Showing posts with label Sarah Dessen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah Dessen. Show all posts

Friday, August 23, 2019

My Favorite Books of the Summer (So far!)

With Labor Day approaching and the start of a new school year on the horizon, it is only natural to start thinking about all those fall and upcoming winter reads. I try to read all the beach reads straight though to the official end of the summer season in late September.  There are still so many more that I want to read!

I'm sharing with you guys my favorite reads of the summer and I may add to this list by the end of the season, but here it is so far. Also, to find my full reviews on these titles (and so much more!), check out my review archive.  

Adult Contemporary Fiction:

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer - If you want something light for the beach, this is it. Plus, it takes place on Nantucket. 

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore - This is also a light beach read, but it has a bit more substance to it in that the characters are dealing with real issues and some of the issues are rather dark. The setting is Block Island, which is great for a beach read.  

You, Me, and the Sea by Meg Donohue - This book was fantastic. I cried, I laughed, and I cried again. I adored this modern day retelling of Wuthering Heights set on the coast of California. I am a sucker for a good coming-of-age tale.

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves - Oh, man. This book also was a surprise to me in that I didn't think I could relate to a character on the autism spectrum, but I did and this story truly tugged on my heartstrings. I loved that it followed the couple from college to adulthood.  

Southern Fiction:

The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey - I enjoyed all of the Peachtree Bluff books and this is the final book in the series. It's a quintessential Southern read filled with a lot of heart and feel good moments. Plus, the coastal beach town setting makes it perfect for vacation reading.  

Young Adult:

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen - Sarah Dessen can do no wrong and this book is a classic Dessen summertime story that is sure to please. I loved it; plus, the lake setting was very memorable and Dessen captured a summertime at the lake like no other.

Historical Fiction:

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand - This is one of my favorite of Hilderbrand's novels and I hope she continues writing historical fiction as she really captured it all so brilliantly. I loved the family dynamics, the secrets, the coastal setting, and the heart wrenching historical details.

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory - Tidelands had a slow to start, but once it got going, I was glued to the pages. This is a good summertime read for fans of historical fiction that maybe want a break from Gregory's usual novels about royalty.

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams - Williams captured WWII era Bahamas so very well; I felt like I was watching a classic film.  The cocktails, the beach, the parties, the cigarettes, more cocktails, and the British Royalty; plus, espionage make it for an enchanting beach read.

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton - I have not read Clayton's first novel that everyone seemed to like, but I will say I was impressed by her follow up which featured a strong female lead, historical details, a Florida setting, and lots of espionage. 


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren - This novel had me laughing out loud at the dialogue. It was so well done.  The setting of Hawaii makes this the perfect vacation read, especially if you like your beach reads steamy and you like the love/hate relationship trope.   

So, what have been some of your favorite beach reads this season? Have you read any of my favorites? Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book Review: The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Pages: 400
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.  Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.  When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.  Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.  For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?"

Emma Saylor hasn't lived an easy life by any means despite the fact that she lives in a nice house in a good neighborhood and has many friends.  She lost her mother to addiction and her father has been busy with his career as a dentist.  Also, her Nana has helped raise her, but Emma still suffers from anxiety.  Her father has remarried and is planning on taking a honeymoon this summer.  Emma is ok with this as she will be staying at her best friend's house. But things happen and plans change and now Emma finds herself with no place to go during her dad's honeymoon.  Her Nana suggests she stay with her mother's family who lives in a resort town by North Lake.  Emma hasn't been back there since she was four years old, so this would give her an opportunity to reconnect with family, but it's, well, awkward.  Her mother's family run a motel by the lake and she has a ton of cousins, but she hasn't connected with them in years.  So, Emma agrees to go, because she doesn't want to be the reason her father can't go on a honeymoon. While she is there, Emma learns more about her past, her mother, and finds herself loving a family she never knew she had.  Sarah Dessen's The Rest of the Story tackles that one important summer in a teenager's life. It's going down as one of my favorite Dessen novels.

