Summer Boys (Summer Boys Series #1)

Summer Boys (Summer Boys Series #1)

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by Hailey Abbott
     
 

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From the creators of GOSSIP GIRL comes a fresh, edgy take on teenage romance. Three interconnected stories explore the different stages of love over the course of one summer on the seashore.

It's summer. It's hot. And it's time to hook up.

Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family's beach house, and they're gearing up for the wildest time of their

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From the creators of GOSSIP GIRL comes a fresh, edgy take on teenage romance. Three interconnected stories explore the different stages of love over the course of one summer on the seashore.

It's summer. It's hot. And it's time to hook up.

Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family's beach house, and they're gearing up for the wildest time of their lives. Sassy Ella is majorly crushing on a cute older boy -- who just happens to be her sister's new boyfriend. Meanwhile, practical Beth is surprised when she finds herself falling for her best friend George. And shy, creative Jamie gets her heart broken when her summer love abandons her.

Three girls, too many boys, and some seriously stormy romances...it all adds up to one unforgettable summer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This summer soap opera by the sea centers on a quartet of teens on vacation with their extended family, and the chapters alternate among their points of view. The author hints at the accelerated heartbeats ahead on the first page: as Jamie puts on a necklace that was a gift from Ethan her love from last summer readers learn that "just wearing it made her pulse spike." Alas, Ethan soon makes it clear that this summer he wants to be just friends. Devastated, Jamie in revenge tries to seduce Ethan's friend Scott but is rebuffed. Meanwhile, Jamie's cousin Ella, who goes through boys "quicker than a pack of Dentyne Ice (Ella was a chain chewer)," lusts after her sister Kelsi's new boyfriend Peter, who eventually returns the attention. Most wholesome and likable of the lot is another cousin, Beth, who grows increasingly jealous as her best friend George falls for his very first girlfriend. Will Jamie get over Ethan? Will Scott admit his attraction for Jamie? Will Ella steal Peter away from Kelsi? Will Beth let George know how she really feels about him? Those swept up in the melodrama will surely have sufficient incentive to keep turning the pages. The tale occasionally simmers but never quite sizzles and like many summer romances is ultimately forgettable. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This book was one of the worst I have ever read. There is no plot unless one considers the pursuit of dumb boys and sex a plot. The girls are whiney, insufferable airheads who only think about having sex to keep their boyfriends. The boys' motto is, "I'll call you," but the phone never rings. The pages are so saturated with pop culture references that the book dates faster than one can finish it. VOYA CODES: 1Q 4P J (Hard to understand how it got published; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Scholastic, 214p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 15.
—Amanda Zalud, Teen Reviewer
KLIATT
Lighthearted and fun, this book chronicles the summer holiday of three cousins, Beth, Jamie and Ella. Each has a distinctive style and personality, so it's easy to relate to at least one of them. The cousins vacation with their families at their usual beach houses in Maine. Jamie arrives excited to see her boyfriend from last summer whom she has been away from for a year. Beth arrives with her good friend George, explaining that "she had known right off that she wasn't attracted to him," looking for any kind of romance. Wild Ella, the It girl, arrives in hopes of just having a good time and immediately fixates on her older sister's new boyfriend. As the summer progresses, each girl's story unfolds and takes twists and turns. The reader will catch on quickly as to what is yet to come, but it's still an enjoyable read. Each girl learns to love in a new way and learns something new about relationships by the end of the summer. This is mildly racy, with some talk of sex, but it's not graphic. Reminiscent of the Gossip Girl series, this novel is perfect beach reading. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, 214p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Joanna Solomon
Just outside of Maine Pebble Beach became a ritual summer getaway for the Tuttle family. Extended family would come and go, but the summer truly belonged to the girls. Jamie, Ella, Kelsi, and Beth were all cousins around the same age and spent most of their year looking forward to those magical seven weeks at Pebble Beach. The four cousins endure a roller coaster of emotions during their stay. Jamie suffers a broken heart Summer Boys chronicles the classic coming of age tale of teenage romance that involves love, jealousy, betrayal, envy, and heartache. It demonstrates how relationships during the summer can be so fleeting and how at times even the most sensitive teen can emerge resiliently from disappointment. By summer's end each girl goes home a little wiser, confident, and more self aware than before. The girls each in their own way experience their first boy, first love, and first time. True romantics at heart will absolutely love this novel. It does however contain adult content and is recommended for an older reading audience. 2004, Scholastic, 214 pp., Ages young adult.
—Jessica Segura
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In what could almost be the novelization of a yet-to-be-produced WB series, three cousins embrace summer romance in their pursuit of various hot guys while vacationing in Maine. Characterization relies heavily on teen-magazinelike descriptions ("she was more an Avril than a Christina"), and most chapters begin with lengthy wardrobe summaries. Despite the superficiality, however, each of the girls' situations holds some interest, particularly in the realistic ways they mature throughout. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and sexuality are contextualized in a matter-of-fact way, with only a hint of after-school-special didacticism. Don't look for substance, but this is nonetheless an acceptable addition for teens looking for escapist beach reading.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439540209
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Summer Boys, #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
312,175
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Hailey Abbott is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the SUMMER BOYS series. She grew up in California but now lives in New York City...but still loves nothing more than writing while on the beach.

