The Twice Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones by Susie Day - This is about a girl who makes a wish and summons her future self, a year older, to help her become a cool and glamorous teenager. It's a fun read, told with great humour, and wonderful characters. And then you get the ending which I haven't QUITE forgiven Susie for even after nearly three years. BRING TISSUES.
Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison - One of the funniest books of the entire of last year for me, with brilliant characters. Superb.
Paper Towns by John Green - You can't have a list of summer books without a road trip story, surely? I was tempted by the superb Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, but as I've already got another of hers here, and I haven't read Maggie Harcourt's The Last Summer of Us yet (although it's getting FANTASTIC reviews!), I'll go for this. My favourite of John Green's books, I love the way he captures the last few days of a group of teenagers' school lives so well.
Summer Love edited by Annie Harper - There'll be a full review of this going up in a few days, but it is SO good that you should pre-order now rather than waiting for that! A bunch of heartwarming, fun, and gorgeous stories with characters and authors from all over the QUILTBAG spectrum.
We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen - The ultimate seafaring epic. An adventure story, a romance, a coming-of-age story, a war tale, a drama, and a comedy, and one of the greatest novels of this century so far.
Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph - This dual narrative, about a boy who becomes a hot new rock star on the back of a song he wrote about being dumped, and the girl who dumped him, is a fun, fresh and engaging story. A perfect summer read!
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - You're happy to be seen lying on the beach crying your eyes out, yeah? If so, take this with you! If you'd rather do your sobbing in private, perhaps leave it until the evening when you're back at the hotel - but either way, a must read if you haven't already devoured it.
Remix by Non Pratt - Capturing a music festival perfectly, Non's newest book - out in just a week or so! - is a gorgeous story of friendship with the same wonderful characterisation and great writing style that made debut Trouble (which would also be fabulous for this list!) a massive favourite amongst bloggers.
Starring Kitty/Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton - Sunny is perhaps more of an obvious beach read because of the setting, in the school holidays as friends Sunny, Hannah and Kitty go on a film course and get to know London. I couldn't recommend it without also suggesting you read the first in this series, though, a gorgeous LGBT love story!
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