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Twenty Boy Summer Paperback – May 1, 2010
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"This is smoothly written and romantic as all get out....ideal for readers looking for romance salted with a bit of tears as well as a bit of sea air."―BCCB
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So now, I'm writing my review about two weeks after finishing this book which I really don't like to do because I tend to forget details after a few days. However, this one time I think it's going to be okay. TWENTY BOY SUMMER is one of those books that has actually stuck with me -- I can remember this book like I just read it and the characters keep popping up in my mind. I think that says a great deal about the quality of this novel.
TWENTY BOY SUMMER is Sarah Ockler's debut novel, and I have to admit that I'm a little surprised by this. I found her writing to be so polished and real that it just seemed as if she's been writing books for a long time. Her prose and descriptions are just beautiful, but I also really appreciated how authentic her dialogue was. I can't say enough about how she developed the characters in this story, especially Anna; and I think she captured the devastating effects of loss on a family so very well. I really think Ms. Ockler is going to have a wonderful writing career ahead of her, and I'm looking forward to her future books.
Although I really, really liked this book (and maybe even loved it) I have to mention that I was a little surprised that the back cover of the ARC says that this novel is for ages 12 and up.Read more ›
Though outwardly fun and flirty, below the surface Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer is a reflective and insightful story of loss and discovery as well. Ockler does an excellent job at characterizing each person in her novel, even the most insignificant characters, making Anna's world tangible and realistic. The different portrayals of each person's grief--Anna's retreat into her journal, Frankie's recklessness, and her mother's withdrawal--are all apt and serve as one of the most significant elements of the novel as it causes conflicts and also enables each character to grow. Ockler's simple use of juxtaposition is also a striking element, and is a detail that really stands out. Twenty Boy Summer is a fun-filled, romantic book containing every girl's dream summer vacation, but made more meaningful by the grief and sadness that Matt left behind. It's wonderfully detailed and sensitive as it exploes the bonds of friendship, first (and second) love, loss, and ultimately learning to let go. Twenty Boy Summer is a definite summer must-read.
Cover Comments: Love, love this cover! It's so beachy and fun. The sea glass is a really nice touch that ties into the book, and I like the look of the boards that make up the background. I can just picture the beach whenever I look at it. Though the font of the title isn't my favorite, I like how the white stands out. This cover definitely gets my seal of approval!
The plot itself was also lacking, in my opinion. The first half of the book drags and then everything Anna has felt for a year and a huge fight with her best friend are resolved in the last 10% of the book, without the rest of the book having led us there organically. Anna didn't grow as a character, in my opinion. And the epiphanies she has before leaving California and then the one again in Frankie's room did not feel earned.
If it hadn't made me laugh here and there, mainly thanks to Frankie's dramatic flare, I would have given this a 1 star. It was not the book I was expecting. The premise was good but somehow, it wasted all its depth in exchange for fluffiness.
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This is a beautiful story of friendship, that essential ingredient to any meaningful relationship.
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Came in excellent condition! Very pleased with my purchase.Published 9 months ago by Kaytee Marie Walker
A heartbreaking story about Anna who lost the one and only boy she ever loved and cared
about but also about a family who lost their only son. Read more
This book is literally amazing. The title is a little deceiving, but it's one of my top 3 favorite books of all time. Give it a try :)Published 12 months ago by Lindsay
This story just wasn't for me. I expected more..... I don't know how to explain it. . . . .Published 13 months ago by Ashley S
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