Summer is here and it’s time to remember the summers of before. The warm sand, the salinity of the sea wind, the burning sun and the melting ice creams are aspects of our life that we associate with that feeling of summer. This past summer was not as hectic as we had thought, as many of us were locked up at home. However, this summer, with the restrictions lifted, we can get back to having that summer feeling. Here are some summer movies and books that are sure to make you feel like summer.
If you are interested in sand and surf, this is the movie for you. Starring Noah Centineo and Carson Meyer, this film follows a teenage girl who wants something new and exciting. Penny Cooper has always felt in the shadow of her mother, movie star Faye Cooper (Molly Ringwald). Penny wants to spend time with her love, Johnny Sanders, at their beach house in Malibu, California. Things heat up when a musician enters the scene, and Penny begins to get distracted. This movie is full of love, drama, friends, and fun. SPF-18 tries to go after what you want, even if it becomes difficult to pursue it.
2. The Kissing Booth
If you’ve never seen it before, I recommend you watch The Kissing Booth. It’s true what they say, the original is always better than the sequel. This movie gives off some total summery vibes, especially with the chemistry between the characters Elle Evans and Noah Flynn. The Kissing Booth follows Elle Evans and her friendship with Lee Flynn. Elle and Lee have been friends since they were born and have been through everything together. As they grow older, Elle discovers and develops feelings for Lee’s rebellious brother, Noah Flynn. Lee and Elle develop an amazing school fundraising idea, a kissing booth. It’s no wonder everyone at school wants Noah to volunteer, given his looks and bad boy reputation. Since Elle accidentally offers herself blind, she is paired with Noah by pure coincidence. Sparks fly, dramas occur, and unexpected things happen. Therefore, Lee forces Elle to decide between him and her brother. What will Elle care most about? A strong friendship since birth, or a fierce love that you’ve had secretly since childhood?
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3. The Sandlot
The Sandlot is a classic summer movie told from the perspective of the new kid in town, Scotty Smalls. If that last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard Hamilton “Ham” Porter exclaim, “You’re killing me Smalls!” This classic movie is about friendship, overcoming The Beast, and the great game of baseball. Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town, moving in just in time for summer to start. Smalls has always been the outcast, never had friends, that is until Benny “El Chorro” Rodríguez invites Smalls to a ball game. This movie will definitely put you in the summertime mood, from hot summer days and city pools to barbecues and 4th of July fireworks.
4. Mamma Mia! Here we go again
This movie is full of romance, memories, and music. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sophie tries to run the hotel that her late mother started and managed with the help of her family. Throughout the film, Sophie realizes that when trying to start up and renovate the hotel, she finds herself in the same place her mother was when she was her age. This allows the audience to step back and see Donna’s journey and life, beginning with her graduation. Donna is confused about what to do, where to go, and who to be in life. So Donna does what she does best, becomes spontaneous and goes to Greece. Along the way, Donna meets Bill, Harry, and Sam, engaging in an entangled romance with each of them. Throughout her journey, Donna finds herself and her rightful place in the world as she realizes what she wants out of life. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosman and Stellan Skarsgârd, this musical film will have you feeling all summer long.
5. Palm Springs
This movie is full of comedy. Starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, this movie is a typical Groundhog Day situation, every day is the same. Nyles and Sarah meet at a Palm Springs wedding and get to know each other at the event. Before long, they both become interested in each other. When Nyles is hit by an arrow, they both escape and enter a cave filled with blazing light. That light seems to be the reason for their time loop, making them relive the same day over and over again. They both see that there is no point in living and they even question life. However, as they go through this time loop together, they grow closer and eventually a romance blooms.
This mature film is about the romance between Julie Baker and Bryce Loski. Julie Baker has always liked Bryce, ever since she moved across the street. In her opinion, he just has to get used to her and he will end up liking her. Bryce has never liked Julie Baker. He always thought she was weird and strange, even as a kid, when he moved across the street. Throughout the film and as they grow older, both characters share their perspectives on each other. The narrative goes back and forth between Julie and Bryce, causing an intermittent fondness for each other. As Bryce becomes apparent and Julie realizes that she doesn’t like him, she takes a step back and stops being in love with Bryce. Bryce sees and notices how Julie acts differently and begins to realize it, beginning to like her. This movie will make you realize that this summer is all about taking risks and realizing things you have never realized before.
7. Crazy Rich Asians
This movie is full of romance, chills, shadow, and comedy. Starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, this romantic comedy will definitely put you in the tropical atmosphere of summer. Rachel Chu is a professor of economics and does not know that her boyfriend, Nick Young, is rich and rich thanks to the wealth of his family. When Nick convinces Rachel to accompany him to her best friend’s wedding in Singapore, she realizes that she is a stranger compared to Nick’s family. Rachel does not come from a wealthy family and spends her time in Singapore trying to impress Nick’s mother. Rachel soon realizes that Nick’s mother doesn’t approve of her and walks away from Nick. Nick must choose between marrying Rachel and leaving his family’s wealth, or staying in the family business and leaving Rachel. Rachel is selfless, and although Nick’s mother does not approve of her, she makes him see that there is more to a person than wealth. This movie really questions what is more important: wealth with family, or true love.
8. All summers end
In this movie, to prove that his friends are more important than his crush, Conrad must play a prank made by his friends, Hunter and Tim. However, this does not go well. Conrad’s decisions cause a tragic accident for the family of Grace, his love interest. Throughout the summer, Conrad faces difficult decisions, such as going out with his friends, who want to forget his guilt, or comfort Grace for the guilt of what he did to his family. As he gets to know Grace more throughout the summer, he realizes that his love for her grows more and he must tell her the truth. This movie is full of romance, loss, friendship, and tragedy. Sometimes love is worth the risk.
1. Second Chance Summer
Written by Morgan Matson, this story is about hope and romance. After Taylor discovers that her father has pancreatic cancer, her family spends a summer at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains. His family has always been busy, and since the devastating news, they are more than ever. This summer, Taylor has the opportunity to spend time with her family away from all the craziness in her life. However, once back at the lake house, Taylor has all those memories from last summer, including her best friend and first boyfriend, who seems very different. This is the summer that Taylor can spend with her family, reminiscing about summers of yore.
2. Stay sweet
Amelia has always been the “main girl” at the Meade Cremery every summer, working alongside her best friend Cate. La Cremería, run by Molly Meade, began as a traditional sweet to cheer up friends when their partners went to war. Years later, it became a famous creamery in the town of Sand Lake. When the owner, Molly Meade, dies, Amelia does not feel able to run the creamery on her own as boss. Until Molly’s great-nephew, Grady, comes to town to help and put Molly’s affairs in order. Written by Siobhan Vivan, this book exudes an air of summery romance alongside friendship and ice cream.
3. The series “The summer in which I got pretty
This series is by far my favorite, and it’s no wonder by the author, Jenny Han, known for her other series, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Belly has always associated her favorite memories with summer, especially those involving Jeremiah and Conrad. However, it only takes a summer for everything to change, even the bonds you have with close friends. This book is essentially a love triangle, and I love it. Belly has always considered Jeremiah and Conrad as her sibling figures, especially since her mother is very close to their mother, Susannah. He has always regarded Susannah as his second mother, spending every summer at their Cousins Beach house. Growing up, Belly had a growing crush on Conrad, and hopes this is the summer that he realizes and sees it. What Belly doesn’t know, though, is that Conrad and Jeremiah see Belly differently this summer, and that is going to get the three of them in romantic and messy trouble.