Book Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Book Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler



“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 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.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.


Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer broke my forever broken heart. And that’s what I told her.

It was all at once heart shattering, witty, and one of the most life altering book I’ve ever read. Another book that 1) I couldn’t put into words how much I’m enthralled and fascinated 2) made me realize how boring was my summer for the last years.

Sarah Ockler’s story telling skills was way too awesome that I can imagine myself wandering in Zanzibar Bay, California without even noticing it.

I took a deep breath, look around my room, felt my chest rising and falling slowly, and cried silently. It was hard to tell what’s real and not nowadays. It’s like a friend told me what happened to her last summer.

What really got me hooked with this book was how beautiful it was described and how the author played with her words with this book. Imagine the heat of the sun and warm breeze of the air all around you and how the water would splash in your feet like some enigmatic entity- Ockler really nailed it Though I’m a bit sensitive about the V part. They are only sixteen year old teenagers, helloooo Mother Nature.

But, all in all, I’m totally recommending this book for a summer escapade feeling or if you’re not feeling like it.

This is my I’m-back-after-sucking-my-life review! Hahahaha!

Poem: Metallica

Poem: Metallica


You cut me with your words

You broke me with your eyes

You let me into your world

But, only as a broken star

Revenge is good

To see you cry is a triumph

To be with you is a dream

Revenge did this to us

I wished I never believe

To everything you said

To everything you promised

They are just bubbles that burst

I let you hold my hand

I barely felt yours

I wished I had known enough

You’d left it hanging in the end

Poem: Never Let Me Go

Poem: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Maybe we are not meant

But, we defy everything

We are hungry for attention

Desperate for warmth

I feel my own tears

Pouring like bitter rain

I feel my own heart

Breaking like a glass

Can’t contain these feelings

Barely breathing from sorrow

Surely, it isn’t love

When we care for ourselves

How can I see world

When it’s full of darkness

How can we see world

If we kept closing our eyes

Lies behind beauty

Betrayal behind smiles

How can I see the real world

If you kept me hidden

Poem: Caroline

Poem: Caroline


Star gazing at full moon

Lips tugging a smile

Eyes that are drowning

Hands that are warm

Air around dances

Breeze blew little secrets

Glowing lights give colors

Noise sounds like melody

I can see and feel

Everything that you felt

When you look at her

And when I look at you

Her eyes are your vision

Her presence is your galaxy

Everything that she is

Is everything I wish to be

Poem: If You Come Back

Poem: If You Come Back

If You Come Back

Seven years is enough

To grasped fully

That this love we have

It is the love that’s true

Moments I wish you come back

Times that I don’t

We will get hurt

And I love you

Heart pounds again

Bonds keep us together

Invisible line connects

Yes, you are my first love

You come back

You make me dream endlessly

But I live by the memory

I never want it to be real