What’s a beach day without a good book? Boring at best. But, if we’re being honest, you don’t have to be shore- or poolside to savor some of the most acclaimed reads of the summer. You can even be cooped up in your tiny city apartment with the AC blasting, so long as you’re grasping a quality page-turner. Read on for a list of the new releases that will surely make it to a dinner or summer barbecue conversation near you soon.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
As if the title isn’t alluring enough, this refreshing novel chronicles a charming main character, Stella Lane, who’s a mathematical genius, but a novice in the dating department. Her Asperger’s isn’t helping, neither is the fact that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by a pilot fish. Her SOS: She hires an escort by the name of Michael Phan who agrees to help her with more than just kissing.
The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
From New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alivecomes this mystery drama that is sure to keep you on your toes. Of two business-partner sisters selected to appear on a reality TV series in NYC called "Goal Diggers," only one makes it out alive. At the risk of giving too much away, we’ll leave you with this tip: Pack this page turner for your next summer vacation.
Do This for Me by Eliza Kennedy
When a high-powered attorney and mom of two finds out that her husband cheated on her with another woman, she shifts into hate-mode without wasting a moment. The story takes you through the perils of desire and takes a closer look at the ways in which men and women treat each other in modern America. Those who read Kennedy’s other acclaimed book, I Take You, will not be disappointed.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
From the author who brought you The Devil Wears Prada comes an equally entertaining masterpiece with long-awaited returns from some familiar characters. It’s true — Weisberger brings back Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s gossipy assistant played by Emily Blunt in the film adaption. It chronicles her living in L.A. with a husband who’s an image consultant, when she is saved by a desperate summons to Greenwich, CT, to makeover the image of a former Victoria’s Secret model.
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Nine years after main character Larkin left her hometown of Georgetown, SC, which she once vowed to never go back to, she finds herself without a choice but to return. Her mother, Ivy, has disappeared and her family and friends need her. Once Ivy is discovered in a burned-down ancestral rice plantation that belonged to her family, secrets begin to unravel about her lineage.
Sex and the City and Usby Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
It’s no mere coincidence that this deep-dive into the history of Sex and the City was published the month the show turned 20. The book chronicles how writer Candace Bushnell and executive producers, Darren Star and Michael Patrick King, first came up with the masterpiece that will go down as the quintessential sitcom. On the pages, you’ll find interviews with the cast and writers, including SJP, of course.
The Royal Wedding might have come to a close, but no one said you have to stop obsessing over all that is Meghan Markle. From the writer who wrote the Princess Diana Biography, Diana, comes this equally impressive bio of the newest princess in the Kensington Palace. It covers her early years, relationship with Prince Harry, and the whirlwind romance that become a modern (and married) love story.