Have you ever experienced the heartfelt glee of finishing a 100-paged book? For any book lover, devouring a book in a day can be possible, especially when its about 100 pages. For those who are going to enjoy their summers at the pool and love to take a book with them, here are five 100-paged books of different genres that you can read by the poolside.
1. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
If you are a fan of 13 Reasons Why, you’ll love the emotional, honest writing as the protagonists navigates their life after a horrible loss.
Caitlin can’t process her best friend Ingrid’s suicide. She is now alone, seeking answers to questions about herself and before the incident. When she stumbled on a journal that Ingrid left behind, this starts up a journey of understanding, opportunities, new horizons, friendships and first love. Witness Caitlin’s first year without her best friend.
2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
For video game lovers and teens alike, here is a graphic novel, illustrated by Jen Wang, that captures what is real life and online life.
Anda loves the online roleplaying game Coarsegold Online. This game makes Anda a fighter, a leader, and a hero. She can make friends easily in the online world. She befriends a gold farmer character who in real life is a Chinese kid in poverty. His avatar collects valuable items and sells them to players from developed countries illegally. Soon Anda must face the real life consequences of those in the game and reevaluate her own situation.
3. The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico
This book focuses on the Colombia drug conflicts in the mid 1970’s and 80’s. This story is based in New York and focuses on a group of high school girls and their experiences. Each girl has an impact on the parents, teachers, housekeepers, and warlords in this guerrilla fighter type of book.
One of the girl’s parents are on a holiday vacation and have left her alone, but things take a weird turn when there is no phone connection, news of insurgency on the radio and a mysterious knock on her door. For another girl her teacher is reciting Shakespeare while the captors of the classroom watch. One of the girls’ classmates escapes from Colombia to New York city clubs. They are unable to forget their journey without white powder on hand.
All these girls are intersected in many ways, watch as their stories unfold and they are able to touch each other on their journeys.
4. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
A mystical read that will have you escaping to the forest while your’e soaking your toes at the pool this summer.
Finely Hart has parents who are hiding their problems. She is sent to her grandparents for the summer, yet she’s never met them before. If that wasn’t awkward enough, her ‘blue days’ have come and gone frequently and she gets overwhelmed.
5. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
A graphic novel with adventure, connection, and hint of mystery/fantasy.
Bea is on the run and encounters Lou. Next thing you know, your on a journey to West Texas and try to comprehend the strange things following you and happening. The land morphs into unsettling territory, a cat joins them for the ride, and are haunted by dangerous men. These women must learn to trust each other. Buried truths, shared heartbreak and loss, and one revelation of sexual assault. Lou and Bea find human connection with each other in the midst of chaos.
I hope these books take you on a journey like no other. For more suggestions on books to read this summer go to Bookstr.
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