The Distance Between Us

This is the type of book that you read while you’re on vacation or at a park or just need something light to take you away from your life. Basically it’s the kind of book that you need to read. It is an adorable story with quick wit and grin-worthy moments. I love this kind of contemporary romance. Kasie West does such a good job weaving the world her characters live in.

Synopsis for The Distance Between Us by Kasie West:

Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she hadistancebetweenus_updates seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

The Longest Ride

Even though his moThe Longest Ridevies are going downhill, his books can still tug at your heartstrings. The Longest Ride might be one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books.

Maybe I’m just into dual perspective lately, but I love how these two love stories are intertwined. Young and old, past and present, temporary and forever. In true Sparks’ style it will have you reaching for the tissues.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks:

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Six Swoon-Worthy Summer Reads

If you’re looking at this post hoping to get some good ideas of books to help stimulate your mind while you’re off school for the summer – look somewhere else.

I’ve compiled a list of what are my type of “Beach Reads.” They’re the kind of books you don’t have to think about. The kind of books that are fun and light and perfect for vacations. I’m not saying they’re bad – they’re not – I’m just saying that you don’t have to think. You can take it to the beach, read for a while and get lost in the story while soaking up the sun. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the heroine finds out who the murderer is or if that guy is actually a serial killer disguised as a CIA agent. They’re not Stieg Larsson or Dan Brown.

Sometimes, all you really need is a good relaxing read. And just a little romance to keep things interesting.

  1. The Boys Next Door: Jennifer Echols

TheBoysNextDoor–Jessie’s Thoughts: Cheesy? Yes. Great make-out scenes? Yes.–

Goodreads Description:
Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the guys. 

But while Lori and the “baby” brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can’t deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean’s been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.

But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she’s girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard….

  1. Shadowland (The Mediator #1): Meg Cabot

–Jessie’s Thoughts: This is one of my favorite series by Meg Cabot. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it.–

Goodreads Description:
Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

  1. Ghost of a Chance: Laura Peyton Roberts

–Jessie’s Thoughts: Similar to The Mediator series. A fun and light read.–

Goodreads Description:
Melissa Soul is looking forward to a long California summer—one sunny enough to make her forget her parents’ impending divorce and the ugly “For Sale” sign in her yard. Her goals are pretty basic: 1) avoid babysitting her annoying little brother, 2) hang out with her best friend, Chloe, and 3) manage to exchange a few intelligent words with Chloe’s gorgeous brother, Chaz.

But all that changes fast when Melissa meets the new “man” in Chloe’s life. Magnetic, mysterious, and eternally 18, James haunts Chloe’s 1920s mansion—and Melissa’s dreams. Melissa falls for him so hard that soon she forgets everything else, including the heartbreaking possibility that he might be in love with her best friend. 

If two souls are meant for each other, can death—or even Chloe—keep them apart? 

  1. Lucky T: Kate Brian

–Jessie’s Thoughts: Girl goes to India and learns great life lessons. Premise is a little weird, but it’s good, I promise.–

Goodreads Description:
Carrie Fitzgerald is the luckiest girl: She is the only sophomore on the varsity basketball team, she always had the lead in the school play, and she has the cutest boyfriend in school. Carrie Fitzgerald is also the most superstitious girl: She attributes all of her good luck to a Moroccan T-shirt that her father sent her from one of his distant jaunts around the world. When her mother accidentally donates Carrie’s lucky T to Help India and her good luck starts running out, Carrie does what any logical girl would do — she travels halfway around the world to get it back. But as she scours a foreign land for her luck, she finds a lot more than she ever expected. She’s going to need more than luck to find her way back home again.

  1. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You: Ally Carter

–Jessie’s Thoughts: The first few books in the Gallagher Girls series are basically just fun to read. The next few draw you in and you’re so involved that you can’t wait for the final book.–

Goodreads Description:
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? 

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

  1. Peaches: Jodi Lynn Anderson 

–Jessie’s Thoughts: I love the descriptions in this book. I could feel the heat and the peach fuzz sticking to my fingers.–

Goodreads Description:
In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.

Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.

Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.

Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.

When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.

 

Happy reading!

–Jessie