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Twenty Boy Summer

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  36,898 Ratings  ·  2,485 Reviews
"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 chanc
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars!

Twenty Boy Summer is certainly not what I expected and I don’t mean that in a negative way. In my opinion, this novel has a particularly originality to it that I couldn’t quite express eloquently but perhaps you’ll understand when you read the book. I picked this book up hoping to enjoy some warmth and fluff from a Summery read and although the story is in many parts heartwarming, there is nothing fluffy about it. In fact, it was mostly a sad read and I have to admit that I had to sn
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-away
One of the great things about Goodreads is that I get to capture books along the way, of which I normally would not. This little cutie, a YA that I added on what I honestly think was almost on day one of GR, I actually came across just last week at my library. It was withdrawn, and only published in 2009... I thought this a shame, but gleefully snapped it up for 20c.

This was a nice reminisce, I know there are no rules for who should read what, but I did feel funny looking back on those feelings
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, own-arc
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
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Do yourself a favour and stay away from this book.
Recommended to Ariie by: Joanna
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
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-outs

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
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy Twenty Boy Summer like I expected I would. It was just OK for me with not much excitement or emotion.

Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
☼♄Jülie 
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Suzanne

This is a beautiful story of friendship, that essential ingredient to any meaningful relationship.
Beautifully related by Sarah Ockler, this book has conjured the essence of what it feels like as a teenager to relate to friendships and life experience on a meaningful level.
Her writing takes the reader on an experiential journey of one Summer vacation shared by best friends Frankie and Anna, along with Frankie's parents who are also best friends of Anna's parents.
Each member of this group of four
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Aisyah  (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡
This book tells the story of two best friends, Frankie and Anna dealing with the loss of a brother and a lover respectively. They traveled across the country from New York to California for summer vacation a year after his death. In a way, this trip was supposed to be a mark of how 'normal' things are even as Frankie's family struggled to continue life without Matt.

“But when he died, I saw -nothing. There was nothing left to see. It happened and it was impossible and beautiful and then it ended
“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
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
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
Julie Kagawa
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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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
Beth (Ducky)
This book would be SO much better if it had been through the eyes of the MC's best friend, Frankie. I loved Frankie. She was honest and real and surviving the only way she knew how after her brother's death.

The way that our MC, Anna, described her just pissed me off. Every two pages we were reminded that Anna is smarter, that she just doesn't care about her appearance as much, and that she was a Virgin and her friend Was Not. The way that she treated her friend, not outwardly but inwardly, just
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Si alguna vez me ven leyendo otro libro con un corazón en la portada, no duden en dispararme. Me estarían haciendo un favor.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I did not care for this book. I pulled it off the return cart (it certainly circulates often!) and thought it looked like a fun beach read. Ummm, not so much. Right off the bat, in the first chapter, we learn that there is a tragic accident where someone very close to the narrator dies. (I promise, this is not a spoiler - it's on the back cover!)
I was pretty sure at this moment that my hopes of reading a light-hearted beach read were quickly disappearing. What I was left with instead, was
Laurence R.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really really really liked it! It's a really nice summer book, although you should know it's probably going to make you cry.

From the title, description and cover, I expected a love story. I thought this book would be about Anna learning to love again, and though part of it was about that, it's mostly about Anna starting to get over Matt. I was surprised, but in a good way, because it's all really sad yet sweet. It made me cry more than once and I felt really sad for Frankie, Matt's sister, to
Jun 09, 2009 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
Andi ⚯͛
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-archives
Was a cutesy contemporary read but nothing special. Good for a quick summer read to pass the time.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to read a meaningful book about love, loss, and friendship
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.

Sarah MacLean
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, debs2009
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
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Noelle by: Sarah
Shelves: ugly-cried
Jeez, the title does not do this book justice. At all. I can safely say I did not expect to choke up at the mere mention of cake frosting while reading a book entitled Twenty Boy Summer.
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls' Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, and nominations for YALSA ...more
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