Summer Reading

Leah Reed, Journalist

Summer is a great time to read for fun, since most students and teachers have much more time off. Reading during road trips, on the beach and at the pool are all great pastimes.

A great summer read is Normal People by Sally Rooney. The book was originally published in 2013, but it became popular during 2020. It was also turned into a television show on Hulu. “I thought the show was beautifully done. The show gave it body and movement,” said popular book reviewer Noelle Gallagher, who has a total following of over 200,000.

Set in contemporary Dublin, Normal People is about two high school students who keep their relationship a secret from everyone but themselves. However, they soon break up. The pair meet again in college and remain in an on-and-off relationship through their time in college. Normal People is less than 300 pages, so it is a great read for a road trip.

Another great summer read is New York Times bestseller We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Set in summer, the book takes the reader through the narrator’s journey of grief and trauma.

A young girl named Cadence suffers from head trauma and PTSD, and the reader is taken through her summer as she deals with these problems. We Were Liars is an extremely shocking story, but it is a perfect read to get in the summer mood.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is another great summer read. It takes place over the course of one day, where the two main characters meet for a one-day fling. Both characters are dealing with personal problems, and they find comfort in each other’s company.

A Sun is Also a Star was recently turned into a movie, and it also hit number one on the New York Times Bestseller list. This book is a perfect way to start of summer due to its beautiful message and vibrant imagery.

Reading is a great hobby, and it is very easy to get into. Summer is a perfect time to start.

Normal People, not so normal obsession. Junior Leah Reed poses with one of her favorite books, Normal People. She has been collecting books since she was 11 years old. “The only thing I love more than Harry Styles is reading a good book,” Reed said. (Leah Reed)