If you’re looking at this post hoping to get some good ideas of books to help stimulate your mind while you’re off school for the summer – look somewhere else.
I’ve compiled a list of what are my type of “Beach Reads.” They’re the kind of books you don’t have to think about. The kind of books that are fun and light and perfect for vacations. I’m not saying they’re bad – they’re not – I’m just saying that you don’t have to think. You can take it to the beach, read for a while and get lost in the story while soaking up the sun. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the heroine finds out who the murderer is or if that guy is actually a serial killer disguised as a CIA agent. They’re not Stieg Larsson or Dan Brown.
Sometimes, all you really need is a good relaxing read. And just a little romance to keep things interesting.
- The Boys Next Door: Jennifer Echols
Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the guys.
But while Lori and the “baby” brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can’t deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean’s been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.
But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she’s girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard….
- Shadowland (The Mediator #1): Meg Cabot
–Jessie’s Thoughts: This is one of my favorite series by Meg Cabot. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it.–
Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.
- Ghost of a Chance: Laura Peyton Roberts
–Jessie’s Thoughts: Similar to The Mediator series. A fun and light read.–
Melissa Soul is looking forward to a long California summer—one sunny enough to make her forget her parents’ impending divorce and the ugly “For Sale” sign in her yard. Her goals are pretty basic: 1) avoid babysitting her annoying little brother, 2) hang out with her best friend, Chloe, and 3) manage to exchange a few intelligent words with Chloe’s gorgeous brother, Chaz.
But all that changes fast when Melissa meets the new “man” in Chloe’s life. Magnetic, mysterious, and eternally 18, James haunts Chloe’s 1920s mansion—and Melissa’s dreams. Melissa falls for him so hard that soon she forgets everything else, including the heartbreaking possibility that he might be in love with her best friend.
If two souls are meant for each other, can death—or even Chloe—keep them apart?
- Lucky T: Kate Brian
–Jessie’s Thoughts: Girl goes to India and learns great life lessons. Premise is a little weird, but it’s good, I promise.–
Carrie Fitzgerald is the luckiest girl: She is the only sophomore on the varsity basketball team, she always had the lead in the school play, and she has the cutest boyfriend in school. Carrie Fitzgerald is also the most superstitious girl: She attributes all of her good luck to a Moroccan T-shirt that her father sent her from one of his distant jaunts around the world. When her mother accidentally donates Carrie’s lucky T to Help India and her good luck starts running out, Carrie does what any logical girl would do — she travels halfway around the world to get it back. But as she scours a foreign land for her luck, she finds a lot more than she ever expected. She’s going to need more than luck to find her way back home again.
–Jessie’s Thoughts: The first few books in the Gallagher Girls series are basically just fun to read. The next few draw you in and you’re so involved that you can’t wait for the final book.–
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
- Peaches: Jodi Lynn Anderson
–Jessie’s Thoughts: I love the descriptions in this book. I could feel the heat and the peach fuzz sticking to my fingers.–
In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.
Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.
Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.
Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.
When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.