Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Top Ten Reads That Remind Me of Summer

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish

1 - The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Such a brilliant summer rom-com - when Andie's internship falls through, she finds herself without plans or purpose for the whole summer break. But bumping into Clark and finding herself walking dogs lets her slow down for the first time in years and really enjoy her life.

London Belongs to Us2 - London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning
Set over 24 hours and all across London, Sunny takes us on a wild ride to find her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend. Funny, diverse, clever and such a fast-paced read, definitely a great love letter to the city. 

3 - Love Song by Sophia Bennett
Maybe not set in the summer, but a great UKYA story about boy bands and standing up for yourself. Plus, who doesn't love to read about hot boys while sitting your garden?

4 - How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
You might know Amber from Holly's first Spinster trilogy book Am I Normal Yet? but this is her story of going to America to meet her mum for the first time in years and spend a summer with her new family and working at their summer camp. Great British versus American banter, Harry Potter references and finding the balance between calling yourself feminist while falling in love.

5 - Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I had to include a road trip story! After Amy's dad died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel to drive her car across the country to their new home. Enter Roger, family friend, willing to play chauffeur. It is the typical love story set in a car, but it's really sweet and definitely reminds me of long journeys to summer holidays. 

6 - How To Be Bad by E Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski
How to Be BadOh look, another road trip story! But this one is all about girl power, as Vicky, Mel and Jesse each have their own reasons to want to leave their small town for a while but after nearly getting eaten by a crocodile, end up with an unbreakable friendship. 

7 - 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Molly just has to last the 99 days of summer until she can escape her home town and never see these people again, these people who judge her for breaking the golden boy's heart. So you get all the hot weather, the crisp air by the pool, the friends round for barbecue's, but you also get the fear, the bullying, the finally accepting blame and moving on. 

8 - Remix by Non Pratt
A music festival, sleeping-bag hopping, parties and booze, best friends and boyfriends, practically everything is covered in this great UKYA story.

9 - You Know Me So Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
When We CollidedFriendship can be found in very unlikely places, but meeting in a gay bar while dancing on the bar is definitely a strange one. When Mark and Kate meet, they encourage each other to get out of their comfort zones and be true to who they are. Short and sweet, ending with San Francisco's Pride Parade, definitely a great summer romp.

10 - When We Collided by Emery Lord
Quite heavy for a summer read but covers important topics really well, from grief to manic depression. Vivi and Jonah have a truly heart-breaking love story and one that will stay with you. 

Let me know what your favourite summer reads are, or if there are any books you are planning to read in the sun.

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