Sure, you could spend the whole summer re-reading The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter for the umpteenth time, but maybe it's finally time to try something fresh. J-14 has saved you the trouble of tracking down new reads and scouted out the hottest books of summer! From first loves to werewolves to elegant balls, you won't be able to put these page-turners down.
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
It's impossible to not get sucked into this prequel to Sex and the City, which follows a spunky Carrie Bradshaw through her high school years as a small-town girl who dreams of moving to New York City and becoming a writer. In the meantime, she'll have to deal with frizzy hair, bad boys, and frenemies. The ending is especially fabulous, and rumor has it there's a sequel in the works!
Also check out: Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace grew up fascinated by the wolf in the woods behind her house that once saved her from its pack. Little does she know that the wolf is actually Sam -- a boy who was bitten by a wolf many years before. When Grace and a temporarily human Sam finally meet, they feel an instant connection. It's only a matter of time before Sam must return to being a wolf, but you'll be rooting for Sam and Grace's love to defy the odds. Read Shiver now, so you can be ready to scoop up its sequel Linger when it hits shelves July 20!
Also check out: Need and Captivate by Carrie Jones
The Season by Sarah MacLean
It's 1815 and 17-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is swept up in the season of extravagant London balls and dinner parties designed to help her find a suitable husband. The only problem is Alex wants nothing to do with what she considers the shallowness of society life -- until she falls for her brother's friend and gets caught up in a web of danger as she tries to unravel the mystery of his father's not-so-accidental death.
Also check out: The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
After major boy and BFF drama, 16-year-old Miranda leaves behind New York City to spend the summer with her mom on secluded Selkie Island off the coast of Georgia. As Miranda makes new friends and bonds with a secretive local boy, she begins to notice something odd about the mystical island that will make her question everything she thought she knew.
Also check out: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
What would you do if you knew you had nothing to lose? Sam is the victim of a fatal car crash -- until she wakes up to relive the day she died again and again. She'll have seven chances to figure out the mystery of her death or else seal her fate forever. You'll be hooked finding out the scandalous and heartbreaking ways that Sam chooses to handle her do-over and shocked at how things all come together in the end!
Also check out: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Which book would you like to see as a J-14 Book Club pick? What's on your just-for-fun summer reading list?
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