Exam season will be over soon – what to do? what to read?

Many teens are caught up in exam season, eating up the start of summer with revision and stress. At least the end is in sight and summer holidays beckon. After putting down the pen on the final paper and ‘filing’ away exam notes – what relaxation is planned by most teens.

Summer is a time of holidays, of camping, road trips, festivals, summer jobs, driving lessons and maybe doing nothing at all. There will be time for reading too – perhaps for some it isn’t the most appealing past time after having to read and revise for weeks, but it is a great way to relax and to escape.

Here are some suggestions for some post-exam escape reads:

laugh-icon Need a good laugh after exam horrors? Boys Don’t Knit by Tom Easton, Georgia Nicolson Confession by Louise Rennison and Spud Series by John van de Ruit.


Want to wallow and have a good cry? All the Bright Places by Jenny Niven, Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, Being Billy by Phil Earle, Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

If you are into music festivals, take a look at Remix by Non Pratt. The backdrop to this book about friendship, relationships and love is a three day music festival. The story is both enjoyable and realistic and an easy and straightforward read.

Pltravel-iconanning a road trip? Here are some good books about road trips and friendship and love: The Last Summer of US by Maggie Harcourt, Amy and Roger’s Epic Adventure by Morgan Matson, How to be Bad by E. Lockhart et al and Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray.

18If a beach holiday is on the cards then escape with Blue by Lisa Glass, It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han, Cruel Sumer by James Dawson,

Finished your GCSEs? See what happens to these teens as they start sixth form: This is Not a Love Story by Keren David, The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning, The Flynn Series by Sophie Mckenzie

Off to University? Don’t let The Secret History by Donna Tartt put you off.

15Planning a gap year? The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke, Australia on the cards? Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis, India? Q&A by Vikas Swarup.

Questioning who you are and how you feel? There are some excellent books out at the moment The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, This is Not a Love Story by Keren David, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and What’s Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long.

These are just a few suggestions – there are so many goos books out there; books that appeal to different moods and personalities. Have a browse and find something for you: something you like and you enjoy and you can lose yourself in.

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