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As soon as I saw the topic for this week’s list, I couldn’t help but smile *pun intended.* Usually, the books that make me smile are ones that don’t put my heart through the wringer and choose to give me a happy ending that’s full of banter and lovable characters. These were the first book that came to mind and made me smile.
1. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: All you have to do is just mention Michael and you’re guaranteed to put a smile on this readers face. It’s a tender and heartwarming romance between two of the most endearing characters you’ll ever encounter. I dare you not to smile while reading the book.
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2. The Deal by Elle Kennedy: This is the book to read if you want laugh out loud moments courtesy of one of the most entertaining friendship groups I’ve ever encountered. The Deal is a straight-up romance, but the banter between Garrett, his friends, and Hannah was just pure gold.
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3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: This book gets a mention for two reasons. To start, it was one of my first forays into contemporary YA fiction, so the nostalgia is real. Second, the slow-burn romance just feels so innocent.
4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: Truthfully, any Morgan Matson book would fit the brief. Her books are a summer staple and have plenty of character. The Unexpected Everything gets the spotlight purely because of the summer plans gone amiss, the shenanigans of dog-walking, and our delightfully awkward author Clark. It’s just an all-round fun reading experience.
Related Post: The Unexpected Everything Review
5. The Scorpio Races by Maggies Stiefvater: This one gets a mention because of its atmosphere and quirky personality. This is such an immersive reading experience and the inhabitants on the island of Thisby are such an eccentric bunch. The Scorpio Races themselves are magical and captivating. It’s such a wonderful book that I smile thinking about it.
6. Boomerang by Noelle August: This book does not get the attention it deserves. Boomerang is low on drama and takes place within a dating website company with our leads vying against each other for the last open position at the company. Coupled with their rivalry are the sizzling tension, brilliant banter, and a whole lot of fun.
7. Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen: Who doesn’t want to read about a grumpy farmer and bubble aspiring chef falling in love? The personality clashes between these two make for great banter, but also highlight just how well they balance each other out. Factor in the Vermont setting, a cider-making business, and a lovable cast of characters, and you can’t help but smile.