batbones's review against another edition
ablotial's review against another edition
MAJOR spoilers ahead:
SpoilerI enjoyed ... see I've already forgotten her name. But the main character being kind of the loser in school and then Matt finally kissing her and giving her attention, but asking her to keep it a secret. Comes all-too-close to events from my real life. But with him dying, there is the possibility that he really did love her as opposed to just a summer fling or "practicing" with her or whatever bullshit. I found it interesting that she chose to have the accident I loved that the friend turned out to be lying about having sex... and hate that it caused the MC to do it when she may not have otherwise, even though it's incredibly believable. And that there didn't end up being 20 boys, and questioning whether the old creeper guy counted. I loved the relationship between the MC and Sam... .Sam was the best, and I'm sad that it seems like they discounted the possibility of ever seeing each other again. Even though I'm sure if they'd kept in touch it wouldn't have worked out in the end because it never does.
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samantha_89's review against another edition
I loved the characters that Ockler presents us. Even characters that were only given about twenty to thirty pages of page time were easy to fall in love with. The entire story is heavily dependent on the friendship between Matt, Anna and Frankie and only about thirty pages is really devoted to showing the reader what their friendship is like. Still though, their friendship is easy to see, easy to love, and that's what makes it so easy to mourn. I wish Sam had been a little more alive, but he served his part.
Ockler captured being sixteen very well. Particularly in the matter of how you are on the edge of knowing there are more important matters than hair, make-up and virginity, but not really caring about those matters.
The downside of the book is that it's Ockler's first and it shows. Certain details are mentioned in the last half of the book that aren't mentioned in the first part. Scenes are left out, leaving out precious time that could have been devoted to developing certain characters. These things were obvious to me in this book, but absent in FDH.
Overall, lovelovelove this book. It is very sad, but don't let that stop you from reading it, it just shows what an amazing author Ockler is and is going to become.
tbandlerjohnson's review against another edition
I certainly was expecting a LOT from this book as I went into it. I have been hearing so many good things about it. How it is heartbreaking but still so good. Well, I agree! (for the most part).
One year after the heartbreak of the loss of Frankie's brother and Anna's secret love, the girls head to California for a fresh start with Anna's parents. After her brother's death, Frankie has become completely self obsessed and tries to win the affection of any boy that turns her way. Anna is still dealing with the heartbreak of losing the one she loved and keeping it a secret from Frankie. They go with a mission to meet and flirt with twenty boys while hopefully losing Anna's "albatross" (virginity) along the way
Frankie's character really frustrated me as she was self obsessed and boy crazy. But apparently this is the "new frankie" and not how she used to be before Matt died. Anna was a pretty good character and acted as I think I would if I lost someone that special that suddenly. I just don't get going on a mission to seduce boys and lose your "albatross," but then again, I am very different from our main characters!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The plot moves along quickly with plenty of heart-pounding late night sneak-outs, make out sessions, and boys. But the book goes deeper than that. Anna and Frankie have to deal with their loss out loud instead of ignoring the truth, and the way Sarah Ockler writes the girls through their heartbreak and confusion is beautiful.
kcoccia's review against another edition
aapueoreads's review against another edition
But still, it is the only book I’ve read 3 times and that says something.
lunabob's review against another edition
Review to come.
kittypaws9's review against another edition
I just love Anna. I think she is one of a few of main characters that I have truly been able to relate to. Her best friend Frankie can be trying, but she totally reminded me of a friend from childhood. The boy characters were generally a little too nice and rounded for me. Love generally tended to be a little too neat, but I still got sucked in anyway.
“Twenty Boys” is a realistic look at coping with loss. Don’t discount it because it has “summer” in its name. The book was nothing like I thought it was going to be, and that’s a good thing. Take a chance on “Boys” and you might find a nice surprise.
narniaxisxhome's review against another edition
The characters. Frankie is probably one of my favorite characters of all time. She has such a great and unique personality, like mispronouncing "big" words. She was just so adorable and one of the many things that made me love this book.
One of the things I didn't really like was that Anna and Sam's relationship seemed totally rushed. Maybe if they had hung out as friends a few days before BAM! it hit her that she likes him, instead of just liking him on site. After all her talk of Matt and throughout the whole book feeling like she was making a mistake because of Matt, this was just so rushed. And, maybe she didn't have to tell Sam about Matt, but if she had just said, "I'm broken, I'm not going to open up right away," then I probably would have liked their relationship better.
Overall though, this was a book that tugged at my heart and I totally recommend it a million times over! It is so well-written and heartbreaking! Definitely a book to read more than once!