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In Fourteen Summers we meet Max, his twin brother Aiden, their childhood friend Oliver. What happens when your twin brother starts dating your childhood best friend? If you’re Max you get jealous. Let’s watch as the three of them work their issues out and hopefully find a happily ever after.
Identical twins Aiden and Max Kingsman have been a matched set their whole lives. When they were children, Aiden was happy to follow his extroverted brother’s lead, but now that they’re in college, being “my brother, Aiden” is starting to get old. He’s itching to discover who he is outside of his “twin” identity.
Oliver’s goals for the summer are simple: survive his invasive family, keep his divorced parents from killing each other, and stay in shape for rowing season. He’s thrilled when he runs into his old friends, the Kingsman twins, especially Aiden, the object of a childhood crush. Aiden is all grown-up, but some things have stayed the same: his messy curls, his stability, and how breathless he makes Oliver. Oliver’s crush comes back full force, and the feeling is mutual. Summer just got a whole lot hotter.
Fun-loving Max takes one thing seriously: his role as “big brother.” When Aiden drifts away, Max can’t understand how his own twin could choose a boy over him. Summer won’t last forever, and with friendship, family, and happily ever after on the line, they’ll have to navigate their changing relationships before it’s too late.
All right, let’s start like we always do by looking at the cover. It’s as cute and sweet as the book itself is. As much as you all know I appreciate sexy covers, there is always room for cute and sweet. There’s something to be said for a book cover that’s appropriate for public situations.
Awhile ago I said my favorite prologue was from a Hot Montana Summer, but I think this book deserves that title now. It’s sooo cute. I totally aww’d and spent longer than I maybe should have to reminisce about all the childhood weddings I participated in. It was so adorable.
Now on to the book itself. This story is told from the third-person limited perspective of three characters – Aiden and Oliver as well as Max, Aiden’s twin brother. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about having Max included in this. All three characters are well developed which I absolutely appreciated.
I understand how Max is an important part of both Aiden and Oliver’s lives and his perspective added value to the story. But, at the same time, it provided a convenient excuse for a lot to be left out – what happened between Aiden and Oliver their first night alone together for example. Not that… There were just so many important and likely awkward conversations that occurred between Aiden and Oliver when we were in Max’s head.
Aiden and Oliver were both introverted and awkward which I absolutely loved.
This was a new adult novel. The characters are all 20 years old and trying to find their way as adults. As readers, we get to watch their struggle with balancing family obligations and romantic relationships. We get to watch as they learn to accept themselves and stumble through the whole adulting thing (it’s harder than it looks).
Overall, Fourteen Summers is a beautifully written MM romance. It was pretty PG, and appropriate for a new adult reader. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet book to keep you company this summer.