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Teen Board Question - June 2018, Part 1

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Teen Board Question - June 2018, Part 1

Summer break is finally here and we’re finalizing our vacation TBRs with all of the beach reads, fantasies and highly buzzworthy titles we've been hearing about for months. We know that many schools assign a summer reading lists for their students, so we decided to ask our Teen Board members which books they would put on assigned reading lists if they were in charge. Read below to learn about the books they think every teen should read this summer.


During the summer I am usually in the mood for cute contemporaries which is why this list is mostly that genre. The first book I want to read this summer is PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky. This book is a classic and I am sad to say I have not read it yet. It will definitely be a book I read this summer. The next book on my list is ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell. This book has such an interesting premise and I am sure I will love it so I will definitely be reading it by the pool or at the beach this summer. The next book that is on my list is SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Manson. This book takes place in the summertime so how can I not read it this summer!! And the last book I hope to read this summer is SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli. This book was popular when the movie came out a couple of months ago but I have not had the chance to pick it up. Of course there are so many more books I hope to pick up but these are just a few. I cannot wait for the summer so I am able to pick up all these amazing books. --- Abigail D.

1. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr --- A touching and beautifully written story about a chance encounter between a blind French girl and a German orphan during World War Two. I love this book because it offers a more nuanced view of a major historical event that is often presented in black and white. It also conveys deeper messages that remain relevant to us today.
2. WARCROSS by Marie Lu --- A lighter read you won't be able to put down, this book has it all - romance, fighting, a mystery, a competition... I think it would be great on a summer reading list because it's enjoyable and also makes us think about the imminent dangers of technology.
3. THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath --- In such a dark time when suicides are becoming more common, this book helped me to understand the struggles people face that would make them take their own life. I also really appreciated the message of hope at the end of the book as well as the feminist message. --- Alice D.

There are so many amazing books that would make my perfect reading list, but here are five of my favorites.
1. LEGEND by Marie Lu: LEGEND is a book that means so much to me because it was the book that got me into YA and, at the time I read it, it was the first book that I had stayed up all night reading. LEGEND is a great story and the characters are fantastic! If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.
2. LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare: LORD OF SHADOWS was my favorite book of last summer and it is one of the best books I read last year. It took me so long to get over LORD OF SHADOWS, but I'm so glad I read it because it was great and I am beyond excited for QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS. This novel is so well written and even though it was heartbreaking, it was a thousand times better than LADY MIDNIGHT (an already pretty great book). LORD OF SHADOWS has its funny and sad moments, but summer is the perfect time to read it so that you don't have to worry about schoolwork getting in the way, because I never wanted to put it down.
3. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon: This book was so good, I have hardly anything to say except that THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR made me so genuinely happy and it is a beautifully written novel that anyone would like.
4. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo: SIX OF CROWS is an awesome heist novel with spectacular characters and a great plot. It is easily in my top three favorite books of all time and definitely a great, adventure-y book to read on summer vacation.
5. PAPER TOWNS by John Green: Even though PAPER TOWNS isn't my favorite John Green book (I still like it though) I have read it a couple of times in previous summers and it has a summery theme that I really love. I am a huge John Green fan and I feel like PAPER TOWNS is the most summer-appropriate novel of his, especially because I would consider it to be one of John Green's most "fun" books. --- Ansley K.

My goal this summer is to read and finish all of the books that I did not get to you in the past school year —- catching up on Sarah J. Maas’s new releases, Becky Albertalli’s new book LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, finally finishing STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor, and getting to all the classics that I’ll no doubt have to read in the upcoming school year. Now that I’m going to college and do not have band camp this summer, I will no doubt finally get to sit down, read, and be happy. --- Bryn D.

My perfect summer reading list would include a variety of young adult fiction and classics. For the young adult books, I would choose DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor and DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. I would assign the first book because it is an immersive read that explores the themes of hope and love during an angelic/chimaera war; I would assign DIVERGENT because it is a quick-paced novel that will engage the reader with its sequences of action and themes of trust and bravery. For the classics, I would assign WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte and THE STRANGER by Albert Camus. I would assign WITHERING HEIGHTS so that readers explore the dangers of revenge and hatred and would assign THE STRANGER so that people get a sense of discovering about if life truly has purpose. --- Daniella R.

