1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Why it’s beach perfect: It’s short and meaty. It’ll also make you feel like a grownup.
What it’s about: Rowell’s most awaited adult novel comes with a dash of reality and a whole lot of complexity. Georgie knows her marriage is in trouble and when her husband leaves with their kids, she’s plagued with immobility. She’s presented with the chance to change things from the past, but should she really grab this chance and salvage her marriage?
2. Blankets by Craig Thompson
Why it’s beach perfect: Because it’s too hot and this gem of a graphic novel can cool you down.
What it’s about: An autobiographical comics that tackles faith, brotherhood and first love, it chronicles the story of the author from childhood to adulthood. Here, he raises questions about the Christianity he knows and his first love.
3. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Why it’s beach perfect: You can finish it in under 2 hours, just enough time for you to soak in all the sun.
What it’s about: A love story told in a series of dictionary-like entries, depicting the relationship of the author with the lover and his notions of what love is. There’s no start nor end in this book. You can begin reading at any random page and you won’t be spoiled.
4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Why it’s beach perfect: Despite a rather peculiar writing style, it’s a breeze to read, ideal for a day at the beach. Just ignore what people say about the ending.
What it’s about: The Sinclaire family is rich powerful and beautiful, but Cadence wishes to veer away from the family. Secrets, lies, and an accident make up the story and how living with the glory of one’s family name wraps Cadence in misery.
5. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
Why it’s beach perfect: The first book in the Vivian Apple series gives us a heroine to root for, much different from her YA counterparts.
What it’s about: Vivian cynically waits for the Rapture while her Evangelical parents faithfully believe in it. On the day of the Rapture, her parents are gone and Vivian resolves to bring them back. She, with the help of two others, embarks on a journey to find her parents.
6. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Why it’s beach perfect: A light read that has the right amount of heart and wit.
What it’s about: Ezra is the school it boy — popular, a star athlete, and well-liked. Everything changes one night when he got into an accident and shattered his knees and his social life along with it. As he tries to adjust to his new life, he realizes that many of the people he knew are different from what they seem.
7. The Body by Stephen King
Why it’s beach perfect: King’s novella is sad, poignant, and short enough to read before the sunblock wears off on your skin.
What it’s about: Set in the ’60s, four boys go on a journey to find the body of a boy allegedly killed by a train. What they find is a mystery but also the realization that it’s a cruel, cruel world.
8. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Why it’s beach perfect: The book finds warmth and humor in Lennie’s sad story. It’s easy enough to get lost in Lennie’s world during a hot summer day.
What it’s about: Lennie Walker is happy to live in the shadows of her big sister, Bailey. But when Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie finds herself filling in big shoes and in the center of romance between Bailey’s boyfriend and the new boy in town.
9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Why it’s beach perfect: Books like this may be a great topic for book reviews found on Bestessays.com but it’s best read during idle days.
What it’s about: Christie’s masterpiece is a classic read. It’s one of the building blocks of detective fiction. Ten guests are invited in a house located in an isolated island. They’re faced with a recording of reasons why each one of them are guilty of a crime. One by one, the guests are killed based on the nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians.
10. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Why it’s beach perfect: Because it’s a road trip young adult novel, of course, it’s an ideal read during vacation.
What it’s about: On Leila’s road trip to Alaska, she meets four people who are at the crucial points of their lives. These four teens find a friend in Leila, and even though she’s just a stranger passing, she tries to help them in little ways.
11. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Why it’s beach perfect: Novels about Stockholm Syndrome may not be able to sit well with some people, but this one offers a great character study.
What it’s about: Gemma is kidnapped in Bangkok airport and swept away by a gorgeous young man to the Australian outback. Gemma writes the letter months after the captivation and reminisces the time of confusion.
12. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Why it’s beach perfect: If you haven’t read this series, summer is a great time to start.
What it’s about: Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts gives a realistic depiction of a 16-year-old trying to fit in in school and at home. Jessica Darling struggles to adjust as her best friend, the only one who understands her, has moved to a different state.
13. Naked by David Sedaris
Why it’s beach perfect: Monotonous hot afternoons are best punctuated with a funny read.
What it’s about: David Sedaris shares poignant and hilarious stories of his life. This memoir dips from being nostalgic to downright outrageous. All layers are bared as Sedaris paints a comedic childhood and adulthood with a peculiar family in the picture.
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