Now that summer is in full swing, take some time to catch up on new books that are guaranteed to take your mind off the heat and school’s impending return. Here are some picks for teens:
Orchards by Holly Thompson
Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (a Wicked Lovely book)
The political and romantic tensions that began when Aislin became Summer Queen threaten to boil over as the Faerie Courts brace against the threat of all-out war.
Girls in Love by Hailey Abbott (a Summer Girls novel)
Spending another summer in the picturesque town of Pebble Beach, Maine, teenaged cousins Jessica, Lara, and Greer face new dating challenges.
Tighter by Adele Griffin
Based on Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” tells the story of Jamie Atkinson’s summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer.
Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (a Carrie Diaries novel)
This new book in the Carrie Diaries series brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow” to the person she always wanted to be.
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (sequel to It’s Not Summer Without You)
The summer after her first year of college, Isobel “Belly” Conklin is faced with a choice between Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher, brothers she has always loved, when Jeremiah proposes marriage and Conrad confesses that he still loves her.
Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani
Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother’s play goes to Broadway.
OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Over the course of several summers on the Atlantic coast, Chase struggles with his feelings for his best friend’s sisters in the beach house next door while trying to get his own family through seemingly insurmountable problems.
Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, thrilling read, check out one of these new releases:
The Dead by Charlie Higson
As a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers head to London. Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School learn more about the Disaster, and meet an adult who seems to be immune to the disease.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (Relic Master, book 1)
Sixteen-year-old Raffi, Master Galen, and a mysterious traveler, Carys, enter the ruined city of Tasceron seeking a relic that may save the world, while evading the Watch, a brutal organization opposed to the Order to which Raffi and Galen belong.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
The Warlock by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 5)
Fifteen-year-old Josh has chosen to side neither with his twin sister Sophie nor with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but rather to fight alongside Dr. John Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare, while the immortal Machiavelli and Billy the Kid follow the Elders’ plans to set loose the monsters of Alcatraz on San Francisco and trigger the end of the humani race.
Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
Technically dead seventeen-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.