Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.

"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 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.

When I first started reading Twenty Boy Summer, I thought it was maybe a little young for me. The first few chapters, where we learn about Matt and Anna's relationship--I had to push through those. I thought the couple was too simple, everything happened too quickly and easily, yadda yadda. But my mom and sister encouraged me to continue, and I'm glad I did.

The rest of the book turns out to be a really heartfelt story about grief and living after loss. You find yourself caring about the characters, pulling for everything to turn out better, happy, perfect because they deserve it to. I became really invested in the story, gasping, groaning or laughing out loud more than once.

Twenty Boy Summer has been banned or proposed to be banned more than once. I think this has to do with the sexual content. Sex is talked about quite a bit, and there are some descriptions that might not be suitable for young audiences, but that is always up to the readers' and the readers' parents discretion. Or at least I think it should be. :)

Despite the theme of grief and loss, this is a quick and fun read. The story focuses on Anna and Frankie, two teenage girls, and it never gets too super heavy since they're at the beach trying to make the best of their summer. My mom, teenage sister and I have all read Twenty Boy Summer, so the audience in my house spanned about forty years, and we all enjoyed it. I'll be reading more fom Sarah Ockler for sure.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Review: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy.

As a 22-year-old girl who primarily reads chick lit, I am not the typical science fiction reader. Throughout the time I was reading this book, when people asked me how it was, I hesitantly answered, "Well, it's more science than I'm used to..."

But in the end I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jurassic Park. The science is ever-present, but always understandable. Sometimes I even caught on to things before they were fully explained, which made me feel smart. :) I've seen the movie, but only once, so even though I remembered that much of the action was the same in book and movie, a lot of it still surprised me, and there was plenty that wasn't in the movie. There was some gore, which I was expecting, but it was never too much for me to handle.

My only complaint was that there were a lot of characters. Like, a looooot. So when people got hurt/maimed/killed, half the time I didn't remember or care who they were. I wish I had kept a little chart to keep track of names or something. BUT I did remember the main characters and I cared what happened to them, so I was still invested in the book.

I think I like Jurassic Park more now than when I first finished it. It's one of those stories that you keep thinking about long after you read it.


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