Twenty Boy Summer
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Twenty Boy Summer

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For sixteen-year-olds Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, their twenty day-long, minimally supervised California vacation will be the 'Absolute Best Summer Ever' and according to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance that Anna will get her first real boyfriend. 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 24mm | 340.19g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316051586
  • 9780316051583
  • 29,260

About Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six - an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, Sarah now writes for young adults. While nomadic at heart, she currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband Alex and an ever-expanding collection of sea glass.show more

Review quote

"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""show more

Review Text

"[A] sincere, romantic tearjerker. Readers will easily relate to Anna's authentically depicted feelings of lust, longing, shame and fear as she cautiously embarks on a new summer love."- Kirkus Reviewsshow more

Rating details

36,200 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 35% (12,807)
4 31% (11,201)
3 24% (8,559)
2 7% (2,705)
1 3% (928)

Our customer reviews

I can appreciate why this book is as popular as it is. It's a heart-rending story, filled with secrets, heart-break, lost love and self-exploration. It's easy to read, hard to put down and sports a very likeable character in Anna. With all that said, I hate to say anything negative about it, but I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about how this story made prudish me squirm a bit. I mean, for all of Anna and Frankie's growth, as friends and as women, there was a lot of backsliding happening. The lies, the deceit, the clueless parents and the rush to lose her virginity made me more than a little uncomfortable. That said, I wouldn't be on the bandwagon calling for the book to be banned, but I might think twice about recommending it lightly. For a debut novel, don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful book and I think Sarah Ockler really captured some of the angst that teenagers deal with when coping with loss and grief, I just wish there would have been a little less about boys and a little more about the family/friends dynamics.show more
by Lydia Presley
It has been a year since the tragic death of Matt, Frankie's brother and Anna's best friend. Everyone is still mourning. Frankie's parents think they are ready to go to their annual vacation spot in Zanzibar Bay, California. And this summer they are bringing Anna along with them. Here comes the Absolute Best Summer Ever, code name A.B.S.E., for Anna and Frankie. Frankie has come up with the plan for she and Anna to meet twenty boys while in California, for the "perfect" summer romance. Little does Frankie know, Anna has already had her perfect summer romance. It was last summer, with Matt. Before Frankie knew about it, Matt had died. He was to tell her on their vacation, and Anna had promised not to say anything. And she has still kept that promise. This story was amazing. It was so hard to put it down. It is a perfect read to start off the summer. I really enjoyed Anna's character, and by the end of the novel, you could really tell how much she changed. Frankie seemed so different from Anna; it was hard to picture these two completely different girls being best friends. Overall, TWENTY BOY SUMMER was totally amazing, and a great start to my summer reading. I recommend it to all! *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
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