Summer Lovin'

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Summer Lovin'

Now that the weather is finally catching up to the time of year, I feel an urge to break out all my favorite YA summer reads! Even though I am technically an adult, I love reading realistic and fantasy teen novels. And summer ones are especially fun reads as they play on the possibility and freedom that summer brings to teenagers! It seems like the perfect time to fall in love, and you can fall in love with some of these fantastic reads below: 

Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler 

Mermaids and summer loving? You can't go wrong with either-- but you can get it right with both! This story is loosely based on "The Little Mermaid" and features a Caribbean Island girl, Elyse, who has lost her voice and in a way, her identity. She moves to a small, coastal town in Oregon to live with a family friend, and get a break from her life and the success of her voice. There she meets the resident playboy, Christian Kane (who is definitely swoon worthy), and the two of them strike up a friendship based on the desire to prove something to themselves.  As the get closer, and work together to win an annual sailing competition, a win that would secure the future of this town, we get to fall in love with both of them! Elyse learns how to move on and into new waters, while falling in love! 

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios 

I loved this story for so many reasons- it's an engaging and fun story. I especially loved the descriptions and details that paint a picture of living in a small town. It focuses on the relationship between Skylar who is struggling to get by, and focusing entirely on leaving this small town behind for greener pastures. She has had the same job for years, working at an eccentric motel called Paradise that features different themed rooms. It's a slow sort of job until, Josh shows up to begin working there as well. Josh was the beloved golden boy, a bit older than her, who had gone off to war in Afghanistan. He returned missing a leg, and dealing with some intensive PTSD. Josh is trying to return to his former life, but he has changed tremendously, and Skylar is saving every penny to move on, but when they find each other they find their own kind of peace. 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler 

It's another Sarah Ockler novel! But, she writes really good summer romances! Anna’s best friend, Frankie, has a brilliant idea for an amazing summer- spend 20 days in Zanzibar Bay, California, and have a summer fling by meeting one boy a day! With a plan this perfect, nothing can go wrong for their perfect summer. Hopefully it will take the troubles off both of their minds! But the past is more complicated than it seems, and escaping is a lot harder than it looks. Both girls will have to finagle in and out of their comfort zones and learn to trust each other as they grieve the loss of Frankie’s brother and Anna’s first love. 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I love a good character named Amy, I just think they are so funny, clever, and amazing-- but maybe I am being partial! This Amy needs to get from California to Connecticut, and from her childhood home to a brand new life. Due to a family tragedy, where she lost her dad, she doesn’t drive. Enter Roger, an old childhood friend. The two set out to take this trip together, but decide to take some time to explore the country and their heart’s desires.

This book is great to read in print because once their journey starts, the chapters are loaded with playlists, receipts, and mementos of their trip. It will inspire you to take your own trip, and explore some of your inner passions.I personally loved these two characters, they have a fun and witty dynamic, and even though they have some awkward moments as they get to know each other, it’s adorable!
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

A case of mistaken identity is the set up for this next summer love story. When a teenage heartthrob accidently emails an average teenage girl, the two of them are eager to keep up the charade and really get to know each other in their email exchange. Jennifer E. Smith knows how to deliver on a YA love novel, and it’s quite fun reading about Graham’s Hollywood life in relation to Ellie’s normal teen life. The two communicate solely by their email exchange until Graham’s next movie is being shot in the small town of Maine that Ellie lives in. Keep reading to find out if their blossoming affections translate to a real-life romance? 

Kissing in America by Margot Robb

This is not a typical romance story, but there is love to be had in this book. Although I feel like the best quote to summarize this would be from our old pal, Carrie Bradshaw: “The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you that you love, well, that's just fabulous.”

Eva is grieving the loss of her father, and has buried herself in reading romance novels, where she is guaranteed a happy ending. When she falls for the most popular boy in school, Will, she goes all in to the new potential of happiness in her life. Then Will moves to California, leaving her stranded in New York. That is until she enters into “The Smartest Girl in America” contest with her best friend, and the two set off to find Will and win the heart of America! It's another crazy road trip that will involve Eva learning a lot more about herself as she voyages through the country and into her own heart to find out what she really needs in life. 

Summer Days, Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

If you can’t decide what kind of romance you are after, it might be wise to start with this collection of 12 love stories. I just finished this book, and was surprised over the many different genres and types of romance that were featured. It features a sci-fi story, a fantasy one, a LGBT romance, horror, diverse characters and more. Some of the stories are sweet, bittersweet, and some are just sad. But they are all quick reads and invite you to pause a moment for love.
Some of my favorite stories involved finding taking a second chance on love and yourself in "Inertia". What if your life became like Groundhog's Day and you always relived one day with no idea why, think about it and read "The Map of Tiny Perfect Moments" by Lev Grossman. Or one story reminded us that some people wear their hearts on their sleeves and other people carry them, and you would be surprised what they would give up for their love- in "Heads, Scales, Tongue, Tail" by Leigh Bardugo.

If you enjoy the stories, try some of the novels from these prolific writers such as Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block, or The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

My next summer love novel will most likely be: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. Hopefully it's as good as the rest of my favorites!