My Summers with Benny

Caitlin Ricci
My Summers with Benny
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Extasy Books
Release Date
February 2016
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance

Fourteen-year-old Alex Moran spends every summer with his father and this year his dad has moved next door to Benny Harper and his aunt. When he meets Benny, he finds an outgoing boy his own age that shares his love of reptiles. Benny doesn't have any other friends though because he's been HIV positive from birth and no one understands. They're even afraid of him, which is something Alex doesn't understand at all.

They spend nearly every day together during that first summer and each summer after that they come back together. Their lives change as they grow up, but their friendship only gets stronger until it gives way to love and Alex realizes that his dad moving next door to Benny was the best thing to ever happen to him.

Nothing is as good as being in love with his best friend, and over the years Alex realizes just how much Benny means to him. He doesn't know how long he'll ever have with Benny, but whatever time he does have he's determined to make the most of it.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Feb 07, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
MY SUMMERS WITH BENNY was adorable, sweet, emotional, and everything I love about YA romances.

After his parents' divorce, Alex spends his summers with his dad. Right next door is a boy, Benny, and they instantly hit it off and become friends.

Benny doesn't have many friends due to having HIV. Kids his age don't understand and are afraid of him. Alex is the only real friend that Benny has. Even though the story is told from Alex's POV, it's perfectly clear how much Benny values Alex's friendship. Benny is a wonderful character. He's full of life and love, regardless of constantly having to deal with his illness. He was a complete joy to read about.

Alex accepts Benny completely. He doesn't let Benny's HIV scare him away. Instead he educates himself, and is open and honest. His absolute love for Benny shines through the pages, even before Alex is aware of what he feels for the other boy.

I loved how their story was told. There were snippets of their time together each summer through high school. Just glimpses of the time they spent getting to know each other and falling in love. Just glimpses, but just enough for me to fall head over heels for them. I adore first loves and first kisses and all the cuteness that surrounds such occasions. Benny and Alex were so adorable I can't even stand it.

YA fans, this one's for you! There are some heavy topics here, but wrapped up in a sweet story of young love.
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