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Books To Look Forward To: June


It's time to get excited about a new month's worth of books! It's also finally summer, which, for many of us, means the end of classes and an abundance of free time to read the days away (it's not like we're going anywhere). Today, I wanted to share my current ARC TBR for June so that you can read along with me or discover a book that wasn't on your radar yet. Most of these books are either cute romances, summer stories, or light contemporaries because summer and the stress of right now demands books that are purely full of fun. Let me know in the comments which books you have your eye on for June. Like the previous posts, I'll link to the author website so you can easily learn more and check out some awesome preorder campaigns. Also, have you seen how cute and colorful these covers are!

sophie jordan's kissing lessons
Kissing Lessons
June 2

If I'm being honest, I was first interested in the book because of the cover. I am in love with this cover. But a book can't just be about the packaging. 
Hayden needs money to get out of her small, annoying Texas town. It's the classic escape story, but instead of getting a job in retail or waitressing, Hayden decides to capitalize on her reputation and sell lessons in dating, relationships, and seduction to classmates eager to step up their dating game. It's not the kind of plot that I'm usually drawn towards, but between the cover and the promise of a breezy, summer, enemies to lover romance, I figured I would give it a try. 
When I went to grab the website link, I discovered that I read Jordan's last contemporary back in 2018! The Me I Meant to Be has also gotten a cute cover upgrade. If you're curious about that review, you can find it here.
The Falling In Love Montage
Falling In Love Montage
June 9
I must admit, I was again sucked in by the cover, but I'm just as excited by what the synopsis promises on the inside. There are so many things to be excited about with this book. First of all, it's not set in the US, which I always get really excited about. I know the author lives in Belfast, so it might be set there. It also blends complicated family situations and complex questions with pure, unabashed summer fun. WhilSaoirse is navigating her mom's move to a care home because of her early onset dementia and the idea that she might face a similar fate, she tries to carry on with her life. At an end of term party, she stumbles into Ruby. Even though Saoirse has a strict no dating policy, Ruby convinces her you don't have to commit to love for a summer fling. It sounds totally adorable and full of those antics scenes that you always love most in romances. 
This book reminded me of one I really enjoyed a while back called You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone. It deals with Tovah and Adina who's mom is battling Huntington's disease. Both girls wonder if they carry the gene as well. You can read my review of that here. 
You Say It First Cover
You Say It First
June 16
I've read a couple of Katie's books in the past, and they always promise the perfect light, summery reading experience. I was intrigued because the book focuses on Meg, who works at a voter registration call center. I thought that was an interesting, topical job. The romance here stems from a dubious call recipient who has been completely disenchanted with the world. They're both wondering about their futures, and even through disagreements, they form a bond and support system. I'm excited to see where this one goes. 
If you're curious about her past books, I've reviewed 99 Days (here) and 9 Days and 9 Nights (here).
I'll Be The One 
Lyla Lee
June 16
From what I've been hearing from early reviewers I follow, this book is going to be tons of fun. How could it not be since it revolves around a K-Pop reality show. Skye has always been lectured about things she can't do because of her size. She's tired of everyone's perceived, fat-phobic limitations and sets out to prove them wrong by nailing her audition for a K-Pop reality show. Challenging societal beauty standards and truly being herself isn't an easy task, but Skye is up for the challenge. This book also includes bi rep, which is great to see. This just sounds like fun all around. 
If you're looking for more K-Pop YA to tide you over, Somewhere Only We Know tells the dazzling story of a K-Pop star who longs for the normalcy of regular life and decides to take it for a day. Click the title to read my review. 
Also at Lyla's website link, you'll find info on her preorder prizes and a book playlist. 

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann
My Eyes Are Up Here
June 23
I actually discovered this book back in January when Erin Hahn tweeted about loving it. When I replied to Erin's tweet, she told me that I'd love the book too. Seeing our exchange, an editor at Dutton so kindly offered to send me a copy, and I've been sitting around, waiting till closer to the release date to read it. I'm super excited about the book since it tackles sexism and how we perceive and treat the female body. Ever since puberty, Greer hasn't been able to wear the same things, do the same things, or experience life the same way because she's constantly thinking about avoiding commentary on her chest. Everyone feels like they have a right to comment, and dodging them has dominated her life. I'm really excited to see how Zimmermann takes this on, particularly given Erin's endorsement.
(If you're curious about Erin's books as well, you can read my reviews of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe)

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