Books Review

Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

July 5, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler has been one of those books everyone loves that I never got to reading. Well, on a whim, I had bought the paperback edition a few months ago because not only is the cover pretty, but the story sounded just as beautiful.

Sarah Ockler’s writing is fluid like water—like the ocean. Anna’s voice is personal and poetic. I enjoyed experiencing the story through her eyes and I found her thoughts and reactions to be pretty spot-on for a teenager. I really like how Anna has to correct Frankie’s vocabulary all the time and their friendship is believable, especially because they each have their flaws.

Watching Anna grow as a person is great to “watch”. She does everything in her power to make sure everyone around her is okay and happy, but doesn’t give herself much time to feel that way. I think a lot of people, girls and boys, will be able to relate to her in that manner.

Unlike most YA novels, both Frankie and Anna’s parents are present in the novel, more Frankie’s than Anna’s, but nonetheless they all play a role in the story. Instead of only focusing on Anna and Frankie’s grief over Matt’s death, Ms. Ockler included the parents’ grief, too. This makes the story well-rounded and helps illustrate the different ways people deal with death.

When I finished reading the novel, I wished there had been more detailing of Matt and Anna’s relationship before his death. But then I realized Twenty Boy Summer is not about what happens before. It’s about what happens after and once I realized this, the story became even more beautiful.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer. At times it moved a little slowly, but then the story would regain its momentum and keep me reading. Anna is a wonderful narrator and character and her story is a sad, but beautiful one. Sarah Ockler handles the subjects of love, loss, and growth wonderfully and readers may even find themselves feeling like a changed person. Twenty Boy Summer is available now and for more information on Sarah Ockler’s writing, please visit:

Sarah Ockler’s Official Website

(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)

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    Kelley Vitollo
    July 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I loved that book. I thought it was so beautiful. Great review!

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    Hannah S
    July 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Awesome review! I definitely agree with what you said about Sarah’s writing, how it’s fluid like water. 🙂
    Love, Hannah

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    The Bookish Type
    July 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book too, but didn’t really know all that much about it. It sounds like a really moving story, and I agree that the cover is awesome. I’ll have to check it out!

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    July 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    great review! this sounds like such a wonderful book. a lot of people seem to like it, and i’m pretty disappointed i didn’t buy it when i had the chance. i’m going to have to read it soon, though! i’m pretty excited to read about anna and her story 🙂

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    July 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it someday! Great review!

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