Contemporary fans, put this one on your radar. Following four overachieving boys during their summer before senior year, their friend group is separated as each spends the summer away. Along the way, they discover more about their futures- and themselves. I was invested in every character's unique path, and I loved watching their stories unfold. I rooted for them the whole time, and I think you will, too!— Jenna (TAG member)
Question: How much change can happen over the course of one summer for four queer best friends? Answer: …a lot. This is a story of deep friendship on the cusp of change, messy relationships, growth, and hard choices. Golden Boys is the kind of book that feels real and is guaranteed to capture the hearts of readers! I anxiously await book two.— Bridey
National bestselling author Phil Stamper crafts the perfect summer friendship story, starring four queer boys with big hearts and even bigger dreams.
It's the summer before senior year. Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small, rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. But they have plans for the summer, each about to embark on a new adventure.
Gabriel is volunteering at an environmental nonprofit in Boston.
Reese is attending design school in Paris.
Sal is interning on Capitol Hill for a senator.
Heath is heading to Florida, to help out at his aunt's boardwalk arcade.
What will this season of world-expanding travel and life-changing experiences mean for each of them--and for their friendship?
Phil Stamper treats readers to an emotionally resonant summer story, full of aspirational experiences, sweet romance, and joyously affirming friendship.
Phil Stamper is the bestselling author of The Gravity of Us and As Far As You'll Take Me. His stories are packed with queer joy, and his characters are often too ambitious for their own good. Born and raised in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio, he now lives outside New York City with his husband and their dog. Golden Boys is the first in a duology.
“A joyful and hopeful story about first love and those magical summers where you start to find yourself. The four best friends of Phil Stamper's Golden Boys form the best kind of found family, and spending time with them is an absolute delight from start to finish.” —Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of TELL ME THREE THINGS
“Golden Boys is incredibly charming, relatable, and heartwarming! You can't help but fall in love with every character. It's jam-packed with all my favorite things: romance, solo adventures, snappy dialogue, and powerful friendship.” —Christine Riccio, New York Times bestselling author of AGAIN, BUT BETTER
“I couldn't decide which boy I loved best, each one of their stories made my heart ache in the best possible way. Funny, smart, complex and life affirming--Golden Boys is everything YA should be.” —Jenna Evans Welch, New York Times bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO
“A beautiful love letter to that magical summer where everything changes - warm, witty and tremendously wise, I adored this book.” —Simon James Green, author of ALEX IN WONDERLAND and NOAH CAN'T EVEN
“Stamper continues to shine as a voice of YA LGTBQIA+ writing.” —School Library Journal
“Stamper (As Far as You'll Take Me) has written a good-natured duology opener--all four guys genuinely care for and support one another--about navigating the familial, romantic, and vocational challenges that come with taking their first steps away from home and familiarity.” —Publishers Weekly
“Phil Stamper's The Gravity of Us is the first love, first launch, astronaut story I didn't know I needed. I'm so starry-eyed for this wise, romantic gem of a book.” —Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA on THE GRAVITY OF US
“A big-hearted, witty, and intensely relatable debut about reaching for your dreams without losing what grounds you.” —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of ONE OF US IS LYING and TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET on THE GRAVITY OF US
“A grounded romance that shapes into its own lovely constellation.” —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling co-author of WHAT IF IT'S US on THE GRAVITY OF US
“A debut to remember, Stamper's The Gravity Of Us draws you in for a journey of family, friendships, and ambition while exploring the power of social media and our own voices. Equal parts thoughtful and heartfelt, this book never misses a beat. Cal and Leon have my heart drifting in orbit.” —Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS on THE GRAVITY OF US
“A sweet-spirited romance that will capture readers' hearts and imaginations.” —Booklist, starred review, on THE GRAVITY OF US
“Phil Stamper's The Gravity of Us is so interesting and well crafted that it's hard to believe it's his first novel. . . . Readers will root for Cal and Leon, their budding romance, their astronaut families and, of course, the prospect of life among the stars.” —BookPage, starred review, on THE GRAVITY OF US