Emma Saylor is a memorable character and one that I think many people can relate to in The Rest of the Story.  My heart went out to her as she had a lot to deal with regarding her mother and addiction.  Even though she lives in an expensive neighborhood and in a luxurious house, she still has problems that haunt her. When she is uprooted from her cushy life to North Lake, which is a working-class neighborhood, I thought she would struggle. But she takes to family life and working at the motel easily. Once acclimated she really blossomed. I could appreciate Emma's experience as an only child and then having the opportunity to spend time with a larger extended family. I think Dessen captured the dynamics of that very well and the fact that Emma had to be reacquainted with many people from her childhood.

While there, Emma Saylor is reunited with Roo, one of her friends from childhood.  Roo's father was also good friends with Emma's mother, so there was that history too. I absolutely loved their relationship.  I loved the back story, the friendship, and how it evolved and how good Roo is. So often in YA lit, we encounter bad guys or guys who are jerks. It's so nice to come across Roo who is a down to Earth good guy.  He is definitely swoon-worthy in The Rest of the Story.

The dynamics of North Lake and Lake North (the richer resort town) are also well done. It think every lake or beach community has this type of hierarchy and Dessen captures it very well. I enjoyed Emma going on the many adventures by the lake with her cousins and friends.  It was the perfect summertime setting.

There's something that Dessen does very well that no other YA author that I have come across can do. She captures the easy summertime life as a teenager; she lets the story evolve organically. It's not that a whole lot happened in the first half of the book, but she develops the characters to the point where I feel like I know them and could be friends with them. The Rest of the Story is a quiet story that truly resonates and it's going down as not only one of my favorite books of the summer, but also one of my favorite Sarah Dessen novels and if you know me that is saying a lot.

Can we all agree that Sarah Dessen can do no wrong? If you want a summertime read that is memorable, heartwarming and real, pick up The Rest of the Story this summer.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Review: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Pages: 358
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Viking
Source: Personal Copy
Other Books By Author: Along for the Ride
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.   Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.   Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself."

Louna's mother owns a very successful wedding planning business and while that sounds all well and good, it actually has caused Louna to become a bit of a cynic regarding love.  Seeing the behind the scenes of many weddings, the drama, the fights, the irritating has all sort of jaded her view of love.  It's Louna's last summer before college and while many of her peers are out being social, she has sworn off guys, especially with what happened with her last boyfriend, Ethan.  Plus, she is very busy helping her mom this summer and has no time for meeting new guys.  Enter Ambrose.  He is the bride's brother and is the quintessential charmer.  He has more than one romantic entanglement, but he always promises to be honest about it.  When Ambrose comes to work for Louna's mother, Louna can't deny her interest in him despite her best efforts.  But can Louna really open herself up to another relationship? Even with what happened to Ethan?  Sarah Dessen's Once and for All is a fantastic summertime read and one of my favorite books of the year.

Louna is an interesting character in Once and for All.  I really liked her relationship with her mother as well as her godfather.  I really enjoyed how Dessen portrayed the wedding planning business and how things can be complicated when planning a wedding. It felt very true to life.   

Ambrose is sort of a foil for Louna in Once and for All. Where she is timid about love, he is more open and encourages Louna to do the same. Just like Louna, at first I wanted to keep Ambrose at arms length, but he slowly made his way into my heart.  

I loved how Dessen put some flashbacks into Once and for All and gave us some background regarding Louna and Ethan.  This was definitely necessarily as it explains why Louna is so jaded when it comes to love. It truly tugged on my heartstrings and even brought a tear to my eye. I know some people complained about the insta-love factor, but the way that Dessen portrayed it worked for me.  

I thought Dessen's writing was some of her best work in Once and for All. I think she really took it up a notch. I found so many quote-worthy lines in this novel.  Here are a few of my favorites: 
“Well, here we are," Ethan said. "The end of the world."  I smiled, turning slightly to take in the full view. "It's different to what I expected."  "The big stuff always is," he said.” 
“Everything in life had its phases, and if you were smart, you learned to appreciate them all.   What really mattered, though, were the people in those moments with you. Memories are what we have and what we keep, and I held mine close. The ones I knew well, like a night on the beach with a boy who would always live in my heart, and the ones yet to come with another.”   
"I didn't even hesitate.  So much of life is not being sure of anything. How I wish, later, I'd been able to savor them, those few steps and moments when for once, I just knew." 

