Monday, July 13, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer chronicles the friendship of Frankie and Anna, through happiness, loss, grief, love, and recovering. Both girls suffer the loss of Matt, brother and best friend. One year after his death, Anna joins Frankie’s family on their annual trip to paradise. They form a pact to find Anna’s first summer romance by meeting a boy every day of the vacation. However, Anna has a secret that could destroy it all.

At first glance, the title of this novel may seem a bit shallow. Honestly, 20 boys in 20 days?!?! However, upon opening the book and reading the first page, I knew right away that Twenty Boy Summer was going to be so much more than that. Ockler’s novel is an easy read that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. From love to grief and everything in between (even those crazy emotions every teen experiences and questions!), we (the readers) can find at least one experience (if not more!) to draw us in and relate to.

It may seem on the surface to be about finding those twenty boys, but it really is so much deeper and more complex than reaching those numbers. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down! And, with all the talk about warm summer days and nice, sandy beaches, it would be the perfect summer adventure to get lost in!

Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by FSB Associates

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