By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach. But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning, British player named Nicki Chan. At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.
This Place is Still Beautiful – XiXi Tian
Despite having had near-identical upbringings, sisters Annalie and Margaret agree on only one thing: that they have nothing in common. Nineteen-year-old Margaret is driven, ambitious, and keenly aware of social justice issues. She couldn't wait to leave their oppressive small-town home and take flight in New York. Meanwhile sweet, popular, seventeen-year-old Annalie couldn't think of anything worse - she loves their town, and feels safe coasting along in its confines. That is, until she arrives home one day to find a gut-punching racial slur painted on their garage door.
Why is Nobody Laughing? – Yasmin Rahman
Will the real Ibrahim Malik please stand up? Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim...well, Ibrahim's dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he's started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks.
New Releases I’m Excited For! – July
It is time for another post all about new books that are on the horizon. There are a lot of books coming out in July and I'm excited about a lot of them. I wanted to share some of the ones that I am most excited for. Here at the new book releases I'm excited for in July!
The No-Show – Beth O’Leary
Three women. Three dates. One missing man... 8.52. Siobhan's been looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it - she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast with Joseph on Valentine's Day surely means something ... so where is he? 14.43. Miranda's hoping that a Valentine's Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It's a fresh start and a sign that her grown-up life is finally falling into place: she's been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn't he shown up? 18.30. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane's fake boyfriend at a colleague's engagement party. They've not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he's not here... Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Quote
I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in 2021 and I still think about it every single day. That book completely blew me away and made me feel so many things. There are so many amazing quotes throughout the book. So, I wanted to do what I normally do with a book that I enjoy, which is pick a quote from it and get designing.
The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel
Thank you to the publisher, Rock the Boat, for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In a house used to sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. When her safety grows uncertain, Izzy knows three things are for sure. She knows not to tell her mum… Continue reading The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel
Permanent Record – Mary H. K Choi
After a year of college, Pablo is working late nights at his local twenty-four-hour deli. He's dodging calls from the student loan office and has no idea what to do next. Leanna Smart's life so far has been nothing but success. Aged 8 she was a Disney Mouseketeer, aged 15 she had her first #1… Continue reading Permanent Record – Mary H. K Choi
The Liars – Jennifer Mathieu
Thank you to the publisher who gifted me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Every year, Summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That is when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable an controlling mother by babysitting the Callahan's two children. The summer of 1986 promises to… Continue reading The Liars – Jennifer Mathieu
Frankly in Love – David Yoon
Thank you to the publisher who gifted me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo, which is his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents' traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. Frank's parents have one rule when… Continue reading Frankly in Love – David Yoon