May 15, 2016

The Season of You & Me Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

The Season of You & Me
Author: Robin Constantine
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee. 

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job. 

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.
Top Ten Favorite Books

This was a tough list to come up with – I have so many favorites, that it’s hard to pick only ten. I kept mostly to YA, but here goes, in no particular order, ten of my favorite books (and series)!

The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Steifvater

From the first line “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” I was hooked. I love everything about this series – the paranormal aspect, Blue’s family, the Aglionby boys. Confession – it’s May 6th and I still haven’t picked up The Raven King…this week, I swear!

Dreamland (and anything really) by Sarah Dessen

My first Sarah Dessen book was That Summer – and I loved it but Dreamland is where she became an auto-buy author for me. It’s one of her darker books and she handles the subject of physical abuse in a relationship so well, without being heavy handed. Her characters are richly drawn, it’s as if they are long lost friends. I always take my time reading her books because I love to get lost in them.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The first time I opened this book, I had to put it down, because I knew it required my undivided attention. (I was also in a bubble bath, and it is soooo not a bubble bath book.) Parts of this book made me laugh, parts of this book made me cry. I don’t cry at books a lot, but by the end of this one, I was sobbing. It’s one of those stories that will always stay with me.

Twilight (series), Stephenie Meyer

Honest? This was my first foray into vampire fiction and I loved it. This series is pure escape for me. And the first line is KILLER. One of the rules I was always taught in writing was never start with a prologue, but this one blows that rule out of the water – “I’d never given much thought to how I would die – “ Yep, you got me. And talk about high stakes!

Elsewehere by Gabrielle Zevin

I love this quiet book about the afterlife. So imaginative and gorgeously written.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Another gorgeously written book about grief, that also manages to be funny. Bonus – the Fontaine brothers and their long eyelashes. (and Uncle Big)

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Where do I start? Paris? Etienne? I loved this book because it reminded me of my best friend who DID tell me not to wear sneakers when I visited her in Paris because people would pick me out as an American. Anna and Etienne’s slow burn romance is perfection.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me – Jess Rothenberg

Hmm…sensing a pattern with death and afterlife books here. I LOVED this book and its imaginative take on what happens after a girl dies from a broken heart. Bonus: 80s references.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

The Prisoner of Azkaban was out before I started this series, but by Deathly Hallows I was waiting on line at midnight at my local indie to get a copy. I continue to be enchanted by Hogwarts and will forever be in awe of JK Rowling’s detailed world building.

Summer Sisters (and anything really) by Judy Blume

Judy Blume was my first ever auto-buy author. While Summer Sisters is not YA, so much of the story about friendship and betrayal, takes place during Vix and Caitlin’s teen years. I also loved the Martha’s Vineyard setting. It’s a perfect summer read. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your top ten favorite books/series with us Robin!
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Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.

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