Beach Reads: Traveling Tales

Hi All! It’s Becky, again.  I love books about characters travel…especially road trips. Here is a list of five books that are my go-to traveling stories that you may want to take to the beach this summer.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


Morgan Matson’s first novel holds a special place in my heart.  The book was a major focus in my last project in grad school and made me an instant fan of Matson.  The book follows Amy Curry, a theater nerd who is dealing with the death of her father, and Roger Sullivan, a college freshman who is getting paid to drive Amy cross country to her new home in Connecticut.  Both characters are going through issues in their home lives but (of course!) they form a connection that might lead to more.  I loved this book and I love how Matson has peppered updates about these characters in her other books.

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I have always enjoyed Lauren Barnholdt’s books for the flirty good time that they always proved to be.  Two-Way Street is one of my favorite books by the author.  The book follows the story of Jordan and Courtney who were the perfect couple in high school until Jordan breaks up Courtney for someone he met on the internet.  Courtney is crushed and she just felt worse when she is forced to accompany Jordan on a road trip the two planned when they were still together.  However, the more time the spend together the more secrets are revealed.  Courtney and Jordan are adorable and their misadventures were fun making the book a mindless but enjoyable read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


I acknowledge the fact this book is about Anna going away to school but it’s school in Paris so it totally counts as Traveling Tale.  Also, I acknowledge that I put this book on a lot of “Best Of” list but it’s always worthy.  The story is about average American teen Anna who is sent to Paris for her senior year of high school.  Once at school she makes friends and connects with St. Clair a boy she should like but can’t stop herself from felling for.  This book is just about perfect and if you haven’t read it you should add to to your “TBR” shelf.

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody


I am a fan of Jessica’s Brody’s YA realistic fiction and The Geography of Lost Things beyond lived up to my expectation.  The story is about Ali whose father disappeared six years ago. Ali and her mother are just days away from losing their home and Ali is desperate to find a solution and one appears when Ali’s father leaves her his prized 1968 Firebird convertible. Ali knows the car will save them and she has even found a buyer but there is just one problem. Ali doesn’t know how to drive the classic car’s standard transmission. Ali only knows one person who can drive a stick shift… her ex-boyfriend, Nico. Nico agrees to help Ali get the car to the buyer however Nico has a counter offer. Instead of selling the car Nico thinks they can trade items they find on Craigslist to earn the money Ali needs. Ali reluctantly agrees and the two start a journey up the west coast to try to save Ali’s home and possibly salvage their broken relationship.  The book is filled with drama and flirting and is the perfect book to take to the beach.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith


I debated between including Field Notes on Love or The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight the only reason I picked Field Notes is that it’s Smith’s newest novel. The book is about Hugo Wilkinson. He was supposed to go on a train trip across the United States with his girlfriend Margret Campbell but she broke up with him and now Hugo can’t use the trip tickets which are in her name. Hugo posts an ad online looking for another Margaret Campbell to use the tickets and he does. Hugo finds Margaret “Mae” Campbell an aspiring filmmaker who is looking for her own adventure. This is just a really lovely story that makes you want to hop on a train for a few weeks and possibly fall in love.

 I would love to know what are your favorite beach reads?  Add your picks to the comments section.  



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