Once again, weâ€™re nearing summer. Graduation invitations are everywhere, and the
excitement for a summer break (or just summer itself for those out of school) is
almost palpable. While I love how YA books depict the craziness of the school
year, I also enjoy a book that focuses specifically on the end of the school
year or the summer. Even if graduation hasnâ€™t arrived yet, summer can still feel
like a certain kind of separation or change. Growing up, I never lived
immediately near my school friends, so sometimes I wouldnâ€™t see them at all
before the fall. Even for teens who do live near their friends, the range of
summer plans can very drastically from summer jobs to internships to summer
school to camps. Summers bring a change of season, but they can also a bring a
change of activities, of romance, of friends, and of family.
Here are 3 YA books that are set during the end of the school year/summer that
capture these changing feelings.
Katie Cotugno meets The Bridges of Madison County in a magnetic tale
about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.
Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her familyâ€™s farm. But
when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put
her plans for the futureâ€”and dreams of escaping her small townâ€”on hold.
Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasnâ€™t looked back. Years of working farm
jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without
answering to anyone. Heâ€™s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans
on leaving in Septemberâ€”until he meets Rose.
Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the
end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost
than never to have loved at all. . . .
Middie Daniels calls it the leaving season: the time of year when everyone
graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for
the first time.
This year Middie's boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving, heading to Central
America for a year of volunteering after graduation. And once he returns, it'll
be time for Middie to leave, too. With him. But when tragedy strikes, Middie's
whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is . .
. except for Nate's slacker best friend, Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten
along. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up
is downâ€”and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once
Cat Jordan's heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter
the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places.
A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend, and
the small town lies that have kept them apart. Leah Konenâ€™s The Last Time We
Were Us is perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Sara Zarr, and Gayle Forman.
Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend
MacKenzie are finally getting invited to all the best parties, and, with any
luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend
before the Fourth of July.
Then Jason Sullivan comes back to town. A million years ago, he was her best
friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd . . . and
before he attacked Innisâ€™s older brother and got sent away to juvie. All of
Bonneville still thinks heâ€™s dangerous, but Liz finds it hard to believe what
people say about her childhood friend. If word gets out sheâ€™s seeing him, she
could lose everything.
But what if thereâ€™s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many
more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out? Liz will have to
decide if she can trust herselfâ€”and her heartâ€”before itâ€™s too late.
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