I love romance stories, and I love stories that take place during the summer–especially at the coast. To give you a heads up, I tend to lean toward realistic fiction, romance, young adult books. Think Sarah Dessen. Here are some of my suggestions:
So, let’s start with some Sarah Dessen books. While, I recommend them all, here are some good ones for summer:
- Along for the Ride– Auden is visiting her father in the beach town of Colby for the summer. He is recently remarried with a new baby. Auden grew up too fast with her irresponsible older brother and scholarly parents with high expectations. Auden meets a boy and makes some friends and gets a chance to live her childhood before leaving for college.
- The Truth About Forever– Macy’s father died, and she is left to live in a big, empty house with her mother since her sister is married and starting a new life. Macy is a perfectionist and an overachiever. Over the summer, she gets a hectic job at Wish Catering where she makes some friends, meets a boy, and learns to live a little. (This is my absolute favorite Dessen book, and here’s my review.)
- The Moon and More– Yeah, I know it’s not out yet (June 4), but I love Sarah Dessen!
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
- Frankie, Anna, and Matt are best friends. Anna and Matt start to secretly date behind Frankie’s back, and they decide they will tell Frankie during their trip to California. But, then, in a car crash, Frankie’s older brother Matt dies. Frankie and Anna go to California with Frankie’s family the next summer. Before their trip, they decide they’ll meet twenty boys, but Anna is still in love with Matt. In a summer filled with boys and the beach, the girls grieve and grow and learn.
The Summer Series by Jenny Han- (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer)
- Isabella (Belly for short), her brother, and mother go to the beach every summer with the Fisher Family. Belly’s mom is best friends with Susannah Fisher, and Susannah has two boys Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has had a crush on Conrad since forever. The series begins during the summer the boys notice Belly has “turned into” a girl. The series is about love and loss, breakups and makeups, over the course of a couple summers and a couple winters. (Here are my reviews; I absolutely LOVED this series)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Samantha lives with her mother and sister. Her mother is the Senator of Connecticut, and they live a well-off life. Despite Samantha’s wealth, she yearns to be a part of the crazy lives of her neighbors. Except, her neighbors are against her mother’s rules. They are wild and unruly with too many children, and her mother does not approve. Though they are forbidden, Samantha watches her neighbors from her rooftop for years, until one night, she has a conversation with Jase, and she becomes a part of their “crazy” lives, unbeknownst to her mother. I totally fell in love with the characters!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- This fiction novel follows the lives of several black housekeepers in Mississippi in the 1960s. One white woman wants to write a story sharing the experiences and injustices that the black help must endure from the rich, white families. While this book isn’t exactly a beach read, I couldn’t put it down, and it’s worth the time.
The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen- (The Luxe, Rumors, Envy, Splendor)
- This series focuses on multiple perspectives of the young upperclass in New York City in the late 1800s. The series is essentially a historical fiction version of Gossip Girl. The issues the characters face in this series are a bit deeper, though. I couldn’t put these books down, and I couldn’t wait for the next ones to come out. A must read–if you like these kind of books.
I hope you have a wonderful summer filled with reading (that’s when I get all of my reading done)!