Summer Of Us: Arc Review

Summer of Us  by Cecilia Vines

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Published by  Hachette Book Group on June 5th 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Paris to Prague, they’re going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible with their friends Clara, Jonah, and Gabe.

But when old secrets come to light, Aubrey and Rae’s trip goes from a carefree adventure to a complete disaster. For starters, there’s Aubrey and Gabe’s unresolved history, complicated by the fact that Aubrey is dating Jonah, Gabe’s best friend. And then there’s Rae’s hopeless crush on the effortlessly cool Clara. How is Rae supposed to admit her feelings to someone so perfect when they’re moving to different sides of the world in just a few weeks?

Author Cecilia Vinesse delivers a romantic European adventure that embraces the magic of warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses, and the bittersweet ache of learning to say goodbye to the past while embracing the future.

My Thoughts:

This book was the prefect book to start my summer reading adventures. This book follows a group of five friends on a epic road trip in europe the summer before the venture off to college. I loved the duel POV and how focused on friendship this book was. Also the lead girls were such different type of characters it made the book even more compelling and enjoyable. I def saw myself in the character of aubury. I loved the LGBTQ romance that developed but also the focus on friendship, changing and especially travel and romance. It was a great summer adventure story. I just really enjoyed this book. It would prefect to read on your own summer vacations! If you like the geography of you and me or Isla and the happily ever after you should pick up this book!

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Cover Reveal!! Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry!

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Book Summary!!

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnightmeeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

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Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Links:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katielmcgarry/

Tumbler: https://katiemcgarryauthor.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/katielmcgarry

Cover Reveal!

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I will def be checking out this book when it comes out on  on January 22nd, 2019 , let in know in the comments if you will be checking it out as well!

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Keeping The Moon: Non-Spoiler Review

Keeping the moon  by Sarah Dessen

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Published by  Speak on May 11, 2004

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 294

Format: Physical Copy

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

Never underestimate the power of friendship.

When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.

But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.

Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.

And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .

My Brief Thoughts:

This book was a my first ever sarah dessen read. I really did like the small town this book was set it and also the main character. It was a super fast pace read and just the prefect summer read. I want to feel more connected to most of the characters but I really did enjoy the lead girl. I liked how this book focused a lot on self discovery and and also on self confidence. I also liked the unique female relationships we explored in this book. I def want to read more sarah dessen this summer and this was def a good start!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I did like the characters but I just wanted more from them. I felt like it was harder to understand their motivations. I did like the underlying romance. I also though the dynamics between the characters were super fun, but it was not a book that felt super connected to the characters by the end.

Pace: The summer timeline made this book go fast but it def was slice of life book. The plot did not wow me but it was fun

Predictability: This book did fell a tad predictable to me. It just did not wow me. I really saw most things coming but it was fun summer read, that did focus more on self discovery rather then romance! 

Will I read Other books by her! Yes, I have so many I hope to read this summer!

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The Fall of Innocent Blog tour and Guest post!!!!

The Fall of Innocent  by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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Published by Philomel Books on June 12, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: Na

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Summary!!!

The Lovely Bones meets Thirteen Reasons Why in this gorgeous, haunting, and tragic novel that examines the crippling–and far-reaching–effects of one person’s trauma on her family, her community, and herself.

For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She’s forced down the memories–the feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.

But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

A compulsively-readable tragedy that reminds us of the fragility of human nature.

 

Inspiration for The Fall of Innocence:

This story mostly comes from the time I stayed on the playground after school one day without telling my mother. She couldn’t find me and thought something terrible had happened to me. Thankfully I was fine, but that day became a memory I’d play over and over in my head throughout the years. I thought of all the things that might have gone through her head in that hour she thought I was missing. That day is really when this book was born. It’s also why it’s set in Uniondale, NY, where I grew up.

There are a lot of other things that inspired it, too. Before I even started writing Emilia’s story, my vision was constantly being drawn upward to black birds in the sky. I’d see them flying and circling around and it was a little hypnotic. I noticed trees, too, and would stand under them and take pictures of their branches and notice how haunting they seemed. Then there was this cool, weird statue at the Orlando Museum of art that I kept going back to see. And a dress that I loved as a little girl that still hung in my closet. I’d look over at it more often and it felt like I was noticing it more for a reason (there’s a pic of it on my Instagram). All of this kind of surrounded me more before and while I wrote this book and it all felt like it meantsomething.

That’s usually how inspiration for books works for me. There’s always something, an object or a memory or a place that I notice that stays with me. And then all of a sudden, more things start to find their way to me like little magnets. I start looking around noticing all these pieces that are coming together and I realize it’s the story. It’s really pretty cool and that’s when I feel like there’s really a story that needs to be told. Like it already exists in all these little bits and pieces that I have to translate and put into words.

I will be reviewing this book later this month, some make sure to check out my review later this month!

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Listen to your Heart: Non-Spoiler Review

Listen to your Heart by Kasie West

Published by  Scholastic Inc. on May 29, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend . . . until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

My Brief Thoughts:

I loved this book my Kasie west. It was the Prefect summer read. I loved the main character a lot. I also really liked the focus on podcasting as a hobby. I am huge podcast fan and loved seeing the “inside” workings of making a podcast. I also like how her books always have elements of self discovery and i saw elements in so many of the characters not just the lead girl. I loved the setting of the water front and the school. It was a super fast pace read the I read over two days on my various train rides to and from the city. This book made me smile and laugh out loud and will be prefect summer read 🙂

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I really liked all the characters. I loved how all the characters were dealing with some element of self. discovery path. I really was captured by the main point of view characters. I felt like all of these characters were well rounded and fun to read about. It was not a “emotional” read but a fun read that made me laugh out loud!

Plot: Most of these times books like this become a tad too predictable for me. But there was so many boys in this book it was easy to never be sure who was going to be the “one” Some moments were predicable but some other parts really shocked me or caught me off guard in a fun way!

Romance: This romance was super fun and kind of interesting because it could have gone in so many different directions but it was so much fun to read about! It was def. a slow burn and I liked that 🙂

Concept: I really loved the focus both on podcasting and also the waterfront as a setting for this novel! if you are looking for a fun summer read, this is your future summer read 🙂

Read more by this author: Def. I really need to tackle her backlist as well 🙂

 

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi: Non-Spoiler Review

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Published by  Simon Pulse; Reprint edition on May 30, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:400

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a super fun read. I really enjoyed how this book was set in the tech world and also the summer before college. I loved how we got to explore a different culture then mine and how I learned so much about their culture. I def was more invested in Rishi side of the story and he was why i sped through this novel because a artist who is not sure he can survive on being an artist in a story I am was intrested to see how it turn out. Dimple took me to the end of the book to love her and she was not a complex a Rishi as a character but I thought the book was a fun read and will def read more by this author in the future.

 

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Perfectly Misunderstood blog tour/review and guest post and Giveaway!!!!!!!

Book Title: Perfectly Misunderstood
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017                                                                         Pages:320                                                                                                                                           Format: Arc                                                                                                                                         Source: Publisher                                                                                                                                   Buy on Amazon, Goodreads

Book Summary!

 Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.


About the Author:

Robin Daniels is a sixteen-year-old trapped in a middle-aged body. She’s married to an amazing guy and has five cute but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s coaching volleyball or working on her blog. She tries to read as much as possible, especially when she has housework to do. Robin’s favorites include napping, dessert, pedicures, Christmas, Arizona winters, and Diet Coke.

Guest Post (Slight spoilers a foot!!)

What inspired you to write this novel?

Funny enough, Mike actually inspired me to write this novel. He had such a small part in the first book, only a couple mentions, really. But I knew from the moment I finished writing Perfectly Oblivious, that Mike would get his own story at some point. There were so many guys like him at my high school. They wanted to look like a thug because they thought it would make them seem hard core. But really, all the girls wished they’d stop acting like idiots.

There’s a movie called Can’t Hardly Wait that came out when I was a teenager. If you’ve seen it, I always envisioned Kenny (played by Seth Green) when I was writing Mike. Only I wanted Mike to be deeper and cooler (and cuter) than that. I also wanted him to be hiding more than an insecurity about not being popular. Readers love a deep dark secret, but I’m not really a drama kind of girl. I don’t write tragic accidents or tortured pasts. So, when I was wondering what kind of secret I could give Mike, I decided that he needed a super star brain. It was the perfect way to teach the lesson of not judging a book by it’s cover, and the only way for him to challenge her. Plus, let’s be honest, smart guys are hot.

What was the scene you had the most fun writing?

Hands down, it was the scene in the library when Mike “outs” himself to Jayden as a closet intellectual. I literally laughed out loud as I was writing the entire scene. My husband thought I was losing it. But when Mike got so frustrated with Jayden that he couldn’t keep his magnificent vocabulary to himself, I felt like I was sitting at the table with them. I wanted to laugh at Jayden and yell “Burn!”. A close second was at the end of the book when Mike outed himself to his friends, putting Bebe in her place too. That scene was good because I felt vindicated on Mike’s behalf. Especially knowing how rudely Bebe had spoken about him in book one.

