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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
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Oct 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-real-bittersweet, ya, ya-coming-of-age, ya-contemp, 12fave-cont-sweet-ya
Read on January 01, 2012

Sweet, cute, slow pace, not amazing language like 'the sky is everywhere', but still touching in its simplicity. There's some originality, luckily it's not like Bittersweet, read cliché, trite novel. This novel is truly bittersweet and sad with nice observations. There are some really original things. Fine writing not too pretentious, just right tone. It's genuinely sad. There's still some usual teen stuff but it' not too cliché, just recognisable. Anna has great humour. Even the physical stuff makes sense and is conveyed in a good way. Forgetting, letting go. Sam is sweet, but not Matt... Ockle really captures the teen feel in this book, or what I think is the normal-teen-feel anyway. Beautiful with her and Sam, nice but fleeting. Emotional drama. Quite funny though. Great book: mix of fun and sad all the time. Many beautiful and nice passages. Nice touch! Beautiful ending!

4 stars - beautifully written, fun and sad, but took some time to get into, and the story did not stay with me for long afterwards…

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