June was heavy contemporary month for me so I’m wrapping my reviews up with brief thoughts on Morgan Matson’s Save the Date and Brianna R. Shrum’s The Art of French Kissing.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 5, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 432 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased
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Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
Morgan Matson’s books have become synonymous with summer for me and Save the Date is her latest fun/feelings filled story. Set over the course of a wedding weekend, this book has everything from humor to upheaval with a healthy dose compelling characters to make this narrative work. Honestly the highlight of this book has to be the focus on family. Charlie, Mike, J.J., Linnie, and Danny (with Rodney as an honorary member) are easily the most dynamic sibling unit since the Weasleys and I couldn’t get enough of them. I always love that Matson’s books are never all sunshine and rainbows and this one is no exception. There’s disaster after disaster as well as discussion on nostalgia and how everything isn’t always as perfect as it seems. I totally recommend picking this up!
The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum
Published by Sky Pony Press on June 5, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 256 Format: Paperback Source: Library
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Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.
After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.
Brianna R. Shrum reeled me in with kissing and cooking competitions and I couldn’t help but totally enjoy The Art of French Kissing. It’s a fast paced contemporary romance filled with plenty of tension and heat. Plus it’s got some incredibly delicious food descriptions that had my mouth watering. Carter is this talented chef in the making so her shot to score a scholarship is high stakes. Add a ton of anxiety to the mix and a fellow competitor that pushes all her buttons and sparks fly all over the place. In more ways than one. If you’re in need of a quick contemporary romance, I highly suggest giving this one a shot.
Have you read either of these titles? Do you read more contemporary in the summer?
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