The Busy Bibliophile

where I review books, mostly ya and chick-lit

twenty boy summer by sarah ockler August 5, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,beach,besties,sad,sarah ockler,summer,v-card,ya — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

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.

 

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Matt and his sister Francesca (Frankie) have been best friends with neighbor Anna forever.  Anna’s been in love with Matt for about that long.  But she hasn’t told Frankie.  One day Matt kisses Anna.  They start a secret relationship and Matt promises to tell his sister Frankie soon.  But instead he goes and dies.  Bummer, right?

There’s sadness and crying and loss.  Anna still can’t tell Frankie the truth because she promised (the now dead) Matt she wouldn’t.  Even though he’s dead.  Because she promised.  Okay, moving on.

What better way to forget about your problems then go on a family tradition month-long trip to the beach?  To fill the empty space the now dead Matt left, the family invites Anna to join them.  The girls (mostly Frankie) decide they will meet/hit on/be hit on by/make out with/have sex with at least 20 boys.  Because Frankie lost her v-card already and now it’s time for Anna to lose hers.  But Anna’s still hung up on Matt.  But she can’t tell Frankie that because she promised Matt.  Who’s now dead.

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perfect chemistry by simone elkeles August 4, 2011

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

 

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The premise is based on the Romeo and Juliet, 2 different sides of the track idea.  These 2 kids are too different to make it work.  They have different backgrounds, different lifestyles; too different for them even to associate with each other in school, let alone outside of school.

The kids from the north side don’t really mix with kids from the south side. It’s not that we think we’re better than them, we’re just different. We’ve grown up in the same town, but on totally opposite sides. We live in big houses on Lake Michigan and they live next to the train tracks. We look, talk, act, and dress different. I’m not saying it’s good or bad; it’s just the way it is in Fairfield.

Alex is a bad boy gang member and Brittany’s a prissy ice princess.  Can you see where this is going?  Yeah, I could too, after about the first page.  But that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a chance.  Because getting there is very very fun.

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