Suggestions For Summer Reading

by Joanalis Calderon '21

As we all know, summer is around the corner and SJB requires all of the students to read at least three books over the break. Although Jeanites are required to read three books, you can always read more! This list of book suggestions is here just in case you are looking for a book to read.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
For anyone looking to read a romantic and kind-hearted book, Me Before You is the best choice! This novel explains the story of Louisa Clark trying to make ends meet by getting a job as a caretaker for Will Traynor. Jojo Moyes explores the friendship, and eventual relationship, that sparks between Louisa and Will.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This novel depicts the story of the struggles that three young boys endure after they lose their parents in an automobile accident. The book demonstrates their ups and downs in life and how they determine right from wrong in society. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Suspicion arises when five students walk into detention and only four walk out. One of Us Is Lying is a mystery mixed with fiction that will always keep you on your toes! Will you be able to find out who is lying?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Readers of Wonder enter the life of August Pullman, a ten year old boy who lives in New York City and has to learn how to deal with his facial deformity. The book emphasizes the struggles that he endures as he has trouble making friends. Although people make him out to be weak, he is stronger than most of them think.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This novel touches on a topic that is relevant in many teenage girls' lives: insecurities. Uglies tells the story of a sixteen year old girl who decides to get cosmetic surgery because she was considered "ugly." But before she can get anything done, her perspective shifts when she meets a girl who wants to stay "ugly."
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas describes the life of Starr Carter, a young African American girl who has to learn how to adapt to two worlds, the poor, African-American neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white school that she attends. After she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, she needs to learn how to speak up and stand up for what's right in her community.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Lyra Belacqua lives in a parallel world where humans are connected to daemons, lifelong animal companions. Many children have been kidnapped by Gobblers, including her best friend, Roger. This prompts Lyra to set out on a journey to save the world which leads her to enter our world. This results in a problem because these two worlds were never meant to be connected.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book focuses on the themes of consequences and self-acceptance as a result of one's actions. The story is told by seventeen year-old Cadence Sinclair who spends her summers on her grandparents private island with her cousins. However, there may be more to to the Sinclairs, also known as the Liars.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief tells us about the life of Liesel, a young girl growing up in Germany during World War I. Problems arise when she steals a book and learns to read. Encountering many others throughout the war, she and her Jewish family are the only ones who make it out alive.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
This novel tells the parallel stories of two Will Graysons. The first Will lives in Chicago and is best friends with a homosexual football player, Tiny Cooper. The second Will lives in Naperville and suffers from depression. As their life stories intertwine, they learn how to deal with the difficulties they face.