The Summer Before Boys (Hardcover)

By Nora Raleigh Baskin

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781416986737, 196pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2011



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.