Summer vacation has began for me and I am ready for the fun to begin. After I take my Driver’s Ed course I won’t need to think about school til August 20 something. While I was thinking about summer, I wondered what kind of books there are that I should read this summer, and some that you should read. Here are 5 books you should read this summer.
But first, what is summer? According to the Oxford Dictionary, summer is the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February.
Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Released: June 16, 2009
Pages: 383 (Hardcover)
Synopsis: It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.
Thoughts: I loved this book. This is my all time favorite Sarah Dessen book ever. I actually recommended it to many people not to long ago. This book has everything that you would ever need in a book. It is funny and sad at the same time and is really sweet. You get into a phase while you read and you don’t want to come out of it. The book is beautifully written, like most of her books, and is magical. Auden is such a lovable character, at least for me. She helped when she was needed and she practically did anything she was asked to do. For the most part. Eli just made her even better. When he brought his mom over to help with the baby, I totally fell in love with him too. Eli and Auden go on this adventure in the book which Dessen really seems to bring you into. The fights and the sleepless nights all make you feel like a character in the book, or this was a movie. To read the full review, click here.
Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released: May 5, 2009
Pages: 276 (Hardcover)
Synopsis: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Thoughts: Warning, you should buy all three books before you read this one. If you get into this book like I did, you will literally not put the book down and you will yell at Belly because of Jeremiah and Conrad. There will also be the moments when you are in love with them because they have their cute moments. They need to make this a movie one day.
Title: Amy nd Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released: May 4, 2010
Pages: 344 (Hardcover)
Synopsis: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
Thoughts: This book is amazing. It is everything you would ever want in a book. It has the emotion, the adventure, and the romance. Morgan Matson is already an amazing author so I wonder how she could get better. I saw that she could get better. I loved the fact that she actually took this trip before writing the book and involved pictures she took in the book. It made the book feel alot more personal and amazing!
Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released: June 14, 2012
Pages: 394 (Hardcover)
Synopsis: “One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
Thoughts: I loved this book. The character were so well devolved and had a great message. Jase seems like the guy every girl wants and I just feel in love with him. I had some trouble with the beginning but I got real interested when Jase and Samantha started dating. To read full review, click here.
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: May 13, 2014
Pages: 227 (Hardcover)
Synopsis: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Thoughts: That ending to this book will make you cry. Make you want to throw the book against the wall. You go into a world and the ending will make you second guess that. The plot is beautifully planned out and you can imagine everything that is happening. You fall in love with the character, but the tip is: DO NOT GET ATTACHED. You will see what I mean when you read this book.
Which books are planning on reading this summer? Any of these books on your list? What books do you think need to be on my list? Let me know your thought in the comments!
Stay Cool and Refreshed,