Whether you’ve already been to college or are still looking forward to it, these eight YA books capture different teens facing that major milestone. Check them out!
YA Books That Take Place The Summer Before College
That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
The summer before Shabnam heads to Penn, she works at a pie stand, spends time with her family and falls for a guy.
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
After being rejected from every college she applied to, Becca moves to L.A. to try acting.
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Kristin’s a homecoming queen with a sports scholarship to college when she discovers something that changes everything.
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
When Lulu finds out that her dad lost all her college tuition money she’s got to do something … illegal.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath’s been loyal to a Harry Potter-like fandom for years and loyal to her twin, Wren. Until Wren says she doesn’t want to room with Cath at college.
The Disenchantements by Nina Lacour
Colby and his girlfriend planned to tour with her band the summer before college. Then she breaks up with him and tells him she’s not going to college.
Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Auden goes to stay for the summer with her dad, his new wife and their new baby. Also try This Lullaby for another great before-college Dessen book.
Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
A high school Senior Week scavenger hunt the week before graduation.
If you want to see my entire “Summer Before College” YA list, you can find it here!
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