The summer is a time for teens to relax by the pool and tan on the beach, for them to temporarily forget the worries brought on by school and a slew of extracurricular acticities. The summer is also a great time for teens to catch up on reading. While during the school year students are forced to read classics that they might not enjoy, the summer gives them an opportunity to revisit the concept of reading for pleasure.
These five books listed contain all the elements teens crave in a good, relaxing novel. The books have romance, friendship, a strong herioine, and a setting that lets them excape the familiarity of their home town.
1. We’ll Always Have Summer By Jenny Han
This newly released book is the third book in the series by Jenny Han. The first two books, The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You, detail two consecutive summers of Isabel (or Belly for short) at Counsins Beach. The third book contains Belly’s time spent in Counsins as well, but this time the reader visits Belly a few years past where the last book left off. The story centers aournd the love triangle that developped in the first two books. Finally, the triangle reaches its breaking point as brother’s Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher stuggle to win Belly’s love. While Jeremiah and Belly have been together for two years, Belly still loves Conrad. Even though she tries to avoid it, Belly knows that in the end she will have to break one of their hearts when choosing her destiny.
2. Moonglass By Jessi Kirby
Moonglass is Anna and her mom’s word for the sea glass they used to collect at night. Ever since her mom’s death, however, Anna has been searching for answers trying to better understand how her mom died and why. Her dad’s new job at the beach her parent’s first met at allows Anna to uncover these old secrets and to learn more about her mom’s past. While some of these discoveries are painful, the young lifeguard on the beach help’s Anna deal with these discoveries and teaches her about the importance of letting someone in and letting go of the past.
3. What Happened to Goodbye By Sarah Dessen
In the newest release by Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye, McClean and her dad are once again moving. McClean’s dad is a restaurant consultant and revives restaurants that have been suffering. While McClean could live with her mother and her mother’s new husband in order to live a stable life, she chooses instead to live a nomadic life with her father. In each new town, McClean takes up a new “role” such as thespian, cheerleader, or overachiever. After their fourth move, however, McClean decides that she is going to try being herself. Her new friends – fellow social outcasts – help her embrace her true self and teach her lessons about forgiveness and what it means to love someone unconditionally.
4. Sisterhood Everlasting By Ann Brashares
The long-anticipated final book of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series was released on June 14. The novel revisits the main characters Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen and how their lives and careers have taken off since the readers have last seen them. Bridget is living with her boyfriend Eric, Tibby is living in Australia, Carmen is engaged and is a famous actress, and Lena is still holding on to the memory of Kostos. This book is a ten-year jump from where the last book left off and is centered on the friends’ reunion in Greece. However, a tragic accident occurs to one of them and it is up to the girls to revisit their friendship and found out what truly caused the accident.
5. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
This novel is a classic love story between a poor, country girl and a rich, urban man. Jane, an orphan, is sent to Mr. Rochester’s manner to teach a little girl who’s mother has abandoned her. While there, Mr. Rochester becomes infatuated with Jane and sends for her nightly so that he can better get to know her. Unfortunately, Mr. Rochester is hiding a terrible secret in the attic of his manner, a secret that won’t be quieted. When Jane uncovers this secret, she is forced to choose between the man she loves and her personal morals.