Fans of Sarah Dessen, the queen of YA, won't be disappointed by Once and for All. I liked it more than I thought I would and it's definitely one of my favorites, going up there with The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride.   If you enjoy YA literature, definitely pick up a copy of this book this summer. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spotlight: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

You guys know I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I am part of the #ReadADessen campaign that features all of her novels until the release of Once and For All, which is due out next month.  I am so excited, because it isn't summer unless I am reading a Sarah Dessen novel.

This week we are talking about The Moon and More, which I thoroughly enjoyed when I read it a few years ago. And how gorgeous is the new cover?

Goodreads says, "The perfect life?  At first glance, Emaline seems to have it all. A great boyfriend, a close-knot family, an idyllic beach town to call home. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Then she meets Theo, an ambitious young New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. He's sophisticated and exciting, and thinks Emaline is destined for bigger things. Emaline wants the moon and more, but can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?"
Here are my top five reasons why you should read The Moon and More this summer: 

1) Characters - Dessen writes such memorable characters and I loved the character of not only Emaline, but also her best friends Daisy and Morris.  Somehow Dessen creates secondary characters that are just as memorable as the main character.  

2) Relationships - Yes, most of Dessen's "summer reads" focus on that one important summer and that one special love, but this book has so much more than that. Emaline's rocky relationship with her father is important in this novel as well as her younger brother.  But more importantly, The Moon and More is all about Emaline's relationship with herself before she goes off to college.

3) Colby - I want to move here. No seriously. Colby is Dessen's fictional southern beach town which is the setting of many of her novels. Coming back here is like revisiting an old friend. For the Dessen fan, this is always so much fun, especially when you catch cameos from her other beloved characters. 

4) Heart - The reason why I adore Dessen's novels so much is not only are the perfect for the beach thanks to the setting of Colby and the common theme of that one special summer, but they always, always have heart. They are beach reads with heart.  They are smart, the characters are memorable, and the plot is always engaging.  They aren't fluffy beach reads; they are so, so much more.

5)  That Summer - You know the summer I am talking about. That one special summer that sort of changed things for you. A coming-of-age, if you will.  Dessen does this so very well and in The Moon and More.  For Emaline it's the transition from high school to college, which is an important time in an adolescent's life.  Dessen captures this perfectly and how Emaline's most important relationship is, after all, with herself. She needs to understand herself and what she wants for the future.

So, if my five reasons why you should read The Moon and More this summer didn't entice you to pick up a copy, check out my full review here. I think you'll be sold!

Are you new to Sarah Dessen or a long-time fan? What's your favorite Dessen? Do you plan on reading any this summer? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen and a BIG Giveaway

Pages: 228
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: September 1, 1999
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "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 Cafe 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."

Colie Sparks is spending the summer with her aunt while her mom is on a European tour for work.  Her aunt lives in the adorable beach town of Colby, North Carolina and Colie expects a boring summer is ahead of her, but just the opposite happens.  She is still dealing with a lot of issues regarding her self-esteem; the years of being made fun of for being overweight sort of hang over her head wherever she goes despite the fact that she has lost the weight.  While hanging out in Colby, Colie meets Morgan and Isabel, two best friends and waitresses at the local beach cafe.   They take Colie under their wings and through their help as well as her eccentric aunt's, she blossoms this summer despite the return of her nemesis.  Sarah Dessen's Keeping the Moon is a charming coming-of-age tale with important messages for young girls.

Colie is an interesting character in Keeping the Moon. She really is multi-faceted and Dessen does a great job bringing her to life. I felt like there was a lot to her and many teens could relate to her issues with self-esteem.  Despite her huge weight loss, she still carries around the scars from her years of torment regarding her weight.  I was rooting for Colie the whole time, especially when her nemesis returns to Colby for the summer.

Morgan and Isabel are also compelling characters in Keeping the Moon.  Dessen understands female friendships very well and is able to truly showcase not only the importance of a true friend, but also the challenging side.  Morgan and Isabel are also navigating the rough waters of their early twenties and try to become mentors to Colie.  I truly loved their friendship and all the scenes that involve the Last Chance Cafe.  

