Don t worry, Anna I ll tell her, okay Just let me think about the best way to do it Okay 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 agoENTY 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


10 thoughts on “Twenty Boy Summer

  1. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    3.5 stars Twenty Boy Summer is certainly not what I expected and I don t mean that in a negative way In my opinion, this novel has a particularly originality to it that I couldn t quite express eloquently but perhaps you ll understand when you read the book I picked this book up hoping to enjoy some warmth and fluff from a Summery read and although the story is in many parts heartwarming, there is nothing fluffy about it In fact, it was mostly a sad read and I have to admit that I had to sn 3.5 stars Twenty Boy Summer is certainly not what I expected and I don t mean that in a negative way In my opinion, this novel has a particularly originality to it that I couldn t quite express eloquently but perhaps you ll understand when you read the book I picked this book up hoping to enjoy some warmth and fluff from a Summery read and although the story is in many parts heartwarming, there is nothing fluffy about it In fact, it was mostly a sad read and I have to admit that I had to sniffle several times Written in Ms Sarah Ockler s beautiful writing, this is a story about two best friends who try to move on after the death of one of the most important persons in both their lives by trying to hide and bury their grief in vacation and summer fun and attempting to meet twenty different boys for the duration of their summer I don t completely agree with their idea of fun and that s probably my main complaint about the novel but to each her own, right In the end, the two girls achieve something they might not want but definitely need


  2. Nic Nic says:

    Nothing ever really goes away it just changes into something else Something beautiful Don t let the light and fluffy title of this book deceive you This book will make you cry, break your heart and then fill it up with hope again Twenty Boy Summer is an unforgettable story about friendships, love, loss, and finding the courage to let go This book was an emotional roller coaster ride, it made me smile one moment, cry the next, smile some , cry again but at the end it left me feeling gNothing ever really goes away it just changes into something else Something beautiful Don t let the light and fluffy title of this book deceive you This book will make you cry, break your heart and then fill it up with hope again Twenty Boy Summer is an unforgettable story about friendships, love, loss, and finding the courage to let go This book was an emotional roller coaster ride, it made me smile one moment, cry the next, smile some , cry again but at the end it left me feeling good Sarah Ockler writing flows beautiful and has a lyrical feel to it I always note my favourite quotes when reading a book and this one had so many that I loved, I had a hard time choosing just one to include in my review.I liked Anna she was a relatable character who I cared about and just wanted everything for her to turn out okay But Frankie I struggle to like at times, she was too self centred, but I guess that is the way she dealt with her loss and by the end she mature somewhat Matt and Sam were both sweet and amazing guys Overall I loved it and it will easily find a home on my favourites shelf


  3. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    One of the great things about Goodreads is that I get to capture books along the way, of which I normally would not This little cutie, a YA that I added on what I honestly think was almost on day one of GR, I actually came across just last week at my library It was withdrawn, and only published in 2009 I thought this a shame, but gleefully snapped it up for 20c.This was a nice reminisce, I know there are no rules for who should read what, but I did feel funny looking back on those feelings One of the great things about Goodreads is that I get to capture books along the way, of which I normally would not This little cutie, a YA that I added on what I honestly think was almost on day one of GR, I actually came across just last week at my library It was withdrawn, and only published in 2009 I thought this a shame, but gleefully snapped it up for 20c.This was a nice reminisce, I know there are no rules for who should read what, but I did feel funny looking back on those feelings I used to have albeit through two young teens that I thought much, cooler and together than I was at that age Was I really that shy Probably Am I the intended audience for this Probably not This was a sweet coming of age, the mourning of the death of both brother and boyfriend for two best girlfriends, and the way they realise this unique relationship that each actually did hold to this boy The loss of the boyfriend is not forever, as it was something that was not yet known, and such early days.These two girls were young and quirky, especially when together The clever one kept correcting the not so one on the mis use of words Like chartreuse obtuse Heidelberg Hindenburg exacerbate exasperate provokial parochial, you get the drift The parents were a bit clueless, as were mine. But I m not going to be I m glad I read this, a genre that I just don t really read much of, maybe this has taught me something too


  4. Kristi Kristi says:

    First off, let me just say that I LOVE the cover for this book And I love that the book has all these references to sea glass, just like the awesomely beautiful cover Genius And the pages between the fantastic cover are just as awesome This was undeniably one of my most favorite debut novels this year Anna and Frankie were phenomenal characters I totally understood Anna, I got her right away, but it took me the entire novel to finally get Frankie Incredible Ockler s depiction of Anna s e First off, let me just say that I LOVE the cover for this book And I love that the book has all these references to sea glass, just like the awesomely beautiful cover Genius And the pages between the fantastic cover are just as awesome This was undeniably one of my most favorite debut novels this year Anna and Frankie were phenomenal characters I totally understood Anna, I got her right away, but it took me the entire novel to finally get Frankie Incredible Ockler s depiction of Anna s emotions was beyond spectacular, I can t even begin to imagine how it felt to write that, because I know how it made me feel reading it Wow And how fantastic was the writing I felt like I was summering in California and I have yet to visit It was that good Absolutely captivating If you pick up one book this summer and are looking forthan chick lit fluff not that chick lit fluff is bad, because personally I love it I would recommend you pick this one up


  5. Arlene Arlene says:

    Like the stars, fading with the halo of the vanishing moon Like the ocean, falling and whispering against the shore Nothing ever really goes away it just changes into something else Something beautiful.Don t know why I put off reading Twenty Boy Summer for so long, but I m very glad I was challenged to read this book sooner than later I really.really.really enjoyed this story It has all the ingredients of a well written and perfectly plotted YA contemporary novel, and I fell for the chara Like the stars, fading with the halo of the vanishing moon Like the ocean, falling and whispering against the shore Nothing ever really goes away it just changes into something else Something beautiful.Don t know why I put off reading Twenty Boy Summer for so long, but I m very glad I was challenged to read this book sooner than later I really.really.really enjoyed this story It has all the ingredients of a well written and perfectly plotted YA contemporary novel, and I fell for the characters immediately from beginning to end.Now the plot seems a bit heavy at first glance because it involves a first love that dies too soon Anna has had a crush on Matt, her best friend, since she was ten years old and on her fifteen birthday he reveals his true feelings for her and their light romance takes off However, it s a bit complicated because Matt s sister is also Anna s dear friend and Matt struggles with finding a way to share his true feelings for Anna to his sister Frankie, so they put it off and the unspeakable occurs Matt s life is stripped away too soon and the rest of the novel takes you on a journey of the meaning of friendship, grief and forgiveness.I came to care for all of the characters in this novel, especially and surprisingly the summer fling, Sam I liked how the author left the ending slightly unfinished when it came to Sam because it allowed my imagination to float to my own conclusion for him and Anna possibly crossing paths in the future Overall, I feel fans of books such as The Sky Is Everywhere, Winter Longing and The Truth about Forever will enjoy Ockler s novel Twenty Boy Summer Don t miss out on this great novel that would make the perfect beach read Thanks to Flannery for challenging me to read this book You rock XD


  6. Ariie Ariie says:

    Let me start by saying that I thought this was going to be good I really did.But no I absolutely hated this book If you put Anna and Frankie s bullshit and Bella Swan s bullshit right beside each other, I might actually choose Bella s bullshit over this.I reckon they are all on the same wavelength of stupidity Especially Bella and Frankie Take in the fact that this book has the same amount of hypocrisy and lack of self respect as Twilight and then some , but that Twilight has four books Let me start by saying that I thought this was going to be good I really did.But no I absolutely hated this book If you put Anna and Frankie s bullshit and Bella Swan s bullshit right beside each other, I might actually choose Bella s bullshit over this.I reckon they are all on the same wavelength of stupidity Especially Bella and Frankie Take in the fact that this book has the same amount of hypocrisy and lack of self respect as Twilight and then some , but that Twilight has four books technically , and this book is single.If books were people, I d see why this one was single Forever alone in a void of nonexistent true friendship and self respect along with unrealistic emotion Pretty on the outside, something of a horror on the inside.I have no idea why anyone thought this was good The fact that this book managed to reach three stars and is even close to four stars makes me want to shoot my foot.Now let me elaborate on the thing I liked about this book, and then the long list of what I absolutely hated about it.What I liked 1 Anna with Matt.The romance between Anna and Matt when the guy was alive was actually pretty sweet Andrealistic than everything else in this book But however sweet it was, it really didn t convince me enough There just wasn t enough backup Sweetness doesn t make up for the fact that you have to back these things up.What I hated 1 Showing, not telling.I don t see why Ockler had to go on forever writing about how some scene looked like I mean, I can do that too, but I also know how to balance these things out, and I m fourteen Telling, instead of showing, doesn t really make for good writing It clumps everything up and takes uptime in the book There wason how the beach looked like than the development of well, everything else.2 You can t tell what kind of book this really is.On one side, you have two best friends wanting to have a fun summer view spoiler Even if that was mostly because of Frankie pretending to be a slut hide spoiler On the other, you have Well, you have what was supposed to be sadness The emotions weren t real enough to me They felt superficial because of how the characters were portrayed as people If you could even use the word I just really didn t feel anything about it This book was trying too hard to be two things at once On one side, you ve got the whole Oh I m a rebellious slut thing going on, and on the other, you have this tragedy And I don t just mean the book itself It was all so fake.I mean, the reality of humans is that, if the situation was presented, most of us would resort to ourbarbaric sides But this book felt like that s exactly what they did or at least in Frankie s case , and there was nothing about this book that had to resort to such actions which will be presented in the last point.3 Character and relationship development.I didn t feel anything for the characters except for annoyance, at best Obviously this is a book where the relationships are pretty damn important, but obviously, it fails Okay, so I could sort of see where Anna and Matt came from, but Anna and Frankie How they could have ever come to be best friends, I just do not know The way Frankie treated Anna was horrible Again, see the last point The relationships, at best, were unrealistic At worst, they were destructive, emotionally abusive, distrustful, etc To those of you who have read this book or maybe not , I might seem like I m exaggerating, but honestly I m not joking when I say Frankie spewed a lot of bullshit.Anna and Frankie are the main characters, but I see no development Isn t there supposed to be, with Matt s death and whatnot Why would there be a book just about how they wallow I mean, if that was the case, surely it d beobvious in the summary Nada Anna stayed completely the same Frankie stayed completely the same Even at the end, when they had that whole friendship fallout and apparently made up, they were the same The way they made up was just unbelievable I ve made up with friends quickly, sure, but come on Maybe it could have beenbelievable if the characters themselves were.Sadly, they aren t.For the record, Sam had potential, but Ockler never did anything about that potential.4 I m just so confused.Ockler felt compelled to describe scenery as opposed to developing her characters, so everything went slow.Ockler also decided to randomly skip scenes that would give good feedback to the story, which also made everything slow.End of.5 The virginity issue And Frankie s attitude.God I absolutely, positively, 100% hated Frankie.Okay, I m a very understanding person So I get that she was hugely affected by her brother s death I get that she had to get over it I get that she had to rebel and all that But seriously, I can t believe her nerve Sure, I have a lot of nerve myself, but the difference between Frankie and I is that I have this thing called morals, this other thing called humanity, and this other thing called a brain view spoiler I don t get it Anna has sex with Sam, and then Frankie finds Anna s journal and gets mad at her But then Frankie admits that she wait for it, wait for it never had sex with anyone She, of course, had to force her best friend to lose her virginity though, because apparently, she Anna would be a loser otherwise.Right.If my best friends did that to me trying to make plans for me to lose the V card and they never would I would probably fuck them up But the thing is, I d never be forced into losing my virginity because of peer pressure No thank you.I guess I m mostly pretty pissed about this because I m for the most part a traditionalist romantic, so losing the V card isn t just a whatever thing to me But Christ, what real friend would do that I don t know if this was to be hip or something, but I m not pleased with this That is completely fucked up, and for the record, the farthest description of best friendship I can think of.Honestly, what is this telling us Frankie can mope and all that, and she can get mad at Anna for keeping Matt a secret from her which is understandable seeing as how Anna wanted to forever keep it from her , but when her best friend loses her virginity because of her selfishness, all of a sudden everything s just great and fine and dandy.I ll say it again What kind of best friend does that And again, maybe Ockler was trying to come off as hip , or some crap, since all people seem to want to do these days is have sex and get high, but honestly Are you freaking kidding me right now hide spoiler ASDFGHJKL view spoiler And then Sam s relationship with Anna was so awkward On one hand he was sweet and everything, but on the other, he was also incredibly detached Again, maybe this is my traditional, hopeless romantic speaking, but really why are people so stupid Honestly, WTF I get that she s leaving, but WTF hide spoiler I bet Ockler would have much better luck if she kept Matt alive and just did chick lit Because if this is chick lit, it really shouldn t be legal, and for the writing, not the themes But maybe she d screw that up too _____


