For sixteen-year-olds Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, their twenty day-long, minimally supervised California vacation will be the "Absolute Best Summer Ever" and according to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance that Anna will get her first real boyfriend.
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.
Written in lyrical, accessible prose, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it truly means to grieve, and perhaps most importantly, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
"Twenty Boy Summer is a tender and heartfelt story of love, loss, and letting go."
—Deb Caletti, author of National Book Award finalist Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
"Ockler brings the salty tang of the ocean waves and the tingling anticipation of a first kiss to delicate life, while simultaneously evoking the mixed-up feelings of the friends, family, and loves left behind."
—Lisa Ann Sandell, author of The Weight of the Sky and Song of the Sparrow
Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six--an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, Sarah now writes for young adults. While nomadic at heart, she currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband Alex and an ever-expanding collection of sea glass.