Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: The Vincent Boys

The Vincent Boys
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sawyer and Beau are cousins. Ashton is the girl they grew up with and got into trouble with. The three of them have been best friends since Ashton moved to town in Kindergarten.

Now it’s the Summer before their Senior Year and Sawyer is away with his family, leaving Ashton by herself. Coming home from a party Ashton stumbles on Beau and they start talking. Ashton and Beau stopped talking and hanging out when Ashton became Beau’s girlfriend. Neither is really sure why. But they’ve decided to be friends once again, like they were when they were kids. But their friendship progresses a little further than either have planned on.

This was my first Abbi Glines book and it won’t be my last. Glines has a writing style that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. She doesn’t spend time and space of unneccesary details and descriptions. Her stories have fewer pages than most of the YA books on the shelf, but they seem to have so much more going on.

Ashton is a sweet girl who tries to live up to the pedestal that Sawyer has put her on. Sawyer is such a good influence on her life. Beau, though, is considered the bad seed…but when Ashton is with him, she is able to be herself, warts and all. But she feels awful about the feelings she is developing for Beau and wouldn’t hurt Sawyer for anything. She is truly in a no-win situation.

Beau, for all the talk of him being the bad seed, really isn’t. Sawyer is the closest thing he has to family and wouldn’t hurt him for the world…but at what point do you stop living for someone else and live for yourself. All three characters have a lot of lessons to learn in this story and they handle it well.

I love an author that can totally transport me into the story to the point where I forget I am reading a story. Another author that does this to me is S. L. Naeole. Loved it, and can’t wait for the next installment, “Vincent Brothers”!

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