Summer Suggestions: Five Books to Read

Hi, Sailors! The school year is almost over, and it’s time to unwind and take a break from the stress of school. And as you plan out your summer activities, especially the summer reads, here are a few books that you should consider squeezing into your plans.

1. American Royals by Katharine McGee

What if America’s government was akin to Britain’s? What if we had a government led both by Congress and the royal family? Explore an alternate version of our modern world with dominating monarchies – and where love still is an issue of much debate, for it has the power to change the course of history.

This is a tale of two princesses, two prince’s hearts and one crown. This is a drama-packed story about American royals.

Available on OverDrive

2. The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

It’s a tug-at-your-heart story about two young runaway sisters and their new ‘brothers’ struggling to survive in the streets of a bustling metro city. A glorious display of the strength of friendship, resilience and survival, this story will inspire readers. 

Venkatraman highlights the struggles of the homeless children while revealing the true meaning of home and family.

Available at Newport Beach Public Library

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Following the tale of Hannah Baker, a high school freshman, and the 13 people who led her to suicide, the book will leave you with chills. Asher presents an intriguing storyline that, while a work of imagination, still touches on the real issue of suicide and how seeming innocent activities can create devastating ripple effects.

It starts with a “hot or not list” but ends up with one person dead and 13 others on the hook.

Available on OverDrive

4. I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones

An absolute page-turner, the book follows two teen girls – one black, the other white – as they find their way back home through a violent race riot. The characters must overcome their prejudices and learn to trust each other, for their life depends on it.

While a work of fiction, it is infused with real-life connections, like the Charlottesville riot, that challenge the reader to confront their prejudices and analyze racial tensions in America.

Available on OverDrive

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Inspired by Vizzini’s own struggles with depression, the book tells an authentic and believable story about Craig, a 15-year-old who becomes overwhelmed by his school’s intense academic pressure. His stress manifests itself into eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.

Ultimately, the novel addresses resisting peer pressure to find out who you are. And while a heavy topic, Vizzini has infused the book with many moments of humor.

Available on OverDrive