28-Word Summaries for the Shortest Month of the Year

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

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We know you’re feeling it too. How is it already the end of February? Well we’re not ready to say goodbye to it just yet. To close out the shortest month of the year, we’ve created 28-word summaries for some of our favorite books.


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Willem and JB and Malcolm and Jude are four New England college graduates making a life for themselves in New York. Time tests all relationships. Love is flexible.


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is analytical and science-minded. Daniel is a dreamer and poet. Their lives intersect in Times Square and everything changes. Can they convince each other they’re in love?


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Bennet catches the eye of the boy next door, who just happens to own Pemberly. Yes, that Pemberly. Bye, Darcy.



Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Tess felt like her life began the moment she moved to New York. Life begins at twenty-two when you have a voracious appetite for food, wine, and experience.


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan refuses to grow up. Captain Hook couldn’t grow up fast enough. They’re each other’s perfect rival. Tick tock, Lost Boys. It’s time to swim with mermaids.


The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

Political ambition can really take the romance out of a marriage. Jealousy can really wreck a friendship. Hey, Beth. Remind me again what your security clearance level is?



The Assistants by Camille Perri

Don’t freak out but Tina accidentally reimbursed herself enough company money to pay off her student loans. But it was a one-time thing. That’s what she tells herself.


The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang

Her newly bankrupt dad, aspiring stand-up brother, fashion blogger sister, and stepmother (named after Barbra Striesand, natch) are driving cross country to live with her. Godspeed, Saina Wang.


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

A hilarious retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel, made better by a Cincinnati setting and a Bachelor-equivalent reality TV alumnus. Pride and Prejudice, but with hate sex.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

So much happens in the email inboxes of Microsoft employees and Seattle private school parents. It’s enough to drive a person mad. No wonder Bernadette had to go.