Pool reads!Books to devour at the beach, by the pool or in the big, comfy chair in your living room.
By J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel
In the town of Middleburg, the railroad tracks mark the line between two rival gangs: the preppie and privileged Toppers, and the working-class Flatliners. When Raphael, the leader of the Flatliners, and Aimee, a Topper girl, fall in love, the two sides are prepared to fight—but not with guns and knives. The martial arts training of the two gang leaders, Raphael and Zhai, dictates a strict code of honor. The Toppers and Flatliners may be ready to fight each other, but are they ready to go against the darker forces that threaten Middleburg—and maybe the rest of the world? Dark Territory is an action-packed novel that will set you on edge, and keep you hanging on until the very end.
Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
Before Soviet officers barged into Lina’s home in 1941, Lina was just like any other fifteen year old Lithuanian girl. But when Lina was torn away from her father and her home and forced to work in a camp in Siberia with her mother and brother, she needed to fight for her life under the cruelest conditions. Ruta Septys creates a fictional story in a very real time period and world where she shines a light on the cruel and hidden truths of the past.
By Katie Kacvinsky
In an eerily possible futuristic world, everything is done on the computer. School, dating, shopping, and reading; everything is done by way of technology. Nobody leaves their house. And, for the most part, Maddie doesn’t mind the solitary life in this time and age. But then she meets Justin. Justin, who likes being with people, who believes that people aren’t meant to be alone. Suddenly, Maddie starts to feel like maybe there is a different and better way to live. How could that be, though, when society and her family is always telling her otherwise? Katie Kacvinsky creates a fearful world that rivals even those of Ally Condie and Suzanne Collins.
Thirteen Reasons Why
By Jay Asher
When Clay Jensen comes home from school one day to find a mysterious package in the mail with no return address, he couldn’t be more surprised. It contains seven audio cassette tapes. His excitement quickly turns to shock when, through the speakers, comes the voice of Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush . . . who committed suicide just two weeks before. Jay Asher’s debut novel Thirteen Reasons Why is very engrossing and will stay with you for a very long time. Although somewhat heavy for summer reading, this isn’t a book you want to miss out on.
What Happened to Goodbye
By Sarah Dessen
Angry about her parent’s divorce and her mother’s role in it, Mclean moves in with her father. This means a life on the move because of her dad’s new job; four towns in two years. While Mclean’s dad is busy fixing restaurants, Mclean is busy inventing new personas for herself. Whether she is a drama queen or a preppy cheerleader, Mclean is no longer Mclean, and she is still angry at her mom. But now, in Lakeview, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place, and leave Lizbet, Eliza, and Beth behind. But how can she be herself if she doesn’t even remember who the real Mclean is anymore? What Happened to Goodbye takes Dessen’s usual path through the hardships of family, first loves, and friendship in a new way.
By Erica O’Rourke
When Verity dies, Mo isn’t exactly sure what to believe. But after witnessing her murder, Mo can’t deny that her best friend was keeping secrets. To find the answers she wants and to get the revenge she desperately craves, Mo must enter a frightening world of magic and mystique, and choose between two very different guys: protective Colin, and mystifying Luc. How can she choose? Torn is full of endless plot twists, romance, and suspense.
By Lauren DeStefano
Sometime in the near future, modern science has led to a virus that causes males to die at age twenty-five, and females at age twenty. Every human being is now a ticking genetic time bomb. Young girls are kidnapped. Teenagers are sold into marriage to try and keep the population from dying out. When sixteen year old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, more is at stake than just her freedom. Her husband Linden’s father is scrambling to find an antidote to the virus that is so close to taking his life, and he isn’t afraid to collect corpses in order to test and experiment. All the while Rhine is dangerously attracted to Gabriel, a servant, and she enlists his help to attempt break free. Wither is Lauren DeStefano’s first novel, and a perfect suspenseful summer read.
by Simone Elkeles
Luis Fuentes is a good boy. He’s smart, funny, and dreams of being an Astronaut. And he has none of the angst that his two older brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always carried with them. But when Luis falls for the wrong girl and learns some disturbing things about his family, will the Fuentes angst and bad boy streak lure him to live on the edge like his girlfriend and father? Bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives both old and new fans a final, satisfying taste of the alluring Fuentes brothers.
Touch of Frost
Gwen Frost is a student at Mythos Academy: a school of magic, deadly fighting, and a place where Greek myths come alive. Lately, though, things have been getting strange; stranger than things normally are at Mythos, at least. A girl was murdered in the library, the Bowl of Tears—an ancient and magical artifact used to start the Chaos War—was stolen, and Logan Quinn, the deadliest and most attractive Spartan at school, seems to have taken interest in Gwen. Touch of Frost has just enough of everything to draw you in, and keep you turning the pages.
By Myra McEntire
Ever since her parents’ death, seventeen year old Emerson has been seeing things: swooning Southern Belles, soldiers long gone, phantoms. She’s tried everything, but these apparitions just keep on coming back. Desperate, when her brother brings in a consultant from an organization called Hourglass, Emerson is very willing to try what they offer. But when she meets Michael Weaver, and he believes everything she says, she can’t help but question this one last solution. Hourglass is a witty and haunting debut from Myra McEntire, encompassing both paranormal and science-fiction.
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