6 Sizzling Hot Reads for Summer 2021

It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to a tropical island or putting your feet in the backyard wading pool—you need the perfect summer read. Here are six sizzling new releases to help you soak up every minute of the season. Grab your sunscreen, sunglasses, and one (or all) of these hot new books today.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The end of summer means one thing in Malibu—the legendary, annual party held at the Riva mansion. Word of mouth invitations determine the elite Malibu guest list and everyone in attendance wants a chance to rub elbows with the four famous Riva siblings. On an August night in 1983, the yearly party spirals out of control with secrets that shaped the celebrity family rising to the surface, and by morning the Riva mansion has gone up in flames.

Survive the Night byRiley Sager

Blaming herself for the death of her roommate by the Campus Killer, Charlie Jordan decides to abruptly leave her New Jersey university in the middle of a semester. Initially thankful to have found a ride home to Ohio through a ride board, Charlie begins to suspect that the stranger she is sharing the car with may not simply be a university janitor—he may be the Campus Killer.

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

A humorous tale of love and patience in the wake of an unexpected family tragedy. When formerly famous gay sitcom star Patrick O’Hara’s sister-in-law/best friend dies after a long illness, her widower Greg confesses his addiction to painkillers at her funeral. Agreeing to care for the children while Greg attends rehab, Patrick must learn to navigate the daily life of being a guardian to his young niece and nephew. But, beyond having a set of “Guncle Rules,” he has no idea what he’s doing.

Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in Americas Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt by Daniel Barbarisi

From 2010 to 2020, an eccentric community of treasure hunters searched throughout the Rocky Mountains for a hidden treasure chest full of gold and jewels. Following the nine clues in New Mexico art dealer Forest Fenn’s cryptic poem, the treasure hunt gained interest and notoriety. Beginning as a fun hobby for some, the hunt quickly turned into a risk for the community with one man spending $30,000 digging holes in a state park and at least five people dead.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Shortly after Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo are selected to be part of Niveus Private Academy’s senior class prefects, someone calling themselves “Aces" begins sending school-wide anonymous text messages. Aces shows no signs of stopping as they continue to reveal dark secrets about the elite private school’s only two Black students. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before the bullying becomes deadly?

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Waiting for the high school play’s cast list to be posted, Kat concocts a plan to ensure she is given a part. She will travel with her best friend Stevie from their Connecticut suburb to New York City, where they will attend the play their drama teacher has written and directed. Equipped with a plan and high hopes, their big night in the city that never sleeps becomes a comedy of errors through which they learn valuable lessons about their friendship, themselves, and their dreams for the future.

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