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Friday, June 12, 2009

Book Review (and giveaway!): Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. (Grades 9+)

Summary from the ARC (try as I might, I couldn't write a better one):

"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 every day, there's a pretty good chance that 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.
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Okay, Twenty Boy Summer had me at hello. It starts with Anna finally getting together with Matt after she's pined after him for years. And Sarah Ockler just captured that flying, giddy first-love feeling so perfectly that I was immediately absorbed in the story. I instantly cared about the characters. And I felt a hole in my own heart after Matt's unexpected death left Anna breathless.

And can you imagine how terrible it would be to not only lose your first love, but to have to keep that first love a secret from your best friend?

The book's not perfect - I felt it dragged in a few places and while I really heart the cover, I actually don't care for the title. Maybe it's me, but Twenty Boy Summer sounds like it's going to be a fluffy chick lit and the book is actually more serious than that. It really reminded me of Sarah Dessen and Elizabeth Scott, so I'd heartily recommend it to fans of those authors.

And here's where I gush about the cover a little bit. I couldn't tell this until I actually had the book in my hand, but that heart on the cover is not made up of torn up paper or something like I'd thought. It's made up of pieces of sea glass. Which is so perfect for the book and so beautiful to boot. A+ for cover design!

Annnnnd the lovely people at Little, Brown have provided me a couple of copies of the ARC to giveaway to two lucky readers!

Leave a comment to be entered. Please include your email address if it's not readily available in your profile or on your blog.

Bonus entries for each time you link to this contest (please leave a separate comment for each entry).

And a bonus entry if you'll recommend a great CD to me (I am in a music rut). I like a great variety of music and favorites include Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson, and Barenaked Ladies. (Please leave a separate comment with your recommendation).

The contest will run through the end of June and I'll draw two winners on July 1. Contest is open to anyone anywhere.

This is definitely a great one for your summer reading list, so I hope you'll enter!

50 comments:

  1. I've heard a little bit about this and would love an ARC to review for bookhopping!

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  2. And for a great CD -- try the Juno movie soundtrack. I absolutely love it.

    (Oh - and my email is bookhopping AT yahoo)

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  3. Sounds like a good book! Can't wait to read it.

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  4. I haven't heard their full cds yet, but my Pandora station has been playing a lot of Brandi Carlile & Missy Higgins, and I'm enjoying both a lot. I suggest starting with Brandi Carlile's "What Can I Say" and Missy Higgins' "Scar" or "Where I Stood."

    Or if you really want a full cd, I love the soundtrack for Once. :)

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  5. oh my heavens, I would LOVE this book.

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  6. I want to win!

    riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

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  7. A great CD I've been listening to nonstop is the Yeah Yeah Yeah's new CD, It's a Blitz. Not too recent but not too old either. Also, the Star Trek OST from the new movie is really good also. Not much singing but great pieces.

    +1 (riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com)

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  8. Enter me!
    bball11kt@sbcglobal.net

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  9. sounds like a great read minsthins at optonline dot net

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  10. Definitely a TBR this summer count me in

    msboatgal at aol.com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I have to agree with Molly the soundtrack to June (I own it) is not to be missed!

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  13. Those are 3 of my favorite music groups! I am so sad Steven Paige left BNL. Um ... have you heard Regina Spektor or Jonathan Coulton? For RS I'd start with Aprez-moi. JoCo is more of a BNL type - very very musically talented, but with hysterical overtones. He has a great (folksy) cover of Baby Got Back that cracks me up every time. I'm also especially fond of Skullcrusher Mountain - a song about an evil genius in love and Code Monkey - a song about a computer geek in love.

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  14. I've been intrigued by this book since I first heard about it. Count me in!

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  15. I'm not a music guru, but I have loved every CD Coldplay has put out. A Rush of Blood to the Head is my fave album though.

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  16. sound good
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

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  17. Mary
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I've heard so many great things about this book, I'd love to read it!

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  18. Mary
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Here's a good CD - the soundtrack from Interview w/The Vampire, I love it!

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  19. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Love to have this.

    Thanks,

    darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I really want to read this - it sounds like a great read!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  22. Have heard some very good buzz about this book and would love to read it.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  23. I've read so much about this book and I'm very interested in reading it :)

    desert(dot)rose598(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Looks like an interesting read. Please enter my name in the draw.

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  25. i've been wanting this book for my girls
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. pete yorns music for the morning after is a great cd
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Looks like a good read. I like the cover.

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  28. I would love a chance a win! Thanks

    hmahan_0529 @ yahoo dot om

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  29. I listen to country so I'll recommend Taylor Swift's Fearless CD, and Clay Walker's Fall CD (Saw him front row last night)! Thanks

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  30. Heard great things about this book, enter me pretty please!

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  31. I'd love to read this book! Thanks

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  32. I would love to read this, I've been reading great things about it!

    marielay@gmail.com

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  33. I have heard Great things about this book....

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  34. I've just blogged about the contest here

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  35. I would like the chance to win..
    Thanks!

    itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

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  36. Looks good!

    Thanks for the contest!

    hillary1128@yahoo.com

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  37. I would love to read this book!!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I have to affirm others' suggestions: the "Juno" soundtrack is great, great, great. The soundtrack for "The Life Aquatic" is really good as well. You might also enjoy the Magnetic Feilds lead by Steven Merrit. Plus there's always 91.9 WFPK!

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  39. I would love to be entered please.

    ssummmer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Hello, I would love to read this book! email: loveyourlibrary_at_gmail

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  41. I also have a suggestion for a cd-
    Exploration by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion it is a bluesy folksy sound.

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  42. Please count me in - Thanks!

    megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  43. A great CD that always puts me in a good mood is Montgomery Gentry's "You Do Your Thing".

    megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  44. Great review. I'd like to win one!

    jazilliania [at] yahoo.com

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  45. Please enter me. I would suggest My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura or The Boy with the Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  46. Ooooohh! This book would be a great read for me! I would looooove to read it.*Crosses fingers* May help inspire some of my writings...

    ambelou96@aol.com OR ambelou4296@yahoo.com

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  47. Your review makes this much more appealing than the title does, thanks. I am a recent Dessen convert and I'd love to win this one.

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  48. Please enter me for the giveaway.

    calcamanin at gmail dot com

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