Summer days are best spent at the beach. Maybe you’re lounging at an all-inclusive resort sipping on fresh coconut water; or you could just be down at the local pool. But no matter how glamorous the location, the one thing you need for a great day at the beach is an amazing book.
There’s so much good YA to choose from—swoon-worthy romance, page-turning thrillers, fast-paced sci-fi. Here are some of our favorite reads for your all-day tanning session.
10 Books to Bring to the Beach
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean has written five love letters in her life, but never sent them. So, when all five of them receive her no-longer-secret letters, her life turns completely upside down. You should definitely read this before streaming the Netflix movie which comes out August 17!
2. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Best-friends-turned-best-enemies Zorie and Lennon are abandoned in the wilderness. And as they travel through the California backcountry, secrets and hidden feeling surface. They can’t entirely blame the forest air and starlit nights on this rekindling connection!
3. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
In this adorable and—dare I say it—sweet YA, we follow seventeen-year-old Amelia who is determined to save Meade Creamery, the local ice cream stand, now that their late founder’s great-nephew has taken over management. You’ll be craving an ice cold treat before you finish the prologue!
4. Your Destination is on the Left by Lauren Spieller
Dessa’s life has been one long road trip—her family travels across the country in an RV caravan—and she’s ready to leave everything behind for a more sedentary life. But when she finally settles into an internship in Santa Fe, her family suffers an unexpected blow, and she’s faced with the decision of losing everything she’s worked for.
5. Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
After being shipped off to the Bahamas, Indira has been fighting how to be seen as herself by a family that only sees her mother’s mistakes. So, when an unwanted pregnancy forces her to seek refuge elsewhere, Indy discovers home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof—it’s about the people she chooses to share it with.
6. Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
In order to save her sister from a live of slavery, Faris must smuggle stolen magic into the neighboring kingdom to appease a power-hungry princess. With kingdoms at stake, Faris and her traveling companions must navigate magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch. Look no further for a romantic and exciting fantasy adventure for your beach day.
7. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Addie and her brother Ian used to be inseparable, but Addie is sure that even a trip to Ireland won’t mend the rift. When travel plans change and Addie finds herself cramped in a car with Ian and his admittedly cute local friend, she realizes this might be her chance to reconnect with her brother.
8. Want by Cindy Pon
In a technologically advanced Taipei, the rich are protected by the pollution their corporation’s cause. The poor, like Jason Zhou, are not so lucky. After losing his mother to an environmental virus, he is determined to change things, no matter the cost. This is the perfect sci-fi to binge read while evening out your tan!
9. Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
If you’ve read Dangerous Girls, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces, or Three Truths and a Lie, and are hungry for more tumultuous female friendships, direct your attention to the Burn for Burn trilogy by YA powerhouses (and IRL BFFs) Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian! Lillia, Kat, and Mary may not be best friends but are brought together by their need to get back at those that have done them wrong. On the postcard-perfect island of Jar Island, revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
10. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Twinkle Mehra is on top of the world: she is directing a movie for the upcoming summer film festival, and her longtime crush, Neil, is definitely sending her love letters. The only problem? She’s kinda, sorta falling for Neil’s twin and fellow film geek Sahil. If you loved When Dimple Met Rishi or Alex, Approximately, you’ll be glued to your lounge chair finishing this adorkable story.