Summer is fast approaching in Dubai. You're probably thinking, "But it's 40°C!" Oh, young grasshopper, you have much to learn! Everyone knows that it's officially Summer once everyone starts snapchatting temperature filters reading 50°C. Fear not, Ramadan is also on its way, which means shorter working hours and more time to catch up on your reading!
Here's a few books to get you through the slow, scorching Summer days:
Our protagonist, Naomi, wakes up in a psych ward not knowing whether she is crazy or not. She has to piece together her memories and unravel the truth. Your sanity is slowly going to unravel with hers as you desperately swipe pages on your Kindle to get to the end.
If you like psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, this is right up your alley. Read it before the movie releases this year so you can be one of the smug people leaving the cinema going, "Meh, the book is so much better."
If you could go back in time, would you do anything differently? All Our Yesterdays is more than just another dystopian YA novel. Cristin Terrill intricately weaves past and present in the world she's created. Even if you're not a fan of sci-fi, you're going to wish you could go back in time to read this over and over again!
Summer is perfect for a little light romance. Written in the epistolary format of e-mails, if you're a fan of Cecelia Ahern's Love, Rosie, you're going to swoon—even though you know if someone (even someone cute) read through your embarrassing private chats between your work-BFF IRL, you would probably kill them.
Spring break, twisted teenage girls, and murder—a recipe for the perfect Summer read.
Abigail Haas has the flair for writing dark, psychological thrillers; Dangerous Boys (not a sequel), is just as dark and twisted. Don't let the YA genre tag fool you into thinking this is just another vapid teen angst novel.
6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Beauty pageant contestants stranded on a desert island sounds like the plot to a bad B-movie, which might be intentional on Libba Bray's behalf.
Beauty Queens is self aware, clever and satirical, juxtaposed against a bizarre plot that's like Drop Dead Gorgeous meets Lost. Feminists and fans of Mean Girls, Miss Congeniality, and the rich character development and multi-story arcs of Orange is the New Black, you're going to devour this.
Do you ever find yourself asking "What if?"
Alternate realities, decisions, the meaning of life, finding yourself—Maybe in Another Life is a book about choices masquerading as a romance novel. The protagonist, Hannah, falls for a different man in parallel universes after one life-defining decision. Both universes are going to have you at odds over which one is meant to be.
8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Another book turned major Hollywood movie releasing in 2016. The movie, judging by the trailer, may have you thinking Me Before You is a sappier melodrama than what it is at its core (about life and the choices you make). One can only hope that it doesn't go the route of The Fault in Our Stars. Just do yourself a favour and read the book first.
The Walking Dead only with teenagers. Don't be thrown off by the zombie-genre tag if you're not normally a fan. This book is not really about zombies at all. If anything, they could be a metaphor for the inner demons plaguing the teens.
The book could be read as a stand-alone, but the sequel is even more gripping.
What lengths would you go to stalk your Twitter crush? With a few taps of your phone you could find out where they work, where they get their coffee, drive over to "bump into" them at their coffee shop...
That would make you like Joe Goldberg, who goes to extreme lengths to stalk his chosen victim. The only book on the list that hasn't been personally reviewed (yet). The hotly anticipated sequel is out this year.
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