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The Choice

A great read for middle-aged or older adults who struggle with family dynamics of their own. Hancock’s writing and character development are reminiscent of Jodi Picoult’s, but the themes are a bit lighter.

The Burnout

Kinsella’s latest (following The Party Crasher) is a light and easy read, with a predictable plot that’s perfect for a summer day. The relationship’s growth and the novel’s nostalgic small-town vibe recall Emily Henry’s Book Lovers.

Quest for Kimchi

Some readers may be distracted by the frequent use of parentheses and quotation marks to infer sarcasm. Fans of young-adult fiction might find this title to be a good transition piece to adult fiction.

The Collected Regrets of Clover

Brammer’s first novel is an interesting read, especially for those who are not familiar with the idea of a death doula. The plot seems predictable at first but takes a few unexpected turns that turn it into a satisfying experience.

Really Good, Actually

There are some funny moments in this light read, but Heisey goes a little over the top in trying to represent peak millennialism via Maggie’s sexual exploration and niche interests. The characters are mostly relatable, all flaws properly accounted for, although they come across as exaggerated examples of personality types.


This title has definite The Devil Wears Prada and Bridget Jones’s Diary vibes, with a thread of sexually explicit content. While it doesn’t have the most original plot, it’s a quick and easy read that will resonate with readers who are navigating first jobs or experiencing career malaise.

Precious You

Things progress rather quickly and unrealistically at times, and some of the plot twists are hard to follow, but this debut with an interesting premise is a solid read. It shines a new light on generational dynamics at work, and readers will recognize themselves and others in the characters.

Vera Violet

Peterson’s debut offers a realistic look at drug-riddled, poverty-stricken towns and lives yet is a difficult read, occasionally overwritten with near-constant metaphors and incredible sadness.

Beside Herself

This book begins quickly with an intriguing premise that slows down significantly partway through. LaBan gives voice to the conflicting thoughts and emotions spouses experience following infidelity, but some of the characters feel underdeveloped as the plot takes off.

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