I know. I know. I shouldn’t be such a baby. This is what happens when you live in the north. I could move south and live with bugs the size of small dogs. I guess I’ll take snow… although sometimes I’m not so sure. Plus I hate all the really oppressive moist heat. Gosh! I’m such a baby! Anyway, here are a couple of books that take place in summer. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a single one, but I may have to in order to ignore all the cold and snow.

Cathy at Chili

Frozen rodeo
by Catherine Clark

High-school junior Peggy Fleming Farrell finds herself without a car, working at the Gas ‘n Git, and fantasizing about a boyfriend during the hot summer her distracted parents are expecting yet another baby to join their ice-skating family.

The Juliet club
by Suzanne Harper

When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.

How to steal a car
by Pete Hautman

Fifteen-year-old, suburban high school student Kelleigh, who has her learner’s permit, recounts how she began stealing cars one summer, for reasons that seem unclear even to her.

Love, Cajun style
by Diane Les Becquets

Teenage Lucy learns about life and love with the help of her friends and saucy Tante Pearl over the course of one hot Louisiana summer before her senior year of high school.

Dunk
by David Lubar

While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend’s serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.

Devoured
by Amanda Marrone

Rising high school senior Megan has been haunted by her twin for ten years, but now Remy is trying to warn her about terrible danger surrounding Megan’s summer job at an amusement park called the Land of Enchantment.

Peace, love, & baby ducks
by Lauren Myracle

Fifteen-year-old Carly’s summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.

Cruel summer
by Alyson Noël

Ditching her best friend to become a member of the popular clique in high school, Colby’s priorities change after spending the summer on a Greek island and sharing an intense relationship with a local boy. Told through letters and journal entries.

Chameleon
by Charles R. Smith, Jr

The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.

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