Joy for Beginners has Summer Read written all over it. Six friends come together to rejoice in their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. At the gathering, Kate offers a challenge: She will attempt to do something which has always frightened her, but her friends must also take on a task that frightens them, a task she will assign. I delighted in this book. It combined elements that I love to find in books: happiness, friendship, challenges, facing-your-fears. Great summer read.