Summer is almost here (is it here yet? I’m not sure), and with the arrival of summer comes a lot of planning and plotting on my end with regard to what I want to read. I love to make lists. We know this. We also know that I love to make lists of books. In keeping with that theme, I thought I’d throw out some great reads for this summer. They’re arranged loosely by theme. Without further ado, here we go!
Beaches (Without the Depressing 80s-Movie Connotation)
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: Belly is finally turning 16 and hopes it will be the impetus that helps the boys at her summer house finally notice her. But nothing goes quite the way she hoped, and Belly discovers that growing up means dealing with heavier stuff.
- Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz: Chase spends every summer with his family at their beach house. Over the course of several summers, things change for everyone. This is the darkest timeline, y’all.
- Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: Anna and Frankie have 20 days in Zanzibar Bay to sun, have fun, and flirt. But both girls are recovering from the loss of Frankie’s brother, and each one has her own secrets.
- The Summer of Skinny-Dipping by Amanda Howells: Mia’s spending her summer in the Hamptons with her snooty cousins, and it looks to be pretty boring: until she meets the boy next door.
Exotic Locales (Because Anywhere’s Better Than Where You Are)
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: Ginny’s aunt left her a series of letters that form a sort of scavenger hunt around Europe, but they require her to come out of her shell and take a chance on life–and maybe even love.
- Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: When Bria decides to travel around South America, she’s met with doubt. When she ditches her tourist group to backpack with a group of young people, she discovers herself and rekindles her passion for art.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Anna’s spending her senior year at a school in Paris, and it’s there that she discovers the beauty of the city and the beauty of a boy–Etienne St. James.
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: On the night they all graduate, a group of teens roam the streets of Melbourne, finding and creating art and forging connections.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Karou, a mysterious blue-haired girl, finally discovers what sets her apart from everyone else. But can she handle the truth–and does she want to?
Road Trips…The Broke Girl’s Vacation
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington: A girl mourns the death of her sister and takes a cross-country road trip to California with her best friend and a cute, music-obsessed boy.
- The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour: After graduation, Colby and his female friends (who are also an all-girl band) take a trip to play some gigs and figure out life.
- In Honor by Jessi Kirby: After her brother dies while serving in Iraq, Honor travels across the country with his best friend in order to fulfill his last request.
- How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E. Lockhart: Three girls who each have their own secrets wind up on a crazy road trip through Florida where hijincks ensue and nothing is as it seems.
- Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John: Luke’s religious-themed book becomes a best-seller, and his publisher sends him on a road trip to promote it. But when his crush ends up on the trip, too, Luke just might learn a thing or two about loosening up, redefining faith, and having fun.
This Song Will Change Your Life
- Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John: Piper finds herself the manager of a local band. There’s only one problem: Piper is deaf. Can she help them make a name for themselves?
- Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy: Charlotte has always been content to sit in the background and write songs for her guy friends. But when a chance to sing arises and puts strain on her friendships, she has to decide what’s worth it–and what isn’t.
- Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway: When Audrey breaks up with her musician boyfriend, she doesn’t expect him to write a song about her. But he does, and when the song becomes a national sensation, she’s thrust into the spotlight.
- Sister Mischief by Laura Goode: Esme and her all-girl hip-hop group try to shake things up at their suburban high school, but they’re met with some resistance: the school decides to ban everything having to do with hip-hop culture. Can the girls prove that hip-hop is important–and has a place at their school?
- Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee: Retta Lee Jones can sing, and she moves to Nashville to prove it. Things don’t go exactly as planned, and she struggles to get by, all the while trying to make it as a singer.
Give Me Some Lovin’ (Straight Up Romance)
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: No one writes a romance like Perkins, and in this one, Lola struggles with her ongoing feelings for her former neighbor (who seems to be back) as well as her own identity.
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Samantha Reed has watched the Garretts next door for as long as she can remember. The summer before senior year, everything changes when she starts hanging out with Jase Garrett and gets invited into their loud, messy home.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Hadley’s on a plane to England to attend her father’s wedding when she meets the charming (and charmingly British) Oliver, and the two hit it off, big time. Is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve just met?
If that’s not enough for you, I don’t know what is. What do you think? Did I miss any genres or concepts? What are you looking forward to reading this summer?