  7. Alaina Alaina says:

    Pretty much the most adorable book I ve read in October, so far The month is young though. Twenty Boy Summer first made me think that someone was going to be a little adventurous in the boy department Straight up thought she was going to commit and date 20 guys in one summer 20 guys within a 3 month span. could probably be doable. but my eyes were like bugging out of my head Thankfully, this book was nothing like that.In this book, you will meet Anna and Frankie Honestly, Anna was way mor Pretty much the most adorable book I ve read in October, so far The month is young though. Twenty Boy Summer first made me think that someone was going to be a little adventurous in the boy department Straight up thought she was going to commit and date 20 guys in one summer 20 guys within a 3 month span. could probably be doable. but my eyes were like bugging out of my head Thankfully, this book was nothing like that.In this book, you will meet Anna and Frankie Honestly, Anna was waylikable than the other Frankie just annoyed me to no end because of all of the unnecessary drama However, their friendship was cute and shit but I just didn t get behind all of the secrets or lying between these two I just didn t get why things weren t out in the open or why they hid such small things from some people.Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and getting to meet these characters This is probably because of how realistic this book was in my eyes and it was also something different for YA books It could just be me thinking that though


  8. Natasha Natasha says:

    SUPER SPOILER.AH I was about 20 pages into a new book when this came in the mail, a few days late but still.I saw the package, tore it open and examined I thought the heart on the cover was made of paper bits, but as it turns out, it was glass shards So I read the inside flap And just like that, I completely forgot the storyline inside those other 20 pages I plunked myself down on my bed and started reading.This book left me with a heart wrenching feeling I wanted to cry at the beginning wh SUPER SPOILER.AH I was about 20 pages into a new book when this came in the mail, a few days late but still.I saw the package, tore it open and examined I thought the heart on the cover was made of paper bits, but as it turns out, it was glass shards So I read the inside flap And just like that, I completely forgot the storyline inside those other 20 pages I plunked myself down on my bed and started reading.This book left me with a heart wrenching feeling I wanted to cry at the beginning when Matt died I wanted to cry tears of joy at the ending I wanted to be Anna, so so badly at her birthday party That was absolutely magical I was kind of skeptical about the twenty boys during twenty days thing But Frankie was a compelling character, I loved her LOVED HER She was spunky, had the attitude, even though she had skeletons in her closet.Anna needed to step it up But reading this story, relating to her and eventually becoming her, I see her position and I m glad she maintained it It was horrible for her to accept the twenty boy idea, when she still loved Matt and wanted to believe he was alive I mean, she had been in love with him since she was ten When she met Sam, hahh Lucky for her I was so happy for her, but at the same time, was rooting for her to hold onto Matt I gawked, surely over dramatic, but still , when she admitted to herself Sam s touch left her skin tinglingthan Matt s did I believe in love all over again Amazing Just,Breathtaking, heartbeat stealing, amazing


  9. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Some SpoilersAnna has been in love with her best friend Matt since they were young kids and on her 15th birthday all of her wishes came true Not sure how Matt s sister and Anna s best friend Frankie, will take the news, the relationship becomes a secret and before they could tell her, fate steps in and takes Matt away in a horrible accident Leaving the the family devastated but also leaving Anna, alone, with only bitter sweet memories and a promised secret.A year later the family goes on vacat Some SpoilersAnna has been in love with her best friend Matt since they were young kids and on her 15th birthday all of her wishes came true Not sure how Matt s sister and Anna s best friend Frankie, will take the news, the relationship becomes a secret and before they could tell her, fate steps in and takes Matt away in a horrible accident Leaving the the family devastated but also leaving Anna, alone, with only bitter sweet memories and a promised secret.A year later the family goes on vacation, the first one since Matt s death and Frankie comes up with a plan to meet as many guys while there Only Anna guilt mixed with Matt s memory is weighing her down.How does one move on without erasing the otherDear Matt,What is the statute of limitations on feelings guilty for cheating on a ghost Twenty Boy Summer is so not what I expected It s the kind of story that hits you hard then slowly grabs your hand and walks you through it.It s heart breaking and heart warming at the same time.This was such an amazing book and this is yet another one that I m kicking myself for not reading sooner Alexa, I m so stalking your shelves for now on babe.At first I wasn t sure that I could sympathize with Anna s lost since Matt was taken away pretty quick in the book, so I couldn t feel a connection to them right away, but as the story went on, Anna took his memories with her and then all I felt was sad Sad that that the relationship could have been so great, sad that those memories are filled with such sweetness, sad that it had to be over before it ever really begun But I didn t really walk away from this book feeling sad, there were still a lot of funny and heart warming moments scattered in this book It s just a fantastic book about loving someone and moving on How that no matter what happens you get to keep them in your heart always and that s a beautiful thing.So, overall, I loved this book It was Happy and sad and tragic and whatever, but most of all it was a honest to good read and a wonderful debut Read it It s good for the heart


  10. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    I didn t enjoy Twenty Boy Summer like I expected I would It was just OK for me with not much excitement or emotion.3