Summer $linging - 7 Odd Jobs for Young Adults

Summer Slinging - jobs display at the bookstore


Everyone's gotta make money somehow, but not all jobs are about making money. Some just build character.

And these book characters are feeling the truth of that statement down to their core. 


Explore their job options, and who knows? Maybe you'll find your next employer. 


1. Scythe's Apprentice 

Scythe by Neal Shusterman book cover

From Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series.

Citra and Rowan are hand-picked to train in the "art of killing" in a world where death and disease have been eradicated, which means overpopulation has to be controlled somehow. Enter the Scythes, a league of humans whose sole job is to pick people to die. You could live forever, or you could be chosen to be the next person to die. It's up to them. 


2. Newspaper Journalist and War Reporter 

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

From Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

This may seem like a normal enough job, until you factor in the Gods. And a magical typewriter.

Gods have started waging war against each other, ruthlessly using humans in their battles. At first, all Iris Winnow wants is to beat Roman Kitt and become a top reporter at the Oath Gazette. Their rivalry takes a turn, however, when the letters she has sent to her brother start to be replied to and delivered through the crack underneath her wardrobe. And her brother is not the one replying. On top of that, the newspaper she's working for won't print the truth about what's happening on the front lines of the war, a war that is sure to soon take over their lives. 


3. Nun Assassin

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

From Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

Ismae finds refuge from an arranged marriage at the sanctuary and convent of St. Mortain. But this ain't no Sound of Music convent full of singing, prayer, and self-reflection. No, the nuns here are trained to be assassins for the god of Death. So, Ismae must make a choice: go through with the arranged marriage, or keep her life but take the lives of others in exchange.

One thing's for sure. You won't find many other people who can put Nun Assassin on their resume. 


4. Cave Tour Guide

Under This Red Rock by Mindy McGinnis book cover

From Under This Red Rock by Mindy McGinnis

Life is hard when monsters interrupt and darken your every thought. So, naturally, Neely takes a job as a tour guide to underground caves where the monsters in her head go silent. Seems like the perfect fit until her crush, Mila, is found murdered in said caverns, and Neely is the prime suspect. She would be convinced of her own innocence except that her memories of the night in question are just vague shadows.

Perhaps she won't be hired back next year. 


5. Museum Intern turned Crime Investigator

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley book cover

From Warrior Girl: Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Perry Firekeeper-Birch has fire in her heart and a strong connection to her Native heritage. This comes in handy when she is chosen to intern at the museum, where she gets to see and learn about artifacts that speak to her about her tribe's long arduous history. However, several not altogether unexpected, but certainly terrible factors come in to play when she witnesses the sickening treatment of her ancestors' bones at the nearby university which leads to her uncovering the trail of the person kidnapping and murdering women in her tribe. This job Perry finds herself with is not for the faint of heart, and she is sure to be tested to her core before the case is solved. 


6. "Final Girl" Actress at Slasher Camp

You're Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron book cover

From You're Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron

Which would you rather be? The person being scared out of their wits or the person scaring others? If you've ever worked at a haunted maze, you might be aware of the fun involved in terrifying innocent passerby, and it's a dream come true when Charity gets a job acting as the "Final Girl" at a horror summer camp. However, she starts to question where the line of reality and fiction lies when her co-workers start disappearing. Then that question is answered when one of them shows up dead. 

Someone forgot to read the fine print. 


7. Magical Fighting Bookseller

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix book cover

From The Left-Handed Booksellers in London by Garth Nix

Susan isn't looking for a job, she just wants to find her father. Her world is completely overturned when her contact, Merlin, turns out to be a part of a group of people in a secret society, the Left-Handed Booksellers, quietly combating the magical evils in the dark side of London. Who new bookselling could be so dangerous?


Which one would you take?