Interesting Summer Reads

Are you looking for some interesting summer reads? There are many books both new and old that would be great to try this summer. My picks are from different genres and include both fiction and non-fiction so you should definitely check them out. I promise you won’t regret it.

1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post–(Emily B. Danforth; fiction): This is the story of Cameron Post’s adolescence as she comes to grips with her attraction to girls. Her conservative aunt discovers that she has kissed girls and tries to have her problem fixed by sending her to a reeducation center that tries to rehabilitate those who have committed the alleged sin of homosexuality.

2. Oh the Glory of It All–(Sean Wilsey; nonfiction): This is one of my all-time favorites for any time of the year. Sean’s parents divorced when he was ten and his father married his mom’s former best friend. Sean’s mother turns into a humanitarian and takes him around the world to meet different leaders to advocate for peace. Along the way he is sent to a number of reform schools after failing out of a Massachusetts boarding school. He is a great storyteller and really makes you relate to him.

3. On the Road–(Jack Kerouac; fiction):  This is a classic road trip novel about the relationship between Sal Paradise and the elusive Dean Moriarty. Dean keeps taking him on adventures to places like Mexico to have his divorce papers filed or across the US to San Francisco. Along the way, Sal, a writer, begins to almost idolize Dean and changes into someone just as restless and eager to see the world. It’s a novel about romance, friendship, adventures on the road, and defying the conventions of the 1950s.

4. The Future of Us–(Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler; fiction):  Imagine you’re in 1996 when the Internet’s still a baby but you get an AOL CD-ROM and put it into your computer, you’re on a website that hasn’t even been invented yet. That’s what happens to Josh and Emma who find that the CD takes them onto Facebook and shows them what their lives will be like 15 years in the future. Every time they change something in their lives today it alters their future lives as well. It’s a great look into how the past and present collide.

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