Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Though I've heard many people say that Twenty Boy Summer is the best Sarah Ockler novel so far, I wouldn't proclaim the same yet as I have never read all of her books. Be that as it may, Twenty Boy Summer is still undeniably one of the most challenging YA books out there.


Anna Reiley has been in love with her best friend's older brother since she was ten years old. On her fifteenth birthday, her wish comes true. Matt Perino kisses her in the kitchen after a chaotic icing fight. Her life was never quite the same after.

A month into the feelings-are-absolutely-mutual-but-not-official-yet relationship, something unthinkable occurs and Matt dies.

Francesca "Frankie" Perino (Matt's sister and Anna's bff), a girl who is unaware of the developing feelings between her brother and her best friend changes massively soon after her brother passed away. From being a very shy girl, she becomes this outgoing appearance-conscious sexpert social butterfly.

A year later, the Perinos decided to proceed \with their annual trip to Zanzibar Bay, California. This time taking Anna with them instead.

Frankie proposes a bet. A "twenty-boys-in-one-summer" bet. Anna is reluctant at first but can't deny her best friend the chance to be excited and happy for the time being.

Along with the twenty-boy bet, their summer plan includes something else. This summer, Anna is suppose to get rid of the V word.

Will the Perino family get closure and acceptance in Matt's death? Will Frankie finally stop acting out? Will they finish the twenty boy bet? Will Anna pop her cherry? Will she also find closure and acceptance with the death of her first love?


My favorite lines from the book:

"It's my mission in life to make you care about these words, Anna. About these people and everything they say and everything they were. He traced the lines of my face with his fingers as he spoke.

Every story is part of a whole, entire life, you know? Happy and sad and tragic and whatever, but an entire life. And books let you know them."

Another book that I consider a Godsend. Those lines above, they complement what this blog stands for. To be honest, for some reason I wasn't even much impressed with this book. Maybe it's because I've read too many books already or drama wasn't the hankering at that moment.

It did drove me close to tears! It has that strong power to draw out emotions. I highly recommend this and Fixing Delilah. Sarah Ockler is in my all-time fave list. Her 2 books are something I would read again when I'm bored.

If you are a true YA reader, this book must be on your to-be-reads.


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