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You’ve just spent months hunched over textbooks, hands sweating, decoding the encrypted messages of academics. I get it: you probably don’t want to open another book until you absolutely have to. But let’s face the facts—eventually, you’re going to run out of Netflix originals to binge watch. Lucky for us, the summer months are descending upon us and, since you won’t be breaking your back over assignments any longer, now is the time for breaking some spines (of books—I am not condoning mass violence). These three novels are easy reads. Whether you’re lounging on a beach or bearing a summer storm on your couch with some fuzzy socks, you will be entertained without straining your brain.


1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I’m sorry if you wanted to forget that you have real human emotions, because this book isn’t going to grant you that luxury. To sum it all up, a girl is stuck between two boys. Not a fantastic plot, I’ll admit, but the characters in this book are impossible not to love. The protagonist Lennie has a quirky family who you will love, envy, and laugh with. Everyone knows about the “book one boy” that the girl shouldn’t fall for but does, only to realise in book two how she deserves to be treated (enter “book two boy”). This book has a book one boy and a book two boy, and she’s kissing them both. If you need to escape from your own romance drama or your exam drama, this book is a good getaway.


2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

You have a mystery on your hands with this one. If you were ever curious about what it’s like to be one of those families with a summer home, this gives you some insight. A girl from a wealthy family spends her summers with her whole extended family on a private island. She’s finding herself, she’s finding love, and she’s slowly realizing that something isn’t quite right. The story follows her and her group of “liars” as they navigate the summer, but things start to unravel just when you think you know what’s going on. It will keep you on your toes, and I guarantee you won’t see the ending coming.


3. We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

The best way to describe this book is one word: sweet. If you’ve hardly had time to sit down this semester, I recommend you take a breather and read this novel. The book follows two new siblings who are forced to mingle when their parents move in together. Both are complete opposites: there’s an age gap, one is complete bookworm, and the other is your typical it girl. You’ll think there’s no way that these two will learn to love each other, but there’s always something that brings people together. This book is nothing but feel-good, which I’m sure is something we could all use a shot of.

Meet Rachel Watson! Originally from Prince George, she moved to Victoria to start her undergraduate degree in 2016 and is now in her fourth year. Rachel's major is linguistics and she is pursuing a minor in psychology. She is elated to be one of the two Campus Correspondents for her lovely chapter at the University of Victoria.
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