Summer Beach Reads

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Wedding gone wrong. After all of the guests at a wedding party suffer from food poisoning, Olive and Ethan are offered to take on the honeymoon vacation since they are the only ones not sick. The only problem is that Ethan and Olive are somewhat enemies…
This book is full of quirky jokes, great main characters and a fun and tropical setting that will give you all the summer vibes.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Shipped by Angie Hockman

The premise of Shipped is very similar to The Unhoneymooners. This time though Henley and Graeme are co-workers who don’t really like each other and are currently fighting over the same position at their job at a cruise line. After their boss sends them on the same cruise to review it, Henley and Greame go on a journey together that shows that maybe they had it all wrong. Maybe Graeme is not the mean guy Henley suspects and maybe Henley is actually a really cool and relaxed girl to hang out with.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

To me, this book was so much more than a fluffy beach read. I was really emotionally invested in the characters. January has recently experienced some traumatic things in her life. She decides to seclude herself at her parents beach home to get back into her writing and deal with all of her feelings. Her next door neighbor Augustus is also an author who seems to struggle a bit as well. As a challenge January and Augustus decide to switch genres to see whether a little difference might get them back into their groove.
The relationship between the characters forms very organically and I really enjoyed the setting of the story.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

This is the story about Englisch teacher Anna and her student T. J., who she is supposed to tutor during the summer. On the way to the Maldives their seaplane crashes into the ocean and leaves Anna and T. J. stranded on a deserted island. This is an age gap romance and a survival story combined. I really enjoyed how mature the characters acted and how they dealt with believing that they might never be found on the island again.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

This book has a cute dog in it! Sloan is at a difficult point in her life. After her fiancé died she has lost all motivation towards the future. However, after she finds a dog on the streets she is determined to give him back to his rightful owner. Jason however is a musician and currently on tour and has no clue how is dog has escaped. Through texts Sloan and Jason start to flirt and like each other. After Jason gets back, the two have to discover whether their attraction to each other also holds in real life.
I had a few problems with the character’s choices and the ending but overall a very cute story.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

If you are looking for a quick and cute graphic novel this is the one for you. This is about Prince Sebastian who likes do dress up as Lady Crystallia and take the Parisian nightlife by storm. His only confidante in his secret identity is his dressmaker Frances. This book is about friendship, identity, love and finding yourself. I could not recommend this more!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This one really took me by surprise. Eliza is the creator of a famous webcomic. Eliza suffers from anxiety and likes to seclude herself in her internet world. After Wallace transfers to her school, he tries to get her out of her shell. This book is really gripping and thoughtful. I feel like going into this one blind is the way to go. The representation in this book is really great and while it seems to be a lighthearted read, it offers insight into some darker and more personal topics as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fluffy by Julia Kent

I don’t know why but this really surprised me. The relationship between Mallory and Will is really refreshing even though there are some cliché moments. The beginning seemed almost too ridiculous but the characters and their development alone and as a couple were great. Mallory is a home decorator and applies to a job as a fluffer. Where she ends up though is completely different from her usual fluffing jobs. I really recommend trying it – I feel like the fun story and witty comebacks work really well for a fun and easy summer read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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