Friday, July 21, 2017



Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. We are challenging everyone in Arlington to choose four books to read over these summer months! We'll be sharing the 4 titles from some of our staff and community members this summer to inspire you! Share your selections on social media. Use the hashtag #WhatsYourFour?

In this post, our Adult Services Librarian, Rob, will be sharing their four for this summer! 

Rob, Adult Services Librarian

Rob's four must read YA books of the summer are Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard.

Jem and the Holograms is a graphic novel with stunningly colorful artwork throughout. The story is a raucous, musical adventure full of likable characters from start to finish.  One of my favorite things about the art style is how diverse the body types and faces are - the characters look like real people and come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.

The Female of the Species
 is not for the faint of heart, but tackles rape culture, weaves an incredibly compelling story, and has fantastically written characters.  It's topped off with an ending that punches you right in the gut and leaves you thinking long after you're done.

History Is All You Left Me
 is a story about love, jealousy, grief, and figuring out how to pick up the pieces after life takes a turn you don't expect.  It's about how sometimes the person you least expect can be the only person who understands how you feel.  

Girl Mans Up has one of my favorite main characters in Pen.  She's flawed but learns from her mistakes. The story is all about her journey of self-acceptance, standing up for herself, and respecting herself enough to know when to draw the line." 

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