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"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"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 chanc...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Kristi
First off, let me just say that I LOVE the cover for this book! And I love that the book has all these references to sea glass, just like the awesomely beautiful cover. Genius!

And the pages between the fantastic cover are just as awesome. This was undeniably one of my most favorite debut novels this year. Anna and Frankie were phenomenal characters. I totally understood Anna, I got her right away, but it took me the entire novel to finally get Frankie. Incredible. Ockler's depiction of Anna's e...more
Nic
Sep 11, 2010 Nic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older young adults, adults
Nothing ever really goes away - it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.

Don’t let the light and fluffy title of this book deceive you. This book will make you cry, break your heart and then fill it up with hope again.

Twenty Boy Summer is an unforgettable story about friendships, love, loss, and finding the courage to let go. This book was an emotional roller coaster ride, it made me smile one moment, cry the next, smile some more, cry again but at the end it left me feeling g...more
Arlene
Jan 10, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: TBR Reduction Challenge #1 - Flannery
Like the stars, fading with the halo of the vanishing moon. Like the ocean, falling and whispering against the shore. Nothing ever really goes away - it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.


Don’t know why I put off reading Twenty Boy Summer for so long, but I’m very glad I was challenged to read this book sooner than later. I really.really.really enjoyed this story! It has all the ingredients of a well-written and perfectly plotted YA contemporary novel, and I fell for the chara...more
Natasha
SUPER SPOILER.

AH!
I was about 20 pages into a new book when this came in the mail, a few days late but still.
I saw the package, tore it open and examined. I thought the heart on the cover was made of paper bits, but as it turns out, it was glass shards.
So I read the inside flap. And just like that, I completely forgot the storyline inside those other 20 pages. I plunked myself down on my bed and started reading.

This book left me with a heart wrenching feeling. I wanted to cry at the beginning wh...more
~Tina~
Some Spoilers

Anna has been in love with her best friend Matt since they were young kids and on her 15th birthday all of her wishes came true. Not sure how Matt's sister and Anna's best friend Frankie, will take the news, the relationship becomes a secret and before they could tell her, fate steps in and takes Matt away in a horrible accident. Leaving the the family devastated but also leaving Anna, alone, with only bitter sweet memories and a promised secret.
A year later the family goes on vacat...more
Ariie Chan
Oct 13, 2012 Ariie Chan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Do yourself a favour and stay away from this book.
Recommended to Ariie by: Joanna borrowed it and I wanted to read it. She let me after she was done.
Let me start by saying that I thought this was going to be good. I really did.

But no. I absolutely hated this book. If you put Anna and Frankie's bullshit and Bella Swan's bullshit right beside each other, I might actually choose Bella's bullshit over this.

I reckon they are all on the same wavelength of stupidity. (Especially Bella and Frankie.) Take in the fact that this book has the same amount of hypocrisy and lack of self-respect as Twilight (and then some), but that Twilight has four books...more
Jude
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It shattered my heart to pieces, It gave me the deepest wounds, It made me stronger than ever, And it put me back together. Those are the words I have to say about this book.

At first, when I bought the book, I really didn’t know what I was getting into, I mean, 20 boys? One each day? I thought it would be a simple comedy and a fun read for the summer. How wrong I was.

Twenty Boy Summer follows Anna through her summer, where she grieves the dead of the broth...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Rating: 3.5

“Don't move, Anna Reiley. Right now, everything is perfect.”

When the boy you love is the brother of your best friend, things tend to get a tad complicated. In Anna's case, the moment Matt kisses her, she knows without a doubt that he's "the one". Anna is overjoyed but Matt wants to wait before he tells his sister, Frankie. The three have always been a trio of sorts, and he fears revealing their relationship too soon could be too much for her.

Give me a break.

I found it really dodgey h...more
Emily
Sometimes when I'm with him, something will remind me of Matt. A shooting star, the smell of someone's shampoo, a long laugh, a turn of phrase from someone passing by along the shore. When it happens, I close my eyes, count to ten, and will him to go away. To give me back my memories so that something as simple as a song floating out from behind a bonfire doesn't bring me all the way back to him every time.