For me, one of the best part about Keeping the Moon was the setting of Colby, North Carolina. This is a recurring location in many of Dessen's novels, so it was fun to revisit this coastal town.  Can I please visit sometime? I also loved the return of Last Chance Cafe as well as other landmarks that are in Dessen's other novels. There's something special about how Dessen gets a coastal town and its summertime vibe. I absolutely loved it.

At Keeping the Moon's core is the message of self-acceptance and self-love.  I appreciated that aspect of the novel and enjoyed Colie's journey of self-discovery.  Even though there are love interests in this novel, the focus is on female friendships and strong women supporting one another.  

Although Keeping the Moon wasn't my favorite of Dessen's novels, I still thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Colby as well as Colie's summer there.  Fans of Dessen won't want to miss Keeping the Moon.  

Thanks to Penguin Teen, I have a very exciting giveaway to share with you all to get your ready for the publication of Dessen's latest novel, Once and for All, which comes out this June.  One lucky US winner could win one set of Sarah Dessen's books in paperback (ARV: $132.00) How awesome is that? Please refer to my giveaway rules and its open to US readers only.  Good luck! 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 17, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Once and for All

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  "Waiting on Wednesday" spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen 
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017

Goodreads says, "As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.   Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.   Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself."

I know I posted about this before, but how could I not dedicate and entire WoW post to Sarah's latest novel? As a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, the thought of reading her new novel next summer has me downright giddy. Summer isn't the same without a Sarah Dessen novel. What do you guys think?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Five and a Giveaway (34)

Happy Friday! Sometimes I like to talk about what I am currently into that is not necessarily book related. Here's what I have been up to/thinking about/enjoying lately. Let me know what you think!

1.  Voyager Book Club Podcast - I read Voyager a little while ago and have since read Drums of Autumn. If you have read the Outlander series, you know how lengthy the novels are and consequently, you can sort of forget all the details. I love Story Wonk's Voyager book club podcast though. It's a great reminder of what occurred in the novel, which in turn will be a great reminder of what is to come in season three of the TV show. Plus, Alastair Stephens is fantastic. I can't say enough about him analysis and the questions he poses. It reminds me of my days as an English major.  I also love his co-host Lani Diane Rich, who happens to be a published author and his wife. They have great chemistry.

2.  Westworld on HBO -I tuned into the premiere of this show, because I was so intrigued by the concept. Whoa. Completely blown away.I probably shouldn't expect anything less from Michael Crichton.  I can't decide if I love it or if it's just ok, so I will stick with it for another week, but wow. Not only is it very unique, the soundtrack is also brilliant. Did anyone else watch it?

3.  2016 - Man, this year is a roller coaster for me. There are so many highs and so many lows. It's like there can't be anything in between. I am also looking forward to 2017 so I can start off with a clean slate. I hope that it will be a calmer year for my family as well as my extended family.

4. Sarah Dessen's New Novel - You guys know I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan, so I am very excited for her next novel, Once and For All, to come out in 2017.  Did you guys see the cover? It sounds like another great summertime read and I am looking forward to reading it. What do you guys think?

5.  Giveaway: Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz - Thanks to Harlequin Teen, I have an ARC of this novel. The focus of the book is immigration and that's not only a timely topic, but also important!  The giveaway is open to US readers only and the deadline is October 23rd . Please refer to my giveaway rules. Good luck!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Books with the Best Beach Towns

Being a beach bum myself, I always appreciate when an author creates the most perfect coastal town.  Whether the author captures the whole dynamic between townies versus vacationers or includes details like the perfect place to get ice cream or the best beach, I am sold.  A vivid and beautifully detailed beach town is the kind of setting I want to be transported to time and time again.  If you want to read my review for all of these books, please check out my review archive, which is organized by the author's last name. The following list includes some of my favorites:

Cape May, New Jersey

Jersey Shore: I'm a little biased since I am a Jersey Shore lover, but these books really capture what makes the "shore" so great. All of the Jersey Shore isn't like the MTV show; in fact, it is so, so very different. There's beautiful beaches, great places to shop, dine, and get a great scoop of ice cream ...these books have it all, not to mention the award-winning boardwalks and rides!
  • The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine - Jersey Shore
  • The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - Jersey Shore
  • All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue - Avalon, New Jersey
  • Others with this Setting: All I Need by Susane Colasanti, Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble, and Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons/New York: I love a good beach read that takes place here, because the setting and the beach-goers seem so extravagant.  There's high-end shops and restaurants and huge homes on the beach, yet it is still a beach town at heart.

