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Summer Reads: Young Adult Contemporaries

Hey ya’ll, summer is here and in full swing. For me, summer is the time to catch up on all my reading school prevented me from getting. I have a huge TBR (to be read) list and most are filled with summer contemporaries. But, if you’re going to the beach, hanging by the pool, or just need a good summer book to delve into, I’ve got you covered. Most of these will be standalone novels because there’s something about a good standalone that doesn’t scream committment like a series might.

my life next door1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is the epitome of a perfect summer read. I loved this book and the lessons it gave me.(Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

what i thought was true2. What I thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. What can I say, Fitzpatrick really knows how to write a perfect summer read. I loved this as much as her last book. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic Nantucket-esque island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is. Huntley Fitzpatrick delivers another enticing summer read full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

we were liars3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This actually one of my top ten favorite books and it’s there for a great reason. (I did a post on them not too long ago, click here to read.) This book has my heart and it takes place in the summer, with beaches and pools and cute boys. What more do you need? Just kidding this book is not that shallow, (not that there’s anything wrong with those books; I love my corny romance novels too.) But seriously this book is so amazing, go read it right now. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “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.
True love.
The truth.”
since you've been gone4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Again, a really great book. It’s quick paced, witty, and the main character is easy to relate to. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

catch a falling star5. Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson. I thought this book would end up being super predictable and just kinda blah. But I ended up really enjoying it and found myself laughing during a few scenes. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “A deliciously charming novel about finding yourself … and falling in love along the way.Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?”

paper towns6. Paper Towns by John Green. Seriously you haven’t read this yet? What’s wrong with you? This is one band wagon that you should definitely jump on! I really loved this book aaaaannd it’s being made into a movie, coming out on July 24th. I really recommend reading it before seeing the movie. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

me and earl and the dying girl7. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This book was hilarious, but I didn’t really love it. It was funny yes, but it wasn’t what I wanted I guess. I liked the format and writing style quite a bit and it is a pretty good summer read. It’s also being made into a movie and will be released on June 12th. I’m actually really excited to see how they turn this into a movie. I had the thought while reading it that it would actually make a horrible movie. But hey, I’m no movie director and that is just my personal opinion. I will still more than likely go, probably to the midnight premiere, to see the movie. (Blurb from Barnes&Noble) “It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.
 This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

That’s all the books I’ve got you for ya’ll! I hoped this helped, and enjoy your summer reads!

xo- Heidi

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