Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Title : Twenty Boy Summer
Author : Sarah Ockler
Genre : Contemporary
Published Date : June 1st 2009
Publisher : Little, Brown Book for Young Reader
Pages : 290
Awards : 
ABA Indie Next Book (2009), ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2010),Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nominee (2012)

From Goodreads :
"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our 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.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

My Review :
I first thought that Twenty Boy Summer was just another happy summer story. But I guess I was totally wrong.

We were introduced to Anna Reiley, a sixteen-year-old girl, conservative and shy, a best friend of the happy-go-lucky Francesca 'Frankie' Perino. Together with Frankie's brother, Matt, the three of them were inseparable. But then something happened, and their life was turned upside-down.

This book really bring us to take a break from life, think about it, and cherish every moment like it's the last. For me, it was very touching because I can totally relate to the story, about heartbreak, loss, betrayal, moving on, it all happens in our teenage years, the same way it happened to Anna.

The character is, I think, were perfectly distinguishable. They each have their own unique personality, and the way they deal with problem, with life, with grief, was beautifully told it became the part of the story flawlessly.

Overall, I really love this book, and it's very recommended for you who loves tearjerker, contemporary novel. Get your tissue ready, cause you're gonna need it.

My Rating :


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  1. I haven't read this book, but because of your great review, I want to now :) Thanks!

  2. I can't really right a thoughtful comment on this, because of how long it's been since I've read it, but I remember thinking it was mediocre. :(

    Great blog, Neysa! I love your rating system. And at one month old, I had 0 followers, so you're doing super great! Thanks for entering my giveaway! :)

    1. Aww thanks a lot! And yes your very welcome :D

  3. I've been curious about this book for awhile, but I don't usually read too many contemporary books, but maybe I'll check it out since you seemed to like it so much.

  4. I've read this author's latest release and found it to be deeper than expected which was good. I will have to look at this book and try fitting it into my busy schedule sometime soon.


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