Parents' Guide to

Golden Boys

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slow, sweet friendship story full of romance and queer joy.

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This book is a welcome celebration of gay friendship, self-discovery, and queer joy. The titular Golden Boys -- Sal, Gabe, Resse, and Heath are well drawn by author Phil Stamper. They are authentic characters with relatable concerns. Readers will rejoice that these boys who like boys have found family with one another in their small, conservative community. They are uncannily good at supporting one another's goals and tell each other "I love you" regularly. It's refreshing to read about male friendships that are genuinely intimate and caring.

Getting oriented to each character and the details of their summers is a bit confusing in the beginning chapters, and the plot feels slow-moving and low-stakes at times. Still, there's a quiet, compelling heart to the book that will invest readers in the boys' individual and collective struggles, joys, and triumphs. A good pick for teens on the brink of adulthood who would benefit from knowing that though big changes are ahead, best friends will always have your back.

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