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Monday, December 28, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 290
My Rating: 5/5

Anna's best friend, Frankie, is determined that they will both have a fantastic summer at Zanzibar Bay. With twenty days there, their plan (or more like Frankie's) is to have a fling with twenty different guys.

Anna is not too keen with this idea. What her BFF doesn't know is that she still loves Matt, Frankie's older brother who tragically died the year before. Planning to keep this a secret, Anna will go with Frankie's plan to keep her happy. What she does not expect is this trip will change her perspective on everything...

After I finished this novel, I was like, "Why did I not read this earlier??" As you can tell, this novel takes place in the summer and Sarah Ockler made it the perfect summer read. Sitting in my room with the heater on as winter was going to stay for another few months, I was swept away into the gentle breeze and soft sand where I followed Anna through her journey of grief, friendship and forgiveness.

Anna is a character that is definitely relatable to the female audience. She had a hard time forgetting the guy she first loved and was afraid to expose the secret that would hurt her friend. She had her ups and downs in life and she tried to cope with it, even though it was hard on her because every time she remembered Matt, she wanted to cry. Her emotions were very honest and the reader could easily connect with her.

Even though the story just followed the events of Anna and Frankie, they kept me turning the pages because I absolutely loved its voice. I recommend this novel to those who are looking for a romantic read that also deals with friendship and honesty.

Won ARC copy from Books By Their Cover.

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Kelsey said...

Awesome review! I have a copy of this in my TBR pile- can't wait to get started on it :)

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Great review! This was one of my favorite books of this year. I'm excited to see what other works Ockler will put out there.

Anonymous said...

I loved this book. One of my favorites from this year for sure.

Fantastic Book Review said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one, it was also one of my favorites of the year.

Khy said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's so amazing and sad but hopeful and happy. SO GOOD.

Anonymous said...

Nice review. This is one of my favorite reads of 2009.