The FLAT-OUT Series: Flat-Out Love, Flat-Out Matt, Flat-Out Celeste
Jessica Park mixes drama, whimsy, and carefree youth so seamlessly, you won’t want her stories to end.
Flat-Out Love, the first of the three books, takes college freshman Julie Seagle to a brand new city. Duped into a deal with her housing, she’s forced to move in with family friends she's never met. She finds herself entangled in the lives of Boston academics, an odd nerdy brother, a handsome adventurous brother who she exchanges email with, and a quirky little sister who's got a weird tick.
Luckily, Park follows up her first book with two others so you don't have to let go of characters that quickly endear themselves to you so soon.
Lola and the Boy Next Door
A follow up to Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins takes her fun, vibrant storytelling to the streets of San Francisco. Lola, a creative wild child, finds out that the neighbor she hasn't seen in years is coming back to the neighborhood, along with his twin sister who's always had it in for her. She confronts her creative struggles along with long-forgotten feelings for the boy next door as the family makes their way back into her life.
This is a fun, fast read that is great to get into right now, especially since Perkins' next book, Isla and the Happily Ever After has just been released this month.
The Beginning of Everything
Slightly melancholy, but filled with heartwarming moments, this coming-of-age story takes fallen big man on campus Ezra Faulkner to the other side of the social spectrum. Injured, without friends, and cheated on by his girlfriend, he's forced to confront the realities of his new life. Author Robyn Schneider shows us the silver linings behind our personal tragedies and we come out with a better understanding of how life isn’t always so bad.
The Cormoran Strike Series: The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm
Nothing like some rainy weather to dive into a good mystery read. JK Rowling dove into sleuthing under pseudonym Robert Galbraith with these surprise bestselling hits. If you're looking for whodunits to keep you happy while the rain is pouring, give these murder mysteries a try. Cormoran Strike, despite his flaws, is endearing, whipsmart and will keep you on your toes all throughout!
This French classic, written by Françoise Sagan in 1954, tackles the many teenage woes of troubled Cécile. Set in a beautiful villa just outside Paris, she is eager to frolic in the summer sun with a law student she meets, but quickly becomes distracted with the exploits of her widower father and the women who come into their lives. The lyrically written lines are beautiful and covers themes that anyone—regardless of what decade you're born into—can appreciate.
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