It was hard to choose just one quote to start my (gushing) review of Twenty Boy Summer. T...more
Janina
I have been waiting to read this book for ages, and although it wasn't quite as fantastic as I had counted on (maybe my high expectations are to blame?), it was definitely a good read.

I think this book is one of the books that has made me cry the most while reading it.
Having read the plot summary, this was to be expected.
Anna, Frankie and Matt have been neighbours and close friends since childhood. Anna has had a crush on Matt for almost as long as that. On her 15th birthday, all her wishes fin...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
2.5 stars. The beginning and end of the book were great to read and a solid 4 stars. Most of the middle part of the book was 1 star. I'm not sure what else to say. I zipped through the book fairly quickly and liked the idea for the story, but think I wanted more out of the actual vacation and "20 boy challenge" than what was given. There really weren't 20 boys (heck, not even 10!), so the title was extremely misleading.

Mildish spoilers ahead :

What I liked :

Anna and Matt's relationship.

Anna ste...more
Caris
Oct 04, 2010 Caris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pedophiles, voyeurs, and fourteen-year-old girls
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
To be honest, I'm sick of complaining about YA fiction. Not only does it take too much effort, it's redundant. For the sake of brevity, assume that this book suffered from every single shortcoming of all the previous YA books I've read in recent history. Instead, I'm only going to see the good things. Consider this your annual positivity booster.

Twenty Boy Summer is about a girl. She's got two friends. One of those friends is the sister of the other. The other is the brother of the sister. Foll...more
Inge
“When someone you love dies, people ask you how you're doing, but they don't really want to know. They seek affirmation that you're okay, that you appreciate their concern, that life goes on and so can they. Secretly they wonder when the statute of limitations on asking expires (its three months, by the way. Written or unwritten, that's about all the time it takes for people to forget the one thing that you never will.”

When Matt dies, Anna has no idea what to do with herself. Not only has she l...more
Laura
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Julie Kagawa
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Kami Garcia
This is a beautifully written novel about love, friendship, and the things we carry with us long after the moments in which we experience them end. 20 Boy Summer is more than just your average YA romance. It balances an original teenage voice with prose and metaphor that will haunt you long after you put it down. And as a writer, it made me want to re-read every line I've written in the past six months, in an attempt to strive for that sort of perfection.

I fell in love with all the main characte...more
Stephanie
34 years ago my brother died in a car accident, I was a little over a year old, he was three. I don't remember much about him, save one strange memory of him standing outside the car entertaining me while my mom pumps and pays for gas. I recall the car, the sun sparkling off of the metal on the window and the smell of the summer day mingling with the smell of the gasoline. And, of course, I have the stories, of how he called me Finnie Shell for Stephanie Michelle, how he would chase me around th...more
Victoria
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

“Every story is part of a whole, entire life, you know? Happy and sad and tragic and whatever, but an entire life. And books let you know them.”

Twenty Boy Summer was such a great contemporary novel written about the meaning of friendship, love, loss, and secrets. I fell in love with all the characters, beautiful friendship between Anna and Frankie, and the second love with Sam. This is the perfect YA contemporary novel about heartbreak, tragedy, and learning to move on.

A...more
Daisy
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it
After reading Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer,” I feel like I’m 16 again, sunning on the beach, about to embark on an epic summer romance. OK, I’m definitely not 16, not even close, but my point is Ockler’s writing is so transportive I dare anyone to read her debut novel and not think they’re on a beach. I could literally smell coconut oil and pineapple shakes and salty sea air while reading. Summer and its attendant romances are infused in every single page of this simultaneously heartbreakin...more
Aa'Ishah
4.5 stars

I debated long and hard whether I should read this. When I saw my library had it, I decided I may as well go ahead and make the reservation. But when I got it, I put it off. For days. Weeks. It seemed too fluffy and the idea of reading about two girls who planned to meet twenty boys in the hope of a summer fling just didn’t appeal to me, even with the backstory of the best friend’s dead brother. Imagine my surprise when I finally opened it and found it to be a story about so much more t...more
Sarah MacLean
I just finished the incredible Twenty Boy Summer, and I'm not quite sure how to begin to review it. Sarah Ockler has a stunning, moving, lyric turn of phrase--so very stunning, so very moving, that I found myself rereading whole passages to take the words in.

