Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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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 Zanzibar Bay 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.


About Sarah Ockler

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Sarah Ockler is the author of The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. She is a championship cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Visit her at and find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Published May 12, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 316 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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In “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler, we’re introduced to Anna, a teen girl who has fallen in love with her best friend Matt.

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Teen Reads

She constantly teases Anna about her clothes and lack of interest in boys, even inventing a code name for Anna’s virginity: “Anna’s Albatross.” The summer contest to meet 20 boys is started by Frankie, who sees it as a way for Anna to “ditch” her “albatross.” Anna is not as keen on the contest, ...

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Frankie schemes to meet twenty guys - one boy for each day of their trip - in order to find shy Anna a summer romance.

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Reader Girlz

During swimsuit shopping, Anna and Frankie come up with a plan for the Absolute Best Summer Ever.

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