Summer Reads Poll 2021 Winner

We received hundreds of thousands of votes and are excited to announce that our winner is…The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz!

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising novelist; today, he’s teaching at a third-rate MFA program. When his most arrogant student announces he doesn’t need help because the plot of his book-in-progress is a “sure thing,” Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast. But then he hears the plot. Years later, Jake discovers that his former student has died, so he steals the plot and writes the book himself. He is at the height of his glorious new life when an email arrives, the first in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief.

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This year’s contest was incredibly close. Thank you to all of our 2021 Summer Reads finalists, and be sure to check out their books below!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex are two best friends who every summer for ten years have taken a glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything and haven’t spoken since. Poppy decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together – and now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship, and the age-old question:Can men and women ever be “just friends?”

Razorblade Tears by S.A. COSBY

Ike and Buddy Lee are ex-cons with little else in common other than their criminal past and the violent loss of their two sons. When it becomes clear that the local police will not be solving their sons’ murders, they band together to find who is responsible – and in their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys. 

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train, Jane. Soon August discovers that her subway crush doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker – she’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s. The impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner, known also as musician Japanese Breakfast, writes with humor and heart about growing up one of the few Asian American kids in her hometown, of her relationship with her mother, and of their treasured time spent in Seoul, where they would bond over heaping plates of food. But as Michelle grew up, her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, until her mother’s cancer diagnosis forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

The story of the rise and fall of a 1970s rock & roll duo, Opal & Nev, and the dark secret at the center of their fame. Opal is a fierce Afro-punk queen from Detroit, and when quirky British songwriter, Nev, asks her to team-up, they make music unlike anything ever heard before. Decades later, as Opal considers a reunion with Nev, a music journalist uncovers a new allegation that threatens to blow up everything.


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