Summer Must-Reads: 8 Books for Your Beach Bag

Written on July 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm , by

There’s a lot of things I love about summer: the warmth (it can never be too hot), the long days and the amazing books. I’m like a kid in an ice cream shop unable to decide on my favorite flavors. In no particular order, here’s what I’ll be devouring.

 

Calling all fans—and fans-to-be—of Rainbow Rowell! The author of the acclaimed YA crossover Eleanor & Park dials it up in Landline (St. Martin’s Press), a back-in-time story of a magical phone that is also an honest, bittersweet depiction of grown-up love and marriage.

Emily Giffin scores again by bringing her discerning understanding of matters of the heart—as well as small-town football—to The One & Only (Ballantine), in which Shea Rigsby must learn to stop living her life on the sidelines.

It’s no mystery why Liane Moriarty is a summer staple: She takes hyperparenting down a notch with wit and compassion but still keeps it real. In Big Little Lies (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) she throws a dead body into the mix.

A young mother going blind is no laughing matter, except, incredibly so, it is in Nicole C. Kear’s courageous, relatable and, yes, truly funny Now I See You (St. Martin’s Press).

 

Looking to connect with your teen and enjoy a great read? Turn to these four not-so-young-adult options. They’re guaranteed to give you something to talk about.

 

In Conversion (Putnam), Katherine Howe conjures up a spooky story of afflicted modern-day high school girls alternating with the actual account behind the accusations that led to the Salem witch trials.

Megan Abbott’s The Fever (Little, Brown) is a darker, more disturbing brew (parents, especially, may shudder) as a group of teenage girls’ maladies reveal secrets and deception.

Cammie McGovern channels her knowledge and passion for special-needs kids in Say What You Will (HarperTeen). Amy is trying to break out of the confines of her cerebral palsied body. Matthew is secretly trapped by the rituals of his OCD. Brought together, they push each other to overcome their fears and embrace life and love.

The deservedly best-selling Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers)—required reading for every family—doesn’t just get you talking, it gets you thinking, feeling and rejoicing.

 

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