Rad Reads

We found the perfect summer read to match your cutest beach towel

Choose a novel + a trendy towel, then turn off your notifications until you're at least 12 chapters in...

Marimekko, $17

Summer's Edge by Dana Mele (Simon & Schuster BFYR, $20)
Emily perished in a fire last summer at her lake house. Her five best friends, who haven't been in touch since, reunite one year later at the perfectly rebuilt summer home. In this gothic read, the characters switch points of view, revealing who they really are. Filled with thrills and twists, you'll be dying to find out what actually happened to Emily.

Slowtide, $35

A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan (Inkyard Press, $19)
Mina, a senior, wants to study business and film in college. Her Bangladeshi parents strongly disagree, saying she should be a doctor or engineer. As Mina low-key pursues her movie-making dreams, she bickers with a boy named Emmitt, who happens to be an undercover movie star researching his next role. Will they become their *own* rom-com?

Slowtide, $35

All Signs Point to Yes by Cam Montgomery, G. Haron Davis, Adrianne White (Editors) (Inkyard Press, $20)
Each astro sign gets a stand-alone story in this anthology celebrating all kinds of love. From fantasy to whirlwind romance, you'll find the perf star-crossed tale. (We especially love the one for Libra where the main character gives high school horoscope readings.)

MultipliCITY, $55

I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn (Viking, $19)
Melody, a high school junior living in New York City, is a good kid—until she gets into major trouble at school one day. Furious, Melody's mom moves them back to Seoul to live with their super rich family. With a fancy home, cool new friends and a cute boy, life in South Korea is bougie and fun...until it's sudenly not. Bring on the rich kid K-drama!

Lands' End, $38

Girl Overboard by Sandra Block (Underlined, $10)
Izzy, 16, isn't feeling the cruise to Bermuda that she's taking with her family, but things perk up when she meets fellow sophomore Jade onboard. Then Jade goes missing. As Izzy tries to prove Jade's disappearance wasn't a suicide, a mysterious someone threatens her to stop...or else. You'll think you have the ending figured out—until it surprises you.

Dock & Bay, $33

Getting Over Max Cooper by Marcelle Karp (Penguin Teen, $18)
Best friends Jazz and Macy are living their best summer lives on Fire Island, N.Y. When things start to heat up between Jazz and the new surfer boy, Leo, Macy gets desperate about winning back last year's love, Max Cooper. But should she even *do* that? Ride the highs and lows of first loves and friendship in this beachy page-turner., $40

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes (Balzer + Bray, $19)
Yami is starting her junior year at Slayton Catholic High School. After being outed at her old school by her ex-BFF, Yami hopes to stay in the closet at Slayton. Then she meets Bo, the only openly queer girl at school. This hilarious read is all about love—from platonic to familial to romantic and, finally, for yourself.

Episodic Drawing, $55

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown BFYR, $19)
Mash up Romeo and Juliet with Chinese mythology, and you get two star-crossed teenage loves named Luna Change and Hunter Yee. As a 17-year-old who's never been kissed, Luna is smitten with the rebellious Hunter. A swoon-worthy romance follows against the backdrop of feuding parents, clashing cultures, hidden powers and tragedy.

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by GL | 5/27/2022