Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Hiiii hello!!! So I guess I’m back to blogging after a ~very~ long hiatus. And I’m bringing you guys a summer book from an author of my first favorite book; Bittersweet 💛 

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every 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 her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer



Title: Twenty Boy Summer

Author: Sarah Ockler

Genre: Contemporary

Published: 1 June 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

“Somewhere below the black frothy ocean, a banished mermaid reads my letters and weeps endlessly for a love she’ll never know — not for a single moment.”

For someone who lives in ‘it’s-always-summer-in-my-country’, I’m gladly picking this book up because I miss the beach.🏝😂 Though after reading this book, I want to say, do not get fooled by the title because it isn’t a fun summer book. Well, there are fun parts but overall, it’s a sad and heartbreaking story. 💔

I love the impact it gives me, which actually is tearing my heart slowly. I admit I almost cry—or maybe I did cry. Like I am the one experiencing it.

Even though it is all sad and breaking my heart, I love how there are humors at certain parts. They are so necessary and so helpful to cover the sad parts. If this book isn’t at all about moving on in life after a dead of a best friend/family/lover, I believe it’ll be a fun, witty and funny book with the humorous characters. ✨☀️ Because I can see how funny and sarcastic Anna and Frankie could be.

It’s just that, with what happened after the incident, life will never be the same. How could it be after she just lost her best friend who is also her first love? 💔 And ‘you never get over your first love’ (someone said that to me). That thing makes Anna feel horrible to have feelings for someone again because it will also mean the memories of her and Matt will be erased. 😔

I am also sad that every characters in this book are holding back their feelings after the incident and pretending everything is normal even though they’re hurting inside. And pressuring themselves of not talking about what had happened. But if they do, they’ll shatter. That’s it. It’s just… so burdening. It aches. 😔💔

“Those butterflies have nowhere to go but darkness, beating and tangling their tiny wings until they break.”

I rarely talk about the pacing and for me, the story flows perfectly and so is the plotting. In addition, I love how Sarah plays with the words; describing everything in beautiful ways that I’m actually amazed at every paragraphs. 💫🍃 To be honest, a good beautiful writing have a big impact for me to make it a favorite book apart from the characters. And so for that beautiful writing and not to mention falling my teardrops, I am giving this book a five star! 🌟🤩

“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”



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3 thoughts on “Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

  1. Ahh this is a lovely review, I’m so happy you enjoyed that one – you reminded me that I’ve had it on my TBR for, like, ages and had completely forgot about it until just now haha. I loved Bittersweet by the author and have been hoping to read more from the author, soooo I think I might have to try this one. Emotional, hard-hitting books somehow always end up being favorites haha ❤

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    1. I’m so glad I love this book from the author apart from Bittersweet! I hope you’ll read this soon. I’d love to know what you think about it! 🤩 And trueeee emotional books will automatically be favorite 💗 Thank you Marie!

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