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Twenty Boy Summer

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

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 22, 2009 – Anna was best friends with Frankie and her brother, Matt, until all three are in a car accident in which Matt is killed. A year later, Anna and Frankie, struggling to get past Matt s death, head to California with Frankie s parents for a beach vacation, determined to have the Absolute Best Summer Ever (A.B.S.E). But Anna has a secret: her friendship with Matt had become an intense romance shortly before the accident, and she cannot determine the statue of limitations on feeling guilty for cheating on a ghost. Readers will be quickly drawn in and moved by the pain that strains Frankie s family, which ultimately threatens the friends relationship. The plot takes too long to unfold, however, and teens might be surprised that the title s premise (referring to a bet the girls make that whoever get the most prospects wins ) almost disappears among other plot points. Still, Ockler s debut is often poetic ( I ve replayed the events of that day a hundred thousand times, looking for clues. An alternate ending. The butterfly effect ) and the girls friendship authentic, making for a poignant summer read. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

A Must-Read

I thought this book was beautiful and poignant. It's been a long time since a YA book has touched me like this and I'm glad I spent the money on it.

I thought the characters were wonderfully fleshed out and dynamic. From the get-go, I connected with them emotionally and they felt very real. The writing was tight and I thought the subject matter was handled expertly.

I must admit that the story wasn't what I'd expected, but far exceeded any expectations I'd had.

This book is amazing and incredibly sad

This book was amazing from the beginning to the end but it was really sad because her true love died in a car wreck and her Bestfriend turns into a totally different girl bad starts smoking and her Bestfriends mom freaks out over everything and she still hasn't told her Bestfriend that her and her brother were almost a thing and then they go on a family vacation to a beach and they meet these to boys and Anna ends up losing her V-card and yeah it's really relatable but I'm telling you it's really sad I cryed for like 3 hours and yeah so have an awesome day


I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm not one to cry a lot but I bawled my eyes out reading this. It's so powerful. I absolutely love her literature and way of wording more than anything I've ever read. I'd give it more than five stars if I could. READ IT!

Twenty Boy Summer
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 7-17
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Jun 01, 2009
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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