[Review] Books to read to prepare for summer


Abbie Chaloupka and Chloe Walton

A great way to get prepared for summer is by reading some summer-themed books. In addition to these books being incredibly entertaining, they are a great way to keep your mind educated in the summer months and prepare for the return to school.

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han is a classic summer romance novel. It follows the story of a teen girl named Belly and her feelings for two brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher. The two following books, “It’s Not Summer Without You” and “We’ll Always Have Summer,” follow the two summers after the first book, where the reader eventually finds out whether Belly will end up with Jeremiah or Conrad. This book has been turned into a television series with season two coming out in just a few weeks, which is even more of a reason to read the books before the new season releases. This book is available in the library and on Sora, the library’s eBook app.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is a historical fiction romance novel set in the 1950s. This book follows the story of “Marsh Girl,” who is found to be suspected of murder. Kya has been alone in the marsh for years and has become one with nature. She faces hardships and accusations when she is tasked with reaching out to the outside world. This book has been adapted into a movie starring Daisy-Edgar Jones. This book is available in the library and on Sora.

“The Summer of Broken Rules” is a book that takes place during a wedding at Martha’s Vineyard. The main character Meredeth forms a secret alliance with a groomsman, Wit, where she catches some feelings. The characters all play a game of Assassins to honor the loss of one of the most beloved guests. This book is a cute and happy summery romance, perfect for getting in a summer mood. This book is available on Sora and will be available in the library soon.

“The Summer We Forgot” by Caroline George is a young adult mystery and romance novel. This book stars two characters, Darby and Morgan, who live near Highway 30A in Florida. Darby and her broken friend group reconcile and begin to suspect a murderer lurking near their community. Each friend begins to become suspicious of one another, and soon enough, no one trusts each other anymore. This novel is a summer staple and would be a great introduction to reading in the summer.

All in all, reading over the summer is a great way to stay academically prepared for the next school year, and each book will excite you for the season. Reading is a great way to attack summer boredom.