"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
I had read and heard a lot about this book for quite sometime, and by the time I got my hands on a copy I had such high expectations that I was almost certain I could only be disappointed. I wasn't. Rather, Twenty Boy Summer was even lovlier than I had anticipated.
Sarah Ockler has a written a novel that is touching and emotionally honest. She weaves a heartbreaking tale of tragic first love, and what it means to have that ripped away from you. The books gives the reader a glance into how one begins to move through the days after such an incident, and how you can possibly begin to live your life again.
Ockler does an incredible job at pulling the reader deeply into the Anna's story. I found myself feeling what she was feeling. Although I only had a brief introduction to Matt, I missed him. I felt his loss deeply and found myself torn later in the novel when my thoughts kept returning to him as Anna attempted to move on.
While Twenty Boy Summer is a deeply emotional tale, the author uses humor throughout to keep it from getting too dark or depressing. Namely, the interaction between best friends Anna and Frankie made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion and were some of my favorite scenes.
Twenty Boy Summer is a must read that is perfect for summer, but highly enjoyable any time of year. Definitely on my list of favorites!