If you haven't read this yet, I cannot recommend it enough.
Since I'm far from being a respected literary critic, rather than delve into the abyss that is poetic criticism, I have an excerpt that I want all of my friends-- yes, that means you, reader-- to see, memorize, and recite when needed.
Overview: From the author of You comes Caroline Kepnes’ highly-anticipated third novel. Providence follows the story of Jon and Chloe, best friends in their small New England town, each at very different levels of their high school hierarchy. When shy and misunderstood Jon is kidnapped, Chloe suddenly realizes that all along she loved him and struggles to balance her obsession of finding him with her need to ‘fit in’ with the popular crowd.
Four years pass, and Jon shows up to find that nothing has really changed—that is, except for him and his newfound superpowers. Shortly after returning home, he runs away to protect Chloe and his family, searching for answers about his new identity and to find a cure.
Overview: “The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men.” The rest of the summary on the book sleeve is extremely vague, which is fitting since the book itself raises more questions than answers.
Three sisters whose ages are unknown (to us AND to them) have lived isolated on an island for their entire lives, where their parents run a sort of safe house for women recovering from violence. Ironically, their mother & father have taught them to suppress their feelings through tortuous and violent outlets (including the ‘drowning game’ and the ‘passing out game.’) Their father dies, three men show up on the island, and their mother disappears, making their perfect little messed-up lives go to sh*t. Sibling rivalries flare as the three sisters attempt to navigate this new and forbidden world, beautifully written by Sophie Mackintosh.
Overview: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now is an extension of Dr. Meg Jay’s acclaimed TED Talk “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” Though you should likely be able to infer what the book is about from these two titles, I’ve included a snippet from the sleeve below:
Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves.
Overview: The second novel by Jessica Knoll— author of Luckiest Girl Alive, a NYT bestseller, the bestselling debut novel of 2015, and one of my all-time favorite fiction books. Summary courtesy of the book sleeve:
“Brett is dead and Kelly is not innocent.”
When two fiercely competitive sisters are cast on a reality TV series (called Goal Diggers), one will benefit immensely; the other won’t live through taping…
The Favorite Sister follows five singular women, all with one thing in common: unbridled ambition in a world that forces women to make shrewd calculations for professional & personal gains.