Anna, the main character, is so compelling and so so real...and her pain and joy and love and anger and sadness are all so palpably true that you can't help but marvel at how deftly and deeply Sarah has built this lovely character. You root...more
Eunice
When I read the synopsis I know it would be something emotional. Not those kind that I usually avoid - those that make me cry, but those kind where main character is dealing with lost and heartache. It fascinates me to see and learn how individuals get healed from being emotionally wrecked, how they learned to let go and moved and to meet those people who helped them through it. That's why I decided to read this, because even if it were sad during the first part I know that in the end I'll see a...more
Mike Mullin
I added Twenty Boy Summer to my to-read list after I read about the wacko in Missouri who tried to get it banned. Now I owe him a letter of thanks. It's a deeply affecting story about loss, love, and the pain of going on with life after a friend dies far too young. It reminded me most of Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die. If the guy who tried to ban it has even read the book, rather than just reacting to the provocative title, I'll eat my copy.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

It has been a year since the tragic death of Matt, Frankie's brother and Anna's best friend. Everyone is still mourning.

Frankie's parents think they are ready to go to their annual vacation spot in Zanzibar Bay, California. And this summer they are bringing Anna along with them.

Here comes the Absolute Best Summer Ever, code name A.B.S.E., for Anna and Frankie. Frankie has come up with the plan for she and Anna to meet twenty boys while in California, for...more
Margaret Stohl

I am and was alternately surprised and stunned by this book, by the writing of this book, and I am going to be thinking about both for some time. TBS is light and heavy and trivial and powerful and somehow all that unevenness works like the broken butterfly this story is and means to be. It's the beauty and strength of the writing, combined with the willingness to be slight, that evolves into something so artful and sophisticated. Anyways, I was struck. In case you couldn't tell :)
Erica (daydreamer)
20 Boy Summer was a wonderful novel. It took me on a journey of love and loss and secrets. It made me smile, feel sad, and laugh at times. I really liked Anna and Frankie's relationship. It was nice reading a book about best friends, rather than it being solely on the love part. Although that was there and was nice too. This book explores two of Anna's loves. The one that she's kept secret from everyone, and the one that might erase the first one, which she can't let happen. And in the end, Anna...more
Gemma
Hmm...

I'm rather torn with 20 Boy Summer.

On one hand, the writing was excellent. It made me feel. There were scenes where I was tearing up a little bit. The emotions expessed were genuine, and well done.

Seeing as I was heading back home from my grandma's funeral, this was rather impressive. Usually when I'm going through my own personal crisis, I tend to be apathetic to those of fictional characters. If it's done with too much whininess and not enough feeling, it just gets a 'yeah, so?' reactio...more
Jasprit
3.5/4 stars

Twenty Boy Summer is the story of two best friends Anna and Frankie. They’ve practically grown up together and share everything with one another. Except for the fact that Anna has always been in love with Frankie’s brother Matt, just when Matt and Anna finally admitted their feelings for one another and were getting to spend more time with each other Matt tragically passed away. They had always planned to tell Frankie, but they just didn’t get the time. Now a year later with everyone...more
Camilla
I absolutely loved this book. It was a sad, heartbreaking, emotional story, but at times I was smiling at the fantastic characters and laughing at the humorous moments Ockler creates. The plot was very heart wrenching, and you truly felt every single emotion that the characters experienced along the way. It was beautifully crafted with amazing writing, and imagery that leaves you second guessing your surroundings; the descriptions were so vivid, that you heard the ocean's waves, and almost pictu...more
Stephanie
Ok, before I start, I'd like to share a quote:

"When someone you love dies, people ask you how you're doing, but they don't really want to know. They seek affirmation that you're okay, that you appreciate their concern, that life goes on and so can they. Secretly they wonder when the statute of limitations on asking expires (it's three months, by the way. Written or unwritten, that's about all the time it takes for people to forget the one thing you never will).

They don't want to know that you'll...more
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, #scandal, hits the shelves in June 2014.

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at h...more
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