It's true, the library will be closed Friday and Saturday (July 3 and 4), so the time to stack up on books is now! As you sit by the pool, or wait for fireworks, we wanted to give you some excellent reading material (and remind you to wear sunscreen). Here are five quick picks to entertain you while you soak up the sun.
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (see our full review here)
This is a big budget summer action movie full of car chases and epic love packed in between the pages of this book. You will get totally sucked into Emily's summer hanging out in a biker gang's territory. Fast moving and totally fun, this is a perfect summer time read.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (see our full review here)
If you prefer your summer reads to be filled with Califorina sun, this is the book for you. When Emmy's elementary school best friend returns home after spending years on the run with his dad, Emmy wants to help Oliver anyway she can. It turns out that what she can offer him is something fun and normal in the midst of all the emotional intensity that Oliver's going through with his mom. That means a lot of surfing and beach food. Warning though: you are going to feel the need to get out on the waves by the time you finish this book.
Panic by Lauren Oliver (see more posts here)
Maybe you like a thriller for your by-the-pool time? This high stakes summer novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. In the small town where Heather and Dodge live, every teenager pays dues into a contest called 'The Panic.' All the money is collected and one senior will win it by participating in a series of high and then higher stakes dares. Winning the pot could change your life and let you escape small town life forever. But winning also means risking everything....
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (see our full review here)
Jude's sisters may not agree on many things, but they do believe in one guiding lesson: never, ever, ever date a Vargas boy.
Of course, the youngest son of the Vargas family happens to be handsome, funny and one of the only people who can make her ailing father forget he's sick for a few minutes.
Jude and Emilio spend the summer working together on restoring Jude's dad's classic motorcycle. Clearly your summer reading needs a summer love story or two and this one is one of our absolute favorites.
Way to Go by Tom Ryan (see our full review here)
Many summers also include a summer job, making money alongside folks who are older or younger than you. That is the case for Danny who is sent to work for a family friend as she opens up a new restaurant.
Danny spends the summer learning the fine arts of food service, including fighting with the industrial dish washer and how to properly peel a potato. But, he also learns more about himself through the friendships he makes and the mixtapes he listens to.
Whether you're spending your summer by the pool or in the lifegaurd chair, this is a great, funny coming-of-age story to devour.