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12 Great Beach Reads for Adults and Teens

12 Great Beach Reads for Adults and Teens

When the sun is high in the sky and every day is above seventy degrees, it is officially time for you and your family to start compiling a list of beach reads for the summer. There are always new books being released, but not all of them are great for the beach. Here are six books for adults and six for teens that are perfect to read while you soak up the sun this summer.

Six Beach Reads for Adults:

1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

When the Posts take a two-week vacation with their extended family and friends, childhood secrets and rivalries come to light as the family struggles through a whirlwind of change.

2. The Matchmakers by Elin Hilderbrand

Expert matchmaker Dabney Kimball Beech finds herself struggling to make matches for her husband, her lover, and her daughter after she is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

3. I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller by Terry Hayes

Pilgrim, the codename for a man who doesn’t exist, is suddenly haunted by a criminal investigation book he once wrote, leading him on a terrifying attempt to save America.


4. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

This uproarious, opposites-attract love story about struggling single mother Jess and the selfish millionaire Geeky Ed will have you laughing and crying as you flip through the pages at warp speed.

5. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When working mother Allison Weiss becomes addicted to painkillers, she lands in a rehab center amid teenagers, grandmothers, and counselors as she struggles to convince herself that she is not like the other addicts.

6. The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

Troubled brothers Barrett and Tyler find their lives travelling down different paths as they turn to religion and drugs, respectively, as coping mechanisms.

Six Beach Reads for Teens:

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A friendship between four people grows destructive when the truth struggles to be set free underneath a pile of lies in this emotional suspense novel.

2. Panic by Lauren Oliver

Heather and Dodge compete in the legendary Panic, a game that graduating seniors play in their small town located in the middle of nowhere.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This heartbreaking love story between terminally ill Hazel Grace and metaphor-loving Augustus Waters is a well-written and beautiful novel that everyone should read.

4. #16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

Morgan’s world is turned upside down when she realizes that the things she thought were true (including the improbability of heart attacks and the importance of Twitter followers) might not be true at all.

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in a strange maze with no memories, he must rely on the boys (and the one, strange girl) around him to find his way out of the maze before the boys kill each other; or worse, the maze kills them.

6. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Amy, born with cerebral palsy, and Matthew, crippled with obsessive-compulsive disorder, are thrown into each other’s lives as they enter their senior year of high school.

When your kids grow older, reading becomes a more private and personal activity. However, even though you each have your own books, reading can still be a shared experience. There are books for adults and books for teens, but sometimes parents can read the books for teens, and teens can read the adult books. Summer is filled with downtime, and it is the perfect opportunity to find great beach reads that can bring you and your family closer together.

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