Life's a Beach

By Nikki Palazzo

There are a million reasons to read, but believe me when I say that every single one of the books collected here was chosen for the purpose of escapism. This list was compiled in winter so naturally all I wanted to do was escape to a warm, sunny beach. Even though I'll be cracking the spines from under a pile of blankets by the heater, I hope you'll love these books in any season.

  • We Were Liars

    2013 by E. Lockhart

    Spending summer vacation on a private island in New England should be luxurious, relaxing, and memorable. Well, the third adjective ends up being true; not so much the first two. This story has an eerie vibe as the suspense builds up to a huge plot twist at the end. You'll be glued to the book until the very last page so make sure you've got all necessary snackage at arm's length before you dive in.

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  • The Moon and More

    2013 by Sarah Dessen

    Sarah Dessen's books are known for being breezy summer reads perfect for lazy days of literary indulgence. She recently won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to young adult literature. Even though I am recommending The Moon and More because it's the most beachy of them all, any book of hers is a guaranteed pleasure.

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  • The Square Root of Summer

    2016 by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

    I guess this story is set in a sleepy seaside town but time and space has become so fluid it's hard to say with certainty. Gottie H. Oppenheimer (fantastic name by the way) gets caught in a series of wormholes that bring her back to her past. Gottie's story is sci-fi with a whole lot of heart.

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  • Everything, Everything

    2015 by Nicola Yoon

    I can't say much about how this book earned its spot on the list without spoiling it, so I won't. As soon as I finished reading Everything, Everything, I desperately wanted to talk about it with someone. If you read it, come find me and we'll talk.

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  • Girl at Sea

    2007 by Maureen Johnson

    Maureen Johnson is known for her spooky thrillers, but before she wrote The Shades of London series she wrote several wonderful stories of girls on adventures. Girl at Sea has always been one of my favorites. Maybe that's because of the setting, I mean, a boat ride around the Mediterranean? So cool. Or maybe it's because of the way board games are tied into the plot. Either way, it's a totally captivating escape.

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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    2001 by Ann Brashares

    It's the first in a series AND it's been made into a really great movie featuring Hollywood's finest. The four friends in the Sisterhood are played by Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. Their friendship is explored through individual experiences over a single summer. The plot unfolds across the globe, including a particularly sunny and sandy plotline in Greece. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a total classic.

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  • Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

    2016 by Stephanie Perkins

    And for the grand finale I give you Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, an anthology of some of the YA world's finest, edited by the ever-lovable Stephanie Perkins. Like the best and brightest fireworks set off at the end of a Fourth of July party, these stories are an explosion of sunny, summery goodness. If you've read the sister anthology, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, you know that Stephanie Perkins puts together a great collection.

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