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Good morning, Wednesday!! The week is half over and I couldn't be more excited. Well, actually, that's a lie. I would definitely be more excited if it were Friday. But I'm not complaining.
In the wake of a new story idea, which is ultra-top secret, at least for now, I decided that I needed to branch out from reading mostly YA Paranormal (oh, how I love my paranormal boys!) and explore all things YA.
Many moons ago, my friend Daisy Whitney recommended the book Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler to me. (Daisy always knows the best books. And, some how, she knows exactly what I like to read about: BOYS! She's a mind reader, I swear.) So, of course I took her awesome book expertise, and I bought a copy the other day. Now, I'm sorry it took be so long to get to it. Because it is freaking fantastic. I haven't finished yet, but I can't wait to see what happens.
This book isn't one I would normally pick up, because 1) I'm a big YA paranormal reader and 2) although this book has boys in it (as well as in the title! The title practically screams: Hello, Kim! Read ME! Now!!) I usually stay away from emotional, make you want to cry books. Crying just isn't my thing.
However, even though this book has caused me to shed a tear or two (or forty), I still love it. Plus, it's good research for my new idea, which could hold a few tear jerking moments. Possibly.
So, for all of you out there who haven't read this book yet, please do. It's as fun and light-hearted as it is sad, and a fantastic summer read.
Here's the synopsis:
"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"
According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in
Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
And here's a make you want to laugh out loud snippet I read last night from chapter 19 of Twenty Boy Summer:
"We rehearse the story again before Jake and Sam drop us off a few houses from ours. Otherwise, Red and Jayne might spot us getting out of a car full of strange boys and want to invite them in for tea and lemon cookies. We'd have to pretend that they were Jackie and Samantha's older, super responsible, super gay brothers who dislike girls and coincidentally have almost the same exact names as their sisters. Those crazy parents!"--Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer
I swear, this story is so fun!! Have a great day, everyone!!