Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Anna is turning 15 and has an amazing life. She lives next door to her two best friends, Frankie, who is the same age as Anna, and Frankie’s older brother Matt. Matt is 17 and Anna’s best-friend-who-is-a-boy. As she blows out her birthday candles she makes her wish… the same wish she has made since Frankie and her were ten and Matt was twelve. Anna wishes Matt loved her the way she loves him.
This year, Anna’s wish comes true and Matt finally kisses her, and shares that he too has feelings for her. BLISS! Matt asks Anna to let him tell Frankie as they are all so close. And Anna, filled with warm butterflies and a swelling heart agrees to keep it a secret until Matt tells Frankie.
When tragedy strikes, Anna is left holding on to the secret that never had a chance to be told as well as a fragile version of her best friend Frankie.
A year passes…. and Anna is invited to go to California, with Frankie and her family, to spend a few weeks where Frankie’s family vacationed every year. The exception being, that this year will be the first without Matt. As summer starts to move its way across the sky, Anna finds herself torn between old ghosts, and new possibilities, the best friend she once knew, and the stranger Frankie seems to have become…
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I seem to be on a YA kick. I know partially it is the time of the year…. it’s summer and summer calls me to light, summery feeling reads, and this book was a perfect fit. It was beyond what I thought it would be and when I finished it I knew it was totally “gush worthy.”
There are so many things I liked about this book. Anna, Frankie, Matt – all likable well-developed characters that I had no trouble at all picturing as real flesh and blood teens. I liked Anna a lot. She was a wonderful girl who did her best to hold on to Frankie as Frankie tried to move on from her brother’s death, having no idea the pain and the secret that Anna was clinging to.
And for Anna – how do you move on from the ghost of a …… she wasn’t even sure what Matt was to her. Boyfriend?
Author Sarah Ockler writes a compelling read that made me feel all the highly intense emotions of the characters. When love is so fresh and new you actually can feel it in the air like electricity…. and when pain hits like a flash of white light – it is so powerful it takes your breath away and leaves you grasping at whispers of memories….
“Anna, what’s the number one coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life?”
“It’s always been the ocean but I’m thinking about changing my answer.”
Twenty Boy Summer made my heart ache. I would have never guessed that this was a debut authors book. Beautifully written, sweet and touching – it will remind you of teenage years, warm beaches, best friends, and first love… at least it did for me. ♥
*Note: Twenty Boy Summer does have some sexual content
Book Journey’s reading map has been updated to include Twenty Boy Summer
If you are in the area to visit Anna and Frankie at Zanzibar Bay you should stop for coffee (or smoothies) at Zanzibar Cafe
Cover Story: Love it – instantly curious about the red piece! (And later, loved how the red piece played into the story!
I purchased this book in New York at the Author Carnival Event