Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for

The Summer of Perfect Mistakes
 by Cynthia St. Aubin
Published by Afterglow Books by Harlequin on June 25, 2024
Age/Genres: Contemporary, Romance

An achingly authentic, emotional summer romance about learning to color outside the lines.

You can’t have the breakthrough without the breakdown…

No one in Spring Valley recognizes Lark Woodley anymore. They only remember who she used to be. Homecoming queen. Valedictorian. And one half of Spring Valley High’s golden couple. But Lark knows that her once-perfect life wasn’t really perfect. Hell, it wasn’t even her. And in one evening, she lost it…and that perfect girl is gone forever.

Now Lark’s trying to put the fragile pieces back together, with no idea of where to start. She’s only a faint sketch of the person she was, with blurry, tentative lines—and under the constant scrutiny of her overbearing parents. The only bright spot in her life is a community art class taught by Nick Hoffman, the esoteric and unreasonably hot guy from high school. And he’s not interested in a “perfect” Lark at all…

Suddenly Lark’s world is taking shape and the colors are growing more vibrant, from afternoon margaritas with Southern-fried divorcées to late-night apple pie with chocolate ice cream and an increasingly spicy situationship with Nick.

But what she’s found comes with a “best before summer’s end” expiration date. And Lark doesn’t know if she can ever truly let go of aiming for perfect…

You can't see it, but this is labeled as a romantic comedy. That synopsis does NOT elude to rom-com, but what is there appeals to me. I love the idea of Lark rebuilding her life and finally having the opportunity to be her true self. It sounds like this will not be an easy personal journey, but I think it will be a good one. 

What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!


  1. Hmm, not totally sure I get rom-com from that blurb, but it definitely sounds like Lark has a lot to figure out!

    1. Right? Still sounds like it could be a good one.

  2. Wow, I already sympathize with Lark and whatever she went through that changed her and made her lose her spark. Hope you'll love this one!

  3. Indeed the synopsis doesn't screem romcom but I too love the sound of it!

    1. I have no idea why that label was slapped on there, but maybe it's funnier than the synopsis makes it seem. Who knows

  4. I read the synopsis and then your comments. I definitely can't see how the rom-com tag can be applied here. I'm definitely curious to hear your thoughts after you read it!

  5. Um... romantic comedy??? "An achingly authentic, emotional summer romance about learning to color outside the lines." does not sound like romantic comedy. I hate that the pub is doing that to this book because it sounds like a wonderful read and tagging it a romantic comedy if it's not really one may end up tanking some reading experiences and reviews. I'm glad I read the blurb before hearing that.

    1. Glad it's not just me that is questioning the rom-com label. I could be wrong, or maybe my definition is wrong?

  6. I don't get a romcom vibe from this either. I will be waiting to see what you think when you read it, Sam.