Summer Reads

Sure, fine, maybe on the calendar it’s December. But in a book, it can be any season you want. So how about… summer? Stay warm with these summer reads. (And maybe a blanket.)

That Summer by Sarah DessenOyMG by Amy Fellner DominyEvery Little Thing in the World by Nina de GramontAn Abundance of Katherines by John GreenDramarama by E. LockhartThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

  • Bell, Cathleen Davitt. Little Blog on the Prairie.
    Thirteen-year-old Genevieve’s summer at a frontier family history camp in Laramie, Wyoming, with her parents and brother is filled with surprises, which she reports to friends back home on the cell phone she sneaked in, and which they turn into a blog.
  • Bond, Katherine Grace. A Summer of No Regrets.
    Brigitta’s best friend is convinced that Brigitta’s new crush, Luke, is actually egotistical teen heartthrob Trent Yves, hiding from his fans in their tiny town, but as the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still cannot be sure of his true identity.
  • Brashares, Ann. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (First of a series.)
    Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.
  • Dessen, Sarah. That Summer.
    During the summer of her divorced father’s remarriage and her sister’s wedding, fifteen-year-old Haven comes into her own by letting go of the myths of the past.
  • Dessen, Sarah. The Truth About Forever.
    The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
  • Dominy, Amy Fellner. OyMG.
    Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.
  • Gramont, Nina de. Every Little Thing in the World.
    Before she can decide what do about her newly discovered pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Sydney is punished for “borrowing” a car and shipped out, along with best friend Natalia, to a wilderness camp for the next six weeks.
  • Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines.
    Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
  • Griffin, Molly Beth. Silhouette of a sparrow.
    During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.
  • Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty. (First of a series)
    Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
  • Johnson, Maureen. Suite Scarlett.
    Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family’s historic hotel, but her out-of-work actor brother’s attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improves her outlook.
  • Johnson, Maureen. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes.
    When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
  • Lockhart, E. Dramarama.
    Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.
  • Ockler, Sarah. Twenty Boy Summer.
    While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
  • Sales, Leila. Past Perfect.
    Sixteen-year-old Chelsea knows what to expect when she returns for a summer of historical reenactment at Colonial Essex Village until she learns that her ex-boyfriend is working there, too, and then meets the very attractive Dan who works at a rival historical village.
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