Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Originally Published on June 01, 2009
“Weeping is different from crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it’s over, you feel like you don’t have any bones left to hold you up.”
“She does that sometimes — like her mind splits and one side stays here with me while the other is off living an entirely different life in the distance with people I can’t see or hear.”
“He loved to read. He loved words, the way they string together into sentences and stories.”
“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.”
“Explanations take the mystery out of it, you know?”
“Sometimes I think I’m an alien that accidentally fell off the mother ship, destined to wander among clueless earthling parents for all eternity.”
“Nothing ever really goes away — it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.”
Goodreads Synopsis: “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 ZanzibarBay 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.
Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5/5