A summer romance and a second chance at true love? Count us in! In case you haven’t heard, we at THP are suckers for a sweet YA romance. And we can’t think of a better way to enjoy the soon-to-be warmer weather than with Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s latest novel, Never Vacation With Your Ex!
The two authors are a real-life couple, and we love that they even have a ship name: Wibbroka! Never Vacation With Your Ex is their sixth YA novel together. And for the record, we will put the other Wibbroka books on our TBR.
We could go on and on about how much we enjoyed reading Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s Never Vacation With Your Ex. But we’ll save you the speech and give you our top three reasons why you should read it!
Summary: Seventeen-year-old volleyball star Kaylee Jordan lives a life of player rankings, constant training, and a carefully curated social media full of followers watching to see if she’ll go pro out of high school like her famous mom. Her one refuge, and the thing she looks forward to every summer? The vacation her family spends in Malibu with the Freeman-Yus. This year, there’s only one problem: Kaylee and their son, Dean, dated for the past three months, and Kaylee just unceremoniously dumped him.
Hoping to spare them the worst summer ever, Kaylee comes to Dean with her unconventional solution: she’s going to walk him through her rules for getting over an ex. When Dean grudgingly cooperates, Kaylee’s got her work cut out for her. But helping Dean follow her own rules starts becoming difficult when the pressures of Kaylee’s family legacy and perfect life start to feel less like a plan and more like a prison…and amid warm California nights and stolen laughs, Kaylee feels herself falling for Dean for the same reasons and some new ones. With their trip coming to an end, Kaylee has to make the complicated choice between doing what’s expected and taking a (second) chance on love.
The Fast Pacing
If you’re like us, you’ll be pleased to know that Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s Never Vacation With Your Ex is a quick read! The novel made it easy for us to zoom through each chapter. And the straightforward plot didn’t dwell too much on events not involving our main characters. It gave us enough details to get the message and wrap up the conflict very nicely! Plus, there’s even a brief epilogue that gives us hope for the future of our main couple, which we can always appreciate.
The Swoonworthy Love Interest
We know what you’re wondering: how’s the ex-boyfriend/main love interest? And let’s say we’ve been taking notes on how to flirt from Dean Freeman-Yu. We kept giggling and kicking our feet. But then again, when have we not fallen for the love interest in a YA romance? Dean is so charming and knows how to make Kaylee feel special. The California beach setting and a lively wedding definitely set the romantic getaway mood. We knew it was game over for Kaylee.
It’s Lighthearted And Fun
While there is some drama between our love interests and their families, the story doesn’t get too angsty. Never Vacation With Your Ex dives into commitment issues, perfectionism, and societal pressures young athletes often face. But we also get a lot of comedic relief from Dean, his sisters, and the dads of both families. It’s a super enjoyable novel overall. And it’s taught us to love while we’re in the moment, without worrying about failing.
With springtime here and summer on the horizon, it’s time to put together our reading lists for the longer days. We’re already planning on rereading Never Vacation With Your Ex while we’re at the beach ourselves!
Never Vacation With Your Ex by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka is out April 4th and is available for pre-order right here!
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