My go to summer reading list would include a lot of fast paced contemporaries which work as perfect beach reads. A few examples are:
EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone: This book is an amazing contemporary with a large cast of well developed characters and serious issues. It’s a bit intended but definitely worthwhile.
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera: This book is another great contemporary. It’s super fast paced and it’s perfect for a few hours at the beach.
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIEN’S AGENDA by Becky Albertalli: To finish off the list, I would definitely include this book. It’s a funny and light read and is also great to read now because the movie just came out. --- Danielle F.

Here are books that I would put on my perfect summer reading list:
1. CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman. This book is a definite must-read for high schoolers and it would work well as a summer reading book because it is so captivating that it can be read quickly and enjoyed by all. It hits a tough topic of mental illness and would educate students on mental health and provoke some interesting classroom and peer discussions which I believe is the whole point of summer reading-- to teach students in an enjoyable way.
2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would assign this book as a summer reading book because it is very entertaining, short, and takes place mostly over the summer. But at the same time, it has great educational value to it and students would not only enjoy it but be able to take something away from it.
3. NICE TRY JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke is a relatively new book to the YA world but would make a really fascinating summer read, especially for students going into their senior year with fears about the future. This book covers mental health, independence, and relationships among many other topics and would be a valuable read for high schoolers and would definitely enrich a teenager’s life.
4. Summer reading books are usually very dense and heavy, so to combat this and give students something that they could really enjoy and would get students excited about reading, I would assign ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus. This book is just a very enjoyable read, but also includes topics that have merit for discussion and education. Students who read this book would be excited about reading and even forget they were doing homework! --- Ellie T.

My perfect summer reading list would include things such as:
1. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE because it a wonderful story that I had to study in English this past school year.
2. Harry Potter series because yes, I have only watched the movies, and I want to read the books before I go to college :)
3. Eragon series because it is my mom's favorites series and I have heard nothing but good things about it! --- Emily F.

My summer TBR list would definitely include some of my favorite books as well as books that I want to read. The top five are:
1. ONE DARK THRONE by Kendare Blake (sequel to THREE DARK CROWNS)
2. THE DARK PROPHECY by Rick Riordan
3. WAR STORM by Victoria Aveyard
4. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE EVER LOVED BEFORE By Jenny Han
5. EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
It was hard to pick the top five but these are the books I am determined to read this summer. --- Flor H.

Summer is a time when I want to stay away from those classics that monopolize my time during the school year. I would most enjoy reading books that I simply did not have enough time for during the school year. CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE is a perfect example of that for me. It has impressive buzz and a spectacular premise that I can't wait to get my hands on this summer. I think I'm the only one who hasn't read it yet. WARCROSS is an example of a book that has been on my reading list forever now but is a;so on my school's reading bowl list for next year so that I will be both knocking one book off my list and getting prepared for next year at one time. Additionally, I have been waiting until a time when I can read the incredibly anticipated LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT in one sitting, and I plan to do that this summer. I also want to read LOVE & LUCK as it is focused on summer travel and perfectly fits the the summer mood! --- Grace P.

My perfect summer reading list would contain five amazing summer contemporaries because for me summer is the perfect time for those kind of books. I would recommend anything Morgan Matson, though it's hard to choose my favorite, I think AMY AND ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR would be my number one because music, road trips and romance is definitely my thing. I would also put ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins and TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han even though they're not "summer" books they're such cute contemporaries to read during the summer. For something a tad heavier I would recommend I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. This book blew my mind, but it's not in the same realm as my previous light hearted recommendations. The last book I would recommend is DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, this is such an underrated book that more people should read! --- Ilona K.

There are a few books I would recommend being on any teens summer reading list:
1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas: this book is incredibly important and tied in with current events. Whether as a mirror or a window, every teen will find value in this book.
2. SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson: SPEAK deals with an incredibly tough subject---sexual assault---but it does so with grace.
3. ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian: the world of ASH PRINCESS gives readers the opportunity to examine our preconceived notions of women's place in society and the different ways someone can be powerful.
4. SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME by Katie McGarry: this book has great insight on the school to prison pipeline while also providing a sweet love story. --- Isabel C.