Twenty Boy Summer


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I bought it!


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’d heard so much about Twenty Boy Summer that I decided it was time to read it! It’s a heart breaking story of what it’s like to love and lose someone close to you. Even though it was a very emotional book, it was incredibly easy to read. I think this is mainly due to the loveable and believable characters.

Twenty Boy Summer follows the girls Anna and Frankie on their trip to California with Frankie’s family. They’re trying to get over the death of Frankie’s brother, a year earlier. Anna and Matt had fallen for each other which Frankie had no idea about, so Anna is carrying a huge secret. On the trip new relationships are made and secrets begin to unravel.

Twenty Boy Summer is very well written. I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what was going to happen to the girls that I really began to care about. The plot was fantastic, I think it sensitively dealt with grief.

Sarah Ockler is a wonderful writer. I will definitely be checking out more of her books after being impressed by her debut novel. I highly recommend it for fans of contemporary young adult reads.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Twerp- Mark Goldblatt

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