Doesn't that just make you want to drop everything and pick up a book and a pretty bookmark? Sighhh, all the heart eyes!
And I know I've said it before - YA fiction is my guilty pleasure. The intensity and emotion in the relationships, the time travel experience of remembering a simpler time we all took too seriously - the best! This Summer, I dedicated my reading to YA Romances, and I have enjoyed it SO. MUCH! Here's a shortlist of some great books to pick up on your way to the beach, or a picnic in the park:
This sounds a lot more scandalous than it is, but even with the level of deep emotion and sexual themes, I wished (and made it so in my head) that the main characters were at least a year older. But even with that little hiccup, the stories in this book are so, so dreamy and exciting. Overall, it's an incredibly interesting coming of age story, both with managing friendships and boys as you grow. Most of the story takes place on and around a beach, making this a great beach or vacation read.
I love really unrealistic story-lines from time to time, as long as they make the details believable. This book started out really cheesy, but the longer I read, the more I liked it. It's about a girl, who seems to be the only girl in town who isn't obsessed with celebrity (of course), who talks about her experiences while a movie is being filmed in her small town. She gets mixed up with the start of the movie (imagine that), and the story is at times both exciting and frustrating. But if you need a fun, light read? This one is the best of the bunch for that.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This one was probably my FAVORITE - it was so, so good. There was an arc in the plot I wasn't fond of - it was way too soap opera for my taste (and that's saying something, since I grew up on soap operas). But the situation between the main character and her love interest was PERFECT. And the boy was just a dreamy, perfect description of what you could hope for in a first love. Their relationship was so, so good. I loved it so much.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Worth mentioning - I intended to save a couple books for the Fall that I already devoured while I was waiting for library books to come in. They are To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. SO good! They were didn't-want-to-put-them-down books.
I already having a growing list for what I'm going to read this Fall, and I just got a new YA newsletter in my ibox that I have yet to pour over, so I'll let you know if I find anything else that's worth the silly indulgence! ;)
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