Catfairy’s Top Five Favorite Summer YA Books
1) Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block is my ultimate teenage YA queen! Any book by Francesca Lia Block is always a book I just eat up! FLB, was super popular in the 90’s but I recommend ANYONE that loves YA and poetic writing should read Francesca Lia Block! She is so inspiring and her words are so whimsical that I have to read them over and over to get the full effect of how lush her writing is! I started to read Francesca Lia Block when I was 16 years old and all angsty! After I read her first book Weetzie Bat it just brightened up my whole universe and I just became an addict for books written by FLB! When I first read Girl Goddess #9, I remember fondly reading it while sitting in my backyard and attempting to lather on suntan oil to try to tan my skin when it only fried in the end lol. This book is so special to me because it has different stories about girls, their flaws, and how they felt empowered in the end. The stories were so beautifully written with such deep subject matters but it was a light enough read for the summer!
2) Paper Towns by John Green:
This is out of all the John Green books I have read my favorite book hands down! The whole adventure that the characters went on just put me right in the summer mood! This story is about a boy who is in love with his next door neighbor. They go on an adventure together and suddenly she disappears! I loved the whole cat and mouse chase and the fact that it was set in Orlando, which I have a personal connection to since I lived there for 4 years! It was truly such an entertaining read! Plus who can forget the part where they broke into Sea World?!
3) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson:
I couldn’t do my favorite books of summer without including Morgan Matson! She is my summer queen! This book was my first intro to Morgan Matson and after reading this it just made me want to make my own crazy summer list! The whole book was just unputdownable and the characters were so entertaining to read about! SYBG is about a girl named Emily who has this ultra amazing best friend who just disappears out of nowhere but leaves behind a list of crazy things she should do for the summer! The character development with the MC Emily is amazing and I love her growth throughout the story! It also is a cat and mouse summer adventure type so grab your best friend for a buddy read and enjoy every minute of it!
4) Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Of course, I need more than one Morgan Matson book on this list! Unexpected Everything has a different premise than SYBG but it still leaves you with that same happy summer I-want-to-hang-by-the-pool feeling! Morgan Matson’s book is about a girl named Andie whose perfectly laid out summer plans go awry and it ends up being so worth it in the end! I love the romance that develops between Andie and Clark! They are one of my favorite YA book couples of all time! Clark will forever be one of my book boyfriends! Who can resist a hot and nerdy published fantasy writer?!
The MC Andie has the most amazing group of friends in this book and they definitely add to her summer adventures! I love how the book had a variety of characters and how they were a big part of the story instead of being left as just a plot device! They actually were well developed with all their cute quirks! I loved the part where one of her friends was just subjected to texting emojis for the whole summer! Too cute! Oh and what about that epic summer scavenger hunt?! A fun book all around! When you’re getting one of those summer book slumps read Morgan Matson!
5) How to Deal by Sarah Dessen
I cannot even remember what age I was when I read this book but when I read it I remember feeling like Sarah Dessen understood EXACTLY what I was going through growing up! Sarah Dessen was like a best friend you can tell all your secrets to in a slumber party! I could totally relate to Halley the main character and the growing pains she had to go through to be there for her “preggers” best friend Scarlett while falling in love with the bad boy all at the same time! Conflict! This is a perfect read because it has the easy read quality of a summer book and it is such a relatable book about the growing pains of finding yourself and figuring out what you want in your life!