During the warmer weather, laying out in the sun with a good book is a must. Here are some romantic novels to get swept up in this month.
- “Things We Know by Heart” by Jessi Kirby
Quinn Sullivan’s boyfriend, Trent, died in a car crash. Quinn decides to find those that received his organs to see how their lives have changed in hopes to pick up the pieces of her life. There’s just one person she hasn’t heard from yet, and it’s the person who received his heart. When she finally bumps into him (Colton Thomas), she can’t help but feel an attraction towards him. The two quickly form an unexpected bond and Quinn hopes to get closer to him, but can’t help but remember all that she’s lost.
- “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
This is a book for fans of John Green’s critically acclaimed novel, The Fault in Our Stars. Louisa Clark is perfectly comfortable in her small village and cozy job at a bakery until it shuts down due to employment issues and has her scrambling to find a job. That is until she sees a posting looking for an at-home aid. Louisa meets Will Traynor, a former businessman, who suffered an accident and has turned him into a figment of who he was causing, him to decide that his life is pointless. Determined to change his mind she decides to help him live life to the fullest. But can she actually change his mind?
- “The Selection” by Kiera Cass
America Singer doesn’t want anything to do with the Selection, where 35 girls compete to win the heart of Prince Maxon and the crown of Illéa. Most girls would jump at the chance of having their status boosted from a lowly Five, someone who is bound to a life of working and making a small amount of pay, unless they marry into a higher family of a Four or Three, to a One living a life of luxury and never having to lift a finger again. But all America wants is to live comfortably with Aspen, a boy she has known all her life. When she gets selected to compete for the crown, however, she realizes there might be more options after all.
- “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
In this stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Feyre, a human, kills a Fae, disguised as wolf, in the woods one winter evening, hunting for a deer causing her to make a quick decision on which one to kill, in order to make ends meet for her family. When Tamlin, the High Lord of Spring in the world of Fae, comes to claim her for killing one of his sentinels, Feyre is ripped away from her family in the mortal realm and is plunged into the dangerous world of Fae that she has been warned about all of her life. Not is all that it seems across the wall, especially since the time to break the curse that hangs over the Spring Court is dwindling. Can Feyre break the curse and save Tamlin or will she plunge Prythian into total destruction?
- “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han
Lara Jean keeps all the letters that contain her feelings about all the boys she has had crushes on in a hat box under her bed and has been perfectly content to keep them there. But when the letters somehow get mailed to their owners, people from her past come face to face with her; she has to deal with all that she has left behind and realize that this twist of fate may not be so bad as it first appears to be.
- “99 Days” by Katie Cotugno
When Molly Barlow comes back to Star Lake, a place she left behind and never wanted to return to, she suddenly realizes that no one forgot what she did. The evidence is clear from the moment she left to her arrival. As old people from her past turn up, and try to fix things with her, she simply can’t help but try to change the damage when it’s right in front of her.
- “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell
For fans of heart-wrenching novels, dive into the spectacular world of Eleanor and Park. Set over the course of a school year in 1986, both Eleanor and Park realize that a first love never lasts, but are still willing to try and make it work. Eleanor, with her red hair and wrong clothes, and Park, with his comics and music, form a connection that they simply can’t ignore.
- “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
Set in modern-day, Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts, but not fate and destiny. Natasha is struggling to find a way to keep her family from being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel has always been the perfect son and student who is always meeting expectations, and has a secret love for poetry and dreaming. When the two collide, their lives are both changed forever. The two learn an important message: anyone can change anyone’s life.
- “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renée Ahdieh
Fans of retelling will eat up this wonderful story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. Khalid is dealing with the weight of the crown and blood on his hands. Shahrzad is another bride off to slaughter, but is determined to survive and end the young king’s life. As she learns to survive, she realizes that Khalid isn’t as bad as he seems and is not the reason why so many girls died .
- “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson
Amy Curry isn’t looking forward for the summer. After her mother moves across the country she has no choice but to follow and get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one issue: she’s been terrified to get behind the wheel ever since her father died in a car accident. Roger, a family friend, offers to drive her there and the two learn how to cope with their issues over the course of the cross country trip.
Payton Edwards, Staff Writer
Sophomore Payton Edwards is a staff writer for the 2016-17 Colonel. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to 80’s music, reading, and snuggling her precious dog and cat. She also has an unhealthy obsession with “Hamilton,” “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation.”