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5 Essential YA Books to Pack for Your Summer Road Trip

Summer has finally started, and what better way to take advantage of the warm weather and long weekends than by hitting the road? Whether you’re booking your next travel adventure or staycationing in your bed, here are five Swoon books that are sure to take you away!

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The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall

What happens when you fall in love with your worst enemy?

Paisley and Carter are on the fast-track to becoming a couple. The two met at a party first week of freshman year and immediately hit it off. But things take a left-turn when Paisley finds out she’s crossed paths with Carter before: He used to viciously bully her best friend, Henry, in middle school. Love story OVER. But fate has other plans…

Can Paisley enact revenge on Carter on her friend’s behalf? Can Carter convince Paisley he’s not really that bad of a guy?

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No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

Nathan has never been one to play it safe, except when it comes to love.

Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston—everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan.

Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But . . . what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?

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Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn

Karma's a beach.

Marty has terrible luck, and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at a ritzy hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after than to take their stuff? Marty knows how to get her luck back: She just has to return Every. Single. Item.

When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she'd never do—fall for a tourist. But Will's special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty's luck is finally turning around.

When a string of events threatens their relationship, Marty has to find a way to get those items back to their original owners... or she’ll be saying goodbye to Will forever.


Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff

Flight delayed. Send help. Not him.

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!


Traveler by L.E. DeLano

What if every mirror was a portal to another life?

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities.

But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

Your turn, Swooners! Which YA reads are you hitting the road with this summer?

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Erin Siu

Book lover, music geek, Californian. Always falling for books about multicultural experiences, family relationships, and first love.

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