“Twenty Boy Summer has been the first book in a while that I've had the opportunity to sit and read cover to cover.
The story starts with Anna's 15th birthday. Frankie and her older brother, Matt, are her two best friends, that is until her birthday wish comes true and Matt kisses her. Anna promises to keep their relationship a secret until he can tell Frankie on the traditional family vacation, but just a few days before they're scheduled to depart, a rare heart defect takes Matt's life leaving Anna to deal with everything on her own. The next summer, Frankie's parents decide to take Anna to California with them. Three weeks in Zanzibar gives the best friends time to accept the loss that changed both their lives forever.
Twenty Boy Summer was an enjoyable read. It seems that the writing depth of the book is geared toward the early YA crowd, but the content is a bit older. That's a hard combination, but I think Sarah Ockler's distinct writing style does a great job of combining the two.
I only found one pinch point with the storyline. Maybe it's just me, but I tire of the albatross message. (Sorry, I hate spoilers in reviews. Once you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about). The story would have been just as strong, if not stronger, if Anna didn't go there. I didn't see her as the type to be manipulated by others.
Overall, I would recommend this as a good read. ”