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Summer Boys

(Summer Boys #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,446 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 214 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Summer Boys,/I> is from three different point of views: Ella, Beth, and Jamie. They have one thing in common: boy drama.

Ella is considered the beautiful one who can most likely get any guy she wants. Beth is the one that cares more about sports than the way people look at her. Then there's Jamie who wants a summer love and thought she found the one. Oh, and they are all cousins.

This book kind of made me love and hate it at the same time. I just felt like Jamie was kind
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
A few years ago, before I had discovered the joys of internet shopping and book availability really depended on what I could find in - usually department - stores, I really wanted to read this. I never got around to buying it though, because I thought it would be too trashy for my tastes. Now, with the wonderful evolution of ebooks, I picked it up pretty cheaply and gave it a go. So what was the verdict?
Well, it was trashy, but not in a hide-this-somewhere-where-it-won't-embarrass-you-if-s
Sierra Doehring
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Sierra by: christina D.
"Summer Boys" by Hailey Abbott was a "must read" according to my friend Christina. I went with her opinion and picked it up and befor I knew it I couldn't put it down. Three cousins: Ella (the beautiful one that gets any guy she wants), Beth (the one that cares more about sports then the way people see her), and Jamie (the one that wants to look for a summer love, but the one she falls for was right in front of her face for the past cupple of years). They spend every summer together at Pebble Be ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Just, no.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Oh God, everybody's stupid," Beth gushed. "You need to find a guy who lets you know it's okay to be stupid."

Silly, light. You go into this book knowing it's an easy, summer read. This is a story about a group of female cousins. They go to Pebble Beach every year and spend the time together. It's told from 3 different points of view: Beth, Ella and Jamie. They learn a lot about themselves and a lot about each every summer as they muddle their way through romance and friendships and the inevitab
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is about three teenage girls and there summer at pebble beach. It's also about their relationships they get in with guys. Each chapter is about three different girls. They are all best friends. One of the the girls Ella is super pretty and all the guys like her but one. Ella like him a lot but he is dating her older sister so her chapter is about that. Beth cares about sports and how she looks. Beth has been dating this guy Ethan since last summer but it all goes wrong in the end. Jaim ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I loved this series when I was in high school. But I don't think I'll like it now that I'm not in high school anymore. I guess certain books do get outgrown as you get older. I'd say that it's like Gossip Girl, but Gossip Girl has better plotlines. I still did like George and Beth together though.

Edited review:

So I was rereading because I was in a summer book mood. And WOW, that Peter character is such a *insert whatever name you wish here* Nope, not continuing with this reread agai
Josephine Troia
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Alyssa Morres

"Summer Boys" is a novel about best friends becoming lovers, breakups, jealousy, and anything else you can think of in a relationship. It is narrated by each girl character and talks about each of their experiences. Very well written book and it really portrays the issues in which young couples go through when dating, or even on summer relationships. Abbott really catches the true essences of teens in love and lust.
Jaci Douglas
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this a good book for someone who likes to read about Teenage love stories and loves drama books. This book is about 4 cousins who live on the beach side in 3 different beach houses and is looking for summer boys and a fun time. Throughout the book there are a lot of breakups, backstabbing and even more boys. I personally feel like this is a good book because with all the drama happening it really gets you attached and makes you want to keep reading. The way the author explains what is h ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
My friend recommend me this book it's such a great book. They are Three cousins Ella (the beautiful one that gets any guy she wants), Jamie (the one that wants to look for a summer love, but the one she falls for was right in front of her face for the past couple of years), and Beth (the one that cares more about sports then the way people see her). They have been hanging out each summer all they wanna do is have fun and enjoy themselves but this summer is different from all summers. They meet t ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I was mildly impressed...?
I expected a lot more. I expected this to be as hot as YA summer contemporaries could get. I expected this to be like watching a reality show.
What I got? Well, it fell short. I got a story about a family and friends who spend their summers together. And drama, but no backstory really?
Like, I'm interested enough to read the sequel, but I started this novel off super confused and not really sure who was who for the first 30-40 pages, which with a book this sh
Metzli Garcia
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is really interesting and has so many plot twists. There are three girls and each of them has a story. Those three girls are cousins. They go to a beach one summer and have some boy trouble. Ella likes her sister's boyfriend, Beth starts loving her best friend, and Jamie has a boyfriend who she got last summer there and he starts pulling away. After everything settles, more things happen. I love how this could relate to reality. Some events relate to me and I just love how each girl ha ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Abbott, Hailey Summer Boys, 214 p. – Jamie is looking forward to a summer with her hot boyfriend. Ella wants to steal the gorgeous new guy from her own sister. Beth realizes that her best friend forever is actually looking very tempting. Sand, water, boys and girls scantily clad – all make for a book completely inappropriate for any school setting. NO. Cindy, Library Teacher
Megan Jones
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
When I got this book and put it on my “read” list years ago. This definitely was a book that I would have loved. Years later and my taste in just pure romance books have certainly changed. Since I bought 3/4 of this series I’ll be finishing it. A light summer “romance” read (if you really even want to call it that).
Lily Medley
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book was very good. i liked how it had multiple perspectives so you always had juicy details to read from everyones life in the book. the only reason that i didnt rate this book a five is that it was somewhat short and i really wanted more after i finished it and my library did not have the rest of the books in the series.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a reread, I have read and loved the entire Summer Boys series, the first time I read this book I had rated it five stars, however, I have gained much experience as a reader and have decided to lower my rating to between a 3.75-4 star rating The reasons why I love this book are many; the multiple characters and how they each have such different personalities and points of views on their life experiences, the fact that this is a summer book and it owns up to it. See the thing is, you ca ...more
✨ Ljubica ✨
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2017
3.25 stars
It was nice and refreshing after me reading so much of the lunar chronicles
Deals with three girls and boy problems on a beach in the middle of summer
In ways it reminded me of gossip girl but overall it was a decent read
Veronica Martinez
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was a very good book all you have to now that you follow 3 girls and their love life
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! Especially how it told the lives of 3 cousins and how they intertwined over one summer!
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick read that doesn't bog you down with ridiculous dialogue or fluff. The characters and stories were diverse and enjoyable.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it

