Beat the Heat: 8 Summer Stories To Take You Away

Summer is officially underway! Whether you’re hitting the beach, hanging poolside, traveling, or just trying to keep cool as you work the day away, reading is an excellent way to fill those bonus hours of daylight. Chock full of camp, first love, exploring new places and, of course, the beach, there’s sure to be something on this list perfect for your summer reading list.

  The Living by Matt de la Pena

Shy takes a summer job on a cruise ship in hopes of having a little fun while making some money. Before they even get out to sea things start to go awry, when a wealthy man goes overboard. Then an earthquake hits and the vessel is rocked by tsunami waves. Shy fights to survive on the sea after the ship sinks, but coming ashore may not hold the safety he seeks.

 Once And For All by SarahDessen

It wouldn’t be summer without Sarah Dessen! Louna has given up on love, but her summer job at her family’s wedding planning business requires her to help brides plan their perfect day. Enter Ambrose, a boy who’s determined to win Louna over and will stop at nothing to change her mind about love.

 Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

It’s the summer of 1977 and disco is hot! Tension is high is New York City, which is suffering from economic downturn, a rash of arsons, endless heat, a citywide blackout and a serial killer they’re calling Son of Sam, who preys on young couples. Nora just wants to escape it all, to dance with friends and have a summer romance with the cute boy at the deli where she works, but danger lurks around every corner.

 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

It’s the summer before Dimple is set to head off to Stanford University and she can’t wait to escape her traditional Indian parents for a few weeks at a camp for future web developers, so that she can get a head start on her future. Little does she know, Rishi will be there too, and he’s thinking about the future too – a future where he and Dimple are married. Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents and Rishi’s parents have already begun to put wheels into motion for an arranged marriage.

 Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Sierra Santiago’s summer plans for hanging with friends and making art are put on hold when a corpse crashes the first party of summer.  Then she notices the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep and fade. She soon discovers that her family are shadowshapers – creatives who infuse magic into their art – and finds herself the heir to a legacy that she must save from the forces that seek to destroy it.

 Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

These twelve short stories from popular YA authors including Tim Federle, Jennifer A. Smith, Jon Skovron and Nina Lacour will put you in full-on summer romance mode. Sunset strolls, shared ice cream cones and the thrill of first love await. Put on your bathing suit and head to your nearest beach or pool with this in tow.

 This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Every summer, friends Rose and Windy reunite at the lake and are as inseparable as sisters. This summer, however, things are different. Townie drama and secrets absorb their attention as they explore new-found adolescence. They’re growing up, and seemingly apart.

 Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

Thrash looks back at a pivotal summer at Camp Bellflower, the sleep-away camp where she spent the summers of her youth. Amid her obsession with the Backstreet Boys and the solace she found at the rifle range, Thrash also discovers her forbidden attraction to a female counselor.

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