T5W: Summer Vacation Books

Technically, today’s Top 5 Wednesday post is supposed to be about books that feature road trips, but to be honest, I can’t really think of a lot that fit the topic. Instead I decided to feature books that take place during summer vacation in general.

Today’s my last week of summer vacation. Next week I hit the ground running at work after 4 weeks off! I figured it’s a good way to reminisce about my own time off. 🙂

You can join the Top 5 Wednesday group over on Goodreads, check out others’ posts, and wait for August’s topics!

When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi tells the story of Dimple who finally convinced her parents to let her attend a summer program for aspiring web developers. At least, so she thinks. Little does she know she’ll run into Rishi, the boy her parents have chosen to be her “Ideal Indian Husband.”

This book is filled with laughter, the frustration of bucking against tradition despite the love we feel for our parents, and forging a path for yourself–even if it isn’t what your traditional parents had in mind.

This is one of my favorite contemporary books. I gave it a full 5 stars! You can read my review here! I haven’t read Menon’s sophomore novel, From Twinkle, With Love but I have a feeling it’s going to be just as adorable.

The Way You Make Me Feel finds our main character, Clara Shin, helping at her dad’s The Way You Make Me Feelfood truck for the summer after a prank during her high school prom goes wrong. Not only that, but Clara’s stuck with her nemesis, Rose Carver. The two come head-to-head a lot of times, but toss in a cute boy and Clara’s changing feelings about her dad’s business, her mom’s flightiness, and finding common ground with Rose, Clara starts to think maybe things aren’t so bad.

The Way You Make Me Feel is Goo’s third novel, and a complete love letter to Los Angeles and food. It also features a diverse cast of characters which you don’t see a lot (but we’re hoping we will soon)! You can read my full review of the book here.


the names they gave us

One of the books that instantly came to my mind is Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us. I fell in love with this book the moment I finished the ARC back in 2017. It is up there as one of my favorite YA contemporary novels of all time. The main character, Lucy Hansen, has a literal crisis of faith. When her mother’s cancer returns, Lucy decides to go separate ways with a variety of things in her life: her boyfriend, her faith, and her job at a summer church camp.

But with some encouragement from her mom, Lucy starts work as a counselor for kids who’ve been through tough times. At this, her eyes are opened and though Lucy still struggles, she comes to realize she’s not alone in them. You can read my glowing review for this book here.

Lumberjanes  is a hilariously action-packed, magical adventure about a group of friends who attend a place called Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types! This graphic novels series is a joy ride about friendship, a little romance, crazy adventures, and a dash of magic!

I’ve only read a few volumes (mainly with Noelle Stevenson heading up the project), but this is a series of comics I recommend time and time again. It’s perfect for middle schoolers, young adults, and even the adult like me who needs a good laugh and just a generally fun read. 🙂

Ramona BlueUgh, I can’t believe I nearly forgot about Ramona Blue! Ramona has a lot going on in her life, but when her childhood friend, Freddie, reappears in her life, she starts questioning some of her rock solid decisions, especially her sexual identity.

Julie Murphy has really solidified a spot as one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. The companion novel to Dumplin’, entitled Puddin’, was released just a few months ago, and I’m excited to see how Julie explores two of the characters we met in the previous book.

You can check out my review of Dumplin’ and Ramona Blue, and you can also read about when I met the author (twice!) here and here.


What are some of your favorite books that feature road trips or take place during summer vacation? I’d love some more recs! Leave them down in the comments. 🙂

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