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?

Dangerous Lies

This book wasn’t quite what I expected it to be — I was thinking it’d be darker, more mysterious, but it’s really just kind of a fun romance. It has it’s dangerous elements, but Stella’s sassy personality helps keep it light. Becca Fitzpatrick puts you in Stella’s shoes and you really feel for her. A person in witness protection program would be a tough perspective for any writer, but Becca does it splendidly.

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Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick:

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast-approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

 

The Fill-In Boyfriend

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to do this — just ask some random guy to pretend to be my boyfriend. Of course, in my scenario it’s more for my family than my friends. Either way, I love this cute concept and cute book. It’s a fun, light-hearted romance that just makes you feel hopeful about love.

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When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

The problem is that days after prom, she can’t stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West’s talent shines in this tale of one girl’s unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.

 

The Selection

The SelectionI’m pretty sure everyone on earth has heard of, or read, this book. But that’s besides the point, because I still felt the need to recommend it. So for those obsessed with the Bachelor, let me introduce you to its YA counterpart.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It had me hooked from the very first kiss all the way to the last one. America is fiery and bright. Her passionate personality keeps you guessing. One aspect I particularly enjoyed about this series is that she often makes the wrong decision and doesn’t come to realize it until later. Much like life.

Take it to the beach with you because it’s one you’ll definitely want to read while soaking up the rays.

The Selection by Kiera Cass:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Shadowland

ShadowlandsI met Meg Cabot at RT a few weeks ago and had her sign one of my favorite books. I was introduced to the mediator series in junior high when my mom gave me one of the books as an Easter gift (that’s what we got instead of candy).

Suze is hilarious. She’s sassy and tough and no-nonsense. She won’t beat around the bush, but she’s kind enough that she’ll give up her whole life to move across the country for her Mom. Jesse’s got this sexy-spaniard thing going on — even if he is a ghost. Together they are two of my favorite characters. This series got me through Junior High and a lot of times since. It’s a must read for everyone.

P.S. Meg Cabot informed me a new one was coming out in February. 🙂

Shadowland by Meg Cabot:

There’s a hot guy in Susannah Simon’s bedroom. Too bad he’s a ghost.

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.

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