Emma "EP" Presnell is a college freshman completely obsessed with Young Adult (YA), Romance, Sci-Fi and general Fiction. She is always up for reading diverse stories and specializes in LGBTQ+ literature. You can always see what she's reading and up to on her bookstagram @emmas.bookish.things!
I'm so excited for this book to come out! In this Bachelor parody, anti-social tech genius Charlie is the prince charming looking for his bride to be, but he's having trouble being intimate with any of the girls. Dev, whose been working on the show for 6 years, is obsessed with the fairy tale romances that come from the show. Dev works on Charlie to shape him into the prince charming the show needs him to be, but what happens when the person Charlie falls for isn't one of the contestants? What ensues is a fun and wild ride between the two. This book is fun and such an easy read to lose yourself in--a must have this fall!
This is my favorite book in the world! Of all time! "Red, White & Royal Blue" is about the First Son of the United States, Alex, and the Prince of Wales, Henry, having to stage a fake friendship for the public appearance of their respective countries. Though they start as rivals, the two quicky realize they have more in common and if you know about anything fake relationships in books, I'm sure you can imagine where this is going. This book is full of heart and tackles themes like sexuality (featuring a 10 page bisexual crisis), family, status and growing into your own person beautifully while also having hilarious pop culture references and snarky jabs. I've read this book more times than I can count and always find something new and beautiful about it along the way. It's the perfect summer read and an absolute must you should add to your list.
If you're looking for something that will just put a smile on your face the entire day, might I recommend "Heartstopper" by Alice Oseman. "Heartstopper" centers on Nick and Charlie, two boys who quickly become the best of friends and fall for each other in the cutest graphic novel you'll ever read. Oseman has a gorgeous art style that evolves over the course of the novel's duration and is completed with the greenish-blue color scheme that's exclusive to the US edition. Not only are Nick and Charlie main characters to fall for, but their friends all add diverse perspectives that creates easy to understand commentary on different topics including mental health and being members of the LGBTQ+ community. I can't stress how lovely this story is!
This book is a must have for college students, but especially freshmen. Though it might raise your expectations of college to unrealistic heights, it is sure to make you happy and fall for every one of these characters. Eric "Bitty" Bittle is on a hockey scholarship to Samwell, a fictional college in Massachusetts. This Beyonce loving, pie baking, loveable ray of sunshine finds himself way over his head, but with the help of the colleg team, he might just make it out alive. But not without a crush and small crisis first. "Check, Please!" is guarenteed to make you smile, laugh, cry and everything inbetween. Follow and watch Bitty grow as he goes from being a small freshman to an absolutely remarkable senior.
This is one of the most wholesome and heart warming stories you'll ever read. Case worker Linus Baker is assigned to stay at an orphanage in the middle of the sea which turns out to be full of magical and somewhat interesting kids that make up the cutest cast of characters, with the home owner Arthur as their guardian. Although Linus isn't supposed to get too attached, he finds himself growing fond for this odd bunch of people and the stories that led them to where they are. What will Linus find? Only the cutest found family that will have your heart melting. TJ Klune knocks it out of the park with this book and is a perfect pick-me-up for when you're feeling down. It's magical, sweet, and emphasizes the importance of doing what makes you happy.
This is the first book in quite possibly my favorite trilogy ever. "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" is about 3 teens in 1700s Europe who embark on a coming of age tour that turns into a chase through the continent, through the sea and underground. Not only does this book work perfectly as an adventure book, but it has amazing commentary on important issues from a 1700s lens such as sexuality, gender, education and mental health. On top of that, it's a trilogy with the last book coming out this November AND has a novella! With a relatable cast of characters this trilogy just keeps on giving and will leave readers with a smile on their face. It's an absolute delight.
Benjamin Alire Saenz has created one of the most beautifully written books with "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe." It takes place in the late 70s/early 80s and centers around Aristotle and Dante as they grow into a deep and personal freindship. It manages to tackle a multitude of ideas and issues (especially in the sequel coming out later this year) in a sophisticated yet simple way that readers from young adult to adult can read and understand/relate to. Its sequel that comes out later this year is perhaps even better than the first one, and that's saying something for how great this book is. It's a wonderful end of summer read (big folklore vibes) that will leave you thinking and smiling.
Rainbow Rowell created Simon and Baz in an earlier novel of hers called "Fangirl," but decided to write their story herself (which is one of the coolest things an author can do). Simon Snow is your typical Chosen One main character; a guy destined to become a powerful wizard in the world of magic. But he's kind of a mess. His roommate "hates" him, his girlfriend just broke up with him and he can't totally control his wand. When his roommate Baz doesn't return for the new school year, Simon has to find him and what ensues is a fun and crazy dive into their world. It's got romance, magic, dragons, and much more. Read this and then dive right in to the second and third!
Both of Ryan La Sala's books are absolute joys, but "Be Dazzled" takes the cake. The story flips between the past and present as Raffy and Luca grow from a young couple in love to hardly speaking. All of this takes place with the backdrop of cosplay and conventions which makes this book so unique. Raffy and Luca have a genuinely interesting story that had me swooning and hoping the best for them, while also breaking knowing their destined ending. This book shines like it's covered in turquoise sequins and will have you flying through it to see if there's anything left for this lovely pair.
In this Mulan retelling, young Mia must disguise herself as a man to compete against some of the best semstresses in the land and is then tasked with one of the most impossible challanges to complete. Along the way, she finds love and that her talents run deeper than she could ever imagine. This has to be one of my favorite duologies I've read, along with a beautiful cover and story, you just can't get better than this. Lim is a phenomonal author whose talents really shine in these books. You'll fall in love with these characters and be rooting for them in no time.
I recently read the second book in this series, "Hang the Moon" and just had to recommend the series as a whole. Each book is about a different couple and they're all closely connected, so familiar faces pop up in the second and third books which is such a fun concept. In the first book, Darcy and Elle, two opposites who shouldn't be able to make it work, end up giving into some of their own scepticisms to find a partner out of the other. Not only is the first book great, but so is the second one! Bellefleur's debut is just overall amazing and a read you won't be able to put down. Then you'll be grabbing for the second one soon enough.
Part of the appeal to this book is that it's written by YouTuber Daniel Howell (you may know him as Danisnotonfire and companion to Phil Lester) but even if you had no idea who Dan is, this book is amazing. Most mental health guides feel like things anyone in your life could tell you, but this book is a practical mental health guide that teaches you many tips and practices on how to get through tough times, both temporary and longlasting. This book makes its audience feel seen and understood and doesn't take itself too seriously. Dan cracks jokes to relate to the audience and lets you know that though things may be tough now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.