Summer Reads Recommendations From Our Authors

Want to know what some of your favorite authors are reading this summer? Here are some recommendations from four amazing authors!

Kiley Roache, author of The Dating Game

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

I can’t wait to sit in the sun and read this book! It’s the story of Lu, a girl disillusioned with love, who seeks the truth about relationships. She observes and writes an article about a local couple’s relationship as they head toward a preplanned breakup before college. I love the idea of a story that champions the power of love even if, like many first loves, it doesn’t last forever.

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I am so excited about this sophomore work by Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner The Poet X. With the Fire on High is a poignant story about family, food and following your passion.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein

This book is contemporary romance, not YA, but the story of an Instagram influencer who goes off the rails resonates with me as a member of Gen Z. I can’t wait to devour this charming, wild ride, the story of an Insta-famous jewelry-shop owner who fakes her own engagement. The themes it explores—the corrupting power of digital popularity, dating as a competition vs true love—are ones I am very interested in, and explored in my own way in my second book, The Dating Game.”

Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein

Amy Mason Doan, author of Summer Hours

“I just finished THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto and it was superb. A friend recommended it to me because she knows I love Australia. I tore through it in one weekend in my favorite summer reading hideout— my backyard hammock.

It’s historical fiction set  in 1930s Melbourne, about a working-glass girl, Lily, who befriends her classmate Eva and her artistic family. At first Eva’s home seems like utopia, but all isn’t as it seems. The writing is intoxicating, the intense friendship between the girls is detailed perfectly, and it’s a powerful examination of artistic censorship in the 1930s.”

The Strays by Emily Bitto

Lori Foster, author of Cooper’s Charm

“Grab your sweet tea and sunscreen, then settle down in your favorite summery spot to devour COWBOY TO THE CORE by Maisey Yates. I love stories about super-sexy (sometimes infuriating – in a fun way!) men with strong but multi-layered women, and Maisey delivers. Both characters have a lot of personal growth while falling in love, and it makes the ending oh-so-satisfying. This summer, take a reading vacation in Gold Valley – you’ll feel the summer heat.”

Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

[On The Cactus] “Equal parts intelligent, funny and devastating, Haywood breathes life into an unlikely heroine in a bold, emotionally-charged debut.”

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

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