Who doesn’t love a romance novel? Especially since the summer holidays are approaching. I love to read heartwarming love stories while soaking up the summer sun. So here are some recommendations from me!
Colocation – Beth O’Leary
This book begins with an unusual roommate and bed-sharing agreement between two complete strangers, Tiffy and Leon. First, they only engage through post-it notes and without face-to-face contact. They both have the bed / apartment at opposite times from the day; Tiffy is there evenings and nights and Leon works nights so he’s there during the day. Of course, and with no surprise, it ends up blossoming into something more!
It’s just a hilarious and wacky love story that makes the reader excited, doubtful, confused and emotional, experiencing the roller coaster of a love story that Tiffy and Leon have.
Queen – Candice Carty-Williams
Queenie tells the story of a strong but troubled twenty-five year old woman who has all manner of boyhood dramas, friendships, and struggles with anxiety and depression.ion. On top of that, she experiences an occasional daily racism that ends up fostering a lack of self-confidence in her. It is a heartbreaking but uplifting novel in which the reader will find themselves angry with Queenie. In light of the recent Black Lives Matter movement, I feel like as a white woman this book is relevant and allowed me to get just a little taste of the prejudices black women face on a daily basis.
However, apart from from the sad parts (and some disloyal acts of some awful men) some really hilarious moments made me laugh out loud – a success I must say.
If you’re looking for a down-to-earth romance with all the real, hugely relevant issues that come with love and friendships, this is the one for you.
By love – Hazel Hayes
Out of Love tells the story of a relationship but back to backt. We start with the breakup and end with the couple meeting. It’s a different concept and completely refreshing and I loved it. Even though we know the couple and their love doesn’t last, almost anyone can relate to the protagonist’s heartache and emotional struggles.
The (unnamed) woman also struggles with some mental health issues and we read how she thinks, manifests herself and deals with the challenges she faces. Personally, I think these kinds of stories are so important for readers to be aware of mental illnesses and understand that sometimes these illnesses are hidden.
This book also deals with friendship. Everyone needs a Maya in their life; she is kind, caring and just a great friend to our protagonist.
Considering the difficult year and a half that we have all been through, this book feels like an honest, raw description of life. It is not easy and not everything is going the way we want it to be. However, love – whether it comes from family, friends, or a partner – often brings comfort to us.
Sweet sorrow -David Nicholls
It’s summer 1997 and Charlie Lewis has almost managed to finish school. His GCSEs did not go well. On top of that, he is trying to manage his mom’s move and has to deal with his depressed and unemployed dad. Fed up, he turns to reading novels he can find at home in an attempt to distract himself from his dreaded future. It was then that he met Fran Fisher.
The book then tells us about the development of Charlie and Fran, young love. However, the relationship costs Charlie his schoolboy friendships as he joins Fran’s theater group and ends up playing Benvolio in the production of the company of Romeo and Juliet.
We are then taken on a summer love journey of Charlie and Fran – sneaking up to “practice” and going on secret adventures in hiding places. But will it last?
I found this reading to be relaxing and easy. I would compare it to a Sunday afternoon movie – warm and cozy. David Nicholls writes lifelike love stories with ease and doesn’t fail to include the embarrassing and awkward moments. It was also refreshing for the novel to take a teenager’s perspective and discuss male friendship.
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