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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Little, Brown
Date Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Love, Friendship, Family, Grief, Secrets
Pages: 290
Plot (from book jacket):
" 'Don't worry Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.'
'Promise me? Promise me you won't say anything?'
'Don't worry.' I laughed. 'It's our little secret, right?'

According to Anna's best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie - she's already had her romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago."

Ahhhh! I devoured this book; it was simply stunning. Seriously! I hadn't heard a bad review about it, but I was hesitant. Was it too good to be true? Nope, apparently not!

The characters were so amazing in this novel - I came to love Frankie, Anna, Matt, and Sam! Anna was an awesome narrator with the perfect balance of truthfulness, wit, and sarcasm. Sam was definitely swoon worthy; I loved that he wasn't just a good looking guy Anna meets on vacation, he was smart and had depth as well.

Frankie and Anna's relationship was one of my favorite parts of the story. I think that it perfectly captured what many best friend relationships are like: there is jealousy, love, protectiveness, and a billion other emotions and feelings all wrapped together - not just happiness and sunshine.

I've been reading a lot of books where an important person in the main characters life has died (Broken Soup, Evermore, Willow,I Heart You, You Haunt Me, etc) and I really thought that those authors did well, but I really liked Sarah Ockler's depiction in particular. Twenty Boy Summer is most closely related to I Heart You, You Haunt Me (in that the boyfriend/love interest is the character that is lost), but I really liked how the author portrayed Anna's feelings and confusion. If you liked I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder, I would definitely recommend Twenty Boy Summer.

Ratings (Out of 10):
Plot: 10
Characters: 10
Writing style: 10
Romance: 10
Originality: 10
Total: 50/50 (A!!)

I think it is quite obvious that I think everyone should read this book! Add this review to the rest of the stack of glowing reviews!! :) Skip the library for this one - you're going to want it on your shelf!


  1. I already want to read this sooooo badly and reading anoter perfect score review just makes me want to read it more! Ahhhh! Must. Have. This. Book.

  2. I have this book on my shelf, and your review makes me want to start reading it RIGHT NOW. :P

  3. Perfect summer read, thanks, I enjoyed your review!

  4. I agree that the auther did a great job on the whole subject on losing somebody

  5. This sounds SO GOOD.
    I want to read it so bad.
    I. Need. This. Book.
    (no joke)

  6. What a fantastic review! I know I enjoy books with good characters as well and the premise sounds fascinating. Hurrah for swoonworthy boys. :-)

    Nice job!

    Oh and I saw your spotlight on Kristen's blog and it said something about liking epic fantasy, and IDK if you've read it yet, but I have to suggest/push The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, it's fantastic fantasy!!

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much! Great review!

  8. I want this book so badly. I reviewed it, but I don't have a copy...Lucky you! Awesome review btw!

  9. There are a lot of book with dead brother and dead secret boyfriend and I like them all so far

  10. This sounds really good, great review.

  11. man i've heard so many good things about this book!


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