Self care is essential to help us from feeling run down. If you are in major need of some R&R, why not escape for an hour or two? No need to check in to an expensive spa. Just pack your beach blanket, a raspberry-mint infused water and a sizzling summer read. Whether you’re on the beach, in a grassy park or your own backyard, Summer is the best time to indulge in some easy, fun chick lit. But the books have to be spicy and these three will definitely not disappoint!
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
Holy. Shit. This memoir of marriage and betrayal will shake you to your core, challenging everything you ever thought you knew about relationships and human behavior. Jen Waite bravely shares her honest and raw account of deception by the person she trusted the most-her husband. After the birth of their daughter, she finds an email that sends her down a path of his lies and double life. Did she ever really know the person whom she thought was her soulmate for the past 5 years? What is truly disturbing is her discovery that his behavior and personality traits fit the definition of a psychopath. I literally could not put this book down. Hence, I had to give it a 4 heart rating. I have such respect and admiration for the author who is using her experience to help other women in her situation. She is currently applying to graduate school to become a licensed therapist, specializing in recovery from psychopathic relationships. Way to make lemonade, girl.
Chemistry By Weike Wang
This was an interesting read about a Chemistry PhD student’s seeming breakdown, that is actually more of an awakening. Through abstract and sometimes humorous snippets of her experiences in love and chemistry, we begin to understand more about the guarded main character. We learn how her Chinese culture, complex relationship with her parents, and the pressure she puts on herself impacts her current relationship. Science was always my worst subject in school, but this is love story, so I was hooked. It’s a quick summer read with only 211 pages, so you can finish it before you have to reapply sunscreen.
Luckiest Girl Alive By Jessica Knoll
Yes. Yes. Yes. You will want to read this thriller that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with its twists and turns. Jessica Knoll is an extremely detailed and talented writer. The main character, Ani FaNelli leads a glamorous life in NYC with the perfect fiance and writing job at a magazine. Despite this, she can’t run from her past traumas as we see her pent up feelings come to the surface. This is going to sound cliche, but this is a riveting story, especially since it’s loosely based on the author’s actual experience. I devoured this book in 3 days. Pick up a copy, you’ll thank you me later.