One of the best things about summer is the fact that I have a lot of extra time to read. I really enjoy chilling out with a good book, but during the school year it just doesn’t happen for me. Reading during the school year is undoubtedly reserved for textbooks. So with all that extra time to read you need book recommendations right? I thought I’d share some books I find just perfect for summer!

If you love contemporary

Basically anything by Sarah Dessen.

Sarah Dessen has great contemporary books and just about every single one of them is the perfect summer read. The books are full of romance, real issues, and often the perfect beach location that every summer read needs. Here are a two that are especially perfect for your summer reading:

The Moon and More –  “Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby. Emaline’s mostly-absentee father also thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going? Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.”

That Summer- For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.”

If you love thriller / crime

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and he has a few books that are great for summer:

Beach Road“Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton, but his job barely keeps him in paperclips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and mega-celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll. Then a friend of Tom’s is arrested for a triple murder near a movie star’s mansion. Tom knows in his gut that Dante Halleyville is innocent. Dante asks him to represent him in what could be the trial of the century. Tom recruits Manhattan super-lawyer Kate Costello to help. She’s a tough hire, because Kate is his ex-girlfriend, but she agrees. In their search to find who really executed three locals, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to expose the killer-and what emerges is staggering. The final scenes of Beach Road unveil a truth that will leave readers gasping in shock.”

Lifeguard“The wildest thriller yet from ‘one of America’s most influential authors’ (New York Times). Working as a lifeguard at a luxurious Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way—except that she’s used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he’s used to burgers and flip-flops. So when Ned’s cousin offers to cut him in on a fast break-and-enter job, Ned can’t turn it down. The risk is high, and the reward is even greater-$5 million. But the robbery goes devastatingly wrong. Forced to run away from his town and the woman he’s fallen in love with, Ned knows that only distance and secrecy can save his life. But who is pursuing him? The FBI? Whoever sabotaged the heist? Or is it all somehow tied into his new love and his oldest enemies?”

Beach House“Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons’ elite—and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter’s body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone’s unlimited power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will have you reeling, and cheering, to the very last page.”

I really hope you were able to find a book or two to get caught up in this summer. If you have any recommendations yourself leave them in the comments below!

**Book summaries are from Goodreads**


Faith is one of the social media editors and content writer for Tribe Twenty One. She’s a sophomore  University of North Carolina at Charolette,majoring in Special Education and minoring in Sociology. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega, and has a true passion for helping other girls in college and connecting on social media.

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