I spent some time browsing through Barnes & Noble this past weekend when I was early to meet a friend and picked up a few paperbacks. I’d been reading Gone With the Wind in between various memoirs over the last few months, so I was looking for some lighter, fast-paced fiction. (Not that Gone With the Wind was too slow – I found it highly entertaining!)
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is the story of a student at a boarding school for ‘wealthy Southern debutantes.’ I feel like books set at boarding schools are always juicy, and Curtis Sittenfeld, whose work I love, called it “a sexy, suspenseful, gorgeously written book.”
The Good Neighbor – This one is about a woman who invents a boyfriend to write about on her blog when her ex-husband suddenly re-enters her life with a new girlfriend. Things (obviously) get complicated when friends start asking to meet the boyfriend and the woman falls for a guy in real life. Since it’s common to try and project our best or funniest selves online, I think it will be interesting to read about a character who takes that too far.
Sharp Objects – I read the praise on the back cover of Sharp Objects and was sold – if Stephen King was ‘helpless to stop turning [the pages]’ of a book, it’s probably good enough for me. This thriller about a thirty-two year old reporter who returns to her Missouri hometown to cover the creepy murders of two young girls has, for the last several nights, filled the gaping hole in my life that opened up when I finished Criminal Minds on Netflix.
Plan B – I knew after finishing This is Where I Leave You, which was recently made into a movie starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, that Jonathan Tropper could make me laugh out loud while reading alone. His first novel, Plan B, is about a group of friends who turn around one day and they’re almost thirty and nothing is as they thought it would be. I bought this book because I feel frighteningly close to having the same experience and would like to know what to do.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Have a great weekend. 🙂