Afterglow (Golden Boys) (Hardcover)
Bestselling author Phil Stamper takes the Golden Boys from summer fun to senior year in the next installment of his charming duology.
After a life-changing summer, these four friends are finally ready for senior year.
Gabriel is thrilled to create his school's first LGBTQ+ advocacy group, but his long-distance relationship is fading from summer love to something else. . .
Heath feels secure for the first time in years, but with his future riding on a baseball scholarship each pitch triggers his anxiety. . .
Reese is set on pursuing a career in fashion design, but his creativity takes him in an unexpected direction, he isn't yet ready to share. . .
Sal wants to be in politics, specifically local politics. After a chat with his aunt, he is ready for an unlikely path . . .
As graduation nears and the boys prepare to enter the real world, it feels like everything is changing so fast--including their friendships. Can they find a way to make the most of their senior year even as they eagerly look ahead to the future?
Phil Stamper is the bestselling author of Golden Boys, 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. Afterglow is the second book in a duology.
“Stamper deals with the drama of all this beautifully, managing to juggle four interrelated stories with aplomb. His fully realized characters' changing circumstances and potential futures are dealt with realistically and satisfactorily.” —Booklist, starred review
“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, on GOLDEN BOYS
“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, on GOLDEN BOYS
“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, on GOLDEN BOYS
“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, on GOLDEN BOYS
“Stamper continues to shine as a voice of YA LGTBQIA+ writing.” —School Library Journal, on GOLDEN BOYS
“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, on GOLDEN BOYS