Got Mail
  • Online friends who’ve never met but bonded over classic movies
  • Summer romances
  • Surfing
  • Family

I’ve read and loved everything I’ve ever read by Jenn Bennett so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving this book. Bennett has a knack for writing swoony, shippy romances that’ll make your heart feel mushy inside.

2. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

  • Sibling relationships
  • New relationships
  • Family secrets
  • New friendships

The Whole Thing Together is Brashares at her best. Nobody can write a summer contemporary novel like Brashares does and this time she explores family bonds. You will probably cry at some point as you read the book. The book also explores some race and religion issues!

3. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

  • YA Retelling of Pretty in Pink
  • Girl has to work at her family’s grocery store over the summer
  • Re-kindling friendships
  • Coming of Age

The Education of Margot Sanchez is such a warm, summery read about a girl who has a lot of learning to do. Margot Sanchez has a reputation to maintain but at what cost? As she re-kindles friendships and meets new people, she begins to rediscover herself and what it means to be Margot Sanchez. Rivera crafts such a compelling coming of age story and I cannot wait to read what else she has in store.

**note that none of the images used in the collages are mine, all were found using Pinterest**

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Posted by on 03/21/2014 • 25 Comments

What a disappointment. And an unexpected one since I was such a fan of her Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants series (which rocked my socks off!). I didn’t dislike this one right away; at first I was very much into it. We start by learning of their dystopian-like community that has formed in the past (our present), after having escaped from a plague ravaged future. A future that is, quite frankly, not at all unrealistic, making it all the more terrifying. Once we get down to business, though, things go downhill fast. From underdeveloped characters, to random – often boring – plot detours, to unemotional insta-love romance.

Prenna starts out as a great character – stubborn and determined. She’s from a future where touching meant death, and is now controlled…