This is one of these guilty pleasures that wasn't the best read but was still a decent one for the time being. I do think the little description of the book was misleading in ways, and I was expecting more than what I got which is why it got a lower rating compared to my other and better guilty pleasures. Like with Peter, I expected him to be Kelsi's long-term boyfriend and expected fire and passion, but the whole love triangle was so cringy and I hated it. I thought Jamie was rea
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Alicia Lotto
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott was an okay book. I didn't exactly like it, but then again I didn't hate it. I honestly didn't know what to expect. It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I highly recomend it to teenage girls who like drama, boys, and summer time. I'm giving this book three stars. Before I get started, I just wanted to give some opinions that I have about the book. I think that the book should have had some more realistic things, like in ways that us teenage girls can relate to. I mea ...more
Gionna Marotta
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer boys follow three cousins, Jamie, Ella and Beth over their summer vacation at their family house at Pebble Beach. We get introduced to each cousin as they're arriving in Pebble Beach. Beth is the tomboy, where Ella is the outgoing beautiful one, and Jamie is the shy and to her self, but has a boyfriend. As soon as they all get to the house they’re ready to start their summer and head out to the boardwalk.

Throughout the book you see Jamie go from being in a relationship to not. You also s
Corrina S.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have finished the book Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott it is the first in the series. My older sister recommended it to me so I had to read it. I enjoyed it very much, it is like the typical books that I read which are girly.
The plot of this book is there are 3 cousins that are girls all alike in age but totally different when it comes to personality, they stay at a cabin in the summer and they all meet boys that they think they are in love with. One of the girls is Ella, she is a bad girl when
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Overly Attached Girlfriend
Shelves: reviews
Just like Abbot's Bridesmaid, Summer Boys created a whole new shelf for my books: what-was-the-point-of-that-book. I legit do not understand why this book exists. If you are looking for anything other than very immature teen girl romance, you better look elsewhere, because that is all this book has.

It's about three girls, Beth, Ella, and Jamie. Not to surprisingly, Ella was my favorite and the only one I found at all interesting. Why is it not surprising? Because she was the most awful out of the three. I te
Mike O'neill
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Summer Boys, written by Hailey Abbott, is the first of four books in the Summer Boys series. This book focuses Jamie, Ella, Kelsi, and Beth Tuttle; five cousins (Ella and Kelsi are sisters) that return to their summer home on Pebble Beach. While each girl are given almost the same description of being taller and blonde haired, their personalities greatly differ. Jamie, the quiet one, wishes to rekindle her love with Ethan, a boy that she met last summer. Ella is a wild child that makes it her go ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-booklist
Em, unlike the books I'm used to reading, of course I'm going to say that "Summer Boys" by Hailey Abbott doesn't compare to the works of Austen or Dickens. However, as in today's society reading has sadly become a less popular form of entertainment then it was fifty-years ago, so in that retrospect, today's writers - verses those from years ago - have been deluded by pretenses that whenever they write something, they believe it to be wholly new and fresh when in actuality it isn't. However, one ...more
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Hailey Abbott grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Summer Boys, Next Summer: A Summer Boys Novel, The Bridesmaid, Getting Lost with Boys, and The Secrets of Boys. Hailey now lives in New York City.

Her first book was Summer Boys, published in 2004, the first of a series. It was described as "escapist beach rea

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“Jamie knew now that were certain things you had to let go. But that didn't mean they ever had to leave you.” 3 likes
“She thought about how this summer was small. On the ground, it felt huge, but really, it was just a moment in a series of moments.” 0 likes
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