As the end of the school year approaches, many of you might be wondering how to spend your ample free time. For those of you who love to read, here are some suggestions for the summer!
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (recommended by Talya Sokoll)
If you liked Every Day by David Levithan than you will enjoy his newest book, co-written with Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade series. Stephen was born invisible to the world, cursed by a person he has never met. Elizabeth wants to be invisible and moving to New York City is one way to do so. Then Elizabeth and Stephen meet, and she can see him. What comes next is an epic, impossible love story, filled with curses. Stephen’s invisibility makes their chances for happiness exponentially more unlikely.
The Program by Suzanne Young (recommended by Talya Sokoll)
It is a cross between Thirteen Reasons Why and The Hunger Games. Sloane lives in a world where suicide is contagious and rampant among teenagers. Any teen who is headed down a dark path is sent to “The Program” where their depression is eradicated, but so are all their memories related to their sadness. Sloane will do anything to save herself from being sent to the program, will she succeed?
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler (recommended by Talya Sokoll)
This memoir tells the coming-of-age story of Aaron Hartzler, who grew up in an Evangelical Christian family. He believes that at any moment Jesus might swoop him up to heaven. At first he believes this wholeheartedly, but as he gets older he grows more and more skeptical until his lack of belief interferes with his ability to connect with his family.
Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (recommended by Violet Richard)
This novel is especially interesting to me because it was written by my college roommate. During her freshman year at Carleton College, Helene met her future husband Kareem who is Muslim. This complicated things because Helene was Jewish. However, she and Kareem embraced and celebrated one another’s differences and pushed through adversity. Golem and the Jinni to some degree is autobiographical in the sense that two mythical beings (one with Jewish and the other with Muslim traditions) become unlikely friends during the turn of the century in New York. This is a great book and a quick read.
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by Lara Ferroni (recommended by Erin Twohig)
Growing up with three siblings meant that anytime my mom bought us junk food, it went fast. It was rare to have Oreos, Goldfish, Pop-Tarts and Twinkies sitting on the kitchen shelves. I happily came across this little treasure of a book at the Dedham Public Library. Ferroni helps recreate favorite not-so-healthy childhood snacks by using more nutritional ingredients like chia seed meal and flaxseed oil. Vegan and gluten-free options are included as well!
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
Ben Macintyre tells the story of five extraordinary spies at the center of a ruse to fool the Germans about D-Day. (From the New York Times)
Upcoming Titles of Interest
These books will be released over the summer and should be great summer reads.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me by Emma Brockes
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Returned by Jason Mott
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld