Spring break is finally here. Whether you have envy-inducing plans that involve sand and sun, or plans that involve the couch and a lot of sleeping in, you don’t want to start without picking a book. We’ve rounded up a few good reasons to read this spring break, with books to match. If you want to spend your week fighting off villains and monsters, learning about history and current events, or falling in love, we’ve got you covered.
Spring Break Books
AND REASONS TO READ THEM
1. Because spring break is all about you and your girls—read If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
If you’re queen of the group text and you’ve been planning activities for this week for months, you’ll identify with Zan from If You’re Out There. When Zan’s best friend Priya moves to California, all their plans to keep in touch go out the window and Priya ghosts her.Even weirder, Priya’s social media has become totally unusual, full of ungrammatical posts and sunny selfies. Zan is weirded out, but everyone tells her she’s overreacting, Priya is just moving on. When Zan meets Logan, a new guy in class, and opens up about her insecurity and suspicions, he believes her and throws himself into the investigation. Together they find a clue in Priya’s latest selfie that could mean something is wrong. Maybe Priya isn’t ignoring Zan after all, maybe she can’t respond.
2. Because the fight between good and evil is bigger than you versus algebra—read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
If you need a good versus evil story that’s as complicated as the real world, Victoria Schwab has got you covered. In this fantasy novel, Kate Parker and August Flynn are heirs to a divided city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. Kate wants to be ruthless, like her father, but August, who’s secretly a monster, wants to be as human and kind-hearted as possible. They’re brought together when August is enlisted to keep an eye on Kate, and, after a failed assassination attempt, they’re forced to flee together.
3. Because why save all the fun (and by fun we mean scares) for October—read Drop Dead Gorgeous by R.L. Stine (part of the Return to Fear Street series)
If you’re the person dragging your friends to their third haunted house of the season and you’ve insisted more than once that Paranormal Activity is just not that scary, you probably already know about R.L. Stine. He’s known for writing the Goosebumps books, but you may not have picked up his latest series, Return to Fear Street. Drop Dead Gorgeous is the third book in the series, about Morgan Marks, the smart, beautiful new girl at Shadyside High School with a mysterious past. It’s not until Shadyside Homecoming comes around that the truth starts to come to light, and her past is revealed for everyone to see.
4. Stereotypes were never in vogue—read Black Enough, a short story collection about what it’s like to be young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
If you love short stories and deep diving into the human experience, you’ll love Black Enough with stories from Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Dhonielle Clayton, Kekla Magoon, Leah Henderson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Ibi Zoboi, Lamar Giles. It captures diversity within diversity, with stories about camp counselors, geeks, music-lovers, individuals, sons and daughters, and above all, people. Ibi Zoboi edited the collection with the goal of encouraging Black teens to, as she says in the intro, “be their free, uninhibited selves without the constraints of being Black, too Black, or not Black enough. They will simply be enough just as they are.”
5. We all wish we had a do-over—read Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
If you’ve already binged Russian Doll on Netflix and you want more, Opposite of Always is right up your alley. Jack and Kate meet at a party, and Jack falls in love, fast. Kate is the perfect girl for him, everyone agrees. Then Kate dies, and the story should end, but instead Jack is catapulted back to the first moment they met. Jack thinks he might be going crazy, but he’s determined to help Kate if he can.
6. Every story has two sides—read Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
If you want a different perspective on the opioid crisis, Heroine will give you one filled with hope, family, and struggle. Mickey is in a car crash just before softball season starts, and she’ll do anything to keep her spot as catcher. It seems like a historic year for her team. The only thing to keep her behind the plate is the painkillers her doctor prescribes. The pills do more than take away the pain, though; they feel good. Soon she’s hanging with a different crowd who have found themselves in the same place. But what seemed harmless at first suddenly becomes a need, and Mickey has to fight not to lose herself.
7. Because you’ve really internalized “don’t get mad, get even”—read The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
If you’ve ever written out a list of enemies or spent an afternoon dreaming up a prank to set things right, you’ll see yourself in The Black Coats, a group of women who exact revenge on men who’ve hurt women and girls. They deliver balancings, intended to restore justice and get even. But as these balancings become more and more violent, Thea has to decide how far she’s willing to go to get even. Suddenly revenge doesn’t seem so simple.
8. Because crimes aren’t going to solve themselves—read The Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson
If you’re a shameless true crime junkie but you’re caught up on all your podcasts, you have room for Truly Devious and The Vanishing Stair, the first two books of the Truly Devious trilogy. Stevie Bell is a new student at Ellingham Academy, a school that’s center stage for one of the great unsolved murders in American history. Stevie is determined to solve the cold case, but while she’s still adjusting to her new classmates, someone is murdered at Ellingham, and the case has a new urgency.
9. Because you can relate—read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phllippe
If you’re looking for a Burn Book with heart, look no further than The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. Norris, a Black French Canadian, moves to a new school in Austin, Texas. Biding his time until he goes back to Canada, he catalogs his classmates into stereotypes: the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the Jocks, the Cheerleaders, the Loners. But, to his surprise, the people he’s been judging from a distance start to become real people to him, maybe even friends. Can he begin to live in the real world, or is he doomed to hide behind his snark?
10. You’re not worried about high school, you’re trying to make it big—read Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
If classes just get in the way of your rehearsal schedule or you’ve got a flair for the romantic, spend your spring break with Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West. Lucy Barnes’ acting dreams are finally coming true when she lands a lead role alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors.But being a star might not be everything she dreamed: she’s having trouble with her costars; her tutor, Donovan Lake, is uptight; and even her acting skills seem in question. When it seems like someone onset is trying to sabotage her, Donovan becomes the only person she can count on.
11. Because Spring Break is just interrupting Women’s History Month—read A Thousand Sisters by Elizabeth Wein
If you’re already preparing for next International Women’s Day, or if history class is the only time all day that you pay attention, you’ll love A Thousand Sisters, the true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II. Elizabeth Wein tells us about three regiments led by Marina Raskova that joined the fight after Josef Stalin make the Soviet Union the first country to allow female combat pilots in the early years of World War II. In addition to the challenges of battle, the women faced obstacles at every step of their journey, but banded together to overcome.
12. Because you’ll do anything to stop thinking about your crush—read Love and Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
If you’ve felt unlucky in love, you’ll be grateful you’re not a character in Love and Other Curses. The Weyward family is haunted by a curse, if a member of their family falls in love before they turn seventeen, the person they love dies. Sam spends the weeks before his birthday working with his dad, experimenting with new drag looks, and hanging out with his grandparents, all activities safe from falling in love and safe from the curse. When a new guy moves to town, he and Sam strike up a friendship. The curse might not be as easy to avoid as Sam thought.
What will you be reading over spring break? Tell us in the comments below!