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YA Summertime Reads

Looking for something fresh? Check out one of these fun summer reads! 

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

 One Man GuyWhen Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.

 Available on Hoopla


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

 Life Next DoorSamantha Reed’s family could not be more different from the Garretts who live next door— they’re loud, affectionate, and messy. When she meets Jase Garrett one summer evening, Samantha falls. Hard. But keeping him a secret from her family is tough. And is there really any such thing as the “perfect family”?

Available on Hoopla


The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Names They Gave UsWhen her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 LiarsSpending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

 Available on Overdrive/Libby


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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

Available on Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby 



Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days NightsMaybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

 Available on Hoopla


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