Mondays are tough but today is about to get a lot better because we’ve got fun news: it’s the first week of our Riveted Summer and we’re starting off with the SUMMER OF LOVE! ICYMI, for Riveted Summer, every two weeks from June through August, we’ll be focusing on a new theme, and what better theme to start off with than love?!
For our first Summer of Love title, we’re featuring an extended excerpt of none other than Sandya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi! From all the buzz and all of the requests we’ve received over the last few months, we KNOW When Dimple Met Rishi is a book you guys have been wanting to read and we’re excited to finally be featuring it here on Riveted! The story of two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage, When Dimple Met Rishi is sort of like what would happen if you were to mix Bollywood with When Harry Met Sally. It’s the perfect romantic comedy for today’s readers, hitting all the tropes you’d expect from a rom-com but in a way that’s fresh and unique, layering in themes of identity and family along with the cultural diversity so many readers have been looking for. Bonus: our When Dimple Met Rishi dual sweepstakes is running until 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, 6/7, so enter now while you still can for a chance to win a Dimple or Rishi prize pack!
Next, we’ve got In a Perfect World from Trish Doller! Set against the backdrop of Cairo, Egypt, In a Perfect World is a hopeful and heartbreaking novel about the barriers we tear down for the people we love most. Caroline Kelly’s got her summer all figured out…until her mother gets hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo and she finds herself spending her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from everything she’s ever known. Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But what she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege. This story will have you rooting for Caroline and Adam’s swoon-worthy romance the whole way through!
Then, we hope you’ll enjoy Tash Hearts Tolstoy from Kathryn Ormsbee, a quirky teen novel about Internet fame, peer pressure, and remembering not to step on the little people on your way to the top! Natasha “Tash” Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight after she gets a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is a GREAT teen read, Tash is a strong female protagonist and her humorous snark is relatable and compelling. Plus, sexuality as an adolescent can be such an amorphous thing, or simply something you know for yourself and don’t have the vocabulary to explain to others, and Kathryn Ormsbee captures this experience perfectly.
Moving right along, we’ve got three featured full reads for our Summer of Love that we know YOU’RE going to love! First, we’ve featured excerpts of Jenna Evans Welch’s bestselling debut novel Love & Gelato in the past but for the first time, we’re pleased to feature it as a full read! With a little bit of mystery, an exotic location, and not one but two cute boys, Love & Gelato is a perfect Riveted Summer read! Lina’s only in Tuscany to fill her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father, she’d much rather get back home…until she’s given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy and suddenly, Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long.
Then, we’ve bringing back a Riveted favorite: Amy Alward’s The Potion Diaries! As a member of one of the few remaining families known for their talent in potion making, Samantha is summoned to the royal court for a secret mission: Princess Evelyn has taken an illegal potion, a love potion, and it’s gone terribly wrong. She’s determined to find an antidote to cure her friend; the trouble is, Princess Evelyn originally created the potion to make her best friend, Zain, fall in love with her. Zain and his family are synthetic potion makers, rivals to Samantha’s family both in life and in the hunt to find the cure for the potion. But despite their family rivalry, Samantha finds herself running into Zain often…and sparks are flying. Even if Samantha cures the Princess, what will Evelyn do when she finds out Zain and Samantha might be falling for each other?
And our final Summer of Love read is….Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! The critically acclaimed novel about a friendship between two boys and the love between fathers and sons is the perfect way to cap off our Summer of Love reads! Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
We hope you enjoy our Summer of Love reads! Wait…do you NOT want to read about love?! Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck because last week’s reads will be available until June 12! There’s Changeling, the first book in legendary author Philippa Gregory’s foray into YA, the Order of Darkness series; Thomas E. Sniegoski’s Savage, the “unpredictable” (VOYA) and “fast-paced” (School Library Journal) thriller about a small island where are freak storm has turned every animal into a savage beast; Terra Elan McVoy’s The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, a sweet (and sexy) read about three sisters and one life-changing summer; and Tom Lombardi’s My Summer on Earth, a humorous and cool debut novel about a sixteen-year-old alien learning what it’s like to be human.