- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481463489
- ISBN-13: 978-1481463485
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boys of Summer Paperback – April 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In this engrossing novel about friendship and tough transitions, three 18-year-olds are spending what might be their last summer together on Winlock Harbor, the island where they met building sand castles as six-year-old boys. The breezy setting of beaches and boardwalks belies the struggles each one faces in the passage between high school and adulthood. Wealthy Grayson has a way with girls and a future as a quarterback at Vanderbilt. No one suspects that his mother walked out on the family or that the supposedly healed injury to his arm threatens to end his college football career before it begins. Mike, born and raised on the island, works two jobs to help support his family and is devoted to his first love, who can't seem to make up her mind about their future. Ian is a wry songwriter and musician grieving the loss of his father while avoiding the clutches of his alcoholic mother. To complicate everything, the usual summer romances take a forbidden twist this year as the pals seem to fall for all the wrong people, and the resulting subterfuge threatens their bonds. Likable, complex characters and believable scenarios make this a juicy and satisfying read. Brody doesn't talk down to teens or resort to pat endings. VERDICT A worthy addition with engaging, well-developed male characters grappling with classic coming-of-age issues.-Suzanne LaPierre, Fairfax County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Jessica Brody is the author of several popular novels for teens and tweens, including The Geography of Lost Things, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me, and the Unremembered trilogy. She lives with her husband and four dogs near Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com.
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The reason I gave it three stars was because I felt the beginning of the book dragged on and we didn’t get to the fun stuff until like page 150 or so I believe. Even then, the drama was dragged on.
However, aside from that, it was pretty juicy and entertaining. I loved how the story was told from a males perspective and each chapter was a characters POV, which I found really cool. We got to know the characters and what they’re thinking.
3/5 — I would recommend it for your looking for a light easy enjoyable read.
Jessica Brody has published nine novels to date, most of them from the female perspective. So this was both a refreshing and interesting new venture for the the prolific author. BOYS OF SUMMER revolves around a trio of best guy friends (Grayson, Mike and Ian) as they spend one final summer together at Winlock Harbor, colloquially known as "The Locks." The boys are all headed off in different directions: Grayson is going to play football for Vanderbilt, Mike is off to New York City with his girlfriend and Ian is going to take the world by storm, armed only with his guitar. Everything is pointing to this summer being the best one yet, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. The trio experiences an extensive series of heartbreak, family turmoil and personal injuries. The problem? Not one of the boys is willing to open up about it. Between hanging out at The Locks, watching television, chasing after girls and soaking up the summer, the boys are each suffering silently as their realities take an unfortunate shift. The ultimate test of the summer is whether or not the boys can remain friends after all of the betrayal and heartbreak.
One of the best things (at least, for me) about BOYS OF SUMMER is that the entire story seemed very realistic. There was no improbable tragedy or supernatural event that inspired an unlikely chain of reactions. What the boys faced that summer could have been experienced by anyone. Another great thing about the story is that it shows the fortitude of society's notion of "masculinity." It was extremely telling when not even one of the boys could bear to reveal his inner conflicts to even his closest of friends.
Now, if you're expecting a story with impossible-to-read characters or femme fatales or something of the sort, you won't be finding any of this in BOYS OF SUMMER. The book's characters, along with the story itself, are concrete. They are as close to real people as you're going to find on paper. So it was incredibly easy for me, as it will be for any reader, to understand, feel for and connect with each and every one of the characters.
Easily, BOYS OF SUMMER was 4/5 stars. Maybe it was the realness of the characters. Maybe it was the realness of the story. Or maybe it was the simply the fact that the book, in its entirety, was reminiscent of those long-awaited beach days. Either way, if you're looking for an enjoyable, quick read that will get you ready for the summer, BOYS OF SUMMER is the book for you.
Reviewed by Chris C.
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