  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn - The Hamptons
  • The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares - Fire Island, New York
  • Others with this Setting: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin, The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells, The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek, and A Certain Summer by Patricia Beard.


Northeast/New England: There's something special about New England beaches as well as Nantucket. I love the lobster rolls, the beautiful hydrangeas, the quaint towns, the lighthouses, the clambakes, and the rocky beaches all depicted in these novels.
  • Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  • Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand - Nantucket
  • The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland
  • A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
  • Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty Series by Jenny Han
  • Others with this Setting: Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer, Summer Sisters by Judy Bloom,  The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer, Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca, Summer Secrets by Jane Green, The Sound by Sarah Alderson, and The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis.

Outer Banks

The South: I love a good southern summertime story, especially if it takes place in Colby, Sarah Dessen's fictional beach town, or at the Florida Keys.  There's the perpetual smell of Coppertone, sweet tea, ripe peaches, fantastic porches, BBQ, and hot, muggy weather.  There's nothing better!

  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
  • Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck
  • Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa LaFaye
  • Other Books with this Setting:  Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland,  Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols, Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton, and The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.

Southern California 
California: Every time I think of a California summer, I think of beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunsets, palm trees, and of course hot surfers.  These books capture the beauty of California. 

  • Moonglass by Jessi Kirby - Crystal Cove, California
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler - California Coast
  • Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby - California Coast
  • Other Books with this Setting:  The Star Shack by Lila Castle, The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan, and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway.

Miscellaneous Beach Towns:

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick,  First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler.

So, what are some of your favorite fictional beach towns? I know I could spend some time at Colby or Cousins Beach right about now! Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beach Reads About That One Special Summer

There are so many YA novels out there that focus on that one magical summer.  If you want to know my thoughts on each novel, click the title to head to check out my review. Here are some of my favorites:

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 

The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

So, what are some of your favorite young adult novels that focus on that one special summer?  Let me know in the comments below. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Every Beach Bum Should Read

Summer isn't too far away (cue all my excitement) and it's never too early to start planning what you want to read on vacation or bring to the beach. This week I am sharing my favorite beach reads. If you want to check out my reviews, you can find them alphabetized by author here.  

1. Broken Hearts & Revenge series by Katie Finn - Katie Finn, a.k.a. Morgan Matson, is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and this series is summertime fun at its best.

2. The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - I love that this story takes place at the Jersey Shore and features the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. 

3.  Nantucket series by Leila Howland - One of my favorites for sure! 

4.  Elin Hilderbrand novels - I haven't read all of her novels, but my favorite is The Island. If you are looking for adult "beach read," this is the way to go.

5.  Nancy Thayer novels - I really liked Island Girls; her novels shouldn't be missed if you want something light for the beach.

6.  Sarah Dessen novels - My favorite is The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride. Although they aren't technically "beach reads," Dessen features beach towns and that one special summer quite frequently.

7.  A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams - This book was one of my favorite beach reads a few years ago. If you like some historical fiction in your beach reads, this one shouldn't be missed.

8.  All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue -This book holds a special place in my heart since it takes place in Avalon, NJ, one of my favorite places in the world. 

9.  On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves - Whoa. This was an awesome adult beach read. Highly recommended. 

10.  Summer series by Jenny Han - And my list wouldn't be complete without including my favorite YA series of all time. 

Some Other Favorites: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord and anything by Morgan Matson (loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour as well as Second Chance Summer). 

So what are some of your favorite beach reads? Let me know in the comments below.  This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish .

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