Christmas in July Teen reads

Have you ever heard of Christmas in July? Legend has it that Christmas in July was started at a girls' summer camp in 1933 in North Carolina. The 24th and 25th of July is coming up, and we're sure many of us are in need of some Christmas cheer. While we're all keeping our distance, we can still celebrate with Christmas movies, music, desserts, phone calls with loved ones, and, of course, decorations! Here at the library, our favorite way tto spread Christmas cheer is by sharing some good books to read! We've compiled a list of a handful of young adult titles that are perfect for celebrating Christmas in July.



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Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

In this sweet teen read, Lily leaves a red notebook on a shelf at her favorite bookstore, hoping the right guy will come along and write to her. So begins her back and forth with Dash as they trade secrets, dares, and dreams. Is Dash the one that Lily's been looking for?


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My true love gave to me: twelve holiday stories  edited by Stephanie Perkins

Some of the most popular writers in young adult fiction come together to create this splendid holiday anthology. Jenny Han, Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell, and more share these short stories that will surely have anyone feeling the holiday spirit.


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The afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Fans of A Christmas Carol will really enjoy this title by Cynthia Hand. Holly Chase is a terrible teen who receives her visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, but she dies before she can change her ways. In this modern retelling, she becomes the Scrooge for at least the next five years. Will Holly ever change her ways? The ending of this one will really surprise you!


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Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

In this New York City story, Kendall and Max are united when they witness a tragic accident. They accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness for strangers throughout the evening, but will they end up together at midnight?


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Let it snow: three holiday romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Another anthology on the list! This time all of our stories are interconnected. Readers will delight in these warm, fuzzy reads--even in the Florida heat!


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Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey

Fans of Downton Abbey and Jan Austen will enjoy this holiday read. Kate Darby is a lady's maid just trying to get by, and Matt Harlow is working two jobs at the Shackleford Park estate. Will the circumstances that bring them together tear them apart? Or bring them closer than ever before?


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The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

In this New Year's Eve airport adventure, Ryn misses her flight and loses her phone. She finds her phone and meets Xander, someone who will help her talk through the hardest parts of the past year. Along the way, they met a cast of characters to give them a New Year's Eve they are sure to never forget.


If Christmas reads aren't your thing, feel free to deck your halls with other books from our collection! We're open for curbside services and computer and copy appointments. Keep up with our services on our Current Services page.

By Courtney on January 29, 2023