Set up the sun umbrella at the beach or in your backyard with Girlfriend’s lovingly hand-picked summer reading list. If you can get a group of mates together to buy one book each you can swap during summer and always have something fresh to read – book club, holla!
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The only thing greater than a good book, is a good book that comes in threes! The Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of 12 districts for a massive televised battle in which only one person can survive. Gruesomely addictive.
Road to Paradise by Paullina Simons
Nothing captures the vibe of summer more than a road trip – unfortunately things take a turn for the worse after Gina and Shelby pick up a hitchhiker who sucks them into her own frightful journey.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
When was the last time you actually read this?! As much as we love both Disney and Johnny Depp (espesh you Johnny!) the original works was a big screen hit for a great reason. Bonus points for the totally cute old school illustrations!
The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain
A total nail biter – think a suicide, a mysterious letter and a dark, twisted secret that could ruin the lives of two teenage girls and their families.
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
This book is just written in a totally beautiful way that makes us proud to be New Zealander’s! Plus, any book that becomes a major motion pic has to be good right?!
Holes by Louis Sachar
Five words to describe this book - Fun fun fun fun fun. A darkly humorous read about a boy who gets unjustly sent to a boys detention centre where he has to dig holes 5 feet wide and five feet deep all day and every day. But why?....
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Not a light read, but a must read. This infamous semi auto-biographical novel dives deep into the psyche of a young woman suffering a nervous breakdown and manic depression.