Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, YA Fiction
Score: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Page Count: 290
Stand Alone Novel
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: June 1, 2009
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.
1. Have you ever read a book that you loved so much with everything inside of you . . . that you hated it? Because that's exactly what this book was for me. Other than shattering my heart, blowing all the tiny pieces to the wind, regluing them all together, having it smashed with a sledgehammer, and putting the pieces back together again, this book was a really good read. Get ready for Anna and The French Kiss meets The Fault In Our Stars.

2. Okay, rant over. The characters in this book were so amazing and unforgettable that I probably won't be able to stop thinking about them for weeks! I loved the main characters, Frankie and Anna, and the friendship they had with each other. I really loved the other characters in this book as they were all so loveable, enjoyable, funny and adorable in many ways.

3. The storyline for this book is so emotional that I had to put the book down multiple times because I couldn't handle the emotions and heartbreaking scenes that were threatening to break my heart once again. The story was so romantic and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful and the scenes that played out were strung together so well and nothing felt forced or out of place. This book was just beautifully written and all the puzzle pieces for this story were just so perfectly fitted and the climax and ending of the story were just too perfect for words.

4. I really loved the romance in this book and how it played a bigger part in the book without being too overwhelming and cheesy. I felt like the romance was a big part of the story in more ways than one because through it, the characters got to grow and get to know themselves as well as used the romance to open up and reveal not only dark secrets but also used the romance to help piece together their lives and broken relationships. I loved how it was a lot more than just a summer fling or an insta-romance but a very moving part of the entire story.

5. I think this story is perfect for anyone who has lost a loved one, in this case a sibling, child or close friend. Of course, it's also perfect for anyone who wants to read a very beautiful and heartbreaking romance about finding strength to carry on as well as learning to let go and learning to keep moving forward no matter how hard it seems to do. It had its funny moments, its incredibly sad moments, its silly moments and its hopeful moments. It's a book that will make you cry but also teach a very valuable lesson, one you have to read this book to find out for yourself what it is.

Age Recommendation: 14+

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