Five Beach Reads


Over the past few weeks on my blog, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite books that relate to summer. First, I discussed five summer wedding books. Then, I talked about books relating to summer jobs. In my last post in this series, I chose books that reminded me of five summer destinations. This week, I’ll discuss five summer beach reads.

When I go to the beach, one of my favorite things is to pull out a book and read. Whenever I’m not at the beach, I like to live vicariously through characters in my books. Here are five books perfect to read if you are vacationing at the beach or want to feel like you are:

  • The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me

The Summer After You and Me is the perfect read for anyone who lives at the beach year round. In The Summer After You and Me, Lucy is a Jersey Shore native returning to her home for the summer after Hurricane Sandy. Lucy must face more than the destruction of a hurricane when an old love interest comes back into town.

  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride is one of Sarah Dessen’s books that primarily takes place on Colby Beach. This is the perfect beach read for anyone looking for a fun summer read that also contains a lot of depth. In Along for the Ride, Auden spends summer with her father, his new wife, and their baby. There, Auden meets a new group of friends determined to give Auden a normal teenage experience.

  • Picture Perfect by Catherine Clark

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect is the perfect beach read for anyone looking for a book that is quick, light, and fluffy. Picture Perfect takes place in the Outer Banks and follows a teenage girl who is vacationing with her parents and their college friends’ families. Not many young adult beach reads take place on the Outer Banks, so this is a great book to read if you’re planning a trip there!

  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer is the perfect summer read for anyone who doesn’t mind shedding a few tears. Every year, Anna joins her best friend Frankie and her family to a trip to Zanzibar Bay. This year, however, Frankie’s brother won’t be joining them after he passed away in a car accident. When Frankie devises a plan to meet one boy every day, Anna remains hesitant since she is still grieving over the death of Frankie’s brother who she secretly dated.

Alex, Approximately

Alex, Approximately is the perfect beach read if you’re looking for a cute book set on the West Coast. Alex, Approximately is a spin on You’ve Got Mail and also contains a lot of depth. Even though this book primarily takes place on the boardwalk or in a museum, there are definitely a few surfing scenes that will delight any beach fan.


What are your favorite beach reads?


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