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Beach Reads

May 25, 2023

It’s a perfect day at the beach, lying on your towel, enjoying the subtle music from the speakers, and the gentle breeze carrying the salty spray of the ocean. All you need is a good book. If you are looking for the ultimate beach read, I have a few suggestions for you.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han, a coming-of-age romance novel, follows Belly (Isabel) and her journey to having the perfect summer. Overcoming obstacles along the way as she explores her womanhood through first love, and heartbreak, and even a love triangle with her two best friends, who happen to be brothers. Recently made into an Amazon Prime Video original series, The Summer I Turned Pretty perfectly captures the essence of summer, receiving a five-star rating as a beach read, as Belly makes Cousins Beach her oyster.

People We Meet on Vacation by New York Times and Sunday Times best selling author Emily Henry follows best friends, Poppy Wright and Alex Nilsen, and their adventures from East Lindfield, Ohio to Croatia. Being complete and utter opposites, the reader follows the untimely pair through their journey of friendship and the obstacles they face to maintain their companionship. Flipping between past and present, Henry keeps you on the edge of your seat, revealing hardships that drove a wedge between the two as they grew and evolved. People We Meet on Vacation recognizes the struggles we face in continuing friendships as we mature, while creating a desirable summer vibe: five stars.

Beach Read, similarly, by Emily Henry parallels her sensual tone in People We Meet on Vacation, while taking on a new construct. January Andrews has just recently moved into her late father’s house in North Bear Shores, when she crosses paths with her college nemesis, critically acclaimed literary fiction author Augustus Everette. Throughout the novel, the reader follows the two authors, who are coincidentally both in a rut, and their journey of producing a book before summer’s-end, as they reveal the deepest darkest parts of themselves to one another. An easy-going, yet unpredictable read, gives Beach Read five stars for its understanding of love and what falling feels like.


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