Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about your favourite books to read over the summer. So, basically, your favourite contemporary books. If you don’t pick up at least one YA romance in the next four months, you’re a monster (I’m sorry, fantasy loving friends!)
The Names They Gave Us by Emory Lord – In a summery read, you’re looking for a sweet, flawed main character, diversity (of course, that’s criteria for all books!), a slow-burning romance, a conflict that strikes just the right level of melancholy without ruining the cute vibe and preferably adorable kids. The Names They Gave Us gives you all of this and more. I haven’t read a better contemporary since my last Morgan Matson read, so this comes this more than a glowing recommendation. It’s a glowing command to read it (please?)
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer – Following the summer camp theme, this tells the story of four friends reuniting after a long time apart and sharing a time-travelling adventure to when they first got to know each other. Missing pieces of that summer together fall into place and it’s an absolutely heart-warming and heart-wrenching story of friendship and being there for each other no matter what. Definitely pick this one up if you want to feel glittery, for lack of a better word!
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – this is such unapologetic insta-love and I’m not mad at it. We all need more diverse romances, and I’m not about to complain if it only takes place over a day. In fact, books with short timelines are some of my favourite things ever. The characters feel so developed, it’s like you’ve been reading about them your whole life anyway!
Remix by Non Pratt – Summer is festival season through and through. Remix is all about two best friends, Kaz and Ruby, going their first festival and all the shenanigans that come along with sleeping in a tent, dancing to music until two AM and finding yourself in a pop star’s trailer…This book is the definition of summer vibes with grit!
The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West – Now, this is exactly the kind of summery trash (in the best way!) I want to be reading. The premise sounds like it was written by a marshmallow and I’m complete goo for it. Kasie West has a knack for turning bad fan fiction storylines into stories with heart, soul and character development. And it doesn’t have to be just this book. Pick up anything by this author for summer-y fun!