After Matt's death Frankie becomes more flamboyant and attention seeking in public while she breaks down in private with Anna. Anna is conflicted about how she should act because no one else knew about her relationship with Matt whereas Frankie is Matt's brother and has a right to grieve for a long period of time. She’s constantly tempted to tell Frankie everything and is haunted by Matt’s affect in her life. Anna cannot fathom a life with another person by her side, but Frankie decides that it’s time for Anna to have a summer fling. Frankie proposes that since they are on vacation in Zanzibar Bay for about twenty days they should meet a new boy each day.
Throughout the book the effects of a death is shown and you see that it is not only tearing apart Frankie's family but her friendship with Anna too. Matt’s death changed Frankie so much that Anna thinks they wouldn’t be friends if they had just met, but whispers of the "old" Frankie keeps Anna by her best friends side. This book explores consequences of keeping secrets or feelings bottled up for a long time as well as grieving the loss of a loved one. Anna has kept this secret from Frankie for a long time and is consumed by the need to spill to her. Anna has almost become obsessed with Matt and telling Frankie. She is constantly thinking about Matt and because of this she fears that starting a new relationship will wipe him from her memory and she doesn’t want to lose him again. Anna also has this tremendous guilt from not telling Frankