I’ve been reading a lot this summer, and I thought my recommendations with you…
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. Gah! It’s terrifying in the most wonderful, creepy, believable way! Hanna is a seven-year-old girl who chooses not to speak. Her mother, Suzette, senses something is off about her daughter’s selective mutism…and her daughter’s obsessive love for her father. Suzette loves her kid, even when she fears her. Is the story over the top? Sure! Give me an evil child story any day for escapist chills and thrills. (Waves to Damien, who still terrifies me.
Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert. Two female anti-heroines struggling to shed their pasts, seek revenge, and recreate themselves against the backdrop of the obnoxiously rich of New York. Juicy and delicious fun. You really don’t know which woman to pull for, since no character is just one thing.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. An amazing, heart-pounding story of a Jewish family’s struggles to survive in Poland during World War II. Two parents, five grown children, their spouses and babies…the odds are not in their favor. I read it on one day.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. Everything you love about Sophie Kinsella—the insecure heroine struggling to be heard over the din created by her self-centered siblings, a lovely hero, hilarious shenanigans in the family-run kitchen goods store. It was like visiting with an old friend.
Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra. Only VK could pull this book off. An homage to Little Women, but told in present-day with beautiful characterization and fluid, graceful writing, Meg & Jo filled me with happiness and did something not even the original didn't do: deliver an ending that made me believe every character was living her best life.
Happy reading, guys!