SECOND CHANCE SUMMER – Morgan Matson
Whittling this list down, I knew I had to include this heartwrenching, yet hopeful book. I am not ashamed to admit I cried, real tears, reading Matson’s story about a girl preparing to lose her father to a terminal disease. The characters are realistic, and the prose is unerring in its ability to describe Taylor’s struggles.
I would recommend this book without reservations to any reader. Matson’s themes are universal, and so well done here.
GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston
I love fairytale retellings. They may actually be my favourite*. I’m not going to lie, I picked this one up because of its cover (yes, I totally judged it), and I am beyond happy that I did. In case the title is too vague, this is a geek girl retelling of Cinderella. And it is awesome. There’s a comic-con, cosplay, and all things geeky. Don’t miss it.
*Also, “favorite” can change by mood, but this remains a perennial.
THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick
It was difficult to choose only one from Cat Patrick’s backlist. I haven’t read one of her books that I didn’t love. But I really liked the unique story of this. I don’t know how much I can say except these triplets are sharing a life. Once outside their home they are all playing the same part – all the same girl. The twists, turns, and reveals are more than worth it in this read (and then check out her other titles), you won’t be disappointed!
THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler
There’s something about a seemingly “bad boy” and a “good girl” contemporary romance. And by “something,” I clearly mean it is one of my go-to tropes. Jude is that girl, and Emilio is that boy. Neighbors. Would-be friends. There lives have been entwined through family connections for years. I love a friends to more than friends romance more than almost anything. Do yourself a favor and put this on your TBR list – and if you’ve read it, definitely time for a reread.
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill
Okay, I’m not sure where to begin with this absolutely AMAZING book! Published 4ish years ago, I remember buying it almost immediately, and for reasons we will never know, I let it sit there for years. This is YA sci-fi done right. Richly drawn characters, mystery, and most importantly real stakes. This one is heartbreaking, hopeful, and perfect for a long afternoon of reading.
I hope this very short list gets you inspired for all the summer reading ahead. As they say: ‘so many books so little time’. Tell us what your favourite summer reads are, or which books you’re looking forward to this summer – here, on Twitter, or Facebook!