My favorite newsletter provided yet another great summer read! Shelf Awareness has been a godsend when it comes to recommendations and highlights of upcoming new releases.
A little over a month ago I got a small little package delivered to my door, right before my work trip to Miami. I was ecstatic since it was a book I was looking forward to reading and looked like a perfect book to take on my trip.
“Local Girls” is the perfect beach read. It reminds you of that awkward summer when you struggled with no longer being a child but you’re not yet ready to grow up.
The three main characters; Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina are a odd mix of girls who have been friends for so long, that as they’ve gotten older seem to have forgotten why they ever became friends.
As I was sun bathing on the white sands in the Florida Keys, I was fully engaged as the stories flipped between their younger days, of the wild pranks and mischief to the real world, drinking underage at the local bar with their favorite celebrity.
While the book takes places in middle Florida, I kept flashing back to my own summers struggling with wanting to leave my childhood, but unsure of what lied ahead.
Read an excerpt about the book: (From Amazon.com)
Passing through Orlando, Sam Decker comes to The Shamrock seeking anonymity, but finds Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina instead. Obsessed with celebrity magazines that allow them a taste of the better lives they might have had, the girls revel in his company. But the appearance of Lila, the estranged former member of the girls’ group, turns the focus to their shared history, bringing all their old antagonisms to the surface—Lila’s defection to Orlando’s country club school when her father came into some money, and the strange, enchanting boy she brought into their circle, who fundamentally altered dynamics that had been in play for years. By the night’s end, the escalation of these long-buried issues forces them to see one another as the women they are now instead of the girls they used to be.
Needless to say that I finished this book way before I flew back, leaving me with nothing to read on the plane.
You can check “Local Girls” out here!