15 Years of Summer Reading

What have our big picks been for the best season in books? On our anniversary year, we look back at great reads from the past decade and a half.

The Interestings

480 pages; Riverhead


In Meg Wolitzer's lovely, wise The Interestings, Julie Jacobson begins the summer of '74 as an outsider at arts camp until she is accepted into a clique of teenagers with whom she forms a lifelong bond. Through well-tuned drama and compassionate humor, Wolitzer chronicles the living organism that is friendship, and arcs it over the course of more than 30 years.
— Abbe Wright