Don’t have the time (or budget) for a unique summer getaway? No problem: Books can take you to interesting locales—and you don’t have to spring for airfare or fancy meals! Whether you’re tucked indoors with the air- conditioning blasting or venturing out to read on the beach or in the park, bring along one of these books featuring an unexpected twist on the typical summer vacation setting:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Want to visit a remote tropical island? Be careful what you wish for! In this modern classic, a group of boys marooned on a deserted island soon reverts to primitive behavior. A brutal depiction of human nature, this thought-provoking story explores the multiple dynamics of power—who should have it and why.
Two Alone by Sandra Brown
Prefer a wooded, mountain setting? After a plane crash, two strangers are stranded in the mountains and fighting to stay alive. Vietnam vet Cooper Landry has a grudge against beautiful women, but without him, normally self-confident Rusty Carlson will not survive. And there are dangers lurking in the woods—both animal and human.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Maybe you’d prefer your summer settings to be a bit magical? In Shakespeare’s comedic play, conflict between feuding fairies results in magical mayhem for four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Convinced that a luxurious private island is the way to relax in style? Not on this island! In this suspense novel, the Sinclairs are a wealthy family with their own private island—and a shocking family secret. This story features suspense, true love, and good intentions gone wrong.