The Books of Summer

Stories of summer vacation: relaxing on the beach, going to camp, or looking for love.  Click on the book cover to view a title in the library catalog.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Find it on the shelf: YA Dessen

When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.



The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Find it on the shelf: YA Han

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.





Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Find it on the shelf: YA Ockler

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.





Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Find it on the shelf: Ya Lockhart

Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.





The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
Find it on the shelf: YA Brashares

During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
Sequels: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood



Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Find it on the shelf: YA Benway

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.




One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Find it on the shelf: YA Williams

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.




Brain Camp by Susan Kim & Lawrence Klavan
Find it on the shelf: YA Graphic Kim

Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.




Huge by Sasha Paley
Find it on the shelf: YA Paley

When Wilhelmina and April find themselves roommates at a fat camp, both with very different goals, they find they have very little in common until they are both humiliated by the same person.