Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler


“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“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.

So I’ve been reading a lot of YA books on death, crazies and bullying and I noticed that I prefer those books much more than I like Paranormal YA or romcoms. I’m not sure why, but I feel happier after reading sad books (they don’t end sadly…most of the time)

Anyway, this one, well Anna, Matt and Frankie have been best friends since birth. Frankie and Matt are siblings and Anna has had a crush on Matt for the longest time. On her 15th birthday, Matt reveals he feels the same and they start dating secretly because Matt wants to wait for the right time to tell Frankie. Let me stop here for a sec and ask… WHY? I know if we remove this secrecy thing, we wouldn’t have a climax in the story, but at the same time… Why do you need to keep it a secret for a month? I don’t get this part.

So, before they are able to tell Frankie, Matt dies in an accident. A year later, the family’s still grieving but they go on their yearly vacay to California, this time with Anna.

I could go on about this story about how Anna and Frankie and Frankie’s parents dealt with grief and how silly this twenty boy summer premise is. It sounds catchy, but it really doesn’t figure much in the story. Its not like Anna had a hard time finding a boy, she was conflicted for a single time and then after that, she went ahead and gave her V card to this boy.

I’m not being self-righteous, far from it. I fear I don’t understand the point of the book. It had a lot of things going on but nothing felt nurtured, the things that should have been given focus weren’t. I felt tired after reading the book.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.


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