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    Updated on May 24, 2019. Posted on May 23, 2019

    17 Page-Turners You'll Be Obsessed With This Summer

    As recommended by Goodreads users.

    BuzzFeed Books recently asked Goodreads about the most-anticipated summer beach reads its users have loved. Here are 17 of the best books to read this summer:

    1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Riverhead Books, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    In 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris works at her aunt's NYC playhouse, where she meets a charismatic bunch of actors, writers, and showgirls that make her time with them feel like home. But, when a personal mistake becomes a professional nightmare, it flips the new life she's come to love upside-down.

    Promising review: "This incredible novel not only blew me away with its perfectly timed storytelling, but the characters are developed with such depth and fine-tuned individuality that I will have a hard time leaving them behind." — kglibrarian

    Available June 4.

    2. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

    Berkley, Shelley Smith / Via rosellelim.com

    After news of her mother's death, Natalie Tan returns home to San Fransisco's Chinatown, only to discover that the neighborhood is failing. The local seer tells her that if she makes three special recipes from her grandmother's cookbook, the restaurant she just inherited, as well as the nearby businesses, will flourish. But, Natalie is reluctant to help them until a new friend and budding romance help her see the community through new eyes.

    Promising review: "This feels like the book I've been waiting for my whole life. It is about food as healing, the way families fall apart and together, and the magic hidden in the corners of the world, all set against the fight to save a gentrifying Chinatown. Your life will be richer for having read this book." — Grace Li

    Available June 11.

    3. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

    Berkley, uzmajalaluddin.com

    In this modern Pride and Prejudice retelling, Ayesha — a teacher by day and an aspiring poet by night, who lives with her boisterous Muslim family in Canada — meets Khalid, who she finds conservative and judgmental. But, when Khalid gets engaged to her cousin, she's forced to take a closer look at him, his family, and herself.

    Promising review: "Such a fabulous nod to Pride and Prejudice, with lots of awesome Muslim and Canadian additions. Phenomenal writing, a heap of sub-plots, and an ending that had me tearing up. Love, love, LOVE." — Jennie Shaw

    Available June 4.

    4. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

    Gallery, Lily Richards / Via simonandschuster.com

    After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, 25-year-old Jamaican-British Queenie Jenkins tries a new approach to life. But, it results in a slew of bad decisions that forces her to reevaluate her life and take a deeper look at the issues surrounding her, including self-esteem, anxiety, racism, and more.

    Promising review: "This is a very realistic look at self-esteem, particularly for young women, and for women of color, but I believe for all women. We can all identify with some of the behaviors Queenie takes up...It is not always easy to read, but it is an immersive read and feels 100% true to life." — Laura

    Available now.

    5. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

    Atria Books, Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Ciprianip

    Jo and Bethie are two Jewish sisters living in Philadelphia in the 1950s. In a story told over decades, the pair try to find their place in an ever-changing world while dealing with women's roles in society, homosexuality, ethnicity, family relationships, and more.

    Promising review: "Great characters, carefully drawn and breathing their struggles across the pages, round out this well-written story filled with historical and cultural references." — Caroline Bertaud

    Available June 11.

    6. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

    Harper, Lyndon Mechielsen

    In 1980s Australia, 12-year-old Eli Bell and his older brother live with their drug-dealing parents in a suburb surrounded by violence, crime, and poverty. Despite his circumstances, Eli dreams of becoming a journalist and is determined to live as a good person. A close bond with his brother, family relationships, his first love, and an unlikely friendship will help him grow and figure out the kind of man he wants to be.

    Promising review: "As I turned the last page I felt emotionally drained and I realized that I had just read a love story. A story of family love, regardless of the circumstances." — Lea Davey

    Available now.

    7. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Ballantine Books, Deborah Feingold / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Living in 1960s LA, Daisy is a girl with a killer voice and big rock-and-roll dreams. Billy Dunne is the lead singer of up-and-coming band The Six. After a chance encounter and a producer's vision, Daisy Jones and the Six is born, creating something so amazing, it'll go down in rock and roll history.

    Promising review: "Daisy Jones & the Six is a masterpiece. Incredible. Intoxicating. Unforgettable. Truly one of the most remarkable stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The moment I finished, I had to immediately start from the beginning again." — Emma Giordano

    Available now.

    8. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

    Berkley, Eric Kieu

    Khai Diep thinks he's incapable love, but really, his autism just causes him to process emotions differently. Fed up with his avoidance of relationships, his mother flies to Vietnam to find him a bride: Esme Tran, a young, impoverished mother who thinks a summer in America trying to convince a man to fall in love with her is the best opportunity she'll get to provide a better life for her family and daughter. It doesn't take long for Esme to fall for Khai. But, his inability to believe he can love, coupled with a past trauma, threatens the relationship neither knew they needed.

    Promising review: "From the important elements and themes, to the beautiful diversity and inclusion, to some of the steamiest and most romantic scenes ever, [this book is] just really easy to fall in love with." — Melanie

    Available now. Read an excerpt here.

