My Rating: 3/5
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"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 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 that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
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.
I have been wanting to read this book for quite a while now. I first found out about this book when I wasn't into contemporary books.
The biggest problem I had with this book was the characters Anna and Frankie. They were both irritating and immature (Frankie especially).
Anna, the protagonist was the weaker of the two girls and so she was always overshadowed by Frankie. I felt like Frankie's voice was too strong for a secondary characters especially when the main one is as weak as Anna.
The plot was also rather immature especially regarding Anna's virginity. It was in this regard that Frankie annoyed me the most.
I felt like the author spent too much describing the settings of the beach rather than developing the characters.
My favourite parts of the book were the flash backs where Matt was present. None of the characters seemed annoying when he was around and I enjoyed the obvious chemistry between him and Anna.
Overall, this is a young adult book for young adults - probably too immature and shallow for older readers.