“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”
Willowdean Dickson is many things. She’s a girl for one. She’s from South Texas. She works in a fast food joint called Harpy’s with an absolute dreamboat of a boy. She and her best friend Ellen are probably the biggest teenage fans of Miss Dolly Parton. She’s absolutely wise beyond her years, and she’s fat. As Willow says, “it’s not a cuss word. It’s not an insult. At least not when I say it.”
Let's face it, light-hearted love stories are not my go-to genre. Were it not for the well-crafted recipe of humorous dialogue, characters with quirky faults, and attention to vulnerable emotions, this love-at-first-sight story, would simply be fluff. But it's not. Instead it's the decadent ganach filling the inside of our storytelling pastry that literary so-so fluff only wishes it could be.
If you were born after 1985, you’ll remember the high school game Never Have I Ever where those playing each put their hands into a circle, and one by one everyone goes around and says something they’ve never done. If you’ve done the stated action, you put a finger down, and the last person with fingers remaining “wins” the game. Or do they?
In Katie Heaney’s debut book Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, Heaney meticulously illustrates her love life starting at the mature age of five. While her promiscuous grade school days, laden with multiple crushes and several boyfriends at the same time, may foreshadow an equally
Set at the end of 1999 with Y2K pending, Attachments tells the story of three newspaper employees, Lincoln, Jennifer and Beth. Lincoln is a night systems security officer, whose main duty is to monitor employee emails for potentially inappropriate or prurient activity. Jennifer and Beth are best friends whose emails get flagged to Lincoln on a regular basis. Amused by their snarky and clever non-work related conversations, Lincoln decides not to report their staff email abuse, and instead continues to read their personal email exchanges.
Chick lit grows up in this smart, insightful, and honest look at life as a middle-aged woman. And it’s not the same middle age our mothers experienced.
On a warm summer night, 18-year-old Becca finds herself abruptly dumped by her boyfriend while lying in the back of his pickup truck. At the same time, not even a mile away, Amelia Anne Richardson is being brutally murdered. The following day, her dry, broken corpse is discovered on the side of the highway, and Becca sinks into a haze of confusion, questioning her future, her parents’ relationship, her friends, and the people she’s grown up with.
This is probably the fastest I've ever read a book. It only took one day (give or take) to read The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. I adored it.
Sarah and Brianna have been BFFs since kindergarten. They've grown up together with Brianna seemingly leading the way.