7 Summer Books All the Cool Kids Are Reading

summer booksWhether you have a voracious reader at home or someone who'd rather eat glass than pick up a book, summer reading is essential for every high school student. Not only does it keep their brains from rotting, but it should also teach them the joys of a good book. Without deadlines or pop quizzes, reading can actually be fun!

And this list of 7 books is perfect for the off-season -- not too heavy, not too light, this collection of essays, novels, and memoirs is comprised of some of the most entertaining stories to come out of the last six decades.

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  • 'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls


    About a fascinating girl growing up with eccentric parents who lived like nomads, this memoir is about a girl finding her own path.

  • 'A Separate Peace' by John Knowles




    If they don't read this during the school year, then it's a MUST this summer. The dark side of adolescence never looked so fun.

  • 'Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls' by David Sedaris


    David Sedaris' latest collection of essays is just as brilliantly funny and moving as his previous works. He's also wonderful to listen to, so encourage your kids to download this as an audio-book, as well.

  • 'Little Bee' by Chris Cleave




    This best-seller explores female relationships like none other. It's a wonderful read with a surprise ending.

  • 'Summer Crossing' by Truman Capote


    Set in New York in 1945, this instant American classic by one of the best writers of our time explores the romantic relationships of a carefree socialite.

  • 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' by Tom Wolfe




    It's a book that defined a generation (it was pubbed in 1968) and is essential to getting a real picture of what the grass-roots hippie movement was all about.

  • 'Bringing Down the House' by Ben Mezrich




    Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions will encourage your teen to really, really, really focus on math. Nerds definitely look super cool in this fun book.


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