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May 18, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

On Anna’s fifteenth birthday, everything becomes perfect. The guy she’s had a crush on for years finally kisses her. Days later, things go from perfect to horrible when Matt dies.

After his death, things change drastically. Anna’s left with keeping the secret of Matt’s relationship with her. Frankie, his sister, is morphing into an entirely different person, turning all her attentions to the nearest available cute guy.

A year later, when summer comes around, Anna goes with Frankie and her parents to the vacation house where Matt, Frankie, and their parents used to spend the entire summer. Here, they may find the healing they so desperately need.

The first time I picked up this book, I was in the mood for something light and funny. This wasn’t it, so within a couple chapters I set it down, for another time. A few weeks later I came back to it, this time in the mood for something a bit more serious. It did not disappoint.

Twenty Boy Summer deals with grief. The loss of what was and what could have been. Of moving on, yet still remembering. This book had parts that made me smile and parts that made me want to cry.

If you need more reasons to pick up a copy of this book, check out Sarah Ockler’s post. That should do the trick.

I’ll definitely be reading Fixing Delilah Hanniford, Sarah Ockler’s next book, when it comes out in November. You can find out more about it on Sarah Ockler’s website.

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Posted by Melanie at 12:01 am - Comments (4)
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  • May 18th 2010
    Robby said:

    There are certain books that I am just seeing everywhere, and this is one of them. Thanks for your review. I can’t wait to read this. :]

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  • May 18th 2010
    Sandy said:

    I admit that I’ve been avoiding this one because it deals with sadness but… it’s going to be summer soon and I think I might be ready to pick it up now. :D Oh, I read the post you linked and it was cool! I didn’t know she had a book coming out this year! (and around my birthday too!)

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  • June 3rd 2010
    Emily said:

    There are certain books that I am just seeing everywhere, and this is one of them. Thanks for your review. I can’t wait to read this. :]

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  • October 4th 2010

    […] again, Sarah Ockler, the author of Twenty Boy Summer, has written a novel that captures human relationships perfectly. From Delilah’s strained […]