Happy Fourth of July!
Of course, not everyone who reads this is American and therefore not everyone celebrates the anniversary of the birth of the United States, but don’t worry, there’s something in this post for everyone! Namely: BOOKS!
Since Fourth of July is a quintessential summer holiday (at least in the US), I thought this would be the perfect time to look at some of the best summer books I’ve read recently and talk about why I think they’d be the perfect summer read for you!
Like many of the books you’ll see on this list (actually, probably every book), My Life Next Door takes place during summer break, but there’s more to it than that. One of my favorite things about this book is the many different families in it, families that it’s hard to focus on when your protagonist is busy with romance and school and work and such. In a summer book, it’s easier to get a look at someone’s family for more than a few brief scenes, which is a great thing in my book.
This book has a different look at families and offers you a less fluffy book if that’s what you prefer. Second Chance Summer looks at a family that’s fallen apart and is continuing to crumble under a very grim diagnosis.
The beginning of this book was a little shaky for me, but you should read this book for the very emotional ending that will leave you crying and thinking about the book long after you close it.
Stay is another book that has an interesting look at family, but it’s about more than that as well – namely, it’s about a girl who was the victim of a stalker and now has to deal with the ramifications of her former relationship. Clare has to learn how to grow and start over, which seems like a perfect thing to work on during the calming and cleansing months of summer.
Another hallmark of summer books is great secondary characters that can make a story even more interesting. The Truth About Forever is one of these books. And it’s by Sarah Dessen, who is another hallmark of summer books – most of her books take place during the warm and fun season and many people consider her books to be the perfect summer books to read over and over again.
And, of course, this book has some romantic drama and some family issues that the main character has to deal with while also juggling a quirky summer job (well, as quirky as a catering job can get).
Road trips are another thing that you’re likely to find – and love – in summer books, and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is one of the perfect books where you can find that. Whether you’re from a foreign country or you just haven’t seen as much of the US as you’d like, it’s always cool learning more about this huge and vast country by following along with some interesting and slightly damaged characters as they work their way across the US.
There are plenty of reasons to love summer books, whether you’re reading them during the really hot months of May through August or you’re trying to recapture some of that relaxing feeling in the midst of school and work and less pleasant weather (although I’ll always be a fall/winter person – I love the changing colors and snow!), summer books are more than just romances – they’re complex contemporary books with plenty of elements for everyone! And there’s no rule that you have to read contemporary books only – summer is all about getting the chance to read what you want without as many distractions if you’re still in school or outside in the warm weather if you’re still stuck working.
So, enjoy your holiday or your Friday – just make sure you’re reading whatever summer book works best for you!