What's summer without a mermaid story? This one is actually kind of terrible (the boyfriend is an alpha male stalker, which I hate) but that's what makes reading this one fun. It's a guilty pleasure.
Formerly Shark Girl -
A little heavier than what I'd normally recommend for a summer read, a girl continues to cope with everything life throws at her after losing her arm in a freak shark attack.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
Each of the girls in this story goes on an adventure either away or at home while borrowing the magical pair of jeans that somehow fits them all. Because the book is divided into four parts, it makes for an especially fast and fun read.
Lies Beneath -
Another mermaid story. This one features a merman, a lake and a murder mystery.
How to Be Popular - Meg Cabot
Cabot always delivers light and easy to read fare, but this is especially fluffy and fun about a girl who uses an outdated manners book to try to become popular using advice from the past.
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
A sensitive story about a teen's summer as she works her butt off at a catering company, makes new friends and discovers that maybe her boyfriend isn't worth waiting around for.
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
A lot heavier than what I'd normally recommend for a summer read, but I loved this story about an upper class girl and her rebellious cousins summer on a private island, with an unbelievably shocking twist at the end.
Meant to Be - Lauren Merrill
A fun school trip to Paris! Plus, a lot boy crazy.
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Another fun trip to France! And a bit boy crazy.
Lost Voices - Sarah Porter
Another mermaid story with a "Lost Girls" kind of feel. Abused girls get a fresh lease on life as angry mermaids.