The Summer Solstice is today, which means Spring is no longer! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is sit in the sun (by a window) and read a good book. Unfortunately, summer is the season where I have the most difficult time getting through reading slumps, and finding the right books to read. If you have the same issue, don’t fear! I’m giving you my 5 Must Read books for the summer! These are cute, sweet, perfect contemporaries that I find time to read every summer, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon is one of my favorite Sarah novels, and it takes place in the small beach town called Colby, where a lot of Sarah’s characters in her newer novels make appearances. Now, this book is pretty controversial when it comes to whether or not it’s actually GOOD. But, it’s one of my favorites, because it’s a simple story, it takes place on the beach, and it’s a quick, easy read. The story follows Colie, a teenage girl whose mother is off in europe for the summer. Colie is staying with her aunt, and is kind of a loner. She doesn’t see much in herself. But when she gets a job at the Last Chance Cafe, she meets Morgan and Isabel, who become her friends, and show her how to see herself in a new light, and how to enjoy life with the simple things.
The Peaches Trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The peaches trilogy follows three teen girls who got themselves into a little bit of trouble, and were sentenced to pick peaches on an orchard in Georgia for the summer. It’s kind of like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but instead of the girls going separate ways after knowing each other for their entire lives, they meet for the summer and learn to love each other. There’s some romance,some drama, and overall, it’s just a really cute, bittersweet trilogy that definitely captured my heart.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer is tender and heartbreaking at times, but over all, it’s a story of hope and light. When Taylor’s family gets bad news, they decide to stay the summer at their lake house in the mountains. Taylor is reunited with old friends and old flirtations, and her family grows closer. Just as it seems like there’s way to make up for lost time, they do exactly that. The summer at the lake is a second chance for everyone, and it’s exactly what they need.
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Jade DeLuna was diagnosed with panic anxiety and is having a hard time coping. She spends time watching the elephants at the zoo to calm her nerves. One day she meets Sebastian, and his son Bo. The more she spends time with Sebastian and Bo, the more her anxiety dissipates, and she learns to cope with it. But then she learns Sebastian’s secret, and she feels like her world is going to fall apart if she doesn’t take matters into her own hands. So, she does. The Nature of Jade is about choices. Choices that will make or break your heart, and choices that affect everybody, not just the person making them.
Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one – her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family – and seems uncertain about returning – Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.