Audrey Wait by Robin Benway
From Amazon: Audrey Cutler is a normal Southern California girl. OK, her cat is overweight, but her best friend is awesome, and her parents might be hippies, but they adore her - because Audrey is funny, charming, and she likes her music loud. So she struggles with dumping her musician boyfriend, Evan. She loves his band, but he's just too self-involved. Audrey needs to move on. Then at one of Evan's gigs, Audrey gets to hear their brand new single and moving on doesn't seem so easy now: the song is called Audrey, Wait and it's all about her, and not in a good way ... The song storms quickly up the charts and reaches the top. Suddenly everyone wants to know: who is Audrey? The media is all over her like a rash, and what started out as annoying is becoming a nightmare! On top of this, it is ruining her chances with James, her colleague at Scooper Dooper ice cream parlour. Audrey's life is veering out of control and there's only one thing for it. She's going to have to stand up and tell the world her side of the story ...
This was really good fun. I liked the premise – speaking as someone who pretty much hates being the center of attention the idea of suddenly finding myself famous is cringe worthy - so it's fun watching Audrey try to deal with it. The romance is really sweet and well done.
Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
From Amazon: A hockey puck knocks V Valentine out and into the lap of Sam Almond. This is a turning point in V's life as Sam turns out to be a wonderful and caring boy, and he and V have a long and lasting relationship. But ultimately V is unable to deal with commitment. On the night of graduation she goes off with another boy, leaving Sam devastated. Sam moves to California and V embarks on a road trip to visit her mother in Texas during which she mulls over her relationship with Sam. She realizes what she has lost and changes direction, heading for California...
I love Carolyn Mackler. I’ve read all her books and loved them. This one is by far my favourite. I really loved V – and found it to be a sweet and sensitive love story. I read it in one sitting as I just had to know how things turned out between her and Sam.
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
From Amazon: High school senior Meg revels in being a rebel. She sports choppy blue hair, and tight t-shirts, cuts class, and is often found where she's not supposed to be. Like hanging out on a railroad-tracks-covered bridge that's off-limits to trespassers. When she and her friends are busted for trespassing and underage drinking, she's sentenced to spend her spring break riding along with a rookie police officer on his nightshift patrol. Compounding the punishment is the fact that the cop, John After, is only two years older than Meg, and a former classmate to boot. He thinks he has Meg's number and has nothing but contempt for her childish rebellion. Meg in turn has nothing but contempt for Officer After's straight-laced, by-the-book attitude. But Meg has her reasons for lashing out, and John has his reasons for his need for law and order. And they're about to discover that they have a lot more in common than either one of them could have dreamed...
This is just amazing and Jennifer Echols is fast becoming on of my favourite authors - see my review here.
All American Girl by Meg Cabot
From Amazon: Sam Madison never knew life could change overnight. But that’s exactly what happens when she saves the life of the President of the United States as she’s bunking off art class one night. Now an instant (if highly reluctant and very unlikely) celebrity, not to mention teen ambassador to the United Nations, Sam finds herself not only hanging out at the White House, but trying to stop herself falling for David, the President’s son . .
It's Meg - do I need to say more? This is my favourite romance of hers. I love Sam and think her and David are really cute together.
Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (US publication)
From Amazon: There are two sides to every breakup.This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.
I just completely loved it and you get both sides of the story! See my review here.
This is great - I'm so pleased you're running this series, and thanks for the link! This is the definitely the category for me, too - brilliant! I loved Audrey, Wait! and All American Girl but I haven't read the others, and I definitely want to now. Thank you very much for the recommendations! I might have to buy myself a few presents...
Thanks for all the great recommendations! I've been dying to read Audrey, Wait. I loved All American Girl. Meg Cabot is one of my favorites.
I haven't read Going Too Far but I loved all of the others. Great recommendations!
Ooh which other genres will you do? I like this idea!
Thanks for the recommendations! They do sound very romantic. :)
Totally agreed with Audrey, Wait - I recommend it to EVERYONE. Brilliant!
I haven't read any of these yet, but I'm definitely going to. Thanks for the recs!
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