Summer days and summer nights are made for reading, especially in Southern CA. Get started right on your 2014 selections with our Summer Reading Kickstarted young adult event! Last summer’s Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland chronicled Cricket’s summer working as a chambermaid and falling in love with her best friend’s younger brother; Cricket’s journey continues in Nantucket Red.
The Kirkus review of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone states it’s "a winning blend of touching moments, memorable characters and situational humor takes readers to a surprising revelation at the story’s end."
Celebrate the launch of Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin – the latest by the author of the popular The Daughters series. As in most of her books, themes of class and prosperity are interwoven with romance. This time Rory McShane examines what she values in life and boyfriends.
(Jessi Kirby was originally scheduled, but has unfortunately had to cancel her appearance.)
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Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory's no longer the hired help at the Rule family mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can't help but wonder if she really belongs in Connor's world.
Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who's kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He'd be the perfect summer fling -- so why can't she seem to forget about Mike?
Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, "Since Last Summer," a companion novel to "Rules of Summe"r, is the perfect beach read.
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Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers "almost" everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.
When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.
But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart.
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel that "Booklist "called "rich in its characterizations, deep in its reflections about teenage life, and compelling as a mystery" in a starred review.
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she's about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap--one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery--she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High--perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna's journal tells a different story--one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane's jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna's journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live--and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of "Second Chance Summer "and "Amy and Roger's Epic Detour."
Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend--someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
"Apple picking at night?" Okay, easy enough.
"Dance until dawn?" Sure. Why not?
"Kiss a stranger?" Wait...what?
Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her--and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter--who knows what she'll find.
"Go Skinny Dipping?" Um...
Sarah Dessen says this "incredible first novel" is "fresh and wise, all at once."
"I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.
"Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love--a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing--not the sea glass that collects along the shore, and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death--stays buried forever."
A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in what Sarah Ockler calls a "beautiful, engaging journey with heart, humor, and just a pinch of Texas sass."
Three days after learning of her brother Finn's death, Honor receives his last letter from Iraq. Devastated, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously sets off to California to fulfill it. At the last minute, she's joined by Rusty, Finn's former best friend.
Rusty is the last person Honor wants to be with--he's cocky and obnoxious, just like Honor remembers, and she hasn't forgiven him for turning his back on Finn when he enlisted. But as they cover the dusty miles together in Finn's beloved 1967 Chevy Impala, long-held resentments begin to fade, and Honor and Rusty struggle to come to terms with the loss they share.
As their memories of Finn merge to create a new portrait, Honor's eyes are opened to a side of her brother she never knew--a side that shows her the true meaning of love and sacrifice.
A powerful novel about hope and heartbreak, "as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship" ("Publishers Weekly," starred review).
Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out--except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.
Taylor hasn't been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who's all grown up...and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she'd rather leave in the past--but she can't run away this time.
As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance--with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose. From Morgan Matson, the "PW" Flying Start author of "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour," this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.