This spring, there are a ton of good books on the shelves. These four completely captured our hearts as the season of sun rolls around. It's time for a love story: ♥ What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Want to swoon on a beach into the arms of the gorgeous Cass, a charming rich kid who has entered Gwen's hard-working life for the summer? Yeah, so do we. Fitzpatrick writes first love with all the breathy intensity of the real thing.
♥ To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. When Lara Jean's secret love letters get mailed out to her past crushes, she has to do major damage control. Watching her handle what happens when her deepest secrets are revealed is funny, alarming and ultimately heartwarming. Look for the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, next spring!
♥ The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. When Lucy and Owen get trapped in an elevator during a city-wide blackout, the connection they feel means that the few minutes they spend together will change the trajectory of their lives. This book is fully realistic and hugely romantic all at once. Sigh.
♥ The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando. Okay, so this one is less romantic and possibly more of a kid-sister recommendation, since it's for ages 8-12. But it gets at the heartbreaking nature of middle school friendships, first love inklings and family relationships so perfectly that readers of all ages will relate.