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Everyone has their own specific taste in everything: books, movies, music, food, you name it. As teenagers in high school, though, it’s hard to establish what type of books you like to read because we do so much reading for school and not so much for pleasure.

Since there have been times in the last few months where I have picked up a book and absolutely could not put it down, there is hope for the rest of the high school population. These five novels are all very intriguing and are pretty easy to read. As the summer season approaches, it might be fun to get ahold of some good books to read out by the pool or on the beach.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

9/10

This novel follows Cara, her best friend, her ex-stepbrother, and her older sister as they navigate their way through October–better known as the Accident Season. During this time period, freakish accidents always strike this family; anything from a cut from a knife to a fall from a cliff is fair game. And that is only one part of this complex novel. There are ghosts, witches, voodoo dolls, and a mysterious girl; what could be more enticing?

This may have been one of the weirdest books I have ever picked up, but I also couldn’t put it down. There are a lot of interesting themes that are touched on and many odd situations occur. There were times when I was reading the book and had to stop at the end of a chapter and just sit there because my mind was exploding. My only complaint would be that there were also other times when I had to go back a reread a whole section because I had no idea what had happened, but in the end it all made sense. If you like suspense novels, you might get a kick out of this one. It was very interesting and I really truly enjoyed it

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

10/10

The protagonist, Cadence, lives a very comfortable life with her cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and Johnny’s friend, Gat. Cadence and her cousins are from a very well known family on the East Coast, so naturally their grandfather has an island with four houses: one for each of his daughters and one for himself. Every summer for as long as they can remember the families have been going to the island. One summer, however, something horrible happens, but no one will tell Cadence what it was as she was unable to remember herself. As the story begins to unravel, Cadence learns family secrets and what has happened during summer fifteen.

This book was thrilling in every form imaginable: young love, plot twists, and an interesting protagonist. This was one of the best books I have read in a very long time, so I definitely would recommend it. This book is great if you enjoy suspense and mind blowers because this book was full of them. Every time I thought the story was going to go in one direction, it took a turn and went in a different one.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman 

10/10

Allyson Healey is on a Europe trip with her best friend to celebrate their high school graduation. At their last stop in Stratford upon Avon, Allyson meets a young actor named Willem, who convinces her to go to Paris with him. Although this sounds like the beginning of Taken 4, it turns out for the best. She agrees to go to Paris and ends up having the trip of a lifetime. They eat crepes and walk the streets of Paris as they fall deeper and deeper in love.

If you like romance novels, then this is for sure the book for you. It is the typical love story of boy meets girl with a European twist. Even though some romance novels are boring because you can pretty much predict what is going to happen, Forman does an excellent job of changing up the static formula. The story is entrancing and the characters are charming, which always makes for a fun adventure. The end of the novel will absolutely shock you and almost require you to read the second book.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

10/10

Ever met someone with the same first name as you? What about someone who shared your entire name? Well, neither had Will Grayson… Or the other Will Grayson, until they run into each other by chance on the streets of Chicago. After they meet, their lives begin to intertwine. This is weird because neither of them live in the same area and they don’t even know the same people. The story follows both of them (divided by chapters), and we discover and learn more about each Will in his own life.

Again, this was one of my favorite books of all time. Well-known YA authors Levithan and Green each have one of the Will Graysons and write from their perspective for the whole book. Both authors are so great with writing for the teenage minds. Green, the popular author of The Fault in Our Stars, knows how to tug on our heartstrings and play with our emotions like nobody’s business. Levithan, author of Everyday, knows how to get inside your mind and know what you are thinking. Each author uses his expertise to create a hauntingly beautiful novel about growing up in high school today. I would highly recommend this novel.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10/10

Samantha Kingston is a popular senior in high school. She has the perfect life: hot boyfriend, great friends, and not to mention she is beautiful. February 12, which is known at Jefferson High School as Cupid Day, should have been the best day of her life. They even have a similar system as North Shore High School in Mean Girls where students can send their friends roses; the more roses you get, the more popular you are. Samantha was all ready for the best Cupid Day ever, until she gets in a drunk driving car accident and dies. Through the rest of the novel, Samantha relives the same day over and over again until she learns how to “love, lose, and live.”

I absolutely loved this book. Along with We Were Liars, this goes on my list of the best books I’ve ever read. It might sound stupid and kind of like a Disney Channel original movie, but there is so much depth and complexity to it that adds to the story. Throughout this book, I laughed out loud, I blubbered like a baby, and I screamed. The way Lauren Oliver wrote this book, with added emotion, created an enthralling story that I could not put down. The connection that I felt to the different characters and relationships was really bizarre because there were times where I felt like the situations were happening in real life. I would read this book again and again because it is that good. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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