ARC Review: Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody

25505917Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody
Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Rate: 2 Stars


Welcome to Winlock Harbor…

Best friends since they were kids, Grayson, Mike, and Ian were hoping for another epic summer on “The Locks”, filled with clam bakes, 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 have 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.



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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of Boys of Summer for an honest review.

Boys of Summer is a hard book for me to rate and review. I really loved the synopsis and was so excited about reading a book from just boys POV’s since I love guys point of views so much. I loved the the very beginning but soon found 2 of the POV’s very predictable.

I really liked Ian and then was torn about Mike, but I really did not like Grayson. Grayson is a bad friend and contradicts himself all the time. Mike I liked him but was frustrated with the fact that he would not let go of Harper, even though she keeps treating him terrible. So you may think, well, I liked Ian’s POV, unlike Grayson’s and sort of liked Mike’s, why not give it 2.5 stars.

The problem is that my favorite was Ian and I loved his whole story and really felt for him, and loved the relationship he ends up in. The banter he had was honestly the shining highlight for me in the book, but how his story ended left me disappointed and that took away that little bit of rating for me.

If you are looking for any swoon or happy ending I don’t know if you really find it in this book. I mean I guess like with most young people who are dealing with changes in life you never know what is next, and that is what you are left with.

I am not going to recommend this book. I love Jessica Brody’s books and was sad this one just did not click for me. There were parts I liked but a lot I did not. I am giving Boys of Summer 2 out of 5 Stars.

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Jessica Brody is the author of several popular books for teens, including the Unremembered trilogy, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and The Karma Club, as well as two adult novels. She splits her time between California and Colorado.

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