The Boys of Summer with Chelsey Philpot



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Hello Readers!

And welcome to another edition of The Boys of Summer! Today is an extra special day – today I am featuring a post by a new found favorite author — Chelsey Philpot. After reading Chelsey’s debut, Even in Paradise, I knew I had to feature her as part of the Boys of Summer feature. For more information about Chelsey and her books, make sure to check her out.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this fabulous post she has put together!


Swoony Summer Reading

A summer fling might last a few months, but a summer relationship with a book, it turns out, lasts forever.

There are certain books that are as much a part of my summer-time memories as fireworks, crushes, chocolate ice cream, and sleep-away camp.

The list below is an eclectic and random selection of some of my favorite “swoony” summer reads.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Read the book then watch the movie, which was directed by Blume’s son Lawrence Blume.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Okay, so I have two Judy Blume books on the list and Summer Sisters is more of a friendship story than a romance, but I still consider it an essential part of summer. My paperback copy is torn and tattered from so many re-readings.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie, Patrick, and Sam will always have a special place in my heart. If you don’t know whom I’m talking about, get to a library immediately!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I told you this was going to be a strange list. But Gatsby does have all the elements of a swoony summer read: parties, glamorous settings, mystery, and a doomed romance.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

If you grew up during a certain era (the ’80s), then you, too, have probably read the story of Westley and Buttercup many, many times and can recite much of the 1987 movie with little prompting.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

I walked around in a daze after reading Márquez’s epic, magical romance for the first time.

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

This one’s a heartbreaker, but so worth the tears.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Nelson’s YA debut should come with a box of tissues—her characters and writing are that lovely and affecting.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Henry and Clare’s love doesn’t just endure the test of time—it overcomes the test of time travel. My sisters and I passed Niffenegger’s debut back and forth until the pages were stained with tears and coffee.

“Sweet Valley High” series by Francine Pascal

The SVH books are pretty much mini soap operas—and I think I’ve read each and every one of them.


I don’t know about you, but I personally want to run out and read all of these books that Chelsey has suggested here! Such a great post, and I’m so happy to have shared it with everyone! I hope you loved it as much as I did, dear readers!

A big THANK YOU to author Chelsey Philpot for taking time out of her busy schedule to write up this post for me. It seriously means a lot to me! And again, for all of your Chelsey Philpot information, be sure to check her out online, dear readers!