Twenty days, one boy per day. Frankie is determined to find the guy that will help best friend Anna finally ditch her albatross (aka virginity – that’s what all the kids call it these days). Sadly, in Frankie’s quest to help her find “the one”, Anna struggles with the secret that she has been keeping since the death of Matt, Frankie’s brother and Anna’s first (super secret) love.
This isn’t my type of book, but I picked it up anyway – mostly because the word summer was in the title and, well, it is that time of year. I was worried that I was going to be thoroughly bored by the half-way mark, but I was pleasantly surprised that Sarah Ockler was able to drag out the limited and mostly predictable story-line without boring me once. I mean that as a compliment.
I liked Anna and I wanted things to turn out well for her though it seemed clear that she would have some problems along the way. The part that didn’t work for me the most was the character of Frankie. I never really felt like I understood her as a character and once every chapter or so she would open her mouth and not sound like a real human being (Frankie saying words wrong all the time? You either know the word preposterous or you don’t use it. No one says prepottermous. Right?). Also, a big pet peeve of mine is when things are spelled out too much for the audience, both in books and other media (TV is the worst!) and Twenty Boy Summer had a bit too much of that for me.
In the end, though, this was a nice, light, summer read. The beach scenes made me long for a trip to the ocean even though I know that my memory of it all is always so much better than reality. Oh and speaking of summer, Sarah Ockler apparently doesn’t like watermelon. It hurts my brain when I attempt to understand how this can be. I ate watermelon for dinner tonight. Yes, I realize that is not a meal, but it was awesome.
Em’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: June 2009