Rad Reads

7 books that are perfectly short and sweet

May is always a hectic month, with Mother's Day to think about and every teacher trying to fit in the rest of their curriculum before summer break. Even still, it's important to relax and take a breather once in a while. You can still enjoy a few great books, and we've rounded up some shorter options (all below 300 pages) that will suck you in during your study breaks!

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    When fifteen-year-old Davey's mother decides to move the family to New Mexico, Davey feels completely alone. Her father has died, and she hardly knows anyone in her new town. Things start to turn around for the better, though, when she meets Wolf, a boy that seems to understand her when no one else does. This book, only 222 pages, is emotional, compelling and will leave you wanting more; it's perfect for girls looking for a realistic story.

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    Colie is shipped off to North Carolina to spend the summer with her crazy Aunt Mira, and thinks that it's going to be awful. Little does she know, however, that her job at the Last Chance Cafe will introduce her to two amazing friends, Morgan and Isabel. A perfect read for this time of year, Keeping the Moon is heartwarming and inspirational.

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    For girls that love historical fiction, this breeze of a read might be perfect! Bet has always longed to go to school, but must disguise herself as a boy in order to accomplish it. Bet's hilarious hijinks as she discovers the inner workings of a male boarding school will leave the reader laughing, but suspense soon builds. Will she get away with her scheme, or will her true identity be discovered? And what will happen if she starts to fall in love?

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    This anthology of short stories features 25 different, talented female authors, and is *amazing* for girls on the go; set to be released May 9, you can breeze through one story before class, and catch one more on the ride home from school! The book also has quizzes, horoscopes and mad libs, perfect to look through and fill out with friends in the cafeteria. Its mission is simple: to set aside any doubt, once and for all, that girls are funny!  

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    Ellie Summerfield has a picture-perfect life, at least according to her classmates at West Redding High School. Ellie can't help but feel like something is missing, however--is she sure that Ryan is the perfect guy for her? Do her so-called "friends" really have her best interests at heart? Is she happy? Then, in the course of just a few minutes, Ellie's life forever changes, and everything unravels. This engrossing read is perfect for girls looking for contemporary romance with serious themes.

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    This story was *made* for bookworms; set on Alice Island, it follows the life of bookstore-owner A.J. Fikry, and the dramatic changes that occur when a mysterious package unexpectedly arrives at his front door. Heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny, this read will satisfy any girl who enjoys big surprises, twists and turns. The characters, not only A.J. but also his friends and family, will leave a lasting impression.

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    Melissa Bank's protagonist, Jane Rosenal, is coming of age in difficult, sometimes overwhelming circumstances, but she navigates it all with a humor and candor that any reader will enjoy. Jane's life is told through short stories, which is why Bank's timeless book is perfect for this time of year--catch a bit of it whenever you can, and Jane will be there waiting for you!

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by Bridget Curley | 5/5/2017