Author: Tricia Mills
Publication Date: April 16, 2009
Hailey Abbott's Summer Boys takes a weepy turn in this story of one girl's attempt to tell her childhood friend how she really feels about him.
Alex thought she'd be spending the summer focused on her family's rafting business, burying the memories of her father's death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake.
But when Sean returns to town, she is forced to reckon with her mixed-up crushy feelings for him - more powerful than ever before. It takes another tragedy to make Alex realize Sean has loved her, and forgiven her, all along.
That's all. It was as cute a romance as they come, with enough backstory to make it believable, and an identifiable main character, but I feel that it could have been better. Not much, but maybe a little. A little less melodramatic's would have been nice. A bit more character development on the secondaries, and a little more romance before the end.
That's all I ask-- for a little more romance. You know me, I love a good love story! (Was ever a more cliche line spoken?)
To be honest with you, I was absolutely rooting for a secondary character throughout most of the book. I mean, how could I not fall for the quiet southern guy? I loved Daniel! He was really awesome, and I wish that he had played a bigger part in the story. Had more speaking parts, whatever. I liked him. But I also liked Tommy, idiot that he was. And Sean. I mean, there was no shortage of guys to like in this book.
BUT there was a shortage of girls. Four girls throughout THE ENTIRE BOOK. I feel like taking offense today, so I will. Why were there only four girl characters? That's all I really wanna know.
"Sometimes people go through such terrible things that they lose the will to live, and no one can force that desire back into them." ~ Pg. 236