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Contemporary Beach Reading Recommendations June 30, 2016

I’ve always made it clear that I’m not that big of a contemporary fan. However, these are some great reads I highly recommend. I came up with my own selections after reading Jamie’s post. I also have featured non-fiction adult and non-contemporary young adult posts. Keep an eye out for my post with adult recommendations next week!

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  1. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Mary recommended this to me when Bloomsbury was looking to share this fantastic debut. Knowing I’m not a contemporary fan, she knows when there are books that I’ll enjoy. She hit a home run with this one! Emery is now on my auto-buy list. Review here.

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2. When We Collided by Emery Lord. I’m telling you, Emery is a fantastic author. Her books completely wrap you up and you don’t want to stop until you’re done reading.

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3. The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord. I will shamelessly plug Emery’s books forever! Review here.

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4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Super quick and funny read! Review here.

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5. Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley. Have you ever turned down a dare? What’s the most extreme dare you’ve ever done? Review here.

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6. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen. Cute and funny debut! Review here.

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7. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. I love Middle Tennesse. It holds such a special place in my heart! Review here.

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8. Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. Oh, marching band. I miss you like WHOA. Review here.

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9. Love Story by Jennifer Echols. Creative writing and horses = BLISS! Review here.

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10. Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Sheer brilliance! Review here.

All of these are light and quick reads. There are some heavy moments in them, but they’re all great beach reads!

 

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*Review* Love Story by Jennifer Echols June 1, 2014

***As always mild spoilers may follow***

Rating: 4 stars
Pub date: 19 July 2011
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, contemporary
Format: ebook, via library
Status: Standalone

Summary:

She’s writing about him. He’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter. . . . except this story could come true.

 

My thoughts:

I am on a roll with reading all the Jennifer Echols books ASAP. I loved Dirty Little Secret and Biggest Flirts and wanted to read more. I think Mary is determined to turn me into a contemporary fan. As long as I can read Jennifer Echols, I’m okay with this. 

I really liked that Love Story took place in college. I love YA, but the reason I mainly avoid YA contemporary is cause I don’t want to read about high school. I did my time. I don’t want to relive it. College? I am completely okay with college. I miss college. I want to finish my degree. I need to figure out my degree…

I loved getting to see Erin and Hunter take smacks at each other in class. In my group of friends, I’ve generally always been the writer and the only one obsessed with it or reading. The exception to this was one of my best friends. Much like Erin and Hunter, we competed in writing, trying to one up each other.

I enjoyed the story, but I couldn’t always connect with Erin. There was a huge poor little rich girl vibe going on. Other than those times, I enjoyed reading from Erin’s perspective. Freshman year is full of adjustments for everyone no matter your background.

Hunter frustrated me. But that mainly may be because he’s a guy! Haha I did enjoy the romance that developed between them.

I absolutely loved the horse farm setting for part of the book. I’ve adored the Kentucky Derby and horses longer than I can remember. So incredible. I also loved the New York scenes. New York is one of those cities I love to live in only in print. Much too chaotic for me in real life. Visit? Yes. Live? No, thanks.

Of the three Jennifer Echols books I’ve read, this comes in third. I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t connect with the characters like I did in the other two Echols books I’ve read.

About the author:

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

 

 
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