Sunday, July 20, 2014

Top 11 Teen Summer Reads

So, summer is almost over and I've been seeing so many people complain about not yet finding the perfect summer read.
Well, the cute, quirky, and easy  teen summer reads  listed below (in random order) might just help you get out of your slump.


Beach Blondes: June Dreams, July's Promise, August Magic (Summer) 

By: Katherine Applegate


Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer.
Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy:

Adam, the senator's son, has looks, power, and all the money in the world.
Diver, the mystery man, is mellow, intriguing, and definitely unique.
And Seth, the perfect guy... only he has a girlfriend.

But with new friends, cute guys, and miles of hot white sand, Summer's in for more trouble than she thinks....

Page Length: 736 pages (should  keep you quite busy!)
Series: Yes
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The Summer I Turned Pretty 

By: Jenny Han

Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summer. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place a way from the beach house, away from Sussannan, and most importantly, away from Jerimiah and Conrad.
They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 

Paperback Print Length: 304 pages
Series: Yes
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The Summer I Found You 

By: Jolene Perry

16094953Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. 

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life.

When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
Hardcover Page Length: 256 pages
Series: No
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We Were Liars 

By: E. Lockhart

16143347 We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
Paperback Page Length: 240 pages
Series: No
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On the Fence 

By: Kasie West

18298225 She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.
With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on the basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out- she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
**I did a review on this, so check it out!**

Paperback Print Length: 304 pages
Series: No
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Since You've Been Gone 

By: Morgan Matson

18189606Before Emily, Sloane didn't go to parties, she  barely talked to guys and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend-- someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait...what?

Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her-- and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter-- who know's what she'll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um...
Hardcover Length: 464 pages
Series: No
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Chelsea isn't looking forward to her summer at the lake. It's the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can't break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny... and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can't believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful. 

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She'll be heading home at the end of the summer-- and he'll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea's summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

Paperback Print Length: 274 pages
Series: Yes(?)
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These Girls 

By: Sarah Pekkanen

These GirlsFamily secrets may shape us all, but it's the rich, complicated  layers of friendship that can save us.

Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance.

Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazines. It's a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. 

Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee's weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills--- despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she's heading for real danger.

Then there's Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby-- or why she left everything she once loved behind.

Pekkanen's most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different woman as they navigate the complications of careers and love--- and find the lifeline the need in each other.

Paperback Print Length: 336 Pages
Series: No
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104379The more things change...

As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.

Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.

Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect....

But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.

Hardcover Length: 208 Pages
Series: No
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The Spectacular Now 

By: Tim Tharp

 The Spectacular NowSUTTER KELLY.
 He's the guy  you want at your party. He'll get everyone dancing. He'll get everyone in your parents' pool.  Okay, so he's not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men's shirts for a living.  But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram's V.O., life's pretty fabululoso, actually. 

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee's clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it's up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee's not like the other girls, and before long he's in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else's life-- or ruin it forever.

Paperback Print Length: 294 pages
Series: No
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Paperback Print Length: 294 pages
Series: No
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The Truth About Forever 

By: Sarah Dessen

Expect the unexpected.

Macy's got her whole summer carefully planned. 

But her plans didn't include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn't include Wes.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

Paperback Print Length: 400 pages
Series: No
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Well... That's it! Again, these are in no specific order. 
These books are truly amazing ones, so if you're bored in the summer or you're going to the beach and need a good read, keep these book suggestions in mind!
Comment if you like any of these books! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On the Fence by Kasie West- Review

**I was provided with an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
On the Fence by Kasie West

Charlie Reynolds is not like the other girls. She's a tomboy, not the girly-girl type. She can outrun and outsmart any guy she wants to which is what makes her so special. When she is forced to work at some lame fashion place to pay off her speeding ticket(s), everything just completely changes for her.  She slowly develops into someone who she's just the opposite of. She relieves herself with almost-daily fence chat with her brother/actually neighbor Braden. But really, he's just making it worse. And worse. And worse. 

This book needs to turn into a film! Oh my gosh, oh how I wish I was Charlie. I was laughing my butt off so hard, and holy crap I  just want three hot brothers and a hot neighbor. Okay, so maybe that's a little weird (especially the hot brothers), but I'm telling you, you'll understand when you read this. 
 Charlie (Charlotte) is a tomboy who's not your typical girl. She dreads makeup, would wear sneakers over heels anyday, and wears athletic clothes all the time. She's great at sports, and would kick your ass anytime playing. When she crosses the line with all the speeding tickets she gets, she has to work at some chic boutique to pay off her debt. The thing is, it changes her. She starts wearing... makeup (ohmigod) and actually dresses nice! It's not like her at all. Along the way, she develops feelings for Braden. She's seriously devoted to just staying friends, because anymore than that and it could ruin them for good. She just can't help it.
She doesn't know how to act properly to everything. Her mother died when she was a young child, so her dad and her three- well, four- brothers were the only people to help. 
This book was freaking amazing. It's the perfect light summer romance read. It's so romantic in a quirky way, and I laughed way too much at some parts. It's just like a sad romantic comedy book. 
The guys in this book are sooooo dreamy. Especially Braden. Oh yes, you will want Braden. He's strong, cute, athletic, and caring. Charlie's brothers are the same, but if you're a guy and you hit on Charlie even the teeniest bit, you're going down. They won't hesitate to punch you. I just can't get enough of her brothers. They're so geeky and cute. 
I loved the characters. Especially the realness of her brothers. They were playful and fun when they had to be, and protective/ big brothery when they had to be. And her father acted like how a father would at times where he was raising a daughter by himself. The characterization was perfect. 
There was not one negative aspect of this book. It was written so smoothly, and I didn't get bored. Even during parts where I usually would skim, I made myself not. The author didn't overwrite any descriptive parts. 
Referring to my statement earlier, I seriously want to be Charlie. I also don't, but for the most part do. She's tall (5'11), athletic, pretty, strong, and charismatic. She just has many struggles in her life when she falls for Braden, dates the wrong guy, finds out the real truth, and becomes an entirely different person. Charlie is in a war with her enemy being herself. Only one side of her can win. I just adored her personality overall, despite any lashing out. 

West has written an amazing summer read. She had me saying
-Well now I'm depressed
- Can I date him like plz
and when finally finished
 It's such an adorable love story that you won't be able to put down. I would know, I read it twice!  It's intriguing enough to make you want to devour the whole thing in a day if you're just that interested (which you will be). The ending seems like a HEA, but I know that she's just trying to live off the pain. 
Buy this if you want a quirky, cute, and sweet guys. It has just a right amount of all. This is her third book, and three is a charm :) She hit the nail right on the head with this book. I cannot wait to read more of her amazing contemporaries. 
Rating: 5/5 stars 
Platform: ARC
Pages: 304
Age Target: 13+
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 1 2014

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