    9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

    Gallery Books, Alyssa Michelle / Via simonandschuster.com

    After a bout of food poisoning leaves an entire wedding party incapacitated, Olive (sister of the bride) and Ethan (brother of the groom) decide to take their respective sibling's places and go on their all-inclusive, non-refundable honeymoon in Hawaii. The only problem with pretending to be newlyweds is that they hate each other...or so they thought.

    Promising review: "Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go? One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments? If so, The Unhoneymooners is for you!" — Susanne Strong

    Available now.

    10. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

    Berkley, penguinrandomhouse.com

    Maddie and Theo hate each other, but are forced to play nice while helping their mutual friend, Alexa, plan her wedding. Before they know it, "playing nice" takes on a whole new meaning, and the pair find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other. But, when their past feelings and preconceptions threaten their new relationship, they're forced to be honest with themselves and each other.

    Promising review: "This story of love & friendship just made me giddy. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unfolded with lighthearted pleasure, sexual tension, love and secrecy. " — Jamise // Spines & Vines

    Available July 16.

    11. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

    HarperTeen, Stephanie Ifendu / Via harpercollins.com

    Teen mom, Emoni Santiago, has spent the past few years making tough decisions and putting the needs of her daughter and grandmother first. The only thing that gets her through the hard times is her love of cooking. With dreams of becoming a chef after graduation, Emoni tries to balance rules and responsibility with her talent and passion for cooking.

    Promising review: "This was such a great read. So rich and vibrant, I felt like I could smell and taste each dish that Emoni made. She was an easy character to love and root for and I enjoyed watching her journey throughout her senior year as a teen mom struggling to put herself first for once." — Hailey

    Available now.

    12. Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

    Forge Books, Robyn Von Swank / Via myfavoritemurder.com

    My Favorite Murder podcast hosts, Karen and Georgia, share stories from their lives that helped shape them into the popular "murderinos" they are today, including their struggles with depression, eating disorders, addiction, family hardships, and more.

    Promising review: "These women are real and their stories are powerful. Their obsession with true crime is only one small part of who they are, and the pretty great thing is that the rest of who they are...is just as incredible." — Jenna

    Available May 28.

    13. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

    William Morrow, Chris Macke / Via jeankwok.com

    Amy Lee is young and sheltered, while her older sister, Sylvie, is brilliant and successful. When Sylvie travels to the Netherlands to visit her dying grandmother and vanishes without a trace, Amy breaks out of her shell and goes searching for her. But what she finds are answers to questions about her family she didn't know she had.

    Promising review: "I found Searching for Sylvie Lee an enthralling, thought-provoking, and emotional read. This book combines gorgeous, literary prose with a powerfully suspenseful plot. As the characters navigate multiple languages and cultures, and the web of relationships that holds them together grows more complex, the novel's insights about family, culture, gender, and love rise to the surface, surprising and delighting the reader." — Katrina

    Available June 4.

    14. Recursion by Blake Crouch

    Crown, Jesse Giddings / Via blakecrouch.com

    NYC cop, Barry Sutton, and neuroscientist, Helena Smith, are both searching for answers and a cure for False Memory Syndrome — "a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived." Only by working together do they stand a chance at stopping the world as they know it from crumbling around them.

    Promising review: "Recursion is exciting, thrilling, heart-warming, and gritty all at the same time. It asks questions I haven’t ever thought of and created scenarios that made my brain ache to contemplate. It challenged me as a reader and it challenged my ideas of what creates 'reality' and 'the present'." — Christina — Traveling Sister

    Available June 11.

    15. Normal People by Sally Rooney

    Hogarth, Jonny L Davies / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    In high school, Connell, a popular jock, and Marianne, a shy and lonely teen, form an unlikely friendship. When they both attend college in Dublin, their social roles reverse, thrusting them both into the unknown. With Marianne on the verge of self-destruction and Connell searching for meaning in his life, the two try to save each other in this tale of family, friendship, and first love.

    Promising review: "This book tore my heart out and stomped on it, and I mean that in the best possible way." — JanB

    Available now.

    16. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

    Sarah Crichton Books, Tim Coburn / Via angiekimbooks.com

    "In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic 'dives' with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community."

    Promising review: "Miracle Creek is a fantastic, utterly thrilling courtroom drama; it's a mystery, perhaps a murder mystery; and alongside these things, it's also a powerful character study that examines immigration, parenthood, grief, disability and caregiving." — Emily May

    Available now.

    17. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

    St. Martin's Press, Sally Hepworth / Via panmacmillan.com.au

    When she married Oliver, Lucy was hoping to form a close relationship with his mother, Diana. 10 years later, Diana's turned up dead and, though there's a suicide note, the police suspect foul play. As a story unfolds from both Lucy and Diana's perspectives, the truth about their family, as well as Diana's murder, is uncovered.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh! I absolutely could not put this book down! This was such a different take on the typical mother-in-law story! I just loved it! I ran the full gamut of emotions reading this book. It will make you smile, shock you at times...it may even bring a tear to your eye. It did for me." — Kaceey

    Available now.

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