Young Adult Summer Reads
Check out these YA summer reads!
(All of these titles are available at the Westlock Library)
Frankly in love
Yoon, David, author
High school senior Frank Li is caught between his parents' traditional expectations and his own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance: 'Date Korean. But Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful-- and white. Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and they make a pact: they'll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. It seems like the perfect plan, until their fake-dating maneuver leaves Frank wondering if he ever really understood love- or himself- at all.
The hate u give
Thomas, Angie, author
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline.
Powwow summer =: Niibing jiingtamok
Shingoose, Nahanni, author
Part Ojibwe and part French, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased as the "eskimo girl" at school, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity
The rest of the story
Dessen, Sarah, author
A big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn't seen since she was a little girl -- and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer. Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates. Then there's Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family's history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It's like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it's time to go back home, which side of her will win out?
Twenty boy summer
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.