What are the best books taking place during summer?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Timothy Guzman
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Describing "To Kill a Mockingbird" as just a novel that takes place "during summer" does a great injustice to the power of this book. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a classic of American literature, and a sobering look about intolerance in the early south, and for understanding how far we have come since the days of Jim Crow over the course of several years and seasons beyond summer."
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    #2A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

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    Jose Baker
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of romance novels. However, it was something about this particular book that keep me interested in the story. "
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    #3The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a young adult contemporary fiction and the first book in Sisterhood series written by Ann Brashares. It is first published in 2001.  

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    Henry Ray
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I didn't enjoy this very much. It has its moments, some great lines and exchanges between the main characters that are touching and all, but I found most of the book to be a slog. Goes from touching to corny and preachy often."
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    #4We Were Liars

    We Were Liars

    This is a suspense novel starring the Sinclair family, a wealthy and perfect family who spends their summers on a private island. When Cadence was 15 tough, something terrible happened between her and a group of friends called 'the liars', and now, two years later, she starts to remember everything about the accident that made her change. 


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    Janice Wong
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Excellent novel is the first thing that comes to mind with this novel. I enjoyed every page and could not put the book down till I was finished."
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    #5Summer Sisters

    Summer Sisters

    Summer Sisters, a #1 New York Times Bestselling novel by internationally-acclaimed author Judy Blume, is about the friendship of Victoria Leonard and Caitlin Somers. 


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    Pamela Gutierrez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I don't understand the negative reviews for this book, calling it "banal", "tripe", and "girly foolishness". Obviously these are people who just "don't get it" and would never survive one summer in the ramshackle cottage on Martha's Vineyard with the Somers family. I LOVE this book. I've read it and re-read it over the years, from a tattered paperback, and recently bought it digitally to add to my Kindle library. Though I have not been part of a "summer sisters" style friendship, nor suffered betrayals from friends on the level of those in this tale, I can relate to the teenage friendship between the two girls. Judy Blume paints a lush portrait of an era, a location, and the conflicting characters and scenes: the high desert of New Mexico versus Cape Cod, the wealthy versus the lower middle class, and spoiled, needy Caitlin versus serious and pragmatic Vix. I grew up reading Judy Blume, but I'm no teen now. I'm in my 40s. Blume's graceful writing style never disappoints. Negative reviewers that have complained the young teens focus too much energy on their budding sexuality have obviously forgotten what it's like to be that age. In using varying viewpoints and characters narratives to tell the story, each character is well-developed from their own words and conversations as well as through the observations of others. As another reviewer astutely pointed out, Caitlin is the only one not given a voice. We only see her in the 3rd person, and I think that is intentional, as her character remains mysterious and conflicted in her motivations to the very (sad) end."
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    #6The Summer I Turned Pretty

    The Summer I Turned Pretty
    The Summer I Turned Pretty, the first book in Jenny Han's series of the same name, is about the summer when Belly became pretty and it threatened to alter her friendships with Conrad and Jeremiah forever.


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    Joan Knight
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Many books are set in the summer but this book has a great plot set in the summer. It was a book that I didn't want to put down and for good reason. The author is a NYTimes best seller."
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    Peaches is the first book in Jodi Lynn Anderson's dramatic romance series for young adults, Peaches. It is the debut novel of the author and was released in 2012. It became a New York Times bestseller. 


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    #8Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer is a contemporary fiction novel written by Barbara Kingsolver which includes three stories of human love in southern Appalachia.


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    Wei Zhang
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Prodigal Summer is a very good read. I thought it had very interesting stories all blended together in this book. I could easily picture myself in these situations and it was very difficult to put this book down. I highly recommend reading this book."
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    #9Along for the Ride

    Along for the Ride
    Along for the Ride is one of Sarah Dessen's romance novels, centered on Auden and her fateful meeting with Eli, a fellow insomniac. With the two enjoying most of their time together at night, it's going to be a long ride.

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    Gary Lee
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love summer time so this is my kind of story. takes place on summer nights witch are just the best this one gets a 5 star from me as it also is based around insomnia something i can closely relate to."
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    #10Keeping the Moon

    Keeping the Moon
    Keeping the Moon is a young-adult novel by Sarah Dessen that tells the story of a fat and outcast Colie. Her life has changed when she gets a job which leads to meeting two new friends that made her change the way she sees herself.

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    Jeremy Stevens
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Not the best book I've read but not really the worst either. I would say this book really isn't for the guys then it's for the ladies. I just founds it a bit uninteresting throughout the entire thing and the only reason I finished it was because I already invested so much time into it."
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    #11The Last Song

    The Last Song
    The Last Song is a drama and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. It was released in 2009. It is about a teen girl trying to reconnect with her estranged father.

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    Anika Lobo
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Last Song is a coming-of-age novel by Nicholas Sparks. It's a good summertime read."
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    #12The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

    The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

    The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a fiction novel by Julie Schumacher. It follows the story of Adrienne Haus, a girl put into a book club and whose world is suddenly turned upside down. It was published in 2012 by Delacorte.


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    Christine Cunningham
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a fiction novel by Julie Schumacher, centering on a girl who is put in a book club for the summer. It's a great choice for summer-themed reading."
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    Summerlost is a standalone young adult novel written by Ally Condie which follows the life of Ceder after her little brother Ben and father were killed in an automobile accident.


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    Billy Day
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Summerlost is a nice summer read that is good for adults and children. It touches on losing loved ones and is a good coming of age story."
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    #14Harris and Me (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone)

    Harris and Me (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone)
    Harris and Me is a young adult historical fiction and the second book in Tales to Tickle the Funnybone series written by Gary Paulsen. It is first published in 1993. 

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    Ernesto Velázquez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    ""Harris and Me (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone)" probably is the best book written by Gary Paulsen. It'll make you laugh out loud on numerous occasions. It'll warm your heart and bring back the sweet childhood nostalgia. Remind you of days gone when you were free of life's responsibilities and enjoyed the beauty of careless life. It a wonderful book for sure! "


Best What are the best books taking place during summer
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 41 Paid
2A Walk to RememberBooks 36 Paid
3The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsBooks 34 Paid
4We Were LiarsBooks 33 Paid
5Summer SistersBooks 31 Paid
6The Summer I Turned PrettyBooks 29 Paid
7PeachesBooks 11 Paid
8Prodigal SummerBooks 9 Paid
9Along for the RideBooks 7 Paid
10Keeping the MoonBooks 5 Paid

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