Read It: The Perfect Summer Books

Summer reading should be fun, fun, fun (with a little romance sprinkled in, for good measure). Here are three books that fit the bill! My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (pictured). Samantha Reed, from a prim and proper family, lives next door to the loud, messy Garrett family. Then, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and the two fall for each other -- hard. You know this story, and it's complications, but it Huntley Fitzpatrick tell it so, so well. Sigh, sigh, sigh. I mean. This book is seriously swoonsville. Find first love, family, friendship and loyalty in these sunkissed pages filled with characters you’ll want to populate your real life.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando.  In the summer after senior year of high school, confessions—of love, of regret, of betrayal—start to fly during an intense, all-night scavenger hunt. Riding along with Mary and her friends is like having your own wild adventure, from an armchair.

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. While I wouldn't call this one "light," I do think there's an ease to Trish Doller's prose that puts it firmly in the "great summer reads" category. I fell in love with Travis, who's just back from a tour in Afghanistan, and his back-and-forth with his parents, his brother and a certain girl who he remembers from middle school. Something Like Normal is intense and sweet, just like Travis, and that makes for a memorable read.

Not quite feeling the summer love stories? Try this: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (too scary for me to finish, honestly, but horror-lovers will die for this one -- it's fully creepy).