7 super summer reads for teens

Published on: 09 July 2019 Author: Katy Cannon

Katy Cannon's book The Switch-Up - the tale of two girls who swap lives after meeting on a plane from LA to London - is the perfect summer read: full of fun and romance.

Now, if you're looking for more ideas about what to pack in your suitcase or enjoy in your garden this summer, you're in luck! Katy picked out seven of her favourites for us...

1. Super Awkward by Beth Garrod

The front cover of Super Awkward

The holiday from hell (in a caravan in Wales, which I can totally identify with) leads to a potential romance with 17-year-old Zac. But can Bella's holiday romance survive a return to reality? The brilliantly awkward Bella gives us lots of cringe, charm and buckets of friendship.

Read our review of Super Awkward

2. Boy Meets Hamster by Birdie Milano

Another caravan holiday rec, but it's Cornwall this time (I can't help it - most of my holidays ever have been in caravans, so I have a soft spot for them). In Boy Meets Hamster, 14-year-old Dylan is falling for the cute boy in the caravan next door - if he can just avoid his romance being thwarted by a giant hamster mascot...

3. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

It wouldn't be summer (for me, anyway) without a romantic read from Sarah Dessen. And this one's all about weddings! Could it be more summery? And can Louna, a romance cynic after all the weddings she's seen as the daughter of a famed wedding planner, find faith in happy-ever-afters again, despite her own experience of tragedy?

4. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

The front cover of To All The Boys I've Loved Before

It's the book that spawned the Netflix movie! Crushes, cookies and inappropriate letter-writing. Very cute, contemporary YA romance.

5. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Another summer wedding story! Charlie, the youngest of five siblings, is excited to have her whole family together for her big sister's big day. If only literally everything wasn't going wrong, it would be the perfect wedding! Three chaotic days of story that will make you glad all you need to do is get up and fetch another ice cream before reading some more.

6. Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale

First in a new series from the inimitable Holly Smale, this book focuses on the younger of the incredibly famous Valentine siblings, Hope, as she tries to rewrite her life into a romantic movie... A fun, light and summery read spanning London to LA.

Read our review of Happy Girl Lucky

7. The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

The front cover of The Confidence Code for Girls

A non-fiction read to finish, and one I'm currently enjoying with my daughter (and still learning from). Packed with useful advice, comic strips, quizzes, lists and 'what would you do?' dilemmas, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants to walk back into school in September with a little more confidence.

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