Must-read: A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci

Aug 9, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Maria Geraci's back with another smart and funny novel, A Girl Like You. With a heroine who we can all relate to, Geraci's latest is the perfect book to round out your summer must-read list.

A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci

Maria Geraci's novels, Bunco Babes Tell All, Bunco Babes Gone Wild, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, and her latest, A Girl Like You, can all be described as the ultimate escape.

Geraci's books are so addictive that once you've begun reading, you'll find yourself lost for hours in her heartwarming stories about flawed yet lovable characters. Readers can see themselves in Geraci's heroines, making her books all the more appealing.

Imagine having the confidence to pursue a handsome man (your boss even!) only to lose it instantly when you overhear someone refer to you as "ugly." For most women, the premise of A Girl Like You will resonate as you'll be hard-pressed to find any female who looks in the mirror and is completely satisfied.

In Geraci's novel, it's journalist Emma Frazier who feels she had a chance with her good-looking boss, Ben Gallagher, until she overhears an acquaintance refer to her as the "ugly friend." Although her self-esteem is practically nonexistent after she overhears this heartbreaking conversation, she's still determined to show Gallagher what she's made of professionally. She tells her boss she can get an exclusive interview with a NASCAR great, Trip Monroe.

Emma and Trip have a history -- they went to high school together. And although they haven't laid eyes on each other or spoken in well over a decade, she's still confident she can score the interview. But getting the interview means going back home to her small town. When she arrives, she's forced to face her past in a way she hadn't considered. Emma also meets someone who stirs up romantic feelings inside of her that make her question everything, including her crush on her boss. Emma's journey quickly becomes more about discovering who she really is -- and who she wants to be -- than a mission to secure an interview with a star.

A sweet story about accepting yourself for who you are, A Girl Like You should be on your must-read list before summer ends.

Read an excerpt of A Girl Like Youhere >>

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