Monday, April 23, 2012

A to Z: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

Goodreads Description:
"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 thoughts:
There were tears. Lots and lots of tears. Special Moments. Heart-wrenching, lovely, and sometimes soul-crushing moments. It was beautifully written.
The important thing about the reactions I mention above? That I had a reaction. Isn't that what most of us are looking for in a great book? To be swept away somewhere else and feel something? Because this book nails that. I loved that the story felt real, that the characters reactions felt real, and that while it didn't always take you places you wanted to go, that in the end, it left you at peace. It was a great picture of loss and healing, as well as teenager angst.
It made me a huge fan of Sarah Ockler. :)


  1. i flipping love this book and sarah ockler is such a lovely lady! :D

  2. Sounds like a great story. I'm definitely putting it on my list to read. Thanks!

  3. I love that cover! Sounds like such a great story, too.

  4. I read another one of hers -- Fixing Delilah, I think it was. I liked it a lot, too. She has a beautiful writing style.

    I just read THE GOD OF ANIMALS (it's not YA), but oh my goodness, I was bawling four separate times at the end. I love when a book makes you FEEL.

    Great review, Kristi!