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If you are lucky enough to be heading in that direction, here are our picks for this year's beachiest of books:
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
Cricket, her mom, her brother and her dog are all at the beach to celebrate her mother's upcoming wedding. But Cricket's head is far away from all the family drama. Instead of cakes and flowers, she's worrying about her boyfriend... or is that her exboyfriend... Janssen. The boy who stood up to her dad when someone needed to, the boy who has made her laugh and feel special for years, the boy who she is so used to having as part of her life that he might as well be her arm.The same boy who she may have messed things up with forever. To try and make sense of what happened between the two of them, Cricket's spending the summer putting everything into letters to Janssen.(read the full review here)
Flirting in Italian by Laura Henderson
Violet nearly fell over when she happened upon a painting where the subject looked like her identical twin sister. She doesn't know how it could be possible, but finding out more about the painting means that she'll get to head to Italy for a summer of exploration and that sounds like just what she needs. Once she's there she befriends the three girls also in her summer program and the four of them set out to have a fabulous summer with Italian food, art and, of course, boys!
The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal
It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her free-spirited aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with him. Pilot. He's the lifeguard with shamanic skills. He both saves her and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts (from the Catalog).
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This is the story of what seems to be a normal family spending a normal summer at their cabin in the Poconos. But nothing about Taylor's family has been normal since her dad's been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But maybe this is Taylor’s opportunity to set things right--to finally say what she should have said all those years ago and to finally find the words she wants to say to her father. And maybe in so doing she’ll be able to patch up old friendships, rediscover lost love, and give her family a summer they will never forget. (read the full review here)
Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker
Normally Clementine would have never agreed to something as insane sounding as spending school break with her parents and her little sister Olivia, but a summer of isolation sounds like just what Clementine feels like she deserves. This year she wrecked her relationship with her best friend when a crush on her friend's boyfriend went too far. Now she has the entire summer to think about what went wrong. Luckily, the trip is going to take her away from her problems and maybe even she'll get a chance to meet some new people and have a break from the blame game. As the waves carry her farther and farther away will she have a chance to stop tearing her heart apart? If she let's it, Clementine's summer can be one to remember: full of beautiful scenery and even one nice boy with his own family boat trip. (read the full review here)