Summer is here and that means it’s time to plan out your summer reading list. Getting lost in a good book is perfect for hot summer days when you just want to lounge around inside in the A.C. or when you’re laying out in the sun on vacation. Here are 13 summer page-turners you’re bound to love.
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Replica by Lauren Oliver
You’ll like it if you love: Totally innovative storytelling.
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What it’s about: Replica is a flip book—if you turn it one way, you read Lyra’s story and if you turn it the other way, you read Gemma’s. It follows the stories of two girls whose lives are seemingly different yet intertwine all the same. Lyra lives on a beautiful island home to the Haven Institute. But what many don’t realize is that this beautiful island hides a horrible secret. When Lyra and the boy known as “72” escape, they meet a mysterious girl named Gemma. Gemma, who has been in and out of hospitals her whole life, begins to question her family’s past and discovers her father might not be who he says he is. As she meets Lyra and follows her quest for answers, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.
When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
You’ll like it if you love: Twisty thrillers that keep you up all night.
What it’s about: When I Am Through With You tells the story of a high school camping trip gone totally, violently wrong. When a group of students run into an unsettling group of fellow hikers and Mother Nature strikes, the whole trip spirals out of control. Warning: This creepy read might keep you up at night.
Available: August 1, 2017
We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson
You’ll like it if you love: Riverside and Finding Carter
What it’s about: Sam Walsh, a teen who was missing for three years, is found and returned to his family. The story is told by his sister, Beth, and best friend, Josh, and we slowly learn what happened to Sam when he was abducted and who is to blame. It’s a mystery that will suck you in right away.
Available: August 1, 2017
Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
You’ll like it if you love: The rest of the Queen’s Thief series, Game of Thrones
What it’s about: Thick as Thieves is the newest book in the world of the Queen’s Thief. The story centers on Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, who wants to attain power, but who is unexpectedly thrust into an extraordinary mission.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
You’ll like it if you like: The Love That Split the World, magical realism in general
What it’s about: The O’Donnells and the Angerts are two old families with an equally old feud. Jack “June” O’Donnell knows to stay away from the Angerts, which is easy until Saul Angert returns to town and she finds herself oddly intrigued by him. The story has it all—magic, ghosts, and coywolves that all come together to force June to question everything she thought she knew.
Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor
You’ll like it if you love: Wintergirls, books that tackle important issues
What it’s about: Wishbones focuses on 14-year-old Feather Tucker who dedicates herself to nursing her 500-pound mother back to health after she falls into a diabetic coma. She balances her chaotic home life with swimming championships and her friendship with lovable Jake. The book tackles misconceptions about eating disorders.
This Is Really Happening by Erin Chack
You’ll like it if you love: Essays and humor, BuzzFeed
What it’s about: The book is a collection of essays by BuzzFeed editor Erin Chack that covers everything from meeting her soul mate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19. It’s a must-read if you want can’t-put-it-down nonfiction.
Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco
You’ll like it if you love: Eleanor & Park and The Fault In Our Stars
What it’s about: Melanie just lost her mother to cancer and Damon has lost his best friend, Carlos, who died by suicide. The teens have to learn to live with their sadness and be honest about their grief, which they do through a production of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” and through their art—Damon takes pictures and Melanie paints.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
You’ll like it if you love: Science fiction, Firefly
What it’s about: This hilariously awesome sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet follows a motley crew on a wild journey through the galaxy. Lovelace used to be just the ship’s artificial intelligence, but when she wakes up in a new body, she has no memory and has to travel the universe to discover who she is, along with her friend Pepper, an excitable engineer.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
You’ll like it if you love: Paper Towns
What it’s about: Flora is an anterograde amnesiac who has to follow notes she’s left herself to find the one person who has managed to break through her broken memory. Things only get more mysterious the deeper Flora goes, however, and when she finally puts the pieces together, the result is truly shocking.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
You’ll like it if you love: Nimona and Fangirl
What it’s about: Eliza Mirk doesn’t have a lot of friends IRL, but online, she’s the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a super popular webcomic and goes by the name “LadyConstellation.” When new boy Wallace Warland transfers to her school, Eliza starts to crave an offline life. But it all starts to fall apart when her secret identity is revealed.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
You’ll like it if you love: Thirteen Reasons Why
What it’s about: Juniper Lemon is struggling to move on after the death of her older sister, Camilla, when she finds a letter Camilla wrote the day she died that challenges what Juniper knew about her sister. The letter is addressed to a mysterious “you,” who Camilla was planning to end things with. Juniper goes on a mission to find out who the “you” in the letter is and to deliver it to find closure for her sister.
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
You’ll like it if you love: The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Lost
What it’s about: The Sandcastle Empire is set in a near-future dystopia, after the sea level has risen. A powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden, who has lost everything to the Wolfpack and spent two years in a labor camp, escapes to search for an island that might be the last neutral territory in the world—only to find that it’s as dangerous as the world she left behind.
Available: June 6
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