The only thing better than heading to the beach on a beautiful day is heading to the beach with a book you just can’t wait to read. The next time you decide to head for the sand and surf, pack one of these reads in your tote for a real escape.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This critically-acclaimed true tale of survival and self-discovery, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film with Reese Witherspoon, centers on one grieving woman’s quest to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. As she encounters both physical and emotional obstacles on her journey, she reflects on her past mistakes and undergoes a remarkable transformation that you’ll have to read to believe.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Much more than a pulpy summer romance novel, Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut My Life Next Door peeks into the lives of neighboring suburban families the Garretts and the Reeds, and the passionate love affair that develops between teenagers Samantha and Jase. Of course, a dramatic turn of events places her squarely between the two wildly difference clans, setting the stage for important lessons about what family really means.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

A novel that’s half-rock’ n roll tale, half-romance, The Disenchantments follows teenage musician Bev and her roadie boyfriend Colby as they reach a crossroads in both their relationship and their lives. When Bev makes the sudden decision to attend college instead of traveling to Europe with her band, Colby struggles to adjust to a life without her, and begins to worry about their future as a couple.

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Wanna get inspired as you soak up the rays? Lose yourself in this fun and fabulous novel about a small-town boy who dreams of starring on Broadway. An audition in the Big Apple for E.T.: The Musical could give him his big break, and his best friend Libby is there to support him on his epic adventure.

Winger by Andrew Smith

You’ll step inside the world of precocious 14 year-old prep school junior Ryan Dean West as he navigates both relationships and rugby in this slice-of-life novel. In addition to characters that are larger than life, doodles and infographics are scattered throughout the book, adding an extra pop to the pages.