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Boys of Summer
Contributor(s): Brody, Jessica
ISBN: 1481463489     ISBN-13: 9781481463485
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
Annotation: The bond shared among Winlock Harbor football prodigy Grayson, romantic surfer Mike and army brat Ian is tested by a family tragedy, a devastating injury, financial setbacks and broken codes about dating each other's sisters and ex-girlfriends. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Coming of age; Fiction.
Summer; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016013508
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.64 lbs) 330 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
A promising premise--the emotional lives of three boys, lifelong friends, the summer after high school--is marred by sluggish pacing and alternating narration that too often fails to advance the plot. Although the focus on teen boys' friendships and inner lives is appealing, the female characters are two-dimensional, seeming to reinforce formulaic notions of how teenage boys view their romantic interests. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

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, VA

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