Spotlight Friday (130)

Hello my lovelies!  And what a wonderful Friday it is!  It’s finally feeling like spring out there (I’m wearing SHORTS!) and some of my favorite spring/summer smells are out, like grilling food and fresh cut grass.  I’m sharing the wonderful with you in the form of new, upcoming books!

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Release Date: May 1, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

What’s To Like: This reminds me a lot of What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, though that book was more of a distinction between socioeconomic classes.  I can’t tell if that’s what this is too or if it’s just a tourist-vs-resident story.  Either way, they still sound similar.  But I think this looks cute.  It’s that feel of an almost forbidden romance, or at least of a love that can’t be and Lucy fell for it anyway.  I want to see what happens.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

What’s To Like: I must be insane because when I first read this description I went, “Eh, I don’t know about this.  It is Sarah Dessen but…does this really sound like something I’d read?”  I plead temporary insanity.  Because this looks so nuanced and interesting.  There’s going to be so much character growth in Sydney and I’m already drooling over that.

Some Kind of Normal (Boys Like You, #2) by Juliana Stone

*This is more of a companion novel than a true sequel.

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

What’s To Like: The first book in this was really emotional and one of those where your heart just goes out to the characters.  I have a feeling this is going to be the same way.  Besides, I love musicians and flirts, so Trevor is perfect for me.  And as someone who grew up basically like Everly, I’m all set for this book.

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