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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

June 6th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thank you so much to Caitlin at FSB Associates for the chance to review this book!

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

“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 her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever 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.

I first ran across this book blog hopping and thought to myself “This is a book I have to read”.   So imagine how excited I was to get this on my door step.  It was definitely as goods as I was hoping.  Even though you only see it briefly I loved the interaction between Frankie, Anna and Matt and despite knowing Matt was going to die I found their developing relationship touching and I would have really liked to see where it went.  Anna says at one point that losing Matt was especially hard because she would never know what would have become of them.

It was fascinating watching how Frankie and her parents all dealt with Matt’s death in their own way and the role Anna plays.  I loved following Frankie and Anna’s vacation in Zanzibar Bay as they try to meet their goal of meeting twenty boys while there.  The ending was not what I was expecting and it was a nice surprise.  Perfect summer read!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Katie

    This one is on my list of books to read!!

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