Vintage reads make the perfect companion to all of your beach side adventures, and while you might avoid classics for their old-world language and sometimes exceptionally lengthy page counts, these four tantalizing classics are filled with new-world wonder, doable book lengths, and swagged-out plot lines. From controversial books that were once rejected by the general public to glamorous parties mixed with epic love stories and heartbreaking tragedy, snag one of these can't-miss, best summer reads for teenagers and adults that are filled with the kind of magic that can only exist in a truly vintage classic.
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
No one can string together a sentence like Capote and make something so complicated seem so simple. Most of you will recognize this title from the classic Audrey Hepburn flick, which has always had quite the cult following in the fashion world as well as the film industry. Always tongue-in-cheek and difficult to put down, Capote, even in his later years, wrote with such a youthful voice that this tale of a mysterious girl and a legendary friendship still moves us all down to the last page.
The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
If you enjoyed the "Harry Potter" series, you'll love the original master of darkness. Millions of books have been inspired by Poe's vivid and nefarious imagination. Read Poe and you will never look at another horror book, mystery novel, or gothic-lit manuscript quite the same again. You will see him in every drip of blood and every faint noise in the background. You've probably already read "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" in English lit, but take on "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and you'll have officially graduated to his lengthier but spectacular works of mortifying fiction.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
If you loved "The Lovely Bones" and didn't find it to be too much for you emotionally, you will fall hard for "Lolita." This book was so controversial in its day that it had to be published in Paris, a city far ahead of the rest of the world in free speech at the time. While it would later go on to be published all over the world in various languages, "Lolita" is now considered a work of mastery. It should definitely be noted this book has mature sexual themes, but like some plots on television these days, it can be trusted in the right hands. The entire book is about the mutually romantic relationship between a middle-aged literary professor and his young, snarky step-daughter. Yes, it is disturbing but never over the top.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This classic never grows old and its timeless tale of reaching back into the past will always be current. Undying love, glamorous parties, tragedy, affairs, and death - this book has all the makings of becoming your favorite. There is drama at every turn and when you finish the book, you will spend the rest of your life looking for that one guy who will love you like Jay Gatsby.
Sewickley families take pride in staying current on the latest in great reads, but they also know the value of taking the time to get lost in a classic, the kind that sticks with your soul and becomes a part of who you are. There is no better time for these kinds of literary adventures than summertime and we wish you a safe, happy, and well-read season of sun, fun, and the sort of impeccable journeys that can only begin with the first lines of a great book.