Great Books for Summer
Whether you are looking for a book to take with you to the beach or are just looking for a break from school books, these YA novels are sure to entertain your all summer long.
Paper Towns by John Green
The movie doesn’t come out until July 24th, giving you plenty of time to follow soon-to-be-graduate Quentin “Q” Jacobsen as he searches to find the love of his life, Margo Roth Spiegelman, who has gone missing. Although I might be slightly biased—this is my favorite John Green novel—Paper Towns has enough humor and heart to entertain any reader.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
When Emily’s best friend, Sloane, up and moves with her family without an explanation, Emily feels hopelessly lost. After all, it’s Sloane who helped Emily break out of her shell. The two were inseparable, and, with Sloane gone, Emily is afraid she will retreat back to her former self. Without Sloane, Emily spends the summer rediscovering herself while on a mission to find her best friend. Don’t be intimidated by the size of this book; it’s a fast read. You’ll love it from beginning to end.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told from the perspectives of twins Noah and Jude. Noah narrates as a 13 and 14 year old (we can call his section the Before), and Jude narrates as a 16 year old (we can, you guessed it, call her section the After). What event(s) dichotomize their narration? You’ll just have to read and find out for yourself. I have never come across an author who writes as beautifully and uniquely as Nelson. Beguiling and idiosyncratic Noah speaks in elegant metaphors; superstitious and broken Jude speaks with poignant honesty. Somehow, despite their twin telepathy, Nelson manages to make their voices distinct.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
At first glance, Mary Iris Malone (Mim for short) comes across as brash, as sixteen-year-olds sometimes do. In Mim’s mind, she has everything figured out, including her spontaneous decision to board a Greyhound bus and travel from Mississippi to Ohio to visit her mom and to escape her dad and new stepmom, Kathy. Arnold portrays Mim as highly perceptive and witty, making Mosquitoland an entertaining read; the novel often had lines that made me laugh out loud. There were many moments I liked about this book, especially the friendships Mim made on her trip. What I admired most, though, was that, despite Mim’s maturity, she still had lessons to learn.
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