Another month come and gone! Here’s what I read in August:
THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales
Elise has never quite fit in. That is, until she stumbles upon a warehouse dance club and discovers the world of DJing. I heard so many good things about this contemporary, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. Elise is blunt and melodramatic, but in an incredibly relatable way. I saw pieces of my teen self in her. And watching her navigate new friendships, a new hobby, and a new maybe-boyfriend was heartwarming. A fun read for contemp-lovers.
LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo
Set mainly in a grocery store, this title is as clever as the format of the writing. Narration is split between fifteen-year-old Amelia and her older, unattainable co-worker, Chris (twenty-one). Equal parts YA and NA, this is a charming novel about coming of age. Amelia and Chris have distinct and honest voices, and I rooted for them both as they clumsily navigate the mess that is growing up.
THE VANISHING SEASON by Jodi Lynn Anderson
After falling head over heels for TIGER LILY last month, I picked THE VANISHING SEASON up on a whim. Girls are vanishing in Door County, and a ghost on Water Street watches it all, her POV sprinkled between that of Maggie’s (who has just moved into the haunted house). But the ghost and serial killer angles are more of a sub-plot than the point of this novel. This is a story about growing up and first loves and messy heartache. It’s about betrayal and forgiveness and small town friendships. Anderson is now 2/2 in making me cry. I think she is the master of slow burn friendships and romances; and tragic, heart-wrenching stories.
That’s all for me! What did you read in August?