Monday, June 27, 2016

Review - Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody

Boys of SummerTitle: Boys of Summer
Author: Jessica Brody
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Amazon
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Choose your own boyfriend in this breezy beach read about love, family, and the true meaning of friendship.

Meet the Boys of Winlock Harbor…
Grayson Cartwright: Golden Boy. Football Prodigy. Troublemaker.
Mike Metzler: Local Heartthrob. Surfer Boy. Hopeless Romantic.
Ian Handler: Army Brat. Musician. King of Sarcasm.

Best friends since they were kids, Grayson, Mike, and Ian were hoping for another epic summer on “The Locks”, filled with clambakes, bonfires, and late-night swims in the ocean.

But that was before Ian’s dad never returned home from his last deployment. Before Mike had to take on more responsibility in order to help provide for his family. Before Grayson’s accident left him with an injured throwing arm and an uncertain future.

It’s clear this summer on the island is shaping up to be very different from those Grayson, Mike, and Ian had come to rely on. And when the sacred code of dating a friend’s sister or ex is broken, it will push their friendship to the absolute limit, testing their loyalties in a way that could either break them—or save them.

My Review: I loved this story it was an excellent read that I just couldn't put down it was a page turner and I was up until gone 2 am one day reading. Boys of Summer is told in 3 points of view, the boys are reunited for the summer but all is not right between them and they all keep secrets from one another where as before they were so close.

Ian and Grayson go to Winlock Harbor for the summer while Mike lives there, they met each other when they were children and have spend every summer hanging out together and making fun of the tourists. This summer tho is different.

All the boys are very different status and personality wise.

My favourite character in the story was Ian, the brooding musician, it seems like that he doesn't want to be on the Locks which is understandable, but when he lands himself a new girlfriend he seems a lot happier.

Mike was cool, at the beginning of the book he is getting prepared to leave the Locks once summer is over and go to Hollywood with his on-off (mostly off) girlfriend Harper so that she can become famous. Mike spends all summer working to help keep his family afloat due to his father being injured and not being able to work. After a big break-up with Harper Mike meets a girl on the beach after she tried to save him from not drowning. I liked that he finally came to his senses and realized that staying on Winlock Harbor is where he needs to be and that he was happy in the end.

I wasn't a fan of Grayson as I thought he was a spoiled brat but I did relate with him though and I felt sorry for him not being able to do football after his accident because I know how it feels to be in that much pain due to a broken arm and not be able to do the things you used to be able to do. Grayson does something stupid which hurts one of his friends but in the end it turns out okay.

At the end of the book there a chapter about how the boys have turned their troubled lives around which I think was great and I can see a potential Boys of Summer series maybe 3 new books one on each one of the boys after that summer and what they get up to. Do they get into college? Do there new relationships last? Who know what will happen next.

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