Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor
Summary via Goodreads:
If Kate were Lady Brett Ashley, the devastating heroine of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, she’d spend her summers careering around the Riviera in her coup, breaking hearts by the dozen–because why not? In reality, Kate’s never even had a boyfriend, and she’ll be spending the summer abetting her mom’s lame ploy to make her dad jealous: running off to Cape Cod and crashing at the seaside home of her wealthy friends, the Cooper-Melnicks. To add to the shame, the Cooper-Melnicks’ gorgeous daughter is a bit like Lady Brett, and she seems less than thrilled to hang out with her new house guest. Any dreams Kate once had of a perfect summer are ruined.
That is, until Sarah’s cute, witty friend Adam starts drawing Kate into the fold–and seems intrigued. With Adam around, Kate feels like she just might have a bit of heart-breaker potential after all. But when a breezy summer romance quickly grows more complicated, can Kate keep pretending her relationship with Adam is just a carefree fling? Or will she take the risk and tell him her real feelings? Suddenly Kate is asking herself a question she thought she’d never stoop to: Is she girlfriend material?
First of all, I think the plot synopsis is pretty bit misleading. After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t help but think that maybe this Kate is some desperate, fragile and troubled girl.
Kate is NOT like that at all. She’s a sweet, fun and totally relatable girl who just wants to have a happy normal family. I find the story simple yet captivating. Melissa Kantor is one of those authors who make me feel comfortable in her writing. She writes flawlessly and can make her reader’s not just enjoy the story but also feel for the characters which is one of things that is crucial for me to thoroughly love the story.
I think everyone could relate to this book since it tackles common issues on a normal teenager’s life: family problems, friendship issues and the never-ending boy dilemma. There’s right amount of drama that makes me sympathize for Kate, right amount of friendship and right amount of romance where I couldn’t help but fall inlove with Kate and Adam.
Girlfriend Material is a sweet and captivating summer read with genuine feelings and characters. If only I read this before our summer season, I would’ve loved to grab this book and bring it along with me because it’s a perfect summer read.
I highly recommend this to all YA Contemps fans.