I couldn’t let this topic get away. So here I am writing it when I should be going to bed early and possibly changing out of my gym clothes. Who needs sleep anyway? No one. Not when you have swoon. Be sure to check out today’s meme at The Broke and the Bookish.
Let’s get started —
→Between You & Me by Marisa Calin
“It’s funny how there can be something special about that one person isn’t it?”
The author has done something so unique with this book… we never know the sex of the main character’s best friend. This best friend is sweet, caring, and takes a back seat to Phyre’s passion for theatre and their attractive theatre teacher. The friendship here is swoon-worthy and on the edge of heartbreaking because there are so many feelings involved. My heart was so invested I read through it twice. (Plus it’s written in a screenplay form, which I loved too.)
→Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
“But no matter how hard I try, I still yearn for hugs / kisses/ smiles/ a hand to hold.”
This was the first YA I read in verse, and it made me such a fan. A new life, a new boy, and so many hot hot hot feelings. It’s amazing just how much could be said in short stanzas but it worked so well for me. I’ve been really wanting to give this a re-read for awhile, and it seems just about the perfect time.
→Where She Went by Gayle Forman
“We stand there for a moment, staring at each other, savoring it. And then all at once, we slam together. Mia’s legs are off the ground, wrapped around my waist, her hands dipping in my hair, my hands tangled in hers. And our lips. There isn’t enough skin, enough spit, enough time, for the lost years that our lips are trying to make up for as they find each other. We kiss. The electric current switches to high. The lights throughout all of Brooklyn must be surging.”
I’m a sucker for reunion books, and Gayle Forman so I’m sure this one isn’t a big surprise. Will they or won’t they? That’s the question, isn’t it? Can Adam and Mia move past all their crap and be together? After years apart? This book, this book. I couldn’t write down quotes fast enough.
→Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
“We’re not going to get lost at sea, are we?” I asked.
“Not unless you want to…” There was that feeling again. That warmth. The fluttering. The heart buzz. I focused on rowing. A few fireworks shot off from a distant beach. Little gold ones.”
There’s so much I love about Nantucket Blue but the romance is close to #1. It perfectly captures first love and the magic and freedom of summer.
→ God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo
“He thanked me. For creating you, or something like that. I can’t remember the exact word he used, but he gave me at least half the credit for how you turned out.” My mother paused. “I don’t usually get that much credit for anything, you know.”
This has been one of my favorite books since I was 16. And out of all the quotes I love, this was the one I was thinking about today. It’s pretty awesome when a guy knows what to say to your mom, and means it. That was Jacob.
→ The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Moments passed like eons, and his hands were in my hair. All around us crickets and frogs started up their night songs again. The entire forest seemed to open up and bloom in the dark.
“Your heart’s pounding like mad,” he whispered. Fingers brushed my collarbone, tapped gently. “Ba-bom. Ba-bom.”
His breath against my skin, soft as a breeze and my lips could already taste him. My mouth watered, and something swirled from a deep place inside of me and my heart continued its mad dash between his fingertips and my whole body ached with the desire to touch him, to feel him against me.
And they haven’t even kissed yet. I drooled through most of this book when I wasn’t being pummeled by the tough situations, the bonds of sisters, and how the state of friendships change over time. This story is so perfectly developed, and I love how it focuses on so much more than a romance. But Emilio and Jade’s chemistry is off the charts.
→ Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
“Gone for a while / Hoping, always, to return / If you will let me”
I’m not sure I’ve had such a physical and emotional reaction to the ending of a book in my life. It was so passionate, and just so perfect. (I must finish my collection and buy the last two books. I need to be properly reunited with Jessica Darling!) Also haikus, and a chance airport meeting. What could be more perfect?
→ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
St. Clair coughs and shifts again. His leg brushes against mine. It stays there. I’m paralyzed. I should love it; it feels too unnatural. How can he not notice his leg is touching my leg? From the corner of my eye, I see the profile of his chin and nose, and — oh, dear God — the curve of his lips.
There. He glanced at me. I knew he did.
This exercise is getting dangerous because I have books all over my living room floor, it’s late, and I have this crazy desire to re-read all my favorite books. Anna, St. Clair, Paris, friendship and forbidden feelings. SUCH a great book. The tension between these two characters could make any reader spontaneously combust.
→ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.”
I’m so glad I took the time to read this book again a few weeks ago. I was so into it the first time but the second time was just… even better. I adore first love stories, and I love them more when they feel so real. Sam and Jase… they have something so special. Out of all the young couples I’ve read about, I believe that they can overcome the rest of high school and make it through. End game.
→ Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
“I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these [tights],” I said. “Thank you. Thank you.” I reached out a hand and touched the back of his shoulder. “Really.”
Before last week, I never thought this would be on a “swoon” list for me. I let talk of how sad the book steer me away for too long when it’s a charming coming of age story. Lou, the main character, has such an uplifting personality — even when she is just trying to figure life out for herself, and for Will, the man she works for. The above quote might not make so much but it was an uncharacteristically surprising moment at a birthday celebration and it won me over completely.
I’m so excited to read everyone else’s picks! Happy Tuesday!