‘Twenty Boy Summer’ by Sarah Ockler – Book Review

My Rating:

Synopsis: 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.


I feel like my reviews are on the decline so I’ll try and bring up the standard in this review. I don’t want to finish something I’ve only just started!)

Twenty Boy Summer is a great book about love, friendship, loss, pain. Unless you have had someone younger die in your family, it might not touch you as deeply as it should. My cousin lost her brother when he was seventeen to a heart defect, and although we weren’t close (much less did I fancy him) The feeling of losing someone for no obvious reason is something that I have experienced.

Although, the pain for Anna and Frankie is amplified seeing as they lost a best friend and brother. How can this book not tug on your heart strings when Anna realises that the boy she has loved since she was ten..is gone. She’ll never listen to music with him again, never kiss him again, never hear his voice again. Anna will never know if they were meant to be more than just a secret.

As a character I felt Anna was fairly straightforward. She didn’t have any depth to be honest, she was sad about losing the boy she loved (who wouldn’t be), happy about finding someone that liked her enough to <spoiler> help her lose her virginity <spoiler/> . Done and dusted!

Frankie was the most annoying bitch ever. She didn’t seem to care about her friend at all. It was, like, SHE had to be the star of everything. Matt had to love HER more than any other girl. She annoyed me. Anna didn’t seem to mind her. Sure. She worried about her like any friend would after losing someone so close to you, after all, they were best friends. But when Frankie began to “lust after boys” wouldn’t that have made it harder to remain friends?

It’s so frustrating! Ditch her!

Other than the character(s) being a bit annoying at times, there was also a lack of description in this book. They’re on a beautiful beach…where are the descriptions? Not enough!

Good for a first novel, room for improvement! Wasn’t really my cuppa tea, so it would be unfair to give it less than three stars.

If Sarah Ockler releases a new book, I would read it!

Sorry for the shortness of the review, I have another two more reviews to type up, I’ll try and get them posted soon.









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