Summer Reads

School’s over, but we all know the importance of reading over the summer. Whether you’re participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program or you’re just an avid reader looking for your next novel, here are some teen-friendly books we recommend for your summer reading list.

This week, we’ll look at Callan’s picks: 

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed is a nineteen-year-old cabdriver, an incompetent nobody who doesn’t know what to do with himself. He lives a meager, uneventful life until one day he accidentally stops a bank robbery. Not long after, Ed starts receiving strange coded messages in the mail, each written on a typical playing card. He soon begins to realize that each message is a mission where he must intervene in another’s life in order to make things right. As Ed completes each task, the mystery begins to unravel until only one question remains: who’s behind the messages?

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

            Set right here in Seattle, The Nature of Jade tells the story of a young high school student, Jade DeLuna, who suffers from Panic Disorder. In order to counteract her anxiety attacks, Jade visits the elephants at the nearby zoo as a way of calming her nerves. In her frequent visits to the zoo, Jade begins to notice the same young man again and again – he is always wearing a red jacket, and he is always carrying a baby with him. When they finally meet, it isn’t long before Jade falls in love with Sebastian, the mysterious boy with a past. As their romance becomes more complicated, Jade is forced to decide if loving Sebastian is truly the right thing to do.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

            You’ve seen the movie, now read the book! When Buttercup falls in love with Wesley, the poor farm boy, their love seems to be the stuff of fairytales – until Wesley is tragically killed by pirates. Though Buttercup swears she will never love again, the prince of the land soon takes her as his new fiancé and names her Princess Buttercup. Not long afterwards Buttercup is kidnapped by the prince’s enemies, resulting in a life-or-death chase to save her with quite a few twists along the way. Even for those who know the movie by heart, this book has many new adventures, backstories, and hilarious jokes that are sure to please. A word of warning, however – don’t believe everything you read!

Review by Callan, teen blogger

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