Are you dreaming about lazy summer days spent down at the Jersey Shore? Get your beach fix from the comfort of your own home through these reads that take place in our favorite Jersey Shore towns.
A Matter of Chance by Julie Maloney
Eight year old Vinnie Stewart disappears from a small Jersey Shore town one summer, leaving her mother absolutely devastated. This is the story of a mother’s five year search to bring her child home .
The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine
This novel takes place down the shore shortly past Ship Bottom, and follows the story of Cassidy Emmerich who has decided to spend her summer at her father’s bed and breakfast after a sudden and humiliating breakup at home.
Whisper Beach by Shelly Noble
After getting pregnant at a young age, Vanessa Moran leaves her hometown of Whisper Beach, NJ. Now working as a professional Manhattan Organizer, she returns many years later for her friend’s funeral, thus also facing her past ghosts.
August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
This is one of my favorite books, and it takes place down the shore in Lavalette! This novel follows the story of Quinn who is spending the summer at her aunt’s beach house. What makes this novel even better is that Quinn’s aunt is a librarian!
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
In this piece of Amish fiction, Lewis takes the reader out of the Pennsylvania Dutch County and down to Cape May, NJ. It mentions local sights and areas that will have you reminiscing about searching for “cape may diamonds” and strolling past the Victorian homes.
Beaches by Irisis Rainer Dart
In 1951 two girls become friends in Atlantic City. They become pen pals and keep in touch by writing letters to each other, always reuniting every year by the ocean. This is a story of a thirty year friendship and how it transformed and changed from adolescence to adulthood.
Jersey Shore Food History by Karen L. Schnitzspahn
Let’s face it, one of the best parts of the Jersey Shore is the food! From ice cream to funnel cake and all the yummy things in between. This book is all about the history of shore food.
Tell us in the comments below, where is your favorite place down the shore?
-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian