Zuri Benizet is happy living the life she knows and loves in her hood, Bushwick. What she doesn't need is Darius Darcy and his sharp jawline and arrogance to come and look down on the life she knows. Darius and his brother, Ainsley come from money and Zuri already knows what that means. Over the summer, she begins to learn that everything she thinks she knows may not be the truth after all and people can surprise you when you least expect it.
From the author of American Street, Ibi Zoboi, comes a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that is both relatable and important in a much more modern setting with issues pertaining to gentrification, class and what it means to have your beliefs challenged.
You will fall for Zuri Benizet because of her unflinching Pride in her identity, her home and her family. And Darius Darcy is a bonus you won't be complaining about.
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner brings to you the re-telling of Robinhood you didn't even know you needed. Told from a third person point of view, with a beautifully inter-woven past and present aspect in terms of its romance, Sherwood makes you want to turn the page as soon as possible. After learning of her love, Robin's death, Lady Marian takes matters into her own hands and begins a journey she didn't know she was capable of. This book will appeal to fans of the original because of the energy and underlying essence of the story remaining true. However, pick this book up even if you haven't read Robinhood because the tale of Lady Marian and her band of merry thieves is more than delightful enough to stand on its own originality.
Fame, Fate and First Kiss by Kasie West is full of glitz, romance and all the feels. Lacey Barnes is fulfilling her dream of acting in Hollywood while simultaneously trying to manage the workload of a high school senior. Enter Donovan, the tutor hired by her dad to help her out. As Lacey and Donovan begin to slowly know and understand each other, Lacey realises homework may not be so bad after all. The movie setting of this book adds to the wonderful and layered personalities of the characters and keeps you rooting for them all, and the slow-burn romance will make you want to finally listen to your parents and hire your own tutor for that tough science class.
A travel story with tons of romance not just from the main couple, but all these wonderfully quirky and individualistic characters around them as well. After being suddenly broken up with, our British hero, part of sextuplets, decides that he will take the trip he had originally planned with his now ex-girlfriend. Due to booking problems, he now needs to find a girl with the exact same name. Enter Margaret Campbell (or Mae). What unfolds once these two meet is a cute story of what love means, the importance of family and how adventures are a necessary part of our lives. This story will leave you wanting to take a journey yourself and finally taking that leap of faith and hopefully finding your own Hugo, or at least, yourself. Although the romance is fantastic, what really stands out is the way the families are written and how wonderfully warm they'll make you feel.
A beautiful story about love, acceptance and how bad decisions are a part of growing up and evolving. The story, by Shalanda Stanley, focuses on best friends turned romantic partners, Nick and June. Both of them are dealing with their own issues, of mental illness and financial matters respectively, together. The story follows their decision to run away together and how it impacts not just them, but also their relationship and everyone around them as well. It will make you want to believe in the power of young love and how one believes it can conquer all. But are some just inconquerable? Pick up this book and be ready to have your heart string pulled at until the very end.
Julie Berry weaves a tale so rich in all its aspects, it is hard to put down. Amidst World War II, the Greek Gods have a trial in a Manhattan hotel room with the central focus being on Ares- the God of War and Aphrodite- the Goddess of Love. Aphrodite goes back to World War I to relay a story of 4 individuals and the circumstances that knit them all together. Hazel, the British pianist and her first dance with James, a soldier about to be shipped off to serve intersects with Collete, a Belgian girl scarred by what the war has shown her, and Aubrey, an American soldier of color and jazz genius. The settings take you back to the times themselves and the story is paced beautifully so that you want to turn the next page but are also scared of how it could all end. A stunning historical fiction novel with elements of the whimsical that will keep you wanting more.
Emma Saylor is about to spend 3 weeks with people she barely remembers, her mother's side of the family. Emma's mom died 5 years ago, and when certain events take place and fall through, Emma has no option but to spend time with the side of her family that might be able to remind her who her mom really was. Sarah Dessen once again pens a beautiful summer story with a host of different and relatable characters. The story touches on romance, class, and identity while the central idea remains who we call family. Anyone looking for a summer read that isn't all about the romance should give this book a read!
When Sophie Evans encounters Andrew Hart she can't wait for him to disappear. However, that's not likely because Andrew has just moved to help his fancy chef dad turn around Sophie's best friends family business. Over the course of a year, Andrew and Sophie run into each other over many occasions, since she works at the local florist, nine to be exact. A heartwarming story that will give you all the feels. Kasie West portrays the natural evolution of their relationship so beautifully that none of it seems forced. From the banter in the beginning (that is pitch perfect) to the love that blossoms between Andrew and Sophie, you can't help but end the book with a smile on your face. I finished the book in a day! Perfect if you need a light read for the summer or just something to make you feel fuzzy on the inside.