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girlfriend material because she and Abby start dating. And things are freakin' fantastic... until they aren't. Trust and boundaries are broken and things derail fast. Will they get back together or is their love doomed to the dumps?
PS The "best burger in Los Angeles" bit is because Abby's new friend Jax is on a mission for his dad's new app: to taste test all the burgers in LA and rate them to help people figure out which burger is the best, and therefore the one they should eat. (It's an intriguing B-story, and I like the Jax-and-Abby friendship.)
The Summer of Jordi Perez is a delight! It's an easy read that has just the right amount of romance without being CW-level cutsy-gross. And the fat positivity is superb. THIS is the body-positivity story that I want (not Julie Murphy's Dumplin').
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Swing by Alexander Kwame with Mary Rand Hess
When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they’ve got to find cool.
Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt’s Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt’s “Hug Life” mentality. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out?
At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized.
As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.
Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naïve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst - along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.
For all you Supernatural fans who can't get enough of the flannel-wearing, trenchcoat-sporting, and rugged looks of the Winchester brothers and Cas, I present to you this list of read-alikes from Bustle:
CW juggernaut Supernatural just aired its 300th episode during its 14th season on television. It goes without saying that this a huge milestone in the world of TV, where hitting syndication (typically 88 episodes, or about four seasons) is all that most programs can ask for. If you're not familiar with the premise, the show stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the Winchester brothers Sam and Dean — famed hunters of all things ghostly, demonic or otherwise evil — as they fight the bad guys, grapple with their pasts, and gift viewers with arguably one of the greatest family love stories to ever hit TV screens.
This is me after hearing about One Day at a Time's cancellation:
(Anyone else mourning?
Well, to help tide us over until we can find the next best thing to binge-watch, Bustle put together a list of read-alikes, and we have several of them! (And I've added a few more, too.)