Young Adult Books to Get Your Summer Started

Gleidis’s Pen

June 18, 2020

Summer is finally here, and although most of the world is still in quarantine and with no possibility of road trips, beaches, or summer concerts, that does not mean you can’t welcome the season and enjoy it from home. Here are some books to help you enjoy your much-needed summer break without stepping outside.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Clara Shin is a sarcastic, too cool for school kind of girl, who plans to spend the summer abroad with her influencer mom. At least that was the plan until she takes a prank a little too far and is grounded by her father. Now Clara is stuck working for her father’s food truck “The Kobra” with her enemy Rose Carver, and this cute guy Hamlet, that of course she doesn’t like.

Perks: You’ll get to know about Korean and Brazilian food so get ready to get hungry a lot while reading this one.

Effortless With You by Lizzy Charles

School is out and Lucy’s plan is to spend her summer by the pool, and going to parties with her boyfriend and her best friend, but unfortunately for her, sneaking out of her house to go to a party is the kind of thing that can get you in trouble, so now Lucy has a job. Painting houses with Justin, the school’s most popular guy, and a certified jerk, at least according to her.

Perks: Although a summer read, this book handles topics like bullying and depression in a very serious way.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Samantha Reed is the daughter of a politician whose life has been mapped out for her, yet there’s one thing that is hers and hers only, and that is the Garrets. The Garrets 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 Jase Garret climbs up next to her and changes everything.

Perks: Everything from Jase being the perfect book boyfriend, to his little brother George that is simply adorable, and Samantha’s friend Tim.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson just graduated High School and is about to spend a dream summer with her divorced father, yet when he picks her up, he doesn’t take her to his apartment, but to a house where his fiancée and her kids live.  A fiancé Whitley didn’t even know about. And the cherry on top? One of the fiancée’s son is Whitley’s one night stand from graduation night.

Perks: If you are more cynical than cute this might be a good book for you, and living this frustrating summer with Whitley might teach you how to let others in.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, John Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

This is the ultimate summer collection, from modern romance to Sci-Fi, you’ll get to read 12 different summer stories with characters you’ll be rooting for from beginning to end.

Perks: Aside from all the amazing writers here, this collection is the sister of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. You know, in case you want to start making your holiday’s books list too.

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