Review by Ginny
Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Little, Brown, 2009
Page total: 290 pages
Date read: May 21st, 2010
Genre(s): Young Adult
Frankie Perino and I were lucky that day. Lucky to be alive - that’s what everyone said.
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 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 her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago. (blurb from paperback edition)
The book first shows the past, about a month or two before Matt died. At Anna’s 15th birthday party, to be precise, where Anna got her first kiss from Matt, one of her two best friends -the other one is Frankie, of course- and who she’s been in love with since she was ten. But their relationship must remain secret, until Matt breaks the news to his little sister, Frankie, because the three of them had been friends for years and they don’t want her to feel left out. But he never had the chance, and their secret died with him.
Then the book switches back to presence, where Anna and Frankie are getting ready to the family trip to Zanzibar Bay - the first time without Matt, so Frankie’s parents asked Anna along. Anna agreed to Twenty Boy Summer game of Frankie’s, but she doesn’t really want to get near any boys in fear that if she meets someone she might care about, the memory of Matt would be erased.
While reading about hot summer weather, cool ocean and meeting -not twenty!- boys, I almost felt like actually being there - it was fun to read yet moving. I loved the part where Anna learns that Matt would always be part of her, that she as well Frankie should let go of him, and that it’s time to move on. But then again, I loved every part of this book! The book took unexpected turns, was full of emotions and had a kind of open end, which I loved. I usually hate open ends, but this one was perfect.
P.S: The cover is gorgeous and it holds some important meaning, like that the heart is made of some glass materials, and why it has one single red stone in it.
"You’re a freak."
"I’d be full of trepilation and reminisce if I didn’t agree."
"Trepidation and remiss."
"Yeah, them, too."
""Anna, you miss him."
"All the time. I still can’t believe he’s gone."
"He was more than your best friend."
I nod absently, forgetting myself for a moment, forgetting that I’m talking to Jayne[Mrs. Perino] and not my journal.
"I - I mean, he was like a brother to me. You know, like Frankie. Well she’s the sister. I mean -"
Jayne reaches for my hands across the table, shaking her head softly. "Sweetheart, when you say Matt’s name, you have the same look in your eyes that he’d get whenever he’d say yours.""
"So Old Man Date Rape was number what? Four or Five?"
"We’re not counting him. This is Twenty Boy Summer, not the Twenty Dirty Old Man Summer."
Review by Elyssa
First Line: Frankie Perino and I were lucky that day. Lucky to be alive - that’s what everyone said.