Summer TBR: YA Romance

Hey book lovers!

With the end of the school-year and warmer weather just around the corner, my TBR book pile is calling my name. Aside from wanting to finish the Throne of Glass series, there are so many cute YA Romance novels I want to read.

Here are my top 5 for this summer:

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This was actually recommended to me by one of my best friends, and it sounds like a good summer read. It’s about a girl named Lina who travels to Tuscany on her late mother’s request to get to know her father. While there, she finds her mother’s old journal and discovers the magic of Italy.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of my favorite YA Romance/Contemporary novels. I could really relate to the main character, Cath. When I first started college, I had a hard time adjusting to the new social environment. It was easy to isolate myself and not realize there was a problem. I first read Fangirl at the beginning of my third year in college, and I instantly saw the similarities. It helped me reflect on far I’ve come since my freshman year. Although I have already read this book, I think it’s time for a reread.

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Maybe This Time by Kasie West

I am so excited for this upcoming release from Kasie West! Maybe This Time follows Sophie Evans from event to event over the course of a year. While working with the local florist, Sophie can usually be found at every event or party in her small hometown. Add in the preppy son of the new chef in town, and you get unexpected romance.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This one has been recommended to me since I was in middle school, so I am finally going to give it a try. Anna is less than thrilled to leave her life behind and spend her senior year at a boarding school in Paris. Then she meets the charming Étienne St. Clair.

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

Growing up in an Indian-American household, I was lucky that my parents were accepting of my dreams and interests. They understood that I might not want to become a doctor or lawyer or engineer. Not all my family members agreed, however. American Panda is about MIT freshman Mei facing the dilemma of following her heart or her parents’ plan for her life. I might not be Taiwanese, but I can understand the pressure that comes with living up to expectations. This book seems like it will be a relatable read for many Asian-Americans who struggle between their dreams and their parents’ wishes.

Do you like YA Romance books? Which ones do you plan to read this summer?

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Book Review: Geekerella

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Read (finished): April 20, 2019

Rating: ⭐ 5/5 stars

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” – Federation Prince Carmindor

Is it possible to join a made-up fandom? Because I am ready to completely devote myself to Starfield.

Cinderella retellings are my favorite (I stopped counting how many A Cinderella Story movie marathons I’ve had), but this one is different from the others. Geekerella is the perfect mix of nerd culture and fairy tale romance. Elle has loved the sci-fi series Starfield for as long as she can remember. She even has a blog dedicated to it. Living with her horrible stepmother and stepsisters, Starfield is also the one thing that makes her feel connected to her dad.

One day, Elle finds herself texting with a stranger, who turns out to be the one and only Darien Freeman. Darien, the male lead in the upcoming Starfield reboot, is a secret fan of the beloved sci-fi series. As a rising star, Darien struggles with hiding his true self from his fans in order to protect his image. Elle is the only one he can truly feel like himself with – even if it is over text.

Now, here comes something more squeal-worthy. Elle hates the actor Darien Freeman, and Darien hates the blogger (Elle) who is quick to assume he is just another heartthrob looking for money. Completely unaware of the other’s identity, the two begin to grow feelings for one another.

A story of romance and being true to yourself (geeks and nerds unite!), Ashley Poston’s Geekerella has easily become one of my favorite YA contemporaries.

Until next time, happy reading! ♡