Boys of Summer (Hardcover)

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This book is an irresistibly fun read that pulls readers in as they relate to the characters and remember the power that friendship has over hardship. Three best friends, Mike, Grayson, and Ian, return to Winlock Harbor for the summer each carrying their own emotional baggage. Expecting this to be another normal summer before they head off into the real world, each friend struggles with hazardous secrets that threaten to tear apart their friendship. Told in alternating POVs, we get to delve into the romance and emotional strife of each boy as he discovers what brotherhood and sacrifice really means. For all the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants lovers out there, this book is sure to become a favorite because of its depth, thrill, and sincerity.

— Cassidy, TC Teen Advisory Board

Boys of Summer is a novel about three boys, childhood best friends and their last summer before they go their separate ways in life. Their last summer on an island outside of Connecticut, Winlock Harbor.  This book had some of the most dynamic and real  characters I've ever read about. I loved the plot in this book as well. Boys of Summer was such a heartbreaking and joyful book about coming of age. 

— Darbi, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Boys of Summer is a perfect kind of story to read by a beach to just tune out and relax. You can practically feel the warm sand in between your fingers as you read.

— Abigail, TC Teen Advisory Board member


Get swept away 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481463492
ISBN-10: 1481463497
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English