This unexpected romance will make you laugh and cry

This book was different from any romance I’ve read so far this year in a really refreshing way. We get the beautiful divorcée mother hoping for a second chance at love; we get the swoon-worthy pop star à la Harry Styles; but we also get the harsh realities of love and motherhood and fame and a relationship with a significant age gap. While this isn’t the fun beach read with the guaranteed HEA, it will make you laugh, cry, and think.

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Realistic dystopia sparks thoughts about the far reach of social media

Somewhere between Amazon and Facebook, The Circle is a social media platform that offers users around the world countless convenient and helpful services — many of which are seemingly great ideas (i.e. a way to find missing children to reduce numbers of assault, rape, and kidnapping worldwide). Like Amazon’s Alexa, the services offered by The Circle start to get just a little creepy, and soon protagonist Mae Holland finds herself in the public eye via wearable camera literally 24/7.