Forget the solstice: It’s not officially summer until Elin Hilderbrand’s latest beach read hits No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. “The Hotel Nantucket” (Little, Brown, 416 pp.) Is Hilderbrand’s second No. 1; she previously reached the top spot in the summer of 2019 with “Summer of ’69.” Summer staple since 2008, Hilderbrand’s other recent bestsellers include “Golden Girl” and 2020’s “28 Summers.”
In “The Hotel Nantucket,” hotel manager Kizbet Keaton, fresh off a bad breakup, struggles to revive the storied but struggling business – and to write her own second act. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised the book, saying, “Honestly, who needs Nantucket. It could hardly be more fun than this book.”
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More summer romance
Jenny Han’s young adult 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 the books in the trilogy. A second season has already been green-lit, according to Deadline.
This is the second time the author’s young adult novels have been turned into a series; Han previously saw a sales spike in 2018 when “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was turned into a series by Netflix.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” rose to No. 9 on this week’s list, followed by “It’s Not Summer Without You” at No. 18, “We’ll Always Have Summer” at No. 26 and “The Complete Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy” at No. 126.
The trilogy follows Belly, a young woman who spends her summers at a beach house with family friends, including brothers Jeremiah and Conrad, who for Belly fall somewhere between good friends and crushes. This summer is one where everything changes for Belly, including her relationships with Jeremiah, Conrad and herself.
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Readers like Jenny Mollen’s ‘City of Likes’
Writer, actress and Instagram influencer Jenny Mollen’s first work of fiction, “City of Likes” (NacelleBooks, 266 pp.), Debuts at No. 83 on this week’s list. While not as literal as her nonfiction books “I Like You Just the Way I Am” and “Live Fast Die Hot,” the novel is heavily influenced by Mollen’s life.
The novel chronicles the life of copywriter Meg Chernoff, whose world is flipped upside down and slapped with a blue check after she meets Daphne Cole, an It-girl mommy influencer who takes Meg under her wing and welcomes her to the wild, materialistic side of Instagram influencing.
While “City of Likes” is a work of fiction, it’s influenced by the industry that surrounds Mollen and includes plenty of details about the real-life business of influencing.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Mollen says she really wanted to write about the things she witnessed, “but if I write about this, I’m gonna be driven out of town. ‘” So, she turned to fiction because, she says , “I thought to myself, ‘If I do not write about this, I’m gonna become it.'”
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Contributing: Barbara VanDenburgh, Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY