It’s no surprise that our must-read lists multiply every day. But what does one do when there’s just TOO many books in the “Need to Read” pile? We make even more piles! This summer our most exciting stack at BookTrib is The Heat Index. We’ve already told you what page-turners to bring poolside, so this week we’ve decided to share our top five drama-packed, female-friendly reads that will fill any guilty-pleasure void.
The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens (Simon & Schuster, June 30)
“Lansens has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…The realistic details, such as the traditional herbal medicine used to fight Nola’s broken-bone infection, provides the narrative’s raw edge.” —Publishers Weekly
Heat Index: This novel offers a unique look at the intricacies of human interaction and the need for survival. There are some surprisingly touching moments in this thriller, but the stereotypical characters cooled off the steam-factor for us.
Proof of Forever, Lexa Hillyer (HarperCollins, June 2)
“An edgier, more risqué version of Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Proof of Forever features four authentic teenage voices and unique perspectives that will encourage readers to reevaluate their own friendships, love interests, and philosophies of life.”—Booklist
Heat Index: This coming-of-age story should be read by women of every age. With a nod to Now and Then, a classic film we loved, this novel brings you back in the day when friendships were fleeting and secrets spread like wildfire. Use this sweet summer read as an excuse to contact that long-lost friend.
Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster, May 12)
“A knockout debut novel . . . completely enthralling . . . devilishly dark and fun.” —Publishers Weekly
Heat Index: Outside appearances are definitely deceiving for Knoll’s heroine, Ani, who has built the perfect life for herself after overcoming a difficult childhood. With twists, turns and everything in between, Knoll has written a story that kept us captivated. You’re going to want to bring this one to the next book club meeting.
The Notorious Pagan Jones, Nina Berry (Harlequin Teen, May 26)
“With a hint of Hollywood glam, mystery, and a time period unique to the YA genre, Berry treats readers to a can’t-miss story. She finds a winner in Pagan, a Marilyn Monroe-like teen actress with a tale that will appeal to younger and older fans alike.” —RT Book Reviews
Heat Index: Following along on Pagan Jones’ journey from Hollywood darling to overnight outcast depicts society’s fickleness in a realistic way. It was sad, it was laugh-out-loud funny and the mystery kept us wanting more. From political conspiracies to alcoholism, this page-turner went from warm to hot to sweltering.
Eight Hundred Grapes, Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster, June 2)
“Secrets and love affairs at a Sonoma vineyard mean reading with wine is basically mandatory.” —Cosmopolitan Magazine
Heat Index: With intricately woven relationships and more secrets than a soap opera, Eight Hundred Grapes is everything you need for juicy summer read. You’ll definitely be passing this along to your BFF. Our recommendation? Pour yourself a glass of wine and devour every single word.