Thursday, July 9, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer review and giveaway

At first glance, this young adult novel by Sarah Ockler may appear to be very much a romancy beach read with no real substance (which, I must admit, is how I first thought it would be), but in reality, Ockler has produced a novel filled with love, compassion, and teaches us what true friendship is really all about.

Anna's first true love was named Matt. "Was," because Matt died last year. Matt also happened to be Anna's best friend Frankie's brother, and no, Frankie didn't know about Anna and Matt's relationship. The summer after Matt died is one filled to the brim with emotions, with Anna wanting to fill Frankie in on her love for her Matt, but Frankie not really being emotionally available for her, suffering from the loss of her brother.

At the beach, the girls make a pact to try to meet at least twenty boys that summer. Frankie wants to take her mind off Matt, but Anna simply wants to have him back and can't let Frankie in on why she isn't really into the whole "summer boy" thing. Both girls are struggling internally with their loss and throughout the summer, begin to learn more about each other than they ever thought possible, while meeting boys, dealing with parents, and suffering through an almost unbearable loss.

The author really got her characters and was able to truly make both girls stand out with their emotions. This is a great beach read, but it's not simply a fluff novel to pick up in between parties this summer...you'll want to keep reading to see where it goes.

One lucky reader can win a copy of Twenty Boy Summer, just by leaving a comment on this post by Sunday night at 11:59pm ET and letting me know your favorite part about summer time. Only entries from the U.S. for this one please! Don't forget to leave me an email address if you don't have a blog.

Want an extra 2 entries? Blog about this giveaway. Facebook about it. Twitter about it. Leave a separate comment for each you do. You can get an extra 6 entries!

To learn more about this title, or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Twenty Boy Summer
Sarah Ockler
304 pages
Young Adult
Little, Brown Young Readers
9780316051590
June 2009

25 comments:

Wendy said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book - can't wait to get my hands on a copy :)

I love all the flowers and excitement that summer brings - no school ! Vacations!

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Carey said...

I've heard great things about this book. I can't wait to read it.

musicartwords said...

This sounds like an interesting read.
My favorite part of summer is lots of free time to read!

Darcy said...

I love the early sunrise so I can get in a morning walk before work.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Lisa said...

Me me me pick me!!! My favorite part of summer is summer lunch- tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots with salad dressing. Also reading in the shade on my porch. And gin & tonic. :)

rubymoon said...

Favorite part of summer is the warm weather and the chance to sit outside in the yard as it gets dark much later.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Melissa said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book so I think I ought to give it a try... My favorite part of summer is swimming at the pool!

Thanks for the chance to win!

mlb108[at]gmail.com

Melissa said...

Here's another two entries, I tweeted about it: http://twitter.com/Melsbookshelf/status/2573319006

Thanks again!

mlb108[at]gmail.com

Erica said...

My favorite part of summer is I can sleep in :P

I tweeted about it - @thebookcellarx

:) Erica
thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

Shanyn said...

Would love to be entered - my favorite part of summer is hanging up my hammock! And being able to wear shorts :)

shanynlee AT gmail.com

carolinestarr said...

Hey Amanda:
I'm a 35 year old Christian, writer, mother, former teacher, non-knitter, who grew up in NM. You're in ABQ at Kirtland, I assume? My hometown. I am a little biased, but the most glorious place around. I found your blog on JacketFlap. I'll be back!

*Heather* said...

My favorite part of summer is the warm weather and being able to go swimming!

*Heather* said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/_HeatherAnne_/status/2577978726

ANovelMenagerie said...

No need to enter me... but, I read and reviewed this book, too! I really liked it very much!

Sheri
A Novel Menagerie

D.A. Tyo said...

I love the time I get to spend with my four children since school is out for all of us! (And doing tons of kid lit reading, of course!)

Debs Desk said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. My favorite part of summer is longer days.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Tina's Blog said...

I have been waiting to read this book! Please enter me.
My favorite things about summer....there are lots....sleeping in late, going to the pool with my kids, campfires with friends, having a tan, more free time to read.
www.booksaremything.blogspot.com

Tina's Blog said...

I have linked your giveaway on my blog, www.booksaremything.blogspot.com
Thanks for having this giveaway, Amanda!

sharon54220 said...

I would love to be entered into this contest. I've read some great reviews on this book. I love that it's light later, but also light earlier in the morning when I have to go to work.

sharon54220@gmail.com

Carrie said...

My favorite part of summer is that I have a break from homeschooling my kids! Great giveaway - thanks!

nnjmom at yahoo dot com

Carrie said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:

http://booksandmovies.colvilleblogger.com/2009/07/11/bookish-links-for-saturday-july-11-2009-but-first-a-winner/

Amanda said...

Thanks for entering everyone...still a few more hours!

CarolineStarr, I was actually at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, not Kirtland, though we did live in Abq for 4 months last year while my son was in the hospital. A beautiful area! We just moved to VA though and I'm very excited to be back to the East coast!

carolinestarr said...

Too funny. I used to teach in Fairfax. Small world.

Tif said...

I enjoyed this book too! Here's my review if you are interested . . . http://tiftalksbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/twenty-boy-summer-by-sarah-ockler.html

Tif said...

Oh and FYI . . . I posted a link back to your review as well on my blog! :)