Thursday, December 24, 2015

Summer Lovin'

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Two days till Christmas. WHAAAAAAT.

So. I've thankfully recovered from that traumatizing wisdom-tooth debacle. I had the stitches removed a while ago and I can finally eat solid food without crying. I also finally finished my Christmas shopping. Early, at that. Could you believe that? I still can't. I was at the mall yesterday and it was the definition of chaos.

Also, a Cheesecake Factory recently opened in my local mall and I practically went to town. I brought about ten slices. (Kidding, but I wish.) They have candy-cane cheesecake, which is a seasonal thing, and it's absolute heaven.

Once upon a time, I would've considered winter my favorite season, but since it's been so cold and gray and rainy and all-around ick lately, I've been on a major withdrawal. The only thing I'm not missing about the season is the bees and sunburns. But I miss fabulous summer fashion and late nights on the beach and barbecues and July 4ths.

So since I'm in the summer mood, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite summery reads.
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UNDERWATER BY MARISA REICHARDT
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Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

Technically, not exactly a summer story, but the MC, Morgan, has a fierce fondness of swimming. She's also fond of summer herself and it makes my heart all warm and nostalgic just to think about. Plus, her babe is a former surfer, Evan, so it can't get any better than that.

THE DISENCHANTMENTS BY NINA LACOUR
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Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?

They roadtrip. They dance with strangers. They gorge on McDonald's milkshakes. Girl bands and saunas and lemonade stands and spontaneous tattoos sessions. A summery, gorgeous must-read.

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU BY NINA LACOUR


A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Like I said, Nina LaCour writes pure magic. The MCs were semi-annoying but I was thrilled with how gorgeously San Francisco was explored. Also: Ethiopian iced tea.

PROOF OF FOREVER BY LEXA HILLYER

Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.
 

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants with a time-travelling twist. This is a cutie-pie sisterhood YA, which I undeniably loved, and it takes place on an old campground, where actual magic happens.

THE GINGERBREAD TRILOGY BY RACHEL COHN

"I will be as wild as I wanna be." After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there's no way Cyd can survive in her parents' pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she's got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend.

When Cyd's rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to spend the summer with "Frank real-dad," her biological father. Trading in her parents for New York City grunge and getting to know her bio-dad and step-sibs is what Cyd has been waiting for her whole life. But summer in the city is not what Cyd expects -- and she's far from the daughter or sister that anyone could have imagined.

Cyd Charisse's whole life was a vacation. Honestly, I can't ever remember seeing her worry about school, but my love for her is immense. She's addicted to caffeine and surfer boys and obsessed with the art of pastry.

THE SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELLING PANTS BY ANN BRASHARES

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

Yet another series I never finished. But obviously, I had to include this. OBVIOUSLY. The movies are equally darling and their friendship is so gorgeous and magic and fun, so please grab the series and see the movies when you can.
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2 comments:

  1. Fun post! I know I'm always like "when is it going to cool off" in the summer and "when is it going to warm up" in the winter, haha. There isn't any in-between here in Arizona :P

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    1. FOR REAL THOUGH. hahaha. It's a constant lull! It's currently rainy and snowy and grayish on the East Coast, but it was just recently warm and weird. Literally, ever-changing. lolll.

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