He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan
Lucy pitched the reality show idea of a person losing 100 pounds in one year for a whole lot of cash, not realising she would be the star shedding weight on television. In walks hot and delicious Theo as the trainer and things get sweaty for more than just squats.
Lucy is far from perfect and has some real issues and I think that’s what makes her so lovable. We all have vulnerabilities that someone in our past has taken advantage of and we deal with it in our own ways. For Lucy it’s eating and therapy.
Keep an eye out for the descriptions of foods as prostitutes working the streets. Mouth-watering.
Stalker by Hazel Edwards
Lily works the “graveyard shift” at the radio station and that attracts all kinds of weirdos. Including a stalker.
The twist. I will not give away any spoilers, but the twist at the end surprised the hell out of me. The entire time I was on edge, concerned that my windows weren’t locked and someone was going to break in and do something. The author was amazing in leading me to the culprit. And those little moments in the stalker’s point of view *shiver* were scary.
An April Love Story by Caroline B. Cooney
Marnie’s parents are moving the family to the country to live off the land with another family they’re friends with. But Marnie isn’t friends with their son Lucas. He’s the least of her problems as she has to learn to make do without the comforts of home or the security of a college fund from her parents. Then in the month of April, she isn’t looking at Lucas the same way.
Cute romance. Very sweet and pure, especially when mother warns Marnie not to disappear for too long on a date with Lucas *wink, wink*. It’s that simple, this story is a lovely romance.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda can’t speak the words she needs to say. Something terrible happened but she can’t say it and everyone hates her for calling the cops on a party. She is a social outcast.
Somehow, this teen finds a way to deal with her trauma on her own. She is so strong. And when she finally can say the words, it changes everything. This book will destroy your heart.
Everyone Else’s Girl by Megan Crane
Meredith does everything she can for other people and that includes attending the hens party for her ex-best friend (marrying her brother) and moves home to look after her father as her mother goes on holidays. But she slips out of the good girl act when she runs into Scott, the poor kid everyone use to tease back in high school. Damn he grew up nice and a little bitter. Things won’t stop changing after that.
And it is great to see that change happening and for it to be realistic.
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
London has a strange gift where she forgets things that have happened but she remembers things in the future, like she’ll know what she’ll wear tomorrow or the answers to every pop quiz, and then she’ll forget it all. Like she keeps forgetting the boy.
This was completely different and unusual. All I can do is recommend reading this. And never forget it.
Watermark by Penelope Todd
Zillah skips out on her safe summer holiday plans to accept the invite of two strangers she doesn’t remember meeting. Her destination is an empty shack in the woods where she won’t be alone.
That shack, the whole set up, screamed “horror movie about to happen”. Instead of it being a massacre we have a journey to self-discovery and a realisation about living life on the edge. A great coming of age story, but doesn’t convince me to go camping. Ever.
Odd One Out by Monica McInerney
Sylvia is in a rut and being used by her mother and sisters to run the family business as they flit about the place creating things. She needs to escape. In steps her loving brother with an offer; live in his apartment away from the family for as long as she likes as long as she follows his treasure hunt rules around the city each day. Finally, she is out of her rut.
This is inspiring to get out of our comfort zones, stop blaming others for our lack of life, and to seize opportunities. Don’t be boring.
Fifteen Love by Robert Corbet
Mia thinks boys are immature. Will has no idea what girls talk about but he would really like to know.
Get a look at love in high school from two different sides of the story and see how they overcome and grow up. Oh my, hormones.
Sex, Lies And Cruising by Cathryn Chapman
Ellie runs away from her cheating fiancé to go work on a glamorous cruise ship. Very quickly, she finds her first on ship boyfriend. And then he leaves. And his ex hates her with a passion. And then there is another boyfriend.
It’s refreshing to read about a woman getting laid by more than just the “hero”. Though I was screaming at her for not picking (this could be a spoiler so I won’t finish this sentence). But please sign up me up for working on a cruise, they sound fun.
Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot
Jane is asked to be maid of honour and witness to her best friend who is eloping to Italy. But the best man travelling with them is annoying jerk ever. And Cal isn’t impressed with her either. Like all good romances, opposites attract and arguing is just flirting.
Very enjoyable and interesting to read the story as a series of diary entries, emails, and notes. Also love the cat drawings. They are everywhere in this book. Love cats.
The Bachelorette Party by Karen McCullah Lutz
Zadie is dragged into the wedding frenzy when her best frined Grey is getting hitched to her Miss Perfect cousin, Helen. But things don’t remain so prissy and perfect when the drinks are poured into the bride to be and its Zadie’s job to stop her, if she can, before Helen ruins her chances with Grey. And along the way Zadie discovers herself.
This was hilarious and not a read for the faint hearted. Trust me. Don’t even attempt it if you like to think the world is made of rainbows and hope. This is more for the sadistic woman.
The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow
In 1989 Rachel had everything under control in her seventeen life. Until her dad invited the hottest boy from school to come and live with them. They clash like crazy, spark flying left, right, and centre. No chance of love ever happening between these two.
But I don’t think this story was ever meant to be a romance, I think it was more important that these two opposing characters found acceptance in each other.
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
When Lani meets Jason, there is instant chemistry for them both. Problem; Jason is already dating Lani’s best friend Erin.
Things get very catty when the shit hits the fan, the final chapters being the most tense filled and original.
A Hard Act to Follow by Charlotte White
Janet lives in her sister’s shadow as the awkward funny one. In fact, she’s the duff before the duff was a thing. Steve fell hard for the sister and was disappointed when she dropped him quickly. He turned to Janet for some reason and things start to change between them.
The eighties was a time filled with strange slang and lots of angst.