What are some fun facts you can share about your lead characters?

Mike

  1. Despite what you might assume, Mike doesn’t care for Rap music. He’s much more of a bubble-gum-pop-rocker.
  2. Though he hits on lots of girls, it’s all for show. Mike is relatively inexperienced with the ladies because his persona is a huge turn-off. It’s the one thing he really regrets about his choice of alter ego.
  3. Even though he seems annoyed by having to look after his younger brother and sister, he really likes kids and he’s good with them. He’ll knock the whole “manny” idea, but has secretly considered it as an option for earning college money.

Jayden

  1. She really loves bluegrass music which is why she picks a fiddling piece for her violin recital. But her favorite part of bluegrass isn’t actually the fiddle, it’s the banjo
  2. She’s always wished for a sibling. So much even, that as a little girl, she’d pretend she had an identical twin named Jo Jo. When Jayden did something that she knew would get her in trouble, she would tell her parents that Jo Jo made her do it.
  3. She’s a closet Eminem fan, literally. As in she has a poster of him hanging in her closet. But she’d die before admitting it to anyone.

I gave this book 3.5 Stars for Review 

My Brief Thoughts!!

I thought this was super fun read. I really enjoyed both POV characters and it was fun story. I think I was more invested in the male side of the story. I also thought this story touched on my many common issues in teens life like school, family and romance. I thought the rest of the characters could have been developed a tad more but it was fun read and def a great read for the end of the school year. I would def be interested in reading more by this author in this seems and to go back and read the other three books in this series

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may the odds be in your favor!!!!!!

Family of Spies blog tour review and giveaway!!!

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Family of Spies by  Jodi Carmichael

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Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:300

Format: Arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

When cousins Ford, Ellie and Gavin, discover their great-grandfather was a rogue World War 2 spymaster, they must outrun MI6 and the CIA
through the streets of Paris, relying on their wits and Ford’s newfound clairvoyant skills to unlock Great-Granddad’s spy secrets buried in the past. Great-Granddad hid something important to the war effort and these agencies want it back!

AUTHOR Bio:

“Jodi Carmichael’s dreams of becoming an author began to come true when she attended her first SCBWI conference in Los Angeles in 2007 and was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. A champion for the underdog and kids who think differently, she wrote SPAGHETTI IS NOT A FINGER FOOD AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS (2013) which won numerous awards including a Gold Mom’s Choice and a Silver Moonbeam in 2013. In 2016 her novel about relationship abuse, FOREVER JULIA (2016) won the Manitoba Book Award; The McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards – Older Category and received a Bronze Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues.
When not channeling characters from her books, she can be found strolling Manitoba beaches with her husband, two daughters, and exceedingly scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe.”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how this book addressed both spy related issues and also historical connections. I also really loved the dynamics between the three teen characters really made me fly through this book. I loved the hint of magic the created this novel. I really found this to be face pace novel and found it super fun read. I def enjoyed the male lead a lot and liked the various pictures that accented this novel. I wonder if we will get more book in this series in the future. If you like books like the conspiracy of us and proof of lies, you should check this one out!

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Love songs and other lies: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Geekerella by Jessica Pennington

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Published by  Tor Books on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 288

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Breaking Vee’s heart was never Cam’s plan. All he wanted senior year was a new life, in a new town, uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Then Vee swept him into a whirlwind of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect or want. Now, he has a second chance to make it right. But things get complicated when ratings-crazy producers, cameramen, and fans are involved. Can he rewrite their love song with the whole world watching?

Sometimes the last note is just the beginning. Love Songs & Other Lies is the debut romance from Jessica Pennington that Katie McGarry calls “fun and full of heart with a hero who stole my heart!”

My  Thoughts:

If you are 90’s kid and grew up with shows like O-town and etc. I think this book was so much fun. I loved the both the music aspects of this novel and how it was framed around a music reality t.v show like making the band. I also really liked the story of rekindled love and also how we got both characters sides of the story and also duel timelines both current and past. This novel was a lot like onion you kept getting more info throughout the novel and that kept me engaged and it was hard to put this book down. I found this to be the prefect summer read!

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Waiting for Wed: Save the date by Morgan Morgan Matson

One book I am so excited to come out and it is prefect for the summer season is Save the date by Morgan Morgan Matson!!!!!! I have read all her books and really enjoyed them! I have been waiting two  years for a new story and I am dying to read this one!

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 5, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Summary!!

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Timesbestselling author Morgan Matson.

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Author Information!!

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.

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