Get Ready for a Sensational Summer With Seven Iconic Summery Reads

These seven books exude much-needed summer vibes to help you get through any season of the year. Read on for these spectacular recommendations!

Fiction Recommendations Romance Young Adult
Book jackets for The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston, and Every Summer After by Carley Fortune against a pink background with tropical leaves coming out of opposite corners.

Summer is a season of becoming, gratitude, relaxation, and love. With everything in full bloom, there is much cheer and nostalgia to soak into. While getting sunkissed at the beach or stargazing on a clear night, bring along a sizzling romance, a heartwarming, youthful coming-of-age tale, or simply an iconic summery read with this list of breezy books!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Book jacket for The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. On a light teal background, framing the title and author name, are different kinds and colors of seashells.

For Belly, summer is the only time that matters. She depends on summers, always counting down the days until June when she can be home in the beach house with Susannah and reunite with Jeremiah and Conrad. Jeremiah and Conrad have been staples since Belly’s first summer, morphing between something like her brothers to her crushes, nothing more than friends — that is, until one fateful romantic season.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Book jacket for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. The title is written in purple and the author name is written in blue. Behind them is an image of a woman's lower half of her body, posing with one leg crossed behind another and one hand in her jean pocket.

Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen are life-long friends, platonic soulmates destined to be together forever. In this stunning coming-of-age tale of friendship and love, a magical pair of Traveling Pants tours the world with these four friends, touching more lives than an ordinary pair of pants would.

Hurricane Summer by Asha Ashanti Bromfield

For as long as she can remember, Tilla has wished and worked for her father’s love. When she’s forced to spend the summer with him on his annual trip to Jamaica, Tilla turns her dread into discovery, hoping to finally figure out what Jamaica holds that her father absolutely cannot live without.

Book jacket of Hurricane Summer by Asha Ashanti Bromfield. A painting of a Black woman basks in the water colored rain. A pink hibiscus flower is tucked behind her ear. She wears a dainty butterfly necklace and white strappy top.

Her life unravels when unprecedented secrets start to surface, coinciding with an actual storm — an impending hurricane. Tilla must endure an internal, interpersonal battle, find her voice, and navigate her relationship with her father while surviving the hurricane.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Told over the course of six breathless summers and one heartbreaking weekend, Every Summer After follows the love story of Persephone Fraser and Sam Florek. Since making the worst mistake of her life ten years ago, Percy exchanged the beautiful summers at Barry’s Bay for a guarded life in the city. Keeping all her relationships at arm’s length, Percy never thought there would be a reason to go back until Sam’s mother passes away and Percy is transported right back into the home she never thought she’d see again.

Book jacket for Every Summer After by Carley Fortune. Painted is a lake with a man and a woman jumping off of a dock in bathing suits. The title is written in bright orange and the author name is written in white. Reviews are scrawled in blue.

Almost instantly, the old flame between Sam and Percy reignites, and the summers spent on the lakeside, working shifts at Sam’s family restaurant, and cuddling together with books in hand are fresher than ever. Memories of a breathtaking friendship turned to romance, turned bitterly sour, are etched and raw in their minds. They may never know if their love can prosper until Percy confronts her mistakes and reconciles their past decisions.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Book jacket for I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Rainbow, gradient sun beams frame the title. A rainbow gradient stripe with reviews is on the edge of the cover.

Twins Jude and Noah were inseparable until one sudden incident uprooted their lives and their relationship. Jude used to be daring, strong-headed, and always taking charge, while Noah honed in on his artistic abilities and fell in love with the boy next door. Now, Jude’s met an intriguing, irresistible boy as well as a puzzling mentor, changing her trajectory. Told in split points of view, Jude and Noah will have to reunite as a sibling duo to rewrite the story of their lives.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

To cope with her family’s move from California to Alabama, Chloe Green has her sights set on winning valedictorian at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The only person standing in the way of her dreams is Shara Wheeler, the comically perfect daughter of the academy’s principal. Without warning, Chloe’s carefully curated plan goes awry when Shara Wheeler kisses her at prom and immediately vanishes.

Book jacket for I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston. A teenage girl with blonde hair and green eyes holds up a pink envelope with hot pink lipstick kiss marks. The title is written on the envelope. The background is a lime green.

Shara leaves behind two other victims: Smith, her high-school sweetheart quarterback boyfriend, and Rory, the classic mysterious bad boy. The only thing linking the three is Shara’s kiss and the trail of puzzling notes revealing much more than Chloe ever expected. To rightfully earn her spot as valedictorian, Chloe must find Shara before graduation and before the last summer before college, but what else will she discover on this journey?

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Alex and Poppy have absolutely nothing in common, but one fateful car share home from college has cemented an unlikely friendship. Poppy, wild and insatiable, lives in the bustling city of New York, while Alex, a clean-cut homebody, has stayed content in their small hometown. But for one week each summer, Poppy and Alex meet for a stellar vacation. That is, until two years ago when their ill-fated decisions completely cut all ties between them.

Book jacket for People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. On an orange background, two people on white pool chairs lounge. One is a woman in a green, two-piece swimsuit, matching headband, and black circle sunglasses.  The other, towards the back, is a man in a beige button-up and orange shorts and shoes, reading a green book. He also has black sunglasses. Palm tree leaves frame the cover.

Emotionally stuck, Poppy calls on Alex for one last vacation, one last chance to fix the mess between them. He agrees, but now the time is ticking for Poppy to confront the truth about her and Alex’s tumultuous relationship.

We hope these books make their way onto your TBR today. They will definitely make a perfect poolside read!

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