Forget the solstice: Summer wasn’t officially until you read Elin Hilderbrand’s latest #1 beach on USA TODAY bestseller list. “The Nantucket Hotel” (Little, Brown, 416 pp.) is Hilderbrand’s second number; She previously reached number one in the summer of 2019 with the song “Summer 69”. A summer staple since 2008, and recent bestsellers by Hilderbrand’s “Golden Girl” and “28 Summers” for 2020.
In The Hotel Nantucket, hotel manager Kizbet Keaton, up to date with a bad breakup, struggles to revive the faltering storied business — and write her own second act. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised the book, saying, “Honestly, who needs a Nantucket. It could hardly be more fun than this book.”
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More summer romance
Jenny Han’s young novel “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 304 pp.) got a sales boost from Amazon Prime after its June 17 premiere of the series of the same name — as did all books in Triple. Season 2 has already been greenlit, according to Deadline.
This is the second time that the young author’s novels have been turned into a series. Han previously saw a surge in sales in 2018 when “To All the Boys I Loved Before” was turned into a Netflix series.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” climbed to number nine on this week’s list, followed by “Not Summer Without You” at number 18, then “We’ll Always Spend Summer” at number 26 and “The Whole Summer That Turned into a Beautiful Trilogy” at number 126.
The trilogy follows Belly, a young woman spending the summer at a beach house with family friends, including brothers Jeremiah and Conrad, who for Belly fall somewhere between good friends and crushes. This summer, everything changes for Bly, including her relationships with Jeremiah, Conrad, and herself.
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Readers love Jenny Mullen’s “City of Likes”
Writer, actress, and Instagram influencer Jenny Mullen’s first feature work, “The City of Likes” (NcelleBooks, 266 pages), took 83rd place on this week’s list. Although not as literal as her non-fiction books I Like You Just The Way I Do and Live Fast Die Hut, the novel is heavily influenced by Mullen’s life.
The novel chronicles the life of copywriter Meg Chernoff, whose world is turned upside down and slapped with a blue check after she meets Daphne Cole, an influential mother of a girl, who takes Meg under her wing and welcomes her to the unbridled physical side of Instagram influence.
While “City of Likes” is a work of fiction, it is influenced by the industry that surrounds Mullen and includes a lot of detail about the influence’s real-life works.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Mullen said she really wanted to write about the things she saw, “but if I wrote about this, I’d be kicked out of town.” So, I turned to the novel because, she says, “I said to myself, ‘If I don’t write about this, I will be.'”
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Contributing: Barbara Vandenberg, Hana Yachroff, USA TODAY