The Girls by Emma Cline
This might be my favorite book I read this year. Fans of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides will love this one, which is set in the Bay Area during the end of the 1960s and follows the story of lonely teen Evie as she gets involved with a soon-to-be-famous cult. More than even the story itself, I so enjoyed the beautiful writing.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I first discovered this book via Joanna Goddard as Paul was her brother-in-law. Paul was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of thirty-six. The heartbreaking book follows his journey from being a doctor treating the dying to a patient searching for the meaning of life. I cried through the whole thing and then immediately read it again.
We Could Be Beautiful: A Novel by Swan Huntley
I just finished this and immediately recommended it to my mom. The book is about the wealthy Catherine West, who is surrounded by beautiful things but is constantly worried she'll end up alone. Catherine finally meets William Stockton and thinks she's found her match when the story takes an unexpected turn. This book is part thriller and part anthropological guide into the world of New York's wealthiest.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Set in 1970s small-town Ohio, the book begins with Lydia Lee, the daughter of a Chinese American, missing. I finished the book in a few days flat but for a page-turner it's beautifully written.
Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
Invincible Summer follows four college friends over the course of twenty years as they're scattered across Europe. An easy read, this book nonetheless perfectly captures the feeling of being in your twenties and wondering how things will pan out.
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