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June Book Review

 


It's been a while, but I'm (hopefully) back! School is finally out for the year and I can dedicate more time to knocking off books off my TBR list.....and let's be honest, adding more books to it as well. I read three books and a novella this month and truthfully, the novella was probably my favorite. Here's to more and better reads during the rest of the summer!

First up for the month was "The Paris Apartment" by Lucy Foley. I had heard great things about this author, but I think I started out with the wrong book. Jess, the main character, needs a fresh start and decides to go stay with her half brother but when she arrives, he's MIA. She knows something is wrong and sets out to figure out what has happened to him. I found the book to be a little hard to follow and had too many characters and points of view.

Next up was "East Coast Girls" by Kerry Kletter. After a dozen years, four childhood friends meet up for one last summer before their beloved beach house is sold. However, the memory of their last less-than-ideal summer hangs over the women and threatens to ruin their weekend. During their reunion burried memories and old feelings surface forcing the friends to confront their past to move on with the future. I was excited for this book because I'm such a nostalgic person so having friends come together and reflect on their past while facing old secrets sounded right up my alley but it fell flat for me. I didn't like any of the main characters but did make me want to summer at Montauk.

My favorite read of the month was "Evidence of the Affair" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This novella focuses on a man and woman who discover that their partners are having an affair with each other. The story is told through letters written back and forth and a friendship is forged between the two. I thought it was a great book and wished it would have been a little longer.

My final read for the month (and my first official read of summer) was "Meet Me at the Lake" by Carley Fortune. I was so excited for this book and had been on the waitlist at my library since before the book was even released. I LOVED Carley's debut novel "Every Summer After," it reminded me of a grown up version "The Summer I Turned Pretty" which is another book I LOVE! That being said, I feel like this book didn't live up to the expectations I had for it. The main character, Fern, runs a Dirty Dancing-esque resort in Canada and after her mother passes away the resort is left to her. Enter a handsome man, Will, that Fern had one perfect day with 10 years ago and then a year later when they are supposed to meet at the lake, he stands her up. Now, Will is hired as a consultant to help save the resort. The book is told in two timelines, 10 years ago and then present day. I found the book to be just okay. I didn't see the connection between the two main characters. There is so much mention of Fern's relationship with her mom, but I feel like there wasn't much depth to it. I'm interested to hear other people's thoughts on this book, especially if you read "Every Summer After."

What have you read this month? What should I read next? Be sure to follow me on Goodreads to see all the books I've read this year.

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