Even if your summer romance forecast is a bit bleaker than you’d hoped, it’s still fun to be swept off your feet by one of these gorgeous (and unfortunately fictional) guys!
The Perfect Chemistry series: Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, and Chain Reaction, all by Simone Elkeles
Talk about a hot romance for the summer! All three of the Perfect Chemistry novels tell the stories of the Fuentes brothers, three Mexican-American boys struggling to break free of past histories of violence and gang connections to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their newfound girlfriends. Each book is filled with a romance steamier than even the hottest summer day guaranteed to keep you turning page after page until you’ve polished off the series.
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
Critics call it a modern day “Romeo and Juliet,” but we just call it hot! The chemistry between Cal and Elliot is unbelievable as their story unfolds in chapters that switch back and forth between the voices of the two characters. If there’s one novel that will make you believe in summer love lasting more than a few months, it’s this one!
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This book will make you believe in love peeking through, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Nelson’s novel follows Lennie, a girl haunted by the death of her older sister. What will Lennie do when forced to choose between her sister’s (gulp) former fiancé who helps her remember the person she was, or the new boy who just might help put the past behind her and move onto a happier future?
Fifty Shades of Gray by E L James
Brains, wit, and a flawless façade may prove too much for Fifty Shades’ protagonist Anastasia Steele. The lit student discovers more about herself and the man she quickly becomes entranced by in this novel that promises to be way hotter than the summer sun.
Prep for next year
It’s never too early to start thinking about how to make next year your best one yet! Check out some of these awesome books geared towards making you a great student and an even better person.
How Do You Work This Life Thing? By Lizzie Post
If there’s anyone qualified to offer up advice to college students, it’s the great-great-granddaughter of manners expert Emily Post. How Do You Work This Life Thing? offers advice about any sticky situation that could arise in the four years spent on campus, from deciding where to order the next take-out meal from and how to pay for it to college dating and hook-up advice.
Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon
Learn how to take over the world with a book its author labels “a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star.” Check out Simon’s list of movies, books, games, websites, music, and more that cater to all of our inner-geeks.
Been There, Should’ve Done That by Suzette Tyler
You have a whole summer to start memorizing all 995 tips Tyler disperses in her self-help book, the perfect read for every collegiette! Think about what you’d like to improve on for the school year ahead, and check out Tyler’s hilarious advice for virtually any situation you could possibly find yourself in!