I love it when I read a book & then want to tell the whole world about it. It's the reason behind this blog - so that I can suggest great books to great people! I decided to host this event, "GReads Recommends..." once a month to showcase books I've read in the past that I think others may enjoy too. Have a look & hopefully you'll find something new to read! Let me know in the comments if you have read or plan on reading the books mentioned below. Enjoy!
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Sara and Tobey couldn't be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara's other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she's thrilled. But then there's Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey's goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey's real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!
This book was a fun, loveable read for me! It was my first Susane Colasanti book that I picked up & I really enjoyed her easy writing style. Plus there's a lot of musical references made through out the book - and hello! we all know how much Ginger loves music :-)
The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
When Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend's son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years. Now that still-single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once "engaged" to the Markowitz boy. But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava's prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to Los Angeles where she stumbles across the decades-old document.
Frustrated and embarrassed by Ava's constant lectures about financial responsibility (all because she's in a little debt. Okay, a lot of debt), Lauren decides to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister's childhood fiancé. When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice-divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to re-enter the Nickerson sisters' lives, and always-accountable Ava is forced to consider just how binding a contract really is . . .
Yup, this is a non-YA book that you see featured on GReads! I tend to pick up adult books every now & then :-) I really loved this story about two sisters who are complete opposites, yet still so much alike. The story was charming & the writing was brilliant. If you're looking for an easy chick-lit to read, I suggest picking up this one!
Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She's bored with school and life...until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.
Caleb is new to Kate's exclusive prep school, and it's clear he doesn't fit in. In fact, he and his dad work in maintenance for Kate's father. And while Caleb knows better than to spend time with the boss's daughter, it seems that every time he tries to back away, something pulls him right back in.
When their parents demand that they are to stay away from each other, they learn of a fight between their families that occurred more than fifty years ago. It's a mystery Kate doesn't understand...but a legacy Caleb has endured his entire life.
I enjoyed this modern re-telling of Romeo & Juliet. Though the story was predictable, I found it to be sweet & endearing. I felt that this story presented a good message for both the young, & the older crowd.