Summer Reads Vol. 1

As promised, I've got some summer book recs.  I'm calling this Vol. I because there are some great titles coming out in the next few weeks that I'm looking forward to reading and will surely report on.  Let's jump in, shall we....

The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.  This is one of those books that you don't want to say too much about because the surprise factor is crucial.  But I will say that it took me a little while to understand the main character, Ani Fanelli nee TifAni Fanelli, who we first meet when she's working at a dream magazine job in NYC, engaged to a preppy handsome young fellow, and planning their gorgeous wedding on Nantucket.  Yet Ani is pretty darn miserable.  Ani is tricky to get at first, but once you get her, you really get her and I was shocked to find myself rooting for her big time.  Bonus points for the fact that this book is partly set around where I grew up so I had a very easy time picturing all the private high school drama unfold.  

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.  A vacation to Sonoma County, a family drama, and a little love scandal all rolled into one.  We've all read books about the engaged girl who doesn't know if she should get married, right?  It's been done before, but not as intelligently as this.  When Georgia Ford discovers just one week before her wedding that her fiancee has been keeping a very big secret, she runs back to the comfort of her family's vineyard to find that her beloved family is no longer as familiar as she thought.  I interviewed Laura Dave for a magazine article a few years ago and I've been hoping she'd come out with a new novel ever since.  This one was worth the wait and I highly recommend it.  

If you're in the mood for pure beach reading fun, I recommend The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  I think it's no coincidence that both these books were written by writing partners because as you're reading them you can almost picture two girlfriends giggling in delight at the scandalous world they're creating.  The Knockoff is very Devil Meets Prada dates Silicon Valley (if the Silicon Valley boys were actually fashion obsessed and drop dead gorgeous).  The Royal We is a Kate and Will inspired drama that has a special place in my heart because (1) I love any Kate and Will inspired book (see Star Sisters and the Royal Wedding) and (2) I think the cover is one of the best I've ever seen.  The writing is really fun as well with some great zingers.

If you have any recommendations please share!  And if you're talking summer reading for the kiddos with your friends, please tell them about Star Sisters.  Every author needs a little word of mouth love and I truly appreciate every sale you guys make happen!