Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I have a review of a book by an author I’ve already read and enjoyed a ton. I’m talking about Sarah Ockler, and the book I’ll be reviewing is Twenty Boy Summer.
Now, I love books that surprise me, I love books that have me going “oh no, she didn’t,” and, boy, that first chapter was probably the most shocking first chapter I’ve ever read. I mean, if you don’t feel compelled to keep reading the novel after that, you should see a doctor because something is wrong with you. Obviously, the shocking first chapter left me with the feeling that the novel was going to destroy me. Spoiler alert: it did.
Let me just say that Matt, Frankie’s brother, and Anna’s best-friend-who-is-a-boy is absolutely the bestest, even when he’s being a dummy about keeping his relationship with Anna a secret. And, yes, of course, something has to happen to Matt. Just like I thought, the book is absolutely heartbreaking.
The story has kind of a Summer vibe what with the sexy kisses and all. Also, the flashbacks make the story all the more interesting and captivating. also appreciated a ton the fact that there was a long intro before the whole “core” of the plot was introduced. By that, of course, I mean before Sam was introduced, and yes, I like that Sam boy. The only thing I didn’t like about him was his whole “you look better without makeup” deal. You know me, you know what I think about makeup, and you know what I think about people assuming that we just wear it to “look better.”
As I kept reading, I got this Second Chance Summer vibe given that there’s a lot of grief and the story revolves about family relations and how they change when faced with tragedy. If you liked Second Chance Summer, you’ll definitely want to read Twenty Boy Summer.
Drama built up slowly in this novel, but in a way that has the reader’s hooked, like you kind of expect something to happen, but you don’t know how or when it’s going to happen, and that was pretty cool.
I liked that this book was real in the way it depicted certain situations. Personally, the scene of Anna’s “first time” was one of the most accurate descriptions I’d read. I know I still have a book by Sarah Ockler in my TBR list and I’m excited to read and review it.
Do you know of any YA books that deal with grief and loss? Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila