Thursday, 9 September 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

*There may be some spoiler-ish things in here. Just so you know.*

Twenty Boy Summer
Sarah Ockler

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 her 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 that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

 This was probably not the book to read while waiting for a phone call that someone in your family died. But I did it anyway. I nearly cried three or four times, but I did it.

This book was heartbreaking, in a way. At times I was totally devastated by Anne's situation. The idea of it alone was painful. Helping your best friend is always important, especially when they need to grieve. That Anne never got that help is horrifying.

I liked that the shift was slow. Anne didn't just stop grieving once they got to the beach or anything. It was a subtle shift. A REAL shift.

I don't know what else I can say without spoiling. This book was just beautiful and heartbreaking yet also hopeful. It was different and in a way, just what I needed.

--Julie

3 comments:

  1. I have this one on my shelf to read, I need to move it up higher to the top. Great review! I'm sorry about the death in your family.

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  2. Oh, one I'd really love to read!

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