Hooray! It’s Summer!

Hooray! It's Summer!
I love, love, love YA contemporary books and as it’s now summer, it’s the perfect time to read them! I came across a post I wrote nearly two years ago entitled Hey, Look. It’s Summer! where I picked out some contemporary books to read and I thought I’d do the same again. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice that one book makes a reappearance… Click on the title to go to read more about the book on Goodreads.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
It’s unfathomable that I have not yet read this because I adored Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
I was hooked as soon as I read the words ‘road trip’.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is hailed as the queen of summer reads and I can’t wait to read her latest.

Forever by Judy Blume
I picked Forever as my July book for the 2015 Classics Challenge! I read Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret last summer and really enjoyed it.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
This sounds like a delightful summery coming-of-age graphic novel.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
IT’S JUST ALL SO CUTE. I love the colour scheme of My Life Next Door – baby blue and yellow. Can you even get any more summery? I will finally read this.

And that’s it! I can’t wait. Have you read any of these?

If you’re in the summer mood, here’s a few more books from my ‘to read’ list: How To Be Bad, Love Bomb, Vanishing Girls, Have a Little Faith, The Miseducation of  Cameron Post, This Song Will Save Your Life, Vivian Versus the Apocalypse, Time Between Us, Roomies, The Age of Miracles, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, All That Glitters, Fish Out of Water, The Geography of Me and You, Emmy & Oliver, Blue, The Night We Said Yes and Between Us and the Moon.

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25 thoughts on “Hooray! It’s Summer!

  1. contemporary books are amazing for the summer! it’s never summer for me unless i have a stack of contemporaries to read. since you’ve been gone is so good and if you liked her other books, i’m sure you will end up enjoying sybg as well since it’s quintessential morgan matson. i recently finished saint anything and it was AMAZING. i know others didn’t have as strong of a reaction to it as i did but i honestly enjoyed it so much. i think it’s one of her strongest if not THE strongest. my life next door is also very good, as is the geography of you and me. and this one summer is such a sweet graphic novel! the illustrations & the colour palette is gorgeous and i think it’s a good one about coming of age.

    how to be bad is a book on my tbr as is emmy & oliver which i’ve heard great things about. i have yet to read a robin benway although everyone has telling me to do so and i’m quite excited for emmy & oliver to be my first. and i hadn’t heard of the last summer of us before this post but if it has a road trip in it.. sign me up!

    happy reading for the summer! and lovely pictures, as usual :)

  2. These not only sound perfectly summery but they look the part! Great picks which I most definitely want to read when summer comes around (its winter here is Australia). xx

  3. I’ve only just got into contemporary reads this summer and I’m planning on reading anything I can get my hands on. I enjoyed reading the Anna and the French kiss companion series

  4. SYBG is on my summer TBR too. Like you, I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet since Matson’s never done me wrong. I’ve also read MLND, so her new book from last year WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE is also on my TBR. She’s like a new Sarah Dessen (which, I also read that one — if you liked TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER you’ll really like SAINT ANYTHING). Haven’t read LAST SUMMER OF US though…that’s new on my radar.

    I love love love YA contemporary, especially with that summer bent to it. Have you read MAGNOLIA? I just finished it, good summer read. And if you get a chance to get your hands on DUMPLIN’ when it comes out, do so. Excellent book.

  5. YA Contemporary is one of the best things ever! I am desperate to read Since You’ve Been Gone ever since I picked it up in WHSmith, fell in love with the blurb and then realised I had no money! Oh the hardships of being a bibliophile ey? x

  6. I’d love to read “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “My Life Next Door”. Especially this second one as you say it’s so cute! At the moment I’m reading a very dark story so I’ll probably need something light and funny afterwards.

  7. You should read the Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks as soon as possible. Trust me. And then after that read We Were Liars, also by E Lockhart. Both amazing books!

  8. I LOVE Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson! It’s one of my favorite books for the summer. In fact, I have a non-spoiler review and a short summary about it if anyone wants to check it out!

  9. literaryitsathena

    AH, two summer Queens on that list. I’ve read SYBG, Saint Anything, and My Life Next Door. SYBG is probably the most fun to read out of those three, it seriously made me want to make a list of my own. Saint Anything was a solid read, I wouldn’t call it life changing. By the way, what Sarah Dessen books have you read?

    • I haven’t read many (Dreamland, Infinity & This Lullaby) and it was years ago, before I used to read contemporary YA.

      • literaryitsathena

        I don’t thing I’ve ever heard of Infinity by her. Is it set in the same town as most of her books? You should check out Just Listen or Someone Like You too if you end up liking her books. I personally think those books are some of her best!

  10. Can’t wait to read Dessen’s Saint Anything. Thanks for the recommendations.

  11. I’ve just finished Since You’ve Been Gone and loved it! Have you read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson as well? If not you’ll love it if you liked Amy & Roger :) Also thanks for the ideas of what to read next! xx

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