Meg Cabot’s 2020 summer reads

Adrian Liang on August 31, 2020

Meg Cabot’s 2020 summer reads

Summer is still here, folks—and Meg Cabot has five great reading recommendations for keeping that summer spirit alive.

In the summer as a kid I used to escape into the cool shade of my backyard with whatever mystery novel or romance I could get my hands on. Many things have changed now, but not that—except that now I read in my own backyard, on a float in my pool, or, on rainy days, inside on the couch. But I still turn to mystery or romance to escape. Mysteries give me a sense of satisfaction at seeing criminals brought to justice, while romances offer hope and a happily-ever-after. Here are some books I’ve read this summer that I think give readers all three. —Meg Cabot

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

I’m a sucker for any book set on a film or television set and Alexis Daria does those so well. This one features an ex-telenovela hero who is yearning to go mainstream (but not at the risk of exposing his secret) and a Latina heroine who wants only one thing—to be a leading lady. Deliciously satisfying.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Who doesn’t love a fake relationship? But this one features a “cinnamon roll” hero (ex-rugby player on the outside, gooey romantic on the inside) and a witty Black professor heroine who is just fine with pretending to date him—for a worthy cause.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole kept me turning the pages way past bedtime with this one: Something is wrong in Sydney Green’s beloved Brooklyn neighborhood. With the help of suspiciously charming new neighbor Theo, she might get to the bottom of it—or get killed trying. I have no fingernails left, and it’s Alyssa Cole’s fault.

Vanishing Falls by Poppy Gee

I’m always in the mood for a good mystery and Vanishing Falls not only delivers a great one, but a narrator with mysteries of her own—all set in the lush landscape of Tasmania (a place I’ve never visited but now feel as if I had)!

The Legal Affair by Nisha Sharma

Nobody does Indian-family drama quite like Nisha Sharma. Throw in big business intrigue, tons of romance, puppies, and North Indian cuisine (spicy chole bhature, anyone?) and you’ve got a sizzlingly hot escape read.

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