By Sophie Schmidt


Don’t let the bitter edge of winter chill your reading habits! Here are 7 books about summer to help you beat the winter doldrums.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson’s latest is about Andie—a girl with a plan. As the daughter of a congressman, Andie knows what it’s like to live with scrutiny. This summer she is ready to go to a summer program at Johns Hopkins…until a scandal begins to unravel her family, and her summer, at the seams. Andie suddenly finds herself at home with her three best friends, a job as a dog walker, and a cute boy who just might turn her world upside down again.

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

A wonderful story about a road trip that makes you want to jump in the car and start driving. Leila is traveling across the country in search of something she lost. Along the way she meets four people and touches their lives in ways that push them to do things they never thought they could.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The classic summer story of four girls parting for the first time. Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen decide to share a pair of thrift-store jeans that magically fit all four of them. The jeans will be sent back and forth between the girls, giving the friends something to tie them together through the long, hot days. A bittersweet book about growing up, growing apart and finding your way back to who you were before.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Auden can’t sleep—she hasn’t been able to since her parents’ divorce. When the opportunity to spend the summer with her father in his beach town comes up she jumps at the chance. Colby is the classic beach town with tourists swarming around, and from her job in a clothing store, Auden gets to observe them all. On one of her nightly jaunts, Auden runs into Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nightlife. Together they carve out a world they never thought possible for themselves.

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Maddie O’Neill is ready to tie up her loose ends the summer after her senior year; she needs to take care of a few things before she heads off to college in the fall. Her plans are put on hold when her Gram announces she’s dying, and she wants the family to go on a farewell cruise with her—only Gram won’t be traveling home with them. With this in mind, Maddie boards the Wishwell ready to make every last moment count.


When We Collided by Emery Lord

Vivi and Jonah meet on accident. Vivi blows into Jonah’s town in a flurry of paint and vintage dresses. She’s loud and boisterous, and she breathes life back into Jonah’s grief-stricken family. But Vivi’s well-crafted façade soon starts to crack. She didn’t know how quickly Jonah would become something more. She didn’t know he would show her the colors in life she forgot about. He is the only person she feels she can open up to, and together they learn to heal themselves.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

Have you ever imagined working for a magazine? It seems to be everyone’s fantasy (or nightmare) after seeing The Devil Wears Prada. Harper Anderson gets the chance to intern at the nation’s biggest teen magazine the summer of her senior year. The only problem? She’s hired as the romance columnist, but she has zero experience. Navigate Manhattan and the glamourous life of a magazine intern with Harper in a book that is sure to make you cringe and laugh right along with her.