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Twenty Boy Summer

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

“What is the statute of limitations on feeling guilty for cheating on a ghost?” Anna writes in her journal, or rather, writes to Matt, her first true love and her best friend Frankie’s brother. More than a year has passed since Matt’s sudden death, and all that time Anna has kept her brief relationship with Matt a secret from Frankie. Matt had planned to tell his sister but died before he had the opportunity. Now, while on a beach vacation with Frankie’s family, Anna finds herself falling for cute, sensitive Sam against her will—if she can love someone else, does that mean she no longer loves Matt? Anna approaches this issue and other big questions with the insight and maturity that come when a young person loses someone he or she cares deeply about. Anna’s authentic voice and some lyrical writing will satisfy fans of Sarah Dessen, while the mix of romance, drama, and tragedy will be a draw for teen readers of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult. Grades 9-11. –Heather Booth –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“[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 Reviews )

“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 )

Product Description

“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 ZanzibarBay 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 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.

About the Author

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.


Its been too long…

Hello readers!

You ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where you are just busy busy busy? July and August seemed to be those months for me. I recently started my second job, which I love! I am a personal assistant for someone. We meet every morning Monday through Friday, I bring him coffee and a cookie from a local coffee-house…. and of course get one for me as well =) . I do anything from driving him somewhere to making a spreadsheet of his finances. It’s mostly a at home kind of job, which I love.

Another busy part of the month was my fiance’s children came to stay five days with us. That was the longest we’ve had them for straight days and overnight as well and all I can say is wow and how much appreciation I have for mothers out there. Wake up at 6am, make breakfast for all four of them, play with two of them, keep things away from one of them, take one shopping, make lunch for all of them, play with all of them, make dinner for all, watch a movie with everyone, put all four to bed, and then…. pass out! Then, start all over again. I was EXHAUSTED only after 5 days of that, I can’t imagine how it is for 18 years. But I learned so many things but the one major thing was appreciation for my mom and dad, and for all parents out there. You truly are amazing.

My fiance and I did take little trips through out the months as well. One was to a hotel near Chicago. He did it as a surprise since he was going back to nights as an officer and to say thanks for everything. Let me say this: EVERYONE MUST STAY AT THIS HOTEL AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES. There’s no words to express this place. Its like your own little house, except no windows. You have to go through a gate to get to these little houses that are your rooms. Here are some pictures:

Yes, your very own pool in your room!! Also a sauna, hot tub, massage chair, and a water fountain! If you would like to check it out go to http://www.sybaris.com. We only stayed one night due to the expensive price, but, oh, would I have loved to stay more. =)

On a book note, I am planning to have an author chat with Jay Asher author of “Thirteen Reason’s Why”. Hopefully I can schedule that soon and post it up here.

Happy Readings!