7 Riveting YA Summer Reads You Won’t Be Able To Resist

From mystery to fantasy romance, Bookstr has seven recommendations perfect for page turning in the sun.

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Looking for your next summer read? From fantasy romance page-turners to slice-of-life beach reads, we’ve got titles to keep you busy all throughout the sunny season. Read on for seven captivating tales that perfectly encapsulate the essence of summer. 

Beach Cute by Beth Reekles

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Dive into the story of Luna, Rory, and Jodie as their lives collide when they spend a vacation at the same resort. Luna is coming off of an unexpected breakup. Rory is mustering the courage to break the news to her family that she wants to pursue her dream of being an artist. Jodie is feeling adrift and wandering through both life and love. How will their story unfold when three girls with wildly different personalities collide in the suspended reality of a summer vacation? 

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

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Follow Kendra and Seth as their forced family visit becomes the adventure of a lifetime. When Seth’s preteen boredom with his grandparent’s creaky old house and his curiosity get the better of him, he accidentally discovers that their grandfather is the caretaker of a mystical refuge for all manner of creatures. With the ancient laws separating humans from spiteful faeries and devious witches of Fablehaven now broken, Kendra and Seth must journey through the sanctuary to return the forces of mystical evil to their bindings. To succeed, the siblings must rely on each other and prepare to face their deepest fears. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Press the boundaries of memory with Cadence Sinclair Eastman as she desperately wracks her brain to remember the events of her 15th summer. Two years later, tragedy still echoes around her, and everyone seems set on deception. Cady is left alone to piece together what exactly happened to her and her friends. As she delves into her memories, trying to separate fact from fiction, she discovers that the secrets her friends are keeping and the downfall of her prestigious family are inextricably linked. 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Watch a magnificent 1997 Shaker Heights home be engulfed in flames with three out of four Richardson siblings. The fourth Richardson, Izzy, who everyone suspects set the fire, has disappeared. Flashback to eleven months earlier and follow eccentric artist Mia and her daughter, Pearl, as they move to yet another city, Shaker Heights, and try to find both inspiration and grounding. Mia has promised Pearl that this will be their last move. Still, as Pearl finds herself entwined more profoundly and deeply with the high profile, complicated Richardson family, they find that things in Shaker are not as shiny as they seem, and turmoil lurks under the pretty facade. 

Thief Liar Lady by D.L. Soria

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Reimagine Cinderella in this enchanting retelling. Aislinn is an ambitious stepdaughter, powerful magic user, and con artist. She has never searched for happily ever after, nor does she believe in it. But she does believe in power, and one man can provide her with more than anyone else in the kingdom. Prince Everett is handsome, charming, and perfect on paper. But when Aislinn feels her heart tugged in a troublesome direction, and she ends up caught between her stepmother’s ambitions and the fate of the kingdom, will she be able to untangle her web of lies, or fall victim to her schemes? 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, book cover.
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Meet Dante and Aristotle, or Ari, as they forge a bond of friendship in 1987 in El Paso, Texas. Dante is expressive, articulate, and confident and has a strong relationship with his own emotions. Ari is preoccupied with thoughts of his imprisoned elder brother, introverted and holding onto too much anger. Despite their differences, they form a deep connection that encourages both young men to explore their dreams, connect with their identities, and face hard truths. They face significant challenges and must trust and rely on the power of friendship and something more profound to successfully navigate their turbulent adolescence. 

The Encanto’s Daughter by Melissa De La Cruz

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Join MJ Rodriguez in hiding in the human world as she harbors a life-threatening secret. As the only child of deceased King Vivencio, and half encanto, MJ is thrust back into the Sirena court as she is forced to resume her place as the rightful heir to the throne. As she fights to sway favor with a viperous council and discovers that her father’s death may not have been natural, MJ must seek help in unlikely places. Sir Lucas, a knight of the feared Sigbin Court, steals MJ’s heart, and she must decide if she can both pursue love and rule her kingdom. 

Whether you’re at the beach, the library, or even sneaking in a few pages on your lunch break, hopefully, you find one of these captivating reads too good to put down.


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