When you think summer, what is the first thing that comes to mind: The beach, the pool, your bed? Books are typically the very last thing students think about during the summer, but there is such a vast difference between reading for school and reading for fun. There are so many enjoyable books on the shelves that you can pick to make you laugh, cry, giggle, chuckle, or even all of the above.
The first book on your list should certainly be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Green has become a New York Times bestselling author and appeals to all types of teens. This book is coming to the theaters June 6, 2014, which kicks it up to the top of any book worms list.
The Fault in Our Stars isn’t the stereotypical “cancer book.” It is so much more than that. Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has suffered cancer all her life, gets won over by the “beautiful” Augustus Waters. Hazel tells the story of her little infinity.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is another tear jerking, forbidden love story. It’s that book that once you pick it up, you won’t know how to put it down. You’ll think you’ll never find a book that lives up to those expectations ever again.
Eleanor & Park shows both sides of a relationship with two completely opposite people. Eleanor, being the “fat, white trash girl from a messed up family,” falls in love with Park, who is the typical “rich kid” that gets anything he requests.
At least until you read DreamLand by Sarah Dessen. This novel is unlike most others, it shows the true color of common day relationships. It all feels like a dreamland until they start seeing who they really are.
An author that isn’t widely known is Sonya Sones; She has written novels like To Be Perfectly Honest, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, the sequel, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, among plenty others. These books all relate to teen life and love and changes, aimed at a female audience.
To be perfectly honest is a story of a high school student who knows nothing more than just lying. She tells lies to where she doesn’t know what reality is hers anymore. It’s a bit of a long book, but it is well worth looking at this girl’s life and seeing the life of a compulsive liar.
Now, although it is the same author, What My Mother Doesn’t Know is something somewhat different. This book is in the perspective of 15 year old Sophie and her life in her small little town. She goes over her whole school year and the guy that she met and fell in love with but it was almost forbidden.
What my girlfriend doesn’t know is a sequel to the previous book, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and instead it is in the perspective on Robin, Sophie’s boyfriend. He goes in depth into the world of having a girlfriend in a world where he isn’t even accepted. It’s a twist on the common day, girls’ perspective- love story.
Books shouldn’t have to remain within school walls. Books are an escape from the perpetual boredom of your four walls. They let you step into a new world and fall in love with people who aren’t even real. Books are an alternate reality.