GUYS. Joy’s Summer Love Playlist has been edited and it’s going into formatting as soon as I finish proofreading. OMGOMGOMG! Each step is as exciting as walking into Disneyland, like… it’s awesome!
Also, here is the GORGEOUS AND ADORABLE cover by artist Amelia Buff! She’s such an amazing person, y’all. I could not be more thrilled, not exaggerating!
Today, I am going to share some character profiles with you. You get to meet the five most impactful characters in the story. Some of this stuff isn’t going to be in the book, so think of it like a free ice cream with your dinner purchase 😉 Also, the theme songs are not necessarily the favorite song of each character, rather, they’re the vibe of the character as they relate to the story.
Theme Song: Young & Alive by Bazzi
Role in the story: Main Character
Nickname: Joy Bear (from Carson) & Almond Joy (from Cale)
Ethnic Heritage: German
Hair color: Dirty blonde
Eye color: Hazel
Unique feature: Freckles
Fashion sense: Mostly casual hand-me-downs with leggings, but sometimes flashy vintage
Movie: Greatest Showman
Food: Watermelon! But also BBQ ribs on the 4th of July
Color: Any of them, but bright and fun!
Thing about summer: Peacefully floating on top of the water in a pool or lake
Childhood memory: When she and her brother Carson found a “secret” pond while they were on a camping trip
Biggest Strength: Being authentic
Biggest Flaw: Trying to please everyone
Pet peeve: Being compared to her brother
What kind of person is your type? I wouldn’t say I have a “type” but I DEFINITELY stay away from Alpha Males. My brother is one. EW.
What do you want to be remembered for? Oh man, if I could be remembered for making an album or something, that would be my dream! But realistically, I just want my family to be proud of me.
What do you do in your spare time? Listen to music. Browse AirBnBs. Binge Netflix, like everyone else, I guess. I don’t have a ton of free time, actually.
What are your plans for summer? Show up at every one of Carson’s games. Hang out with Lena. Hopefully have a free night to go to karaoke with Cale. I need to find some way to earn money, too, but baseball eats up my schedule.
Theme Song: Sing It With Me by JP Cooper & Astrid S
Role in the story: Fake Boyfriend
Nickname: Cale Salad (courtesy of Joy)
Ethnic Heritage: African American
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Dark Brown
Unique feature: Long, flaily arms
Fashion sense: Loose, bright-colored T-shirts, shiny basketball shorts, immaculate tennis shoes
Movie: Anchorman (don’t tell his mom)
Food: Chili cheese fries
Color: Candy apple red
Thing about summer: CANNONBALLS!
Childhood memory: Winning a singing competition at an Independence Day Festival in the eighth grade
Biggest Strength: HILARITY (also easygoing)
Biggest Flaw: Afraid of confrontation
Passion/Hobby: Singing, and also Fortnite
Pet peeve: When people are super late
What kind of person is your type? All females are my type. This fella does not discriminate. Beauty is everywhere, my friends! I refuse to limit myself. Limiting Cale Thomas is futile!
What do you want to be remembered for? Winning seven hundred grammies in a row
What do you do in your spare time? Babysitting my kid sister, playing video games (shameless plug: find me on Twitch!!), pleasing the people.
What are your plans for summer? Literally every fun thing that’s available, but also my big sis is getting MARRIED (which is totally fun too but I had to single it out because of the EPICNESS, please don’t tell her I thought it wasn’t fun PLEASE DO A DUDE THIS FAVOR)
Theme Song: homecoming queen? by Kelsea Ballerini
Role in the story: Best Friend
Ethnic Heritage: Greek and Puerto Rican
Hair color: Black and sleek
Eye color: Green
Unique feature: Her eyes are an unusually light shade of green
Fashion sense: Designer, but mostly casual, leaning sexy
Movie: Legally Blonde
Food: Chocolate chip cookies
Thing about summer: How carefree it is
Childhood memory: When Jin and his mom were her guides to Seoul, South Korea
Biggest Strength: Thick-skinned
Biggest Flaw: Gets jealous easily
Pet peeve: When people can’t take a hint
What kind of person is your type? Um, attractive? I mean, I prefer if they aren’t jerks, but how can you date someone you aren’t attracted to?
What do you want to be remembered for? Ugh, do I really have to think about that right now?? I just want to be free of expectations for a few months. GOSH. (But maybe a badass politician.)
What do you do in your spare time? I like shopping, spa days, cheerleading during the school year. And dating, but lately that’s been BO-RING.
What are your plans for summer? My family is going to Italy in June, and then… I don’t know. Just chill out, probably. Joy said she wants to take me to the State Fair, but I’m not sure how I feel about inhaling all that dust and riding rickety rides. She swears the funnel cake is worth it, though…
Theme Song: Magic (I the Ai Rework) by Juniper Vale
Role in the story: Off-Limits Charmer
Nickname: “Jin” (pronounced “gene”) is his nickname. “Woo-Jin” is his birth name.
Ethnic Heritage: Korean American
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Unique feature: Dreamy smile with feminine lips
Fashion sense: White T-Shirt and blue jeans, almost exclusively
Food: Jasmine tea… but if you’re strict and it must be food, donuts
Color: Black and white
Thing about summer: Warm nights, crisp mornings
Childhood memory: When he got a fishing rod for Christmas, because it meant spending more time with his dad, who was always busy with work
Biggest Strength: Self-confident
Biggest Flaw: Wants to believe that people are honest, even though he knows they aren’t always
Pet peeve: All talk, no action
What kind of person is your type? The confident type. I don’t like “typing” people. If we get along, I don’t really care about the other stuff. But confidence is sexy.
What do you want to be remembered for? I don’t need to be remembered, but I do want to make an impact for people who are less privileged or deserving of a better life. And I want to be a good dad, like mine.
What do you do in your spare time? I translate a lot right now. It’s interesting to get phrasing correct in Korean and English, so it’s fun sometimes. But I’m studying law so it’s not always that exciting.
What are your plans for summer? I have a couple of academic things I’d like to get done. Some big future decisions to make. But when I can, I want to get in the sun. I’m also traveling a bit with my parents, so that’ll be a nice change of pace.
Theme Song: You should be sad by Halsey
Role in the story: Older Brother
Nickname: Racecar (from Joy)
Ethnic Heritage: German
Hair color: Copper/Reddish Brown
Eye color: Light Brown
Unique feature: Medium-length spiral curls
Fashion sense: Cotton. Sometimes he forgoes a shirt.
Movie: Field of Dreams
Food: Peanut butter protein shake
Color: Navy blue
Thing about summer: Lots of games
Childhood memory: When his dad came to his little league game and he hit a home run that won the game, and then went to a pizza place after
Biggest Strength: Good sport
Biggest Flaw: Short fuse, big bang
Passion/Hobby: Baseball, specifically pitching
Pet peeve: Liars
What kind of person is your type? I like girls with pretty eyes, long hair, curvy in the right way, if you know what I mean 😉 Feminine girls are great, it’s hot when they’re kinda fiery. Little and cute works too.
What do you want to be remembered for? A plaque in Cooperstown.
What do you do in your spare time? Practice or work out.
What are your plans for summer? Games and practice. Not much better than that.
There you have it! What do you think? I’d love to know!