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XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Ella, Beth, and Jamie are all expecting to fall in love this summer. Jamie will see her boyfriend Ethan from last summer, Beth will get to hang out with her best friend George, and Ella hopes to find her own "summer boy". Jamie tries to spend as much time with Ethan as she can until she realizes they aren't at the same stage of their relationship. Beth begins having strange feelings for her best friend when she finds him flirting with a girl he meets on the beach. Ella falls in love with her sister's boyfriend and realizes she'll do anything for them to break up. This book is great for high school students who enjoy reading romance novels. It is also good for students who like reading about kids their age. This book hooks you from the beginning and you won't want to put it down. After reading this book, you'll want to check out the sequel: Summer Boys 2: Next Summer.  
Chelsea09 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is one of my favorite books now. I am in love with this book. (And all of the other ones in the series.) I wish Miss. Abbott would have written more then just 4 of these...wow she should have written about 10 more these are so good! I really recommend this for anyone. Its so so so so so so great!
melissa_g More than 1 year ago
Hi, im 14 I love going to the book store and looking for books and had looked at this series before but just passed over it. I saw my friend reading the third book in series (After Summer) and thought i'd give it a try. I read the excerpt and thought I could be interesting. My mom got it for me and I started reading it. I turned out that I could NOT put it down I read the whole book in a matter of hours. I absolutely LOVED it. I loved how I could connect the characters to real ppl in my life (esp. Ella there are lots of her around). I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. :) I also like how she wrote the book. It is perfectly detailed. You can picture the exact scene in your mind. (esp. when ella and peter are on the beach together) Thanks Hailey for this book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This year the Tuttle/Carr family is expecting the best summer ever on their vacation spot, Pebble Beach. The three cousins: Ella, Beth and Jamie all encounter their first boy, first love, and first time. Although there are many characters in the story, you will find it easy to make a connection with each one. It will allow you to experience a very adventurous and romantic summer on Pebble Beach. Sometimes what you're least expecting will happen. Ella, Jamie, and Beth all prove that "first times" only happen once and they shouldn't be wasted. Hailey Abbott shares with the reader a truly unforgettable summer vacation on Pebble Beach. Abbott also shares the value of friendship and love.  Ella, Beth, and Jamie are all expecting to fall in love this summer. Jamie will see her boyfriend Ethan from last summer, Beth will get to hang out with her best friend George, and Ella hopes to find her own "summer boy". Jamie tries to spend as much time with Ethan as she can until she realizes they aren't at the same stage of their relationship. Beth begins having strange feelings for her best friend when she finds him flirting with a girl he meets on the beach. Ella falls in love with her sister's boyfriend and realizes she'll do anything for them to break up.  After reading this book, you'll want to check out the sequel: Summer Boys 2: Next Summer.      
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved this book soooooo much i would say it was the the best one out of the whole series
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. If your a sucker for teenage romance novels like I am, then you will love this book.I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer Boys, is a excellent read. It has everything that you want from a book. Scandal, hook-ups, romance, and many other things! A must for the summer time. A great rainy day read. It will make any rainy day the best you've ever had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and i feel that everyone should buy it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! i loved the fact that the author switched points of veiw to see all sides of the situation. i adore this book!!!! everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the book. This book has good drama and is a must read. I could not put it down.
Diamond Williams More than 1 year ago
It was great but too short and a little perdictable
Taylor Rizzo More than 1 year ago
this was a really good book though the beginning was a little slow. also the main thig that was bad was it wasnt ver clear at some points and you had to go back. its worth it though, READ
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written on a fourth grade level with some very adult situations. Some characters explicitly descibe sexual techniques and feelings. Just reading the jacket gives you a good clue. It is all about kids having or fantasizng about sex. I feel it is inappropriate for any child. What is this author thinking about? Obviously, money- and not the hearts and minds of young children. There is no redeming value of this book. I recommend that if you are a parent you read this book first or at least skim through it. It is basically a trashy novel that is targeting young girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is soo good. you will never guess what the girls will do next!!! i hope there is going to be a second book out! one great reason to read this book is because it tells about what teenage love is like and what it gets you into. Read this book!!!!! its really great**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its me and its summer and i need a cute girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down. I love all the romance in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great! Perfect for 13+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please someone add me and lend it to me. Ressespieces228@aol.cpm
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This book was great. I loved it and the rest of the novels in the series are really interesting as well. The continuation of this series is good too. These novels incorporate everything readers want: romance, drama, and the infinite possibilities of summer. Personally, if its a novel about summer, boys, and any form of water, I'm hooked. All in all, this book and all that follow in it's wake are fabulous. Hats off to the author.
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