FINALS ARE OVER AND SUMMER VACATION IS FINALLY HERE!!! On that note, since the season is approaching, I figured Summer would be a good theme for this month’s recommendations! Pretty much all the books I have to share today are contemporaries, and all of them are pretty light, fun Summer reads! Let’s get started!
The first book I have to recommend today is kind of a YA classic: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Ann Brashares. This book follows a group of four girls who have been friends since birth and are about to spend their first Summer apart. After they find a pair of pants at a thrift store that magically seems to fit them all, they decide to pass them along through the Summer, and then follows the experience of each girl through the Summer. There was a time when I was absolutely obsessed with these book, and it’s definitely the start to a super fun series with really relatable characters (even if it did give middle school me some unrealistic expectations about teenage life.)
Next up is one of my all-time favorite contemporaries: “13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson. At the start of this book the main character, Ginny, receives a set of thirteen envelopes as inheritance from her deceased aunt. Inside each envelope are instructions to do a different location and complete a specifictask, leading her to travel through Europe and meet a variety of people. This is another one of those books that’s kind of hard to summarize, but it’s probably one of the most unique contemporaries I have ever read! (And the sequel is really good as well!)
The next book I have to share this month is something that’s a little cliché but altogether has a really unique premise: “Past Perfect” by Leila Sales. This book focuses on the main character, Chelsea, and details her experiences as a reenactor in a colonial living history villiage. Every Summer, all of the teenage reenactors go to war with the teenage employees from the Civil War village across the street (by doing things like planting modern-day items in the other attraction, etc.), and Chelsea soon finds herself in a forbidden relationship with a “Civil Warrior”. Like I said, this book does have a few clichés, but overall it’s a really fun and cute light read!
Next is one of my favorite books that I read last year: “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson. “Since You’ve Been Gone” focuses on two best friends: Sloane, who is confident and outgoing, and Emily, who is more reserved. When Sloane and her family disappear right before the start of Summer, leaving only a list of tasks for Emily to complete, it is up to Emily to finish the list and discover where her friend has gone. There are no words for how much I love this book. It’s insanely well written, the main character is super relatable, and it’s altogether a great book!
Finally, the last book I have to recommend for May is something I’m currently reading: “Summer Days and Summer Nights” edited by Stephanie Perkins and featuring twelve YA authors. This book just came out this month and features a collection of twelve Summer-themed short love stories. I’ve read a few so far, and I’ve loved all of them! If you’re looking for something with an especially Summer-y feel, this is definitely a great anthology to pick up!
Well that’s about it for this month’s recommendations! See you next time and thanks for reading!