We’ve got the perfect books to get you in the mood for summer!

Spring has finally finally hit the UK and it’s making us all a bit giddy with excitement – summer is so close we can taste it! Winter was endless, okay? And what does summer mean? BOOKS. Reading in the garden, reading in the park, reading on the beach, reading by the pool. Basically, all the reading.


But that intense level of reading needs some prep. You wouldn’t jump into a marathon without training first, would ya now? So here are 5 books to get you in the mood for summer!

unexpected everything‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson

To be fair, any of Morgan’s books scream summer to us, but this is her newest and it’s SO GOOD. Andie has her summer all planned out, but after an internship falls through, she finds herself at home with her dad for the summer and doing all sorts of un-Andie things. It’s not a summer she’s likely to forget anytime soon!


‘Did I Mention I Love You?’ by Estelle Maskame

The first book in Estelle Maskame’s ridiculously addictive trilogy is set in the heat of Santa Monica. When Eden agrees to spend the summer with her estranged dad, she travels to Santa Monica and finds herself among her dad’s new family. Including her step-brother Tyler who she’s feeling a little more than sibling affection towards… It’s impossible to put down!

callback‘Waiting for Callback’ by Perdita and Honor Cargill

This book is just pure fun. To us, summer reading is all about the books that put a smile on your face and there is no way that Elektra’s dalliances with acting following being discovered by an agent won’t make you grin.  It’s funny, heart-warming and just properly brilliant. We’re already desperate for the next instalment in this series!

truth about forever‘The Truth About Forever’ by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of our heroes and she’s also another author who’s entire backlist we could have put on this list, but ‘The Truth About Forever’ is our favourite. The summer has just started and Macy is still reeling from her dad’s death. It’s only when she makes a new group of friends, including art boy Wes, that she realises life doesn’t stop, even after death.

hhclb‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ by Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is a queen of UKYA and you’re probably all read this by now, but if you haven’t, YOU SHOULD. Amber is going to California to stay with her mum for the summer, working at her and her new husband’s summer camp. She’s hoping to reconnect with her mum and find out why she really left. And then she meets all-American Kyle and nothing goes quite as planned…

Which books put you in the mood for summer? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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