A Coming-of-Age Summer | SELF-esteem

For many young people, summer is a time of freedom and a chance for a bit of adventure—or sometimes, love. Here are some SELF-e Select titles featuring teens who could write quite the essay about how they spent their vacations.

Burrow, D’Ann. Playing by the Rules. Three Owls. (Secrets & Lies, Bk. 1). 2015. 282p. ebk. ISBN 9781942239017.  YA FANTASY
It’s bad enough having to spend the last precious weeks of summer in small-town nowhere without the added trouble of hiding a supernatural ability. Kennedy’s gift allows her to find anyone at any time. There’s only one rule: never tell. When a local girl goes missing, Kennedy must decide if she should share her secret to save another.

Harper, Caitlin Elizabeth. It Will Set You Free. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2017. 174p. ebk. ISBN N/A. YA
Ashling’s life is falling apart: her parents have split, and now that school’s out for the year, her mother is taking her away from home. Initially determined not to enjoy Brooklyn, Ashling eventually learns to appreciate the charm of the borough, taps into her creativity, and meets the cute British neighbor who might turn everything around for Ashling.

Martin, C.K. Kelly. Just Like You Said It Would Be. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2017. 276p. ebk. ISBN 9781370048427. YA
Amira reflects on her incredible and formative summer in Dublin, taking screenwriting classes, reconnecting with her family, and unexpectedly falling in love with musician Darragh. Will their relationship only last until Amira has to go back to Canada, or will it endure in spite of the distance?

O’Tierney, Raine. That Eighteenth Summer. Beaten Track. 2015. 192p. ebk. ISBN 9781311263896. YA
The death of his brother sends Ollie into a tailspin. His perfect plan to enlist and become an Army Ranger has gone out the window, and his friends have all seemingly pulled away from him. Luca, his brother’s military buddy, comes to offer his condolences, and as the two morn their shared loss, they discover there’s something deeper between them.

Penny, Joy. A Love for the Pages. Amy McNulty. 2017. 240p. ebk. ISBN N/A. YA
Byronic heroes manage to charm many readers, but perhaps no bibliophile adores them quite as much as June. Much more comfortable in the world of fiction than real life, she isn’t entirely ready to be home again after her first year of college. Taking a library job to find solace in her books, she’s soon distracted by Everett, who seems to possess all the charms—and frustrations—of the Brontës’ and Austen’s leading men.

Kate DiGirolomo About Kate DiGirolomo

Kate DiGirolomo is the SELF-e Community Coordinator at Library Journal. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. Follow her on Twitter @KateDiGirolomo.

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