Sunday, 23 October 2011

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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Source: Library
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 290 pages

"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.

So, Sarah Ockler's novel, Twenty Boy Summer is about tanning at the beach and meeting cute guys. It's what happens when two best friends head off to a summer home together for the first time. FUN, right? Oh... wait. There's also this monstrous black cloud hanging over their heads that represents the death of Frankie's brother - the same brother that shared a secret relationship with Anna, their best friend. Frankie doesn't know. All of a sudden, this happy tale gets a lot darker.

I was so impressed by the way Sarah made me feel while reading. Anna is going through some pretty tough times and all of her emotions were conveyed perfectly. There were times of cheerfulness, when Anna and Frankie were just hanging out like any regular best friends. There were also times of suffocating grief, and I teared up a few times.

Anna is a very easy character to relate to. I liked her from the start and even though what she's dealing with is so, so hard, she manages to stay strong. Frankie was a lot more of an adjustment for me. While I understood what she was going through, her actions really didn't make sense to me until the end.

Twenty Boy Summer is a powerful read about finding the balance between holding on and letting go. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Cover Comments: LOVE IT! The best covers are the ones with actual significance to the story, and this one delivers.



  1. Great review! I really enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, although I remember I was almost constantly crying, haha. I'm glad you liked it!

  2. Man, I HAVE to get a copy of this soon. I've seen so many people rave about how fantastic and emotional this is. So glad you're in the same category. It make you tear up a few times? Why does the thought of tears make me even more eager to read? LOL. Awesome review!

  3. Gosh I loved this book! You're right, it was so powerful and definitely made me tear up more than once.

  4. Hi Sonia! Thanks so much for sharing your review of Twenty Boy Summer. I'm glad you liked it! :-)

    Sarah Ockler

  5. I absolutely loved this book! Sarah Ockler is an amazing writer. Great review.

  6. Brodie: No arguments here! I know, I get so eager to read a book when people say it made them cry LOL. Thanks!

    Ashley: Glad you liked it too! I read it months ago but it's still fresh in my mind.

    Sarah: Thank you for writing such an incredible book! :)

    Erin: That she is. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work!

  7. I really want to read this one, glad you enjoyed it!