I don't know about you, but I'm so over winter. I need a break! Here's how I'm going to take it: revising some great books that take place during summer.
If you like romance
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids Sarah Ockler Simon Pulse, 2015
Elyse used to be an amazing singer, but like Ariel, she lost her voice. (For the record, Elyse was in a terrible accident - a sea witch did not take her voice.) To deal with her trauma (or run from it), she moves to Atargatis Cove and meets Christian Kane. He encourages her to be herself and face her fears. Romance ensues!
My Life Next Door Huntley Fitzpatrick Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012
A boy/girl next door story! Summer romance! Amazing writing! Secrets! Family complications!
Seriously. What more could a romance reader ask for?
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True Sarah Strohmeyer Balzer + Bray, 2013 This is perfect for people who desperately want to go to a theme park in a warm place but can't get away. Plus, it gives a (fictional) behind-the-scenes look at the "glamorous" life of a park worker. Most importantly, there's also a Prince Charming!
Island Girls (And Boys) Rachel Hawthorne Harper Teen, 2005
Just look at the cover and think tropical thoughts! And read that blurb: Just 3 girls (and 3 dogs, 2 boyfriends and 1 true love).
If you like Suspense and Horror
Paper Valentine Brenna Yovanoff Razorbill, 2013
The weather in Paper Valentine is the opposite of winter - the heat is breaking records in town. However, citizens are more preoccupied with the Valentine Killer, who is on the loose and murdering young girls. The main character, Hannah, is under a lot of pressure because she is being haunted by her friend Lillian's ghost, who insists Hannah to find the culprit before another girl dies.
Panic Lauren Oliver HarperCollins, 2014
There's nothing to do in Heather and Dodge's town during summer - and so they participate in a dangerous game of dares, as is the tradition. Will everyone make it out alive? And is it worth the substantial financial reward?
We Were Liars E. Lockhart Delacorte Press, 2014
Who is telling the truth? How does everyone keep all of their lies straight? What is really happening on this private island?
Tighter Adele Griffin Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011
Jamie is working on a beautiful island as an au pair... but then she learns the sinister history of the place. She also sees a picture of a dead girl that looks exactly like her - and two ghosts. What is really going on in this place?