I think innocent crushes are natural for most people, but for a romantic like me they are abundant. In this celebrity and media crazed world it’s practically impossible not to crush on the beautiful people we see every day. That sexy smirk of Robert Downey Jr. or the crystal blue eyes of Bradley Cooper or Jake Gyllenhaal or Zac Efron (can you tell I got carried away on Google Images of blue-eyed celebrities??).
However, the crushes I want to talk about aren’t on the screen, but between the pages. While these men might be gorgeous, it isn’t their looks that make our hearts beat double-time. It’s how they fall utterly and irrecoverably in love with their heroine. It’s how they try to protect their own heart, but give it freely in the end. It’s all the little moments their heroine doesn’t see and the few they do. After I read a book I usually have this moment where I sigh and just bask in everything I’ve just read. Sometimes it even takes me a day or two to move away from the world I’d just immersed myself in, but this time I fell so hard for a hero that even a year later I can still think of him and get a goofy grin on my lips. I’m talking about the Young Adult novels in the Summer Series by Jenny Han – The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer. And all I can say is…Conrad!!!! *insert sigh and dreamy expression here*
Before he even physically appeared on the page I was in love with him. When Belly said she wanted to make him hers, I was hooked (which is work of a talented author) and I wasn’t going to stop reading until I knew what was going to happen. I read all three books in less than two days. There were several things throughout the three books that just made me fall more and more in love with him. I don’t want to be spoilery so I’ll just say if you haven’t read this series, do it! They are great summer beach reads and I just might have to reread them on my upcoming beach vacation. Or maybe I’ll just have to read them now…le sigh.