For sixteen-year-olds Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, their twenty day-long, minimally supervised California vacation will be the 'Absolute Best Summer Ever' and according to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance that Anna will get her first real boyfriend. 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 03/06/2010
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780316051583
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Review by ChristianR
Raw emotion comes through in this novel about two girls dealing with the death of one of the girls' brother. The secrets that they have from each other but don't want to have keep them from the healing process until they are catapulted into it. Very well done.
Review by jasmyn9
Anna has been best friends with Frankie and her older brother Matt for as long as she can remember. They go and do everything together until one awful day when the unthinkable happens. There is an accident and Matt dies, while Anna and Frankie live. As the girls and their families mourn and try to move on with their lives, Frankie has an idea. When they go on vacation, they make every effort to have a summer fling - to have fun and leave their sadness at home for a few weeks.Anna reluctantly agrees. In their search for a summer fling they become different people. They lie and sneak around not only from other people but from themselves. Both have secrets they struggle to keep hidden. While this was a touching story with some lively characters, much of it seemed disjointed or overly stereotyped. An enjoyable read, but could have been better.3/5
Review by Frazzletastic
I... am pretty much speechless. I don’t even know how I can begin to review this book without marring it somehow.Twenty Boy Summer is a heart-wrenching story about love, loss, friendships, and moving on. Sarah Ockler’s prose was lyrical, poignant, and beautiful: this book is beyond stunning. This book is so tragically honest and full of raw emotion. This book moved me.Don’t be fooled by the title. It sounds like a light, warm read – it’s not. It will tear you up with the grief and spit you back out again. I can’t begin to tell you how many tissues I used throughout this whole book.The premise of the book was light, and fun, enough. Twenty boys for the twenty three days they’d be in Zanzibar Bay. Even so, Matt’s death loomed over the entire family like a cloud of repressed, raw emotion.Grief is a funny thing to deal with. For those of us who have lost someone through death, it’s... It’s like a part of you dies along with them, especially if your bond was really close. I felt myself empathizing with Anna – I couldn’t help but feel transported back to 8 years ago when I lost someone closer to me than anyone else. I felt the same way she had when Matt died: lost, alone, abandoned, frozen in time.I couldn’t help but love Anna – I connected to her the most. She was gripped in the throngs of despair, but she had to be the strong one. She had to take care of the new wild-Frankie, and always took a back seat with her feelings. No one ever bothered to ask how she was. No one bothered to notice that maybe she was hurting just as much as they were. I couldn’t connect with Frankie. She was just the annoying, out of control best friend Anna had. I know I shouldn’t count that against her, since it – sex, smoking cigarettes, excessive flirting, attitude – was the way she dealt with Matt’s death; the way to get her parents to acknowledge her again. But I did count it against her. I hated her near the end of the book – and if you read this, you’ll see why. It was hard to stay mad at her, though.
Review by xXlovelyxladyXx
Wow...just simply wow. Something deep inside me told me I needed to get this book and when I did...I had no idea what to expect. Well Sarah Ockler, you've just earned yourself a new fan.Anna and Frankie are two best friends on their way to the A.B.S.E (Absolute Best Summer Ever) in Zanzibar Bay, California, prepared to meet twenty boys in twenty days as part of a competition. The newly boy-obsessed and social butterfly Frankie tries to forget the pain and loss of her dead brother by ...more Wow...just simply wow. Something deep inside me told me I needed to get this book and when I did...I had no idea what to expect. Well Sarah Ockler, you've just earned yourself a new fan.Anna and Frankie are two best friends on their way to the A.B.S.E (Absolute Best Summer Ever) in Zanzibar Bay, California, prepared to meet twenty boys in twenty days as part of a competition. The newly boy-obsessed and social butterfly Frankie tries to forget the pain and loss of her dead brother by spending her time in the arms of as many boys as possible while good-girl Anna is being pushed to meet as many boys as she possibly can by Frankie so she can have the summer romance of a lifetime and maybe even lose her virginity. The only problem is, she's already had a perfect romance...with her best friend's deceased brother. Secrets begin to rip and tear feelings and friends apart until no one knows what the truth is...until now.I absolutely love this author's writing style. This book is practically impossible to put down, its an amazing page-turner, and its one of the greatest non-paranormal ya books I've read in a long time. Readers will not be disappointed with this fantastic read however, there were a few things that ruined parts of the story for me.For one there's Sam and Anna's relationship. Sarach Ockler had so many opportunities to show more of Sam and make their relationship so much more important but she didn't. And then there's the characters: a lot of them were extremely flat, too much for my taste. Frankie was my favorite because she had so much life and she was really fleshed out as well as Anna. But Sam fell flat for me. He felt unreal and forced and I would have loved to see more of him, to feel the excitement Anna felt when she was with him.But overall, Sarah Ockler's debut novel has not failed to wow me and anyone who has not read this must immediately go out and buy it. I can't wait for her next upcoming book Fixing Delilah, which I hope is just as good as this one, maybe even better.Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5 stars
Review by missnickynack
According to Anna's best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect oppurtunity 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.
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