Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book Inspection: Twenty Boy Summer (+giveaway)

Plot Sketch: Anna, Frankie, and Matt are best friends who live next door to each other. Frankie and Matt are brother and sister (Frankie is the girl!). At Anna's birthday party, a few weeks before Frankie & Matt are due to leave on their annual three week California vacation, Matt and Anna finally hook up. They keep their romance silent and secret. Matt wants to be the one to tell Frankie when they are alone together in California. The day before the trip, they go for frozen custard and on their way back, Matt has a heart attack and dies. This is the story of loss and grief and two friends who try to overcome it in their own ways one year later on the annual California summer vacation, which Anna is now invited to.

Verdict: I Heart It. Other places have described this book as a great beach read. I don't agree. This was an emotionally taxing read for me, and may be for anyone who has lost someone they were dating (and by lost I mean dead). It's a mascara-streaking, heart tugging read. It's good, but don't expect to be uplifted from it. Sarah did a wonderful job of capturing grief and relaying it to us. There is sex involved in this book, so parents should be involved when minors are reading it.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Zanzibar, CA (fictional) which is 2 hours south of San Francisco

What is the main character's name?
Anna Reilly

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
No. I don't. I don't understand her, and so I don't like her. I hope that makes sense to you.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a looooong 4 days. It was a really really hard book for me to read.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
A lot of them, but this is the book that inspired last week's You're the Expert, so you can imagine why.

Is this a good read for Monster?
Some men may like this, but I don't see it being vastly appealing to the male gender, and Monster would not like it.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Nothing to make it more interesting. I wish there was a way to make it more uplifting though.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"I pick up my journal, mug, and granola bar wrapper, look up to the sky, and curse the God of Summer Vacations for getting me into this whole albatross-ditching, Sam-avoiding, aiding-and-abetting mess in the first place."

How many chapters were in the book?


Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publish Date: June 1, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316051594

Acquire It:



Win one of five copies at
Electrical Book Cafe ends June 10 (not sure)
Win one of three ARCs at Reverie Media ends June 21. (US Only)
Win one of five hardcovers at Shooting Stars Mag ends June 22. (US Only)
Win an ARC at Books are Life ending June 23. (not sure)
Win one of two copies at That Teen Can Blog ending June 30. (US Only)
Win one of five copies at Bookluver-Carol's Reviews ending June 30. (US Only)
Win a copy at Readings of a Teenage Tree ending June 30. (US Only)
AND more contests at Sarah's Blog.

AND... leave me a comment telling me why you want to read TBS and I'll put you in a drawing to win my copy. Entries close at midnight, my time (Arizona), open worldwide. (I just shipped to Malaysia, so it is truly open worldwide...)

AND, thank you to Laina for all of the links to the contests. If you don't follow her blog, why don't you? She goes around and lists all of the book contests on her blog... she has one that is totally dedicated to Book Contests! Go and follow now!

CONGRATULATIONS MJ! You're the winner!

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