July 23, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler

Young Adult
Pages: 304 pages
Publisher:Little, Brown Young Readers
Release Date: June 1, 2009

"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

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.

What a great read. After so many supernatural books in a row this was like a summer break. It's a wonderful story. A story about friendship and love, specially about grief and letting go. Ockler has a magic gift when she writes. It's amazing how words seem to have sounds and backgrounds and you're wondering around in her young world seeing things through Anna's eyes. I feel like I felt the book more than read it. I could see every single scenario. Amazing.

It also has this refreshing sense of humor, ironies and splendid sarcasm, so characteristic of teen years. I laughed out loud several times during reading and felt that sting before crying several times as well. A beautiful debut.

Anna's character feels so real, it was hard for me to remember it was not me. All the characters are wonderful, specially Frankie's. Plus, the cover! I loved the cover before reading the book, and after reading it, I think there is no other way to make this book more perfect than with that gorgeous cover. If you like fun/sad, growing up-romance books you shouldn't hesitate to read this right now.

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