After reading Red, White & Royal Blue this past spring, I’ve been on the hunt for stories to satisfy my craving for more wholesome teen romance. With its smart, tech-savvy, sassy protagonists, Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, seemed promising, but, alas, its focus on social media and the resultant drama detracted from the juicy, captivating parts of relationships, and I found it hard to stay invested.
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.
Excuse me while my eyes roll all the way into the back of my head. 99 Percent Mine was cheesy, somewhat problematic, predictable, clichéd, and while I enjoyed Thorne’s debut, The Hating Game, I was disappointed by her newest romance.
Holy wow this book is everything. Casey McQuiston — with her debut novel (!) — gives readers exactly what we didn’t know we needed: a rom-com not to be forgotten that’s House of Cards meets Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.
Have you ever wondered how Helen Hunt felt while Tom Hanks was stranded on that island in Cast Away? Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six, plays out that scenario in One True Loves, to devastating and heartwarming effect.
The three anthropologist protagonists of Euphoria have delectable chemistry that kept me flipping pages, and when I wasn’t gasping at the pure romance of the lines about bread and wine and love, I was busy picturing the various tribes along the Sepik River that King portrays with such skill.