My reading tastes always seem to change in the summer. I’m not sure if it’s the sunshine, memories of lazy days on the beach, or the wanderlust that seems to come out of nowhere, but from May to July, all I ever really want to read is light, contemporary teen stories. If they take me on a road trip or European adventure, that’s even better.
Here are ten of my favorite teen reads. What is your favorite type of book to read in the summer?
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is especially awesome for a couple of reasons – 1) it’s a road trip book and 2) Matson includes music playlists for each part of the journey.
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.Backpacking around Europe is on my bucket list. That might be why this particular story has stayed with me for so long.
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.There’s a garden gnome that believes himself to be the Norse god Balder. Bray had me at garden gnome.
Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.Another European adventure, but one with a little heartbreaking love.
Offered a summer trip to Europe to study history’s most famous artists, seventeen-year-old Nora is required to create a unique painting at each stop, but clashes with her mom who fears her daughter’s optimism may prompt an insecure future.A love of travel, a love of art, and a love of mother/daughter relationships in this one.
When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when he rmother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.This one got me in all the feels, and the boy next door is pretty swoony too.
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.A summer story with all the feels.
After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets.If you’re a fan of the movie My Girl or gelato, then this is the book for you.
Sydney’s charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.One of my favorite books from my favorite author.
Summer is the perfect time for love to bloom, and these short stories of teenagers facing the confusing maze of first love will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. The selections range from heartfelt to outlandish, as the characters find passion in some very unexpected places.I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but when your favorite authors are writing them…