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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Eric: Loves surfing, has killer abs, an even better smile, and a heart of gold.

Joe: A sarcastic goofball who gives great advice, which no one ever takes.

Zach: Sophisticated college boy, wise in the ways of French painting as well as other French things.

A California girl like Cassidy Jones should be out on the beach, not stuck in summer school! But her life heats up when
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by HarperTeen (first published May 18th 2006)
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Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Cassidy Jones is a 'sidekick'. Her best friend Larissa is the gregarious, talkative, boy-crazy one. But this is the summer that everything changes. Cassidy has been Eric's girlfriend for two years...two years in which he's never said “I Love You” and she's never had sex with him. Her good friend, Joe, who she grew up with is shipped out to camp, and she is enrolled (by her parents) in an advanced summer class of French. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for her, her TA is really handsome.

May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
A quick read, but so unrealistic. I mean, did that honestly just happen? Just started to lol at the parts when Eric yells Sweetie! People actually say that? Got a tad creeped out there. And the ending, it sorta leaves you hanging and thinking up an ending all by yourself. I hate those types of endings. Why can't there just be a clear happy ending? (view spoiler)! Anyways. How unrealistic is it that, oh you break up with your boyfriend. Then once you hook up ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Cassidy Jones has her summer all planned out; she and her BFF, Larissa, have jobs lined up at a super-trendy clothing boutique and her gorgeous, surfer boyfriend, Eric, wants her to spend time in the sand with him. Sadly, her ultra-organized and goal-oriented parents have decided she should spend her summer in an intensive language program at a university.

Once classes start everything starts changing. Larissa is too busy to make time for her
Olivia Archambault
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, so The Secret of Boys is a cute romantic short novel to past time in on a road trip of mine. I love Hailey Abbott books and even though this one was particularly unrealistic I still enjoyed it. Some parts were a bit cliché but understandable. I loved Cassidy's character and found it very easy to relate to except when she kind of went all boy crazy in the end. The ending is quite shocking but very cute. I don't find lots of books with nice endings, this one was wonderful in my view. I think ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Well this book just made me sad and frustrated. I mean I understand that the story was about her growing up and coming out of her shell, but it really kinda just pissed me off when they didn't end up together. I mean i know thats cheesy and shit but I dunno I was still mad.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it
abt a cheating slut. not a fan!
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed other books by Hailey Abbott. The plot was boring and so were the characters. I would not recommend.
Cayla Mccarty
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The Secrets of Boys”, by Hailey Abbott, is a story about a girl named Cassidy. Cassidy has a boyfriend named Eric, who has plans for Cassidy and him to just hang out at the beach. Cassidy’s best friend, Larissa, also has special plans for Cassidy over the summer. Cassidy and Larissa plan to work at a nearby boutique together. They had it all planned out. Unfortunately, Cassidy’s parents have some other plans for her, none of which include Eric or Larissa. In some ways, however, this turns out ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like Hailey Abbott as an author, although she isn't my favourite writer ever, her books are usually such an easy read and they have pretty cute stories, but for some reason I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. I think I went in with expectations because I have read books by her before and because they were so simple to read, I didn't have to think much about what was happening and could pick it up at anytime for a few pages, unfortunately it didn't work like this for me. ...more
Alexis Carter
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of Boys by Hailey Abbott
The Secrets of Boys by Hailey Abbott tells a story that teen girls will take pleasure in and be able to relate to. It is centered on a teen girl, Cassidy Jones, her best friend and boys. Who is she suppose to fall for? People may think she’s not making the right choice but wouldn’t you follow your heart, soul, and mind?
Cassidy is a California girl trapped in summer school while she and her best friend were supposes to work together! She and her boyfriend of 2
Brenna Humphrey
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The Secrets of Boys written by Hailey Abbott is a realistic fiction book about a teenage girl named Cassidy. I did not like some of the characters in this book. Cassidy's boyfriend was a little pushy towards Cassidy. He wanted things out of her that she didn't want to do. I feel like the book dragged on, it went from taking about how Cassidy doesn't know what guy she liked and what guy she wanted. I was disappointed that Cassidy's mom made her go to summer school. Cassidy had her whole summer ...more
Leah Schmidt
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Tana Elmhorst
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cassidy Jones our main character is in the summer of her first year of high school in present day California. Things were going good until she meets Zach, the new TA for french class. He's everything she wants and needs ,but what about her boyfriend? And when she needs advice the most her best friend is hundreds of miles away. With complex feelings and a long summer ahead;this book will keep you on your toes and you'll never want to put it down.

