Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Twenty-Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay 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.

Imagine finding the love of your life and then he dies... How incredibly awful! Especially if you're a teen and you have all those hormonal mood swings anyway; Girls could commit suicide for that crap! Others, like Anna, would lose it and fling herself around like a whore with her best friend because she lost her self respect along with her deceased boyfriend (May he rest in peace). But unlike other whores, Anna has depth. She hurts on so many levels because not only was Matt her lover, but he was one of her best friends her whole life. Anna is the kind of person that cracks without knowing it when she experiences pain, and to be honest, it just makes you sad and feel for her. This book is almost like a Sarah Dessen book but with a little more personal emotion.

My mother and I read this book at the same time and we came to a sort of agreement that its not the best book we've ever read but it wasn't a disappointment. This is definitely the book for girls who have problems and need reassurance that they aren't the only people with problems. And for girls who need to feel a little. (Warning: This book does have some sex in it. Just saying)    Plot: 3.5/5 stars  Cover: 2.5/5 stars   -Katie

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