They have a love-hate relationship with summer.
Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.
But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note—Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy—the woman who kicked them out.
Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.
I stopped everything I was doing to read this on Valentine’s Day because I just needed something lovely and romancey and I! Was! Not! Disappointed!
♥ Sidney and Asher have been pranking each other for years, and these are not silly little harmless pranks. These are Kool-Aid in the shower, mayonnaise covering the floor, dead fish under the bed kind of pranks that leave them constantly on edge around each other. Their parents are the best of friends, but Asher and Sidney merely tolerate each other, until they team up for a couple huge pranks and start hanging out together more.
♥ The twin POVs are excellent here, because you really need to know what’s going in both of their heads all the time to really round out the story. There are also some truly excellent flashbacks showing us how they got there and how they maybe could have been friends once upon a time.
♥ The summer ended faster than I anticipated, but that’s only because the story moved them both to the same college! We get to see a lot of them in college, and they spend a lot of time growing there–Sidney especially.
“The list of things either of us could apologize for is long.”
“Ask me how much I hate you right now.”
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.
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