The summer is upon us and most of us have nothing to do. The heat is too much, so roaming around all day isn’t the best idea. So instead of sitting at home and sulking, why not pick up a book and give reading a chance? Here’s a list of 5 books you can read this summer.
1. Can You Keep a Secret?
From the author of the bestselling novel “Confessions of a Shopaholic” comes yet another bestseller. “Can You Keep a Secret?” is a story of Emma Corrigan, your typical girl next door, who’s utterly confused about what she wants from her life. She lives with her best friend of twenty years, Lissy and a roommate. Outwardly her life is perfect; she has a job and a good-looking and loving boyfriend. But still she isn’t happy.
Like everybody Emma too has a few secrets. She spills out all of her secrets to a complete stranger, whom she meets on a flight. Her life takes a huge turn when that stranger turns out to be her boss. The story is full of ups and downs from there on.
The character of Emma is funny and sometimes quiet stupid but at the end of it you can’t help loving her. The story is told by Emma in the first person. The writing is witty and her reactions are often unexpected.
Overall this is a great novel, telling a simple love story with a different twist. It’s filled with humour and has a witty edge to it. And for all those stressed out souls out there, it’s a must read because Emma will surely make you laugh!
2. Just friends
Here’s another take on the girl-boy relationship in our country. The cliché that a girl and a boy can never be “just friends”, or can they? Sumrit Shahi tells two stories of two sets of best friends in this book. He has tried to explain the girl-boy relationship in his unique way, and the end he leaves the decision upon the reader as to whether a girl and a boy can be just friends.
The story begins at an airport, where Aaryan meets Tanie. They both are sort of dealing with the same problems. They share their stories with each other. They give each other advice and finally go their separate ways. The whole story is told in flashbacks and in bits and pieces.
Even though the author is a new comer he manages to capture the reader’s complete attention with his little catch phrases and small little random incidents. Any teenager can easily relate to these stories. Both these stories, even though simple, will stay on your mind for a long time.
This book by Maggie Stiefvater will surely warm your heart. It’s a love story of a girl and a wolf. It sounds weird but trust me it’s not. The author tells the story of a different kind of werewolf. These werewolves turn into humans when it’s warm and turn back into wolves when the climate gets cold.
The female protagonist, Grace falls in love with a wolf with yellow eyes and whose saves her from a wolf attack. This story takes place in the fictional town of Mercy Falls. The description is of the small town is lovely and you will definitely have an urge to visit it. The story is sweet and romantic.
The author has managed to capture the true essence of teenage love. Over all it’s a sweet little love story with a twist ending. The story is continued in the second book by the same author, Linger. For all you romantic souls out there this book is a must read!
4. Hunger Games
This bestseller by Suzanne Collins is all about girl power. It’s the story of Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the ruins of what used to be North America, in the nation of Panem. The nation is divided into 13 districts which are ruled by the Capitol. To keep the inhabitants of Panem in line, the Capitol holds the annual hunger games, where each district has to send a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen as tributes.
The tributes have to fight each other to their deaths and in the end there is only one victor. Katniss volunteers in place of her sister as she regards it as a death sentence. The character of Katniss is strong, smart and skilled. She is the breadwinner of the family and takes care of her sister like her own daughter.
The author has explored the after effects of war and violence in this book. It is filled with adventure, thrill, action and romance. Once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the very end.
5. Keep the Change
Here’s another tale of a small town girl moving to Mumbai, in search of a great career. The story is simple; Damayanthi comes to Mumbai when she gets a great job offer. The story follows Damayanthi as she gets settled and gets a taste of the Mumbai life.
The author, Nirupama Subramanian has effectively captured the essence of Mumbai from the crowded local trains to the every so busy kamwali bais. The story is told through letters that Damayanthi writes to her friend Victoria. The true identity of this Victoria isn’t revealed until the very end of the book.
The writing is witty, funny and to the point. The story has it all, romance, excitement of a new relationship, betrayal et al. It also shows the little changes in people’s personality that take place when they move to a big city like Mumbai. The story is easily relatable and writing is simple, it’s surely worth a read.