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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.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on May 10, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416986731
ISBN-13: 9781416986737
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  • gvelocity6
    gvelocity6Friday, June 5, 2015 at 6:26 am
    Have you ever had a friend that stuck with you through thick and thin? In the Summer Before Boys, by Nora Raleigh Baskins, twelve year old girl Julia is spending the summer of 2004 with her uncle, aunt, and Eliza in their New Jersey home. She is staying with them while her dad is working and her mom is stationed in Iraq. She meets this boy and it disrupts her whole summer with Eliza. Will this boy be her first kiss? Eliza is the antagonist because sometimes she and Julia get in fight. The two major conflicts of this book are that they get in a big argument and Eliza goes missing. The turning point in this book is when Eliza is found and everything starts to get solved after that. I really like this book because it is about a modern life and this could really happen. This book really pulls you into it so you don't stop reading it. I would recommend this to 10 years and up
    • gigiann
      gigiannMonday, June 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm55 stars
      loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • lulu2
        lulu2Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 4:09 am
        best book ever