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July 2016 BOOKLIST
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YA Sizzlers for Summer
Okay, we admit it: summer is not a time for lists. But this list doesn’t require you to confirm that your homework is done or that you’ve finished practicing the piano. No, this is a stress-free compilation of seven YA reads that are perfect for long, sunny days on the beach or afternoons lazing in a hammock. And don’t worry, we don’t expect you to report back on theme or character development or setting—you can save that for September. So sit back, dig your toes in the sand, and enjoy these romantic sizzlers, all set during our favorite time of year.
The Au Pairs, by Melissa de la Cruz
Summer in the Hamptons? Yes, please. Here’s the story of three girls spending several months in the wealthiest enclave of New York, taking care of a rich couple’s kids. There’s Eliza, once rich herself and hoping to disguise her new financial situation; Jacqui, from Brazil, who wants to reunite with the love of her life; and Mara, a hard worker who doesn’t know her Gucci from her Pucci. Sure, it’s a predictable read, but deliciously so, and impossible to put down—that is, unless you’re actually living the Hampton dream.
Jersey Angel, by Beth Ann Bauman
Angel is trying to get her ex-boyfriend back, but he’s ignoring her attempts; her best friend, Inggy, is focused on college applications. Soon, Angel’s search for fun leads to Inggy’s boyfriend and other clandestine pursuits. While her exploits (sexual and otherwise) undeniably make for an interesting end of senior year and summer, it’s Angel’s search for safety and happiness that makes her an interesting character.
The Moon and More, by Sarah Dessen
Emaline is on that precipice familiar to most new high-school grads: knowing where you come from, anticipating where you’re heading, and struggling to reconcile the two. She’s a lifer in the small beach town of Colby, comfortable with her longtime boyfriend, Luke;, her chaotic blended family; and a job at Colby Realty. But when NYU student Theo and his boss arrive to film a documentary about reclusive local artist Clyde Conaway—and Emaline’s biological father and half brother come to town—summer takes some unexpected twists.
Nantucket Blue, by Leila Howland
Cricket Thompson’s summer holds such promise: living with her best friend, Jules, on Nantucket; seeing too-good-to-be-true Jay Logan every day; and, of course, sunbathing in a bikini. But when Jules’ mother, Nina, dies unexpectedly, the summer offer is rescinded, and Jules distances herself from her friend. Cricket heads to Nantucket anyway and takes an unglamorous job as a chambermaid. But when Cricket falls for someone unexpected and totally off-limits, the sexual tension crackles and the temperature rises.
Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Libby Kelting is spending her summer “churning butter in a corset” at a living-history museum in Camden, Maine. A fashion-loving history buff, Libby rocks her 1791 garb at the museum’s Girls of Long Ago Camp, where she teaches eight-year-olds how to bake over a hearth. Throw in a ripped-from-a-romance-novel love interest and nights spent with Star Trek–obsessed Garrett in the forecastle of a ship, and you’ve got a recipe for an entertaining summer. This’ll go down as easily as Libby’s specialty, Colonial Caramel Apple Pie.
We’ll Always Have Summer, by Jenny Han
After a brief but traumatic breakup, 20-year-old Jeremiah and 19-year-old Isabel decide to get married during a summer between college semesters. After all, they’ve known each other since childhood, when their families shared a beach house. Yet Isabel’s first love was Jeremiah’s older brother, Conrad, who had broken her heart three years earlier and disappeared to California. What will Conrad’s return to the beach house mean for the couple?
The Year of Luminous Love, by Lurlene McDaniel
In the hills of Tennessee, three best friends navigate unique post-high-school challenges. Ciana is determined to keep Bellmeade, the family estate, up and running following matriarch Olivia’s death; Arie has battled cancer since childhood and is hoping this time she is in remission for good; Eden’s older boyfriend, drug dealer Tony, is controlling, sending bodyguards to follow her every move. There’s also a handsome Texan cowboy in town for the summer, and he has attracted the attention of both Arie and Ciana. What are three best girlfriends to do? Head to Tuscany, of course!
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