Twenty Boy Summer

twenty-boy-summerTwenty Boy Summer. Sarah Ockler. Young Adult/Contemporary. 2009. 290 pages. 3 stars. [Source: eBook]

“I’m not sure how I can compete in the Twenty Boy Summer contest when there’s only one boy I ever think about.”

“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 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.

I didn’t expect to cry while reading this book, let alone the embarrassing amount of tears I’ve shed while I was at it. It could be just me–and I think it was, hello lady duties–but the book seemed to stray away from the purely-fluff-no-deep-content kind of plot that I expected.

Based on the synopsis, I expected this book to contain boys, boys, and a lot of boys. I set my range to about 15-20 guys, I mean c’mon, the title is Twenty Boy Summer! Much to my disappointment, it didn’t go as I’d hoped. Twenty Boy Summer turned into Five Boys and Oh My Gosh, I Think I Found the One. 

Adding to my disappointment, our main character’s best friend slash sister of her deceased secret-almost boyfriend wasn’t exactly the smartest of the bunch. As someone who is highly attracted to intelligence, this character may have killed a few brain cells of mine.

“He loved to read. He loved words, the way they string together into sentences and stories. He wanted to study them, to know and create them, to share them with the world. ”

But despite those disappointments, I was really intrigued with Matt every time Anna gave a glimpse of what he was like when he was still alive. I learned that Matt was in love with books and words (P L U S  POINTS!!!!!!!) and that he died of a broken heart–it seems like dying from a literally broken heart is becoming frequent in books!

A lot of tears were shed in the early stages of the book when we encounter Matt’s family trying to deal with his death and hoping that maybe one day they could move on and continue to be “a normal family.” As someone who has dealt with a loss in the family, I sympathize with the characters.

I’d like to give you more insight to the book but I’m afraid I’ll spoil you guys! It was a cute read, perfect to get your mind off of things or if you have spare time and want to finish a book rather quickly. 3 stars. Not so bad. Onto the next book I go!!!!

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