Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Pages: 290 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Main Idea: Anna and Frankie have to deal with their loss out loud instead of ignoring the truth, and the way Sarah Ockler writes the girls through their heartbreak and confusion is beautiful.
I certainly was expecting a LOT from this book as I went into it. I have been hearing so many good things about it. How it is heartbreaking but still so good. Well, I agree! (for the most part).
One year after the heartbreak of the loss of Frankie’s brother and Anna’s secret love, the girls head to California for a fresh start with Anna’s parents. After her brother’s death, Frankie has become completely self obsessed and tries to win the affection of any boy that turns her way. Anna is still dealing with the heartbreak of losing the one she loved and keeping it a secret from Frankie. They go with a mission to meet and flirt with twenty boys while hopefully losing Anna’s “albatross” (virginity) along the way
Frankie’s character really frustrated me as she was self obsessed and boy crazy. But apparently this is the “new frankie” and not how she used to be before Matt died. Anna was a pretty good character and acted as I think I would if I lost someone that special that suddenly. I just don’t get going on a mission to seduce boys and lose your “albatross,” but then again, I am very different from our main characters!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The plot moves along quickly with plenty of heart-pounding late night sneak-outs, make out sessions, and boys. But the book goes deeper than that. Anna and Frankie have to deal with their loss out loud instead of ignoring the truth, and the way Sarah Ockler writes the girls through their heartbreak and confusion is beautiful.