Are you ready for the ultimate summer book club? Whether with friends, family, or by yourself, a summer book club is one of the best forms of summer self-care! It is also a great way to stay connected, virtually or in person. Keep scrolling to check out our top picks to create your own exhilarating, romantic, and/or suspenseful summer book club!
Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves
Round out your summer book club with Beyond the Mapped Stars! This novel, set in the late nineteenth century, is all about science, love, and finding your place in the world. Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Bertelsen dreams of becoming an astronomer, but she knows such dreams are as unreachable as the stars she so deeply adores. As a Mormon girl, her duty is to her family and, in a not too far away future, to the man who’ll choose to marry her. This is the perfect summer read to close out the season. Get all of your friends together to journal about your own dreams for the future, and have the ultimate book club discussion on these moving, deep, and enchanting topics before the new school year begins!
Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck
The one that had us at the title! Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love is the heartwarming tale of Oscar, who wants to run a food truck with his grandfather after he graduates from high school. But when Lou, an overachieving girl, ropes him into helping her reduce food waste at school, everything changes. Get snacks from your favorite local food truck and dive into deep conversations with your friends about love, loss, and making your dreams a reality.
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
The critically acclaimed author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star is back with her eagerly anticipated third novel. With all of the heart and hope of her last two books, this is an utterly unique romance. Perfect for the hopeless (or skeptic!) romantic, Instructions for Dancing is an absolute must-read this summer. Filled with magic, passion, and heartache, readers will be captivated by Evie Thomas and her journey back to herself and to love. Is love worth the risk? Ask yourself this question with a refreshing lemonade while streaming your favorite Olivia Rodrigo heartbreak anthem in the background.
The Ivies by Alexa Donne
A murder mystery that you and your friends will not be able to put down this summer! This thriller takes us into the world of the boarding school elite—and five teenagers who will stop at nothing to get into the Ivy League school of their dreams. Filled with mystery, murder, and humor, this will captivate readers who love the genre and fans of Mean Girls, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars. Curl up on the couch with some ice cream sundaes and create the ultimate spooky slumber party as the mystery unravels.
The Kissing Booth: One Last Time by Beth Reekles
The perfect palate cleanser after a murder-mystery is this summer romance. Is there anything better than The Kissing Booth? Elle and Noah are back, and we are completely spellbound by their love story. Elle is spending the summer before college at her family beach house, hoping to have the best summer ever—until new choices make her question what her heart really wants. Will Elle have to choose between her best friend and her boyfriend? Read the book, then grab a big bowl of popcorn and rewatch the films on Netflix with your bestie.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Gossip, secrets, lies, and murder—sounds like the perfect summer read to us! In One of Us Is Lying, five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Is binge-reading a thing? Because this book is one you will not be able to put down! Team up with your friends for the ultimate summer slumber party, and stay up all night trying to solve this nail-biting murder mystery.
Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli
Say Yes Summer just screams summer book club—it is a perfect summer read that many of us can relate to! Rachel Walls has spent most of high school saying no—no to dances, no to parties, and most especially, no to boys. Now she’s graduating at the top of her class, and for the first time in her life, there’s nothing stopping Rachel from having a little fun—except herself. This is a story about a teenager who decides to finally say YES to everything (and that may include true love)! You can have just as much fun as Rachel by making your own summer bucket list. Maybe you’ll be brave enough to say YES to everything on your list.
Sunkissed by Kasie West
Every summer book club needs an entertaining beach read that will leave you feeling all the feels! Sunkissed is the newest YA romance novel by Kasie West that will take your book club on a delightful journey of self-discovery through summer romance. The book even takes place at a remote family summer camp. You will have butterflies in your stomach and a smile on your face as your imagination drifts through this whimsical romance. Get in the summer-loving mood by streaming Harry Styles’s “Adore You” on your phone before reading.