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Summer Reads for Teens!

Summer is officially here!  I don’t know about you , but I always enjoy picking up a novel to read in the summer that is actually set in the summertime. Check out this list below, if you are like me, and are look for a good summer read set in the summertime:

Summer Romance

Vast FieldsThe Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd


The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

GirlfriendMaterialGirlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor


Kate has never had a boyfriend. But while crashing at her mother’s wealthy friends’ home at Cape Cod for the summer, Kate meets Adam. But when her breezy summer romance with Adam becomes more complicated, Kate asks herself if she is girlfriend material.

ForeverSummerForever Summer by Alyson Noël


Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true…What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the familiar and finding new friends.

TwentyBoySummerTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler


While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

Field Guide for HeartbreakersA Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy


When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.

Summer Mystery

Morgue and MeThe Morgue and Me by John C. Ford


Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

AccelerationAcceleration by Graham McNamee


Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Black Rabbit SummerBlack Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks


When two of sixteen-year-old Pete’s childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening–and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.

ShiftShift by Jennifer Bradbury


After graduating from high school, best friends Win and Chris take a cross-country bicycle trek from West Virginia to Washington state, during which they discover amazingly beautiful places, meet fascinating people…and have a nasty fight. Win abandons Chris in Montana with no explanation, so Chris finishes the trip solo and returns home to start college…and until an FBI agent shows up to question him about the details of their trip, Chris has no idea that Win never made it back. Outdoor types, armchair travelers, and mystery fans won’t be able to flip these pages fast enough

Midsummer night screamA Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine


Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site.

Summer Sports

Swim the FlySwim the Fly by Don Calame


Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop, the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes to see a live naked girl and with Matt, eager to impress the swim team’s “hot” new girl, agreeing to swim the 100-yard butterfly.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña


Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

BigGameEverythingThe Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch


Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus’s golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of “The Big Game of Everything.”

LeagueThe League by Thatcher Heldring


Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Road Trips

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green


Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

AsEasyAsFallingAs Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins


A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck…

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern


Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

JerkCaliforniaJerk, California by Jonathan Friesen


Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Midwest town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

RulesoftheRoadRules of the Road by Joan Bauer


Jenna Boller, the star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago, is a very tall sixteen-year-old who really stands out in a crowd, but when Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to drive her cross country to save her business, she learns the rules of the road, as well as the rules of life.

Summer Drama

ViewFromTopThe View from the Top by Hillary Frank


Anabelle and her fellow high school graduates navigate their way through a disastrous summer of love and friendship in the small coastal town of Normal, Maine.

ProjectSweetLifeProject Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger


When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.

ThirteenLittleBlueEnvelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson


When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

BoysBearsBoys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald


Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.

howtobuildahouseHow to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt


When her father divorces her beloved stepmother and leaves her without her stepsister, Tess, Harper decides to join a volunteer organization to build houses for tornado victims, but struggling to figure out her role in the mix upon her arrival, Harper is befriended by Teddy who inspires her to love and trust once again.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Travel

Where do you like to travel to most?

This year’s Teen Summer Reading program theme was “Have Book, Will Travel”.  When you completed a teen log you got to cast your vote for your favorite place to travel to.  We tallied all the votes and the place where Mount Prospect teens like to travel to most is…


Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida Coast miami skyline


The runner up was California, and a third place tie went to Hawaii, Paris, and Wisconsin.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 19, 2013 Categories: Events, Travel

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

DontStopNow Don’t Stop Now

by Julie Halpern

Just out of school for the summer, the last thing that Lillian expects is to have a cryptic message from her friend Penny waiting for her on her phone. “I did it”, is all that the message says.  It turns out that Penny has faked her own kidnapping.  The only thing Lillian can think to do is hop in the car with her best friend Josh (who she also has had a huge crush on forever) and try and track down Penny on a road trip across the country.  Complete with random stops at places like the Mars Cheese Palace, the Mitchell Corn Palace, and the Enchanted World Doll museum, Lily hopes this road trip will finally determine once and for all if she and Josh can be more than just friends.

Halpern does a great job of presenting serious issues with a humorous twist; this novel is laugh out loud funny.  One interesting aspect of Don’t Stop Now is that Penny has a very hard home life and is in an abusive relationship, issues that prompt her to stage her kidnapping.  You get Penny’s point of view in alternating diary entries that balance the lighter road trip narration provided by Lillian.  The road trip, some drama, and a maybe romance all combine to make this a great summer read!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 30, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Travel

Girl Overboard reviewed by Emmy

Girloverboard Girl Overboard

by Aimee Ferris

Marina Grey packs up for a cruise, but this is not just any old cruise. In this cruise it is a Semester at Sea cruise, where Marina will be going to the Bahamas, Utila, and Samana. Along her semester at sea, Marina meets some very interesting characters. There is Natalia (Talia) from down south with a thick southern drawl and is great friends with Rheanna (Rhee) from France, who is not the friendliest of them all. Marina bunks with a girl named Jeanette. Marina also encounters Ryan, a photography lover from Canada and then there is Lincoln (Link) an Australian white water rafting tour guide, who comes to learn and while learning steals Marina’s heart.

During Marina’s time on board she helps rescue a baby dolphin that got caught in a net and she also helps her new mates find their own talents. This book is a great read. I could not put it down and it was one of the best books I have ever read. The book is great because it is about an ordinary girl that is not popular or rich, but she has passion and talents. Marina rocks and shows people who are putting her down that she doesn’t care what they think of her. She travels everywhere and as you read it you learn about different places that she has traveled. She also finds love while on board, which can make things a little bit interesting, especially when she tries to ignore it. This book is a great read and I sincerely recommend it for anyone who wants to get away from the cold and jump into a fun, warm, and hilarious read!

review submitted by Emmy

By on August 23, 2010 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Travel