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Boys of Summer

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Walt Whitman referred to a "Mad, naked, Summer Night!" In the pages of Boys of Summer, acclaimed editor Steve Berman's latest anthology, talented authors and fresh voices reveal the allure and excitement of the season for gay teens. June always promises romance. July entices with its raw heat, and August offers a languid fire that will burn out before autumn's approach. Th ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published April 29th 2012)
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After finishing this anthology, my first reaction was... why the hell didn't we publish OUR anthology!

...Yup, that's me, always deriving inspiration from other people's failures! *straight face*

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I wavered between three and four stars on this one... On the
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 01, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Swamp Thing"
by Ann Zeddies

I think I'd fail if I tried to tell you how awesome an ability Zeddies has to capture the voice of a young gay teen trying so hard to be a part of the cool crowd. Shane is stuck with his family at a cabin at the lake - where there are cowboy sheets on his loft room bed - and not happy about it. He's even less happy when Chase - the weird geek he barely knows - is invited by his mother to sleep over for a few nights while Chase's parent
Boys of Summer is all about the butterflies in the stomach and uncertainties that come along with that first crush or first kiss. Hot summer days, sand, surf, camping grounds, fairs, and summer evenings make the perfect settings for our boys to explore and experience.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Swamp Thing by Ann Zeddies
In this solid read about a geek and a gay boy who longs to belong, Chase certainly shows Shane that belonging doesn't always mean being part of the popular crowd. I love th
May 15, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Boys Of Summer is a compilation of short stories wrapped up into one neat package.

While each author's writing style is unique, the messages are all the same - young love lives on.

For the most part, I was intrigued with the story lines, and the creativity each one beholds. It made me remember what falling in love at a young age was like, and had me wishing there was such a book to read when I was a teenager. (It even made me wish I was still in my teens!) It's romantic enough that all ages can
"Boys of Summer" is certainly an anthology worth a summer afternoon of light, romantic reading in the YA GLBT spectrum. I found myself enjoying what it had to offer in the array of relationships between the boys that the various authors chose to showcase. I'll admit that the major aspect of this collection that kept me from giving it an even higher rating were that many of the stories were truncated abruptly - leaving the story unfinished or not as developed as it could've been if the story were ...more
May 03, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
This review was posted to Amethyst Daydreams Blog.

I received a review copy of the anthology Boys of Summer, a collection of short stories that are focused on summer adventures and feelings. The contributing authors are: Ann Zeddies, Shawn Syms, Dia Pannes, Marguerite Croft, Christopher Reynaga, Aimee Payne, 'Nathan Burgoine, Sam Cameron, and Alex Jeffers. Here's the Goodreads blurb:

Walt Whitman referred to a "Mad, naked, Summer Night!" In the pages of Boys of Summer, acclaimed editor Steve Berma
Jul 23, 2012 Bibliojunkies rated it really liked it
I am usually wishy-washy on short stories. Particularly romantic short stories. They tend to lack the character development necessary to make the romance believable. But I am huge fan of m/m romance and was intrigued by a collection of short m/m romantic stories written for teens.

...let me tell you about some of my favorites.

Breakwater in the Summer Dark by L. Lark is a romance between two boys that have attended summer camp together since they were eight. Their relationship in this story is s
Jennifer Lavoie
Jul 11, 2012 Jennifer Lavoie rated it it was amazing
Perfect compilation of short stories for summer.

Before I comment on the book, I have to say how much I love the cover. Every time I look at it I see wings on the one boy's back instead of the silhouette of a surfer and surfboard. It's a neat trick my eyes play on me.


The stories were all wonderful, and I loved each one. Some of them were too short and I wanted more from the characters. Such as in the last story, "Wheat, Barley, Lettuce, Fennel, Salt for Sorrow, Blood for Joy." I wanted
I love that these were written for young adults, but they seemed so incomplete. I hate short stories. Every single time I got sucked in, the story ended in what felt like the middle of a paragraph.
Wayne Courtois
Apr 07, 2012 Wayne Courtois rated it it was amazing
(An ARC copy was kindly provided by Lethe Press.)

The Boys of Summer, edited by Steve Berman (Bold Strokes Press)

My introduction to gay YA fiction was Steve Berman’s masterful novel Vintage, a deft combination of love story and ghost story. So I had high expectations of The Boys of Summer, a gay YA anthology edited by Berman. The book does not disappoint. These stories are sometimes humorous, sometimes inspiring, and always lively. I’ve read anthologies in which a real clunker suddenly turns up—t
Lila Cyclist
Baiklah, kusudahi saja kumpulan cerpen seputar bocah2 gay tulisan Steve Berman ini. Menarik sih, cuma jadi serasa dunia ini penuh dg makhluk gay, jadi takut jangan2 ngga ada lagi cowok yg doyan cewek hahha...

Masuklah ke shelve unfinished reading. Maap ya... :)
Mar 21, 2012 Annika marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtq
I'll have to start reviewing each short story as I'm reading it or else I'll simply forget all about it. Unfortunately most are quite forgettable.

Most Likely by Steve Berman - 1/5 stars

Leap by Nathan Burgoine -
BookChic Club
Jul 23, 2012 BookChic Club rated it liked it
About 3.5 stars- vast majority of stories were really good, but there were some duds. A full review to come later.
Shawn Syms
Apr 07, 2012 Shawn Syms rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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