The things I really liked in this book are: How
Katie Kopecki
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves summer romance, fashion, the romantic French language, and HOT guys
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This was an awesome book, that I stepped upon by chance and truly loved from page one. It is another read that I read in just a few hours (I think, five) and was so captivating without being even a little supernatural,(I am a big fan of the supernatural fiction world) so it was one of those books where the storyline could totally happen in the real world. I loved loved loved it, and all of the boys in the story were so incredibly, imaginably attractive. I even found myself caring deeply for the ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: pdf
This was one of my FAVORITE books by Hailey Abbott!! It was so different from some of her other books I've read!! I REALLY enjoyed this one, more than I expected and also more than I have enjoyed some of her other books. It was like this was not even written by her!! The storyline, the characters, the plot, EVERYTHING was SO GOOD!! I thought that this book had depth to it that a lot of other books out there in this genre don't have. You can not only relate to the main character, many ...more
Rachael Bragg
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was above average but not great. Sometimes I feel like Hailey Abbott has got the potential for a really good storyline and then it just falls rather short. Something is not quite right with this story to make it 5 stars. I think Cassidy's dilemma is one may soon to be college or just starting college girls face, which makes her very relateable to the young adult. So many of us go into college with high school relationships that don't work out once we see the world of boys we have been ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The ending of this book was bittersweet. (view spoiler)

God, Larissa was so annoying. I have a good friend like her...who only cares about herself and is SO self-centered it's not even funny, but (view spoiler)
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I knew she would get with Joe. She's such a slut. 3 guys in one summer? Come on. I liked the shy girl coming out of her shell element and the dating the sexy TA element. However, I think Zachary is kinda a douche. He takes this girls virginity, then darts off to NY. Not cool. And a whole summer of everyday 6 hours a day French class would SUCK. But then again, so would going to a crazy infested drug abuse camp when you're clean
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
omg i so love this book its soooo sooooo good omg she sleptt the with a teacher wow the sexy zach think thats his name , ne ways i love cassidy its cassidy rite oh well i love it from boy drama 2 bf drama. i love the part where she reveals 2 her bf in the hotel she couldnt have sex even tho it was an emotinal break down i still love that part. i also love the part with the affair with the sexy hot teacher omg hmmm. ne ways i really love that they connect but i hate when he left sad.
Dec 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
If you haven't read any of Hailey Abbott's book, this one is very similar. It's about a girl who falls in love with her TA. She ends up losing him because he has to go back to New York to go back to work. But at the end she find out that all along, her true love was right next to her. It was her best friend Joe.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
More of 3.5 stars for me. The only thing that makes me give it 4 stars is Joe. I don't care for the rest of the characters or even the story. Even though Joe was not there almost the whole book but his letters are the most interesting.
Bianca St.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was the third book in a row that I read where a girl dumped her boyfriend for another guy and I guess that's why I kinda felt like the main character did kind of a bitchy thing when she dumped Eric...
Stacy Fetters
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, I know I know. The teenage love triangle has been done so many times. And it feels like that's what teen books are all about now. I always feel frustrated with the same scenario. With this, I couldn't stop reading. Was pulled deeply into the world of Cassidy and felt all the emotions she felt.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Does it seem like I am wasting time on teenage lovestories? I know, I know. This story was so common (as in regular summer romance story, avarage teenagers, typical neighborhood) and so plain I wondered why I ever finished this one up. But anyway we are entitled to idle, stupid moments too.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
JUst to put it out there -It was a little sad ,disapointing and boring:( It was intering at some points and may hold interest with you though. (Not all bad) ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another good read......this writer is amazing

I do wish she could continue this story though with the charters going on like does cass and joe get together.
Peaches Tiu
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-issues
Light reading. For teenagers.
Jackie Schuler
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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