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Summer Reading List

As July comes to a close and we plan the last of our summer vacations, we wanted to share our favorite summer beach reads!

Poor Little Bitch Girl, Jackie Collins

There is nothing juicier than a Jackie Collins book, and this one in particular had our group of friends on the edge of their seats. Three twenty-something women, one hot rich guy, two mega movie stars, and a devastating murder: Poor Little Bitch Girl has it all. Denver Jones is a hotshot twenty-something attorney working in L.A. Carolyn Henderson is personal assistant to a powerful and very married Senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. And Annabelle Maestro—daughter of two movie stars—has carved out a career for herself in New York as the madame of choice for discerning famous men. The three of them went to high school together in Beverly Hills—and although Denver and Carolyn have kept in touch, Annabelle is out on her own with her cocaine addicted boyfriend, Frankie. A new, sexy, and explosive novel from perennial bestseller Jackie Collins.

Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand

LLScene is a little biased when it comes to an Elin Hilderbrand book because because of our love and passion for Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand books inspired Lindsey to summer on Nantucket back in 2012, and we can assure you that you will get the same itch reading Matchmaker. We completely identified with the main character, Dabney who also has a dedication to Nantucket unlike any other. She has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

#Girl Boss, Sophia Amoruso

We are regulars on Nasty Gal, so when founder & CEO, Sophia Amoruso came out with her own book about how she made it big, we were all over it. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. Find out how she went from there, to owning a $100 million plus online fashion retail company with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers. Needless to say we are inspired.

Beachcombers, Nancy Thayer

There's nothing better for a summer reading list than a book that takes place in a beach town in the heart of summer. This extraordinary novel centers on the bittersweet reunion of three captivating, very different sisters on the beach island they grew up on. Over the course of the summer, the sisters’ lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents. At summer’s end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices—and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

We tend to be a little impartial when our favorite books are turned into movies, but not when it comes to Gone Girl & Ben Affleck starring in the film. Gone Girl takes up the story of Nick and Amy Dunne's difficult marriage, which is floundering for several reasons. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Nick eventually becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance for various reasons. He used her money to start a business, increased her life insurance, and seems unemotional on camera and in the news.In the first part of the novel, the reader does not know whether Nick is guilty. The first half or so of the book is told in first person, alternately, by both Nick and Amy; Nick's perspective is from the present, and Amy's from the past by way of journal entries, which is one of the things we love most about it. In the second half of the novel, the reader sees that Amy and Nick are deceitful narrators and have not given all information. We all know that the books are always better than the movies, so if the trailer below doesn't cause you to run and purchase the book, we don't know what to tell you.

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