Sun, Surf, and Love: Beach Reads
Summer means throwing on a swim suit and hanging out at the beach or by the pool. I’ve always got at least two books in my beach bag. Summer is the perfect time to read something with a happily-ever-after ending. Here are a few of my favorite teen summer romances.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy’s life changes when her father dies in a car accident, her twin brother is committed to rehab, and her mother accepts a job across the country. Amy stays behind to finish up her junior year; she plans to drive to Connecticut. Her mother arranges for Roger, the son of a family friend, to take the trip with Amy. She’s also detailed a very strict itinerary. Before too long, Roger and Amy ditch the plan and do a little sight-seeing along the way.
The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz (being reprinted this summer as Beach Lane)
Three girls from different backgrounds come together for the summer in the Hamptons as the au pairs for a super-rich family. Mara Walters wants to escape her life, Eliza Thompson wants to return to the Hamptons even though she’s no longer wealthy, and Jacqui Velasc wants to find the boy who broke her heart. Throughout the summer, drama wrecks havoc on their relationships.
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
Lori’s lived next door to the Vader boys, crushing over Sean for years. She’s determined this will be the summer she’ll catch his eye. She exchanges her boy shorts and t-shirts for short shorts and bikini tops. She’ll even go so far as pretend to date Sean’s brother Adam to make him jealous. Lori and Adam have been friends forever, but “dating” him changes her view of him.
Getting Over Garrett Delany by Abby McDonald
Sadie loves her best friend. She’s loved him for two years and he doesn’t have a clue. When he leaves for the summer, she believes the absence might make him miss her. She couldn’t be more wrong. He falls in love. And just like that, she’s done. Now she needs a plan to spend the rest of the summer getting over her feelings for him.
Heart and Salsa by Suzanne Nelson
Cat can’t wait to leave Boston for the summer and bond with her best friend in Mexcio in a summer abroad program. But there’s something Sabrina hasn’t told her: she’s bringing along her boyfriend, too. Now Cat feels like an outsider. She’s happy to be helping to build a school and see the wonders of Mexico. Plus she befriends a boy — and can’t tell if he’s trying to be friends or something more.
In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
Both Molly and Charlie have big plans for the summer — until their parents decide to swap houses. Now they’re stuck in a new place and in each other’s rooms. Before long, emails and IMs are swapped asking questions about friends, their new rooms, and things to do. As the summer moves on, their conversations get longer.
Labor of Love by Rachel Hawthrone
Dawn had a terrible time at prom: she discovered her boyfriend cheating on her. Now, six months later, she and her two BFFs are headed to New Orleans to help rebuild houses. She’s sworn off guys this summer, but a psychic reveals that she will be a boy with a red baseball cap. It turns out he has a cute smile. (Other great books by this author include Thrill Ride, Caribbean Cruising, and The Boyfriend League.)
Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
Quinn’s really excited about her music internship — until she finds out it’s only one day a week. Now she’s stuck in Texas with her sorority girl cousin. With a choice between two very different boys, maybe her summer’s not horrible after all.
Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
Katie’s a liar, liar, pants on fire; she can’t seem to stop lying. She lies because she wants people to believe that her life, and herself by association, is perfect. When her old friend Tommy Sullivan comes back to town, her life of perfection is about to go up in flames.
Picture Perfect by Catherine Clark
Two years ago Emily told Spencer about her feelings for him. She hasn’t seen him since, but this year, their families are getting together for vacation again. She hopes that he’s forgotten. Emily just wants to move past it, and what better way than to have a summer fling? (Other great books by this author include Maine Squeeze, So Inn Love, and Banana Splitsville)
Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
Sam applies to be a camp counselor to escape being a third wheel all summer with her BFF and her new boyfriend. She doesn’t realize that everyone’s been going there for years and everyone knows each other. She didn’t count on the director’s daughter being a stuck-up snob or pranking her. She also didn’t expect to find three amazing friends and one fabulous boy.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
One wrong email leads to a conversation between an average girl from small-town Maine and a mega-star actor from Hollywood. When the location falls through on his new movie, he convinces the crew to check out Maine. When he arrives, he finally has a chance to meet Ellie — only things don’t go according to plan, and their relationship almost ends before it even begins.
Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
Macy’s father died and her entire world changed. Now with her boyfriend gone for the summer, she has a chance to blossom. She quits her job at the library and accepts a job with a catering company. The work’s chaotic, but it’s just what Macy needs after a perfectly organized life. Not to mention the job comes with a fabulous boss and a dreamy co-worker.
Here are a few I can’t wait to read:
— Jennifer Rummel, currently reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen