Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: The Summer before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Summer Before Boys
The Summer before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Julia and Eliza are best friends, spending the summer together. Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard and Julia spends all of her time trying not to think about what could happen. So the girls lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at the resort where Eliza's father works. But when they meet a new boy, neither one of them is prepared for what it does to their friendship.
Nora Raleigh Baskin delivers a poignant look at the way a first crush can come between best friends and the importance of hanging on to the time you have as a kid before rushing into growing up.
Publishes in US: May 10 2011
Standalone novel
Source: Galley Grab

*My Review*

   The Summer before boys captures perfectly the awkwardness and transition of age 12 to 13. It had a real childlike quality to it, and I really enjoyed reading it.
   It's short, and I'm not sure if it's classified as MG or not, but it's very clean. It does have some darker (not extremely dark, but...) issues. It's the first book I've read where a mom is in Iraq. She's dealing with this in the whole book, and I think that it's a noble and needed thing to talk about in contemps. (maybe dark isn't right word... just hard)
   I love the complicated family structure, it really adds to the authenticity, because in real life, families are almost always complicated in some way or another.
   The friendship between Julia and Eliza is dynamic, and I like to see what causes it to change and grow in different ways. It was a neat touch how they had their imaginary world and it was a form of bonding that helped them.
   This is a great summer book, and I recommend to give it a try.
I'd love to know what you think of this book and/or my review.
Here's my video review:


  1. This sound like a cute read! I hope I can get to it before it expires on Galley Grab!

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I'm hoping to start it soon! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for this review, l have wanted to read it but didn't know if l will get a chance before it runs out. I hope too!

  4. This sounds like a cute read, I love the stories that deal with family dynamics and all the complications that arise from dealing with those you love. Nice review Brandi!

  5. Nice review. First love, friendship, nice MG (or ya) book

    1. It's MG prb, but I still enjoyed even though I dont do much MG

  6. These books are some of the best ones I have ever read It has everything in it suspense romance cliffhangers everything Puck is hilarious but also he regrets alot of things so he uses his humor to hide, Ash is cold and dark and mysterios but thats only because he doesn't want his heart broken again, and Meghan she's so stuborn but very sweet she is curious but mysterious and she is in love im only 13 years old but ive read more books than most adults do in thier whole life this year and these books are some of my favoites.

  7. Wonderful review! I haven't read a book like this in forever. For some reason I usually go for mature young adult.
    The cover seems to fit the story perfectly. The friendship-theme is universal and combined with the conflict of the mom being in Iraq...let's just say that I'm seeing lots of potential. I will go investigate further. :-)
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!


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