By Klancy Hoover
Summer is just around the corner, hopefully meaning that everyone has more time and motivation to read. I get the majority of my reading done in the summer because of the warmer weather. I like to sit out on my deck with the sun shining on my skin and a good book on my lap. Not always in that order, though, because whenever I get caught up in a great story, I sit outside longer than I should and always end up shuffling inside later with a sunburn.
If you’re looking for a great book to read in celebration of the warmer weather, I have a few YA suggestions that will channel all of your summer vibes!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
With summer approaching, Dimple is excited to have the opportunity to attend a summer program that focuses on one of her interests: web development. Working on her own app for the chance to meet her idol is a goal that is just within her grasp, and she won’t let her parents’ insistence on her finding a husband keep her from reaching for her dreams. But when a boy approaches her at the summer camp about marriage and claiming to be her future husband, Dimple starts to worry that her parents are meddling with her future plans.
When Dimple Met Rishi is the perfect contemporary for people who may be missing campus while away from school. Its feel-good romance and vibrancy takes place on a college campus, allowing readers to dive back into school without the pressure of homework deadlines.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Tasked with a mission to find a hidden map on the ship of a captain she doesn’t know much about, Alosa allows herself to be captured and held within a cell below decks. Relying on her cunning and ingenuity, Alosa must come up with a plan to retrieve the information she needs and escape her captors’ grasp before they realize her true intentions. But as the Pirate King’s daughter, she’s more than ready for a fight.
If you’re looking for a book to take with you on your trip to the beach, Daughter of the Pirate King is an action-packed fantasy with pirates that will inspire you to jump into the ocean and search for treasure. The book takes places on a ship in the middle of the ocean, so reading it on the beach would feel like being immersed in the story completely.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie has been caring for her little sister Mattie since they were little, and feels profoundly connected to her as a result. When Mattie is found dead, murdered by someone the police can’t seem to find, Sadie takes it upon herself to bring Mattie’s killer to justice. As she starts on her journey for the truth, a podcast segment investigating Sadie’s movements and her own disappearance brings the mystery to life.
Thrillers are great books to read at night in the summer with a bonfire blazing in the background, and Sadie would keep readers on the edge of their seats with its gripping mystery.
Edited by Emily Chance