Young Adult Summer Reading Guide

Young Adult Summer Reading Guide

June 19, 2017
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It’s summertime, the perfect part of the year when kids and teens are out of school. It’s when a person can just hang up an Eno and read, or relax on the beach with a good book, or enjoy the air conditioning of the indoors and pick up a nice new novel. Yet, sometimes, it can be hard to find that perfect vacation book. If you’re stuck with that problem, I have a few recommendations that could help you out this season.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
This is the first book in the Waterfire Saga, a set of four books, and it’s a perfect series for summer- it’s about mermaids. The story centers around Serafina, the crown princess of a mermaid kingdom, who experiences strange dreams warning of an awakening of evil. But Serafina must concentrate on her performance at her Dokimí ceremony, a trial to see if she if worthy of the crown and become officially betrothed to Prince Mahdi. However, when an assassin’s arrow wounds Serafina’s mother, things go terribly wrong. In order to set things right, Serafina and her best friend Neela must embark on a quest. They must find who hired the assassin in order to prevent a war between the mer- nations. But nothing is simple and Serafina and Neela have to unravel the mystery before everything they know is destroyed.

This entire series is extremely intriguing. It keeps you on your toes, or maybe even fins! It’s an amazing summer read, particularly if you’re planning to have a book while the ocean splashes at your toes.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
You probably already know the premise of this book. Harry Potter lives with his unkind aunt and uncle who could care less about him. But on his eleventh birthday, Harry receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to tell him that he is to be studying there to become a wizard starting September 1st. Yet as exciting as this new world is, danger also lurks at every corner, and with a castle the size of Hogwarts, there are quite a lot of corners. Join Harry as he goes to Transfiguration class, Quidditch practice, and makes friends by beating up trolls. Go on the adventure of a lifetime to the castle that’s been waiting for you in a world that is stunningly crafted. Read Harry Potter.

Whether you’ve never even looked at the movie posters, or you’ve read the series twelve times over, Harry Potter is always a great summer read. It’s a beloved series that you can read anywhere, though trying to tug around all seven books can be a little tough. So start with The Sorcerer’s Stone and work your way up to The Deathy Hallows – it’s always worth it.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Do you like cyborg fairytales set in the future? This might sound a little iffy, but Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, is the start to a book series you never thought you needed until you read it. The story is about sixteen-year-old Cinder who lives on a post-World War IV Earth where plague read it. The story is about sixteen-year-old Cinder who lives on a post-World War IV Earth where plague is rampant and there’s a huge threat from the queen of the colony on the moon, also known as Luna. Cinder is a cyborg, which means she’s considered a technological terror to most of society, and works as a mechanic to provide for her evil adoptive mother and her two daughters. But being a cyborg has its perks, one of which is to help her mechanic job. Cinder is such a renowned mechanic that she gets a visit from the crown prince, Kai, himself. Yet, tragedy strikes when Cinder’s youngest sister, and only human friend catches the plague. So, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her to be a lab rat and help with plague research. But once the scientists get ahold of her, they discover something truly different about her, something that others would kill for.

It may sound a little confusing or weird, but once you get into it, there’s no going back. It’s a thrilling series full of action, romance, and based on all of your favorite fairytales growing up, like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. It’s a great summer read to just sit back, relax, and get transported to the future. After all, even in the future, the story begins with, “Once upon a time…”

The Selection by Kiera Cass
This young adult novel is the first book in The Selection Series. It follows America Singer, a girl who lives in the future where caste systems divide the people, with eights being the lowest and ones being the royal family. America is in love, but she has a problem. The boy she wants to marry is a six, a caste lower than her. On top of that, the Selection is taking place, and America’s mother desperately wants America to sign up. The Selection is when the crown prince comes of age, 35 girls are chosen in a lottery and sent to the castle. There, the prince will get to know the them, and one lucky girl will be chosen as the next queen and the wife of the prince. In a mixed-up series of events, America enters the Selection, and gets chosen. America starts off completely against the prince, but as time goes on, America finds a future she’d never dreamed of ahead of her, and an impossible choice to make.

The Selection is totally cheesy, and a little frustrating at times, however, it is a delightful book. It’s also an easy read, which makes at really great summer novel. It’s perfect for a long road trip, or for just chilling in your backyard.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This novel is considered a classic mystery, if you’re looking for something to spice up your summer reading. The Orient Express, a notorious train, has been stopped a little after midnight due to a snowdrift blocking its path. The next morning, Samuel Ratchett, a millionaire, is found dead in his room with stab wounds and a door locked from the inside. It soon becomes clear that only one of his fellow passengers could have taken Ratchett’s life. So, detective Hercule Poirot decides to take the situation into his own hands by discovering the murder- before it’s too late.

It’s perfect timing to read this novel, as the movie for it is coming out this fall. The movie includes a very star-studded cast and looks to be pretty popular already. This is one of those classic novels that’s good for reading over break or on vacation at the beach.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This heartwarming novel centers around Auggie Pullman, a kid going into the fifth grade. But Auggie isn’t a normal kid. He has a birth defect causing his face to look really different, and it’s his first year going to real school. While Auggie is the sweetest kid you’ll ever meet, bullies still exist, and Auggie must do his best as he navigates school. Told from multiple perspectives, Wonder covers many topics including love, loss, and family. A true classic, Wonder is a story for everyone.

This summer, Wonder is coming out as a movie. Wonder is a great movie to read on a rainy day, or one of those days where it’s too hot to go outside. It teaches so many lessons, is quite the tear jerker, and is a perfect summer read for, well, everybody.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina is a secret girl, a hidden girl. She lives with her father in the basement of Biltmore House and only goes out at night, her prime time. But evil is stirring at Biltmore House, evil only Serafina can stop. So, join Serafina in her fight against the Man in the Black Cloak, her fight to save everything she holds dear. Join Serafina as she finds friends for the first time and as she becomes who she truly is.

The third book in this series, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, will be released this summer, so it’s perfect timing to read the first and second books again. Robert Beatty is a local author, and it’s interesting to see places in our area woven throughout his books. Serafina and the Black Cloak is perfect to read while hanging out in the woods or after taking a hike through the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Overall, there are a lot of stunning summer books out there. However, these are just my top few. I hope you can enjoy them as much as I do. Summer is the perfect time for reading. Just, don’t forget to read the required books for on your summer reading list for school. So get up, head to the local library or get to the bookstore and get reading!

Jordan Mundy

I live in Asheville and go to a local high school. I was chosen to be a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps during middle school, and adore reading and writing of any type: creative writing, poetry, and of course, journalism. I also like acting, singing, and public speaking. You can usually find me doing any of the things stated above, or hanging in my Eno!

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