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Reviewer: Taylor
Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Source: Bought
Pages: 290 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Rating: 3.5/5

 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.

 

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.

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This awesome weekly meme is hosted by breakingthespine. The book I am dying to get my hands on as soon as possible is…

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Ahhh.. I feel like people have been talking about this book for forever! It sounds like such a cute, fun read. And seriously, I am obsessed with their names. Hadley and Oliver? So precious! I just put my order in for this book so I should be receiving it very soon! 🙂
What about you? What are you waiting on?

Taylor