Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: "Twenty Boy Summer" by Sarah Ockler

I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winners on Wednesday June 17. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!

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"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"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.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

This was seriously one of the most heart wrenching YA books I've ever read. The story makes you want to cry as you read of a first love that will never be, a heart that is shattered and a secret must be kept forever. When Matt died, his family was allowed to grieve publicly and chose not to, keeping themselves conflicted over their emotions. Meanwhile Anna is grieving on the inside with no one to tell how she really feels. Things are made worse when she has to keep this secret from even her best friend, who was Matt's sister. As the story goes on, Anna feels that she has lost out on everything that could have been a part of her and Matt's story. The part that really got to me was when Anna cries up to the sky, demanding to Matt why he had to leave them and why she had to go through all of this alone.

It's a great summer read though. The location of most of the story is at the beach so the sounds of the waves crashing and the warm rays of the sun can be felt throughout the book. I could picture myself hanging out with Anna and Frankie as they lay out on the beach, checking out guys, and making plans for the Absolute Best Summer Ever. There's a lot of fun mixed in the story as well. However don't pass this off as just flimsy teen lit. This book handles more serious issues and is insightful, poignant and moving. Ockler's voice in this book is magnificent. She perfectly portrays the feelings of a teenager who lost her first love and feels conflicted about the past. She really brings Anna to life and allows the reader to see her inner struggles and her pain. Emotions run deep while reading this book and don't be surprised if you end up a bit teary eyed. It is best recommended for older teens due to the thematic issues and sexual content (nothing graphic however).

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler is published by Little Brown Young Readers (2009)

36 comments:

  1. leann8:08 AM

    Please count me in for a chance to win! Am I the first to enter!?!
    Thanks!

    leann-28@hotmail.com

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  2. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Entering....vmvazquez83@yahoo.com

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  3. OoO - The 20 Boy Summer is on my 15yo's list of books she wants to read this summer. *fingers crossed*

    kylee.challenge AT gmail.com

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  4. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I'm really excited about the release of this book. PBS: somercel contact: somer.gatlin@gmail.com

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  5. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this awesome-sounding book!
    joann from PBS
    joanner from FR

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  6. From the title, I've been thinking this was strickly a fun-type book. Glad I read your review and realize it's deeper than that. I'd love to win a copy for my teenage niece. Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Lacy (hellolacy)9:14 AM

    Sounds like a great summer read! I would like to enter: lacyckelly at gmail dot com. Thanks! :)

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  8. Don't enter me. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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  9. This is on my summer reading list! I would love a chance to win it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Cheers,
    julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

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  10. I would love to be entered in the contest. Thanks so much for the offer!

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

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  11. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Please enter me. Elizabeth
    PBS (ManolasMom)

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  12. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Please enter me.

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  13. Anonymous1:38 PM

    This sounds like a fun book to read for the summer. Enter me,pretty please. :)

    ConnieJ at FR

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  14. Great book, thanks!
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  15. Jenna2:38 PM

    That sounds really interesting!
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  16. I'd like to be included, thanks!
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  18. Great review, I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!! My email is mlb108[at]gmail.com

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  19. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Can you enter me?

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    Thanks!!!

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  20. JDobs at FR7:58 AM

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book, it sounds like a great read!
    Julie (JDobs)at FR

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  21. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Please enter me in the contest! Already a great read!!! Thanks, Chrissey (1236 Howard Ave, Pottsville, PA 17901)
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  22. I'd love to try this one out with my daughter.
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  23. Anonymous9:16 PM

    I would love to win this book!

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    Thanks!

    Vicki

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  28. This book is on my WL and I would love a chance to read it!

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  29. Anonymous1:13 AM

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  31. Anonymous12:33 PM

    hello please include me in the chance to win :)
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    thanks so much

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  32. I would love to be entered! :D

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  33. Anonymous7:46 PM

    I would love to win this book.
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  34. Anonymous11:36 PM

    Would like to enter!
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  35. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Carlene
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  36. I always need something to read! Please count me in for the contest.

    Kate
    baggyk(at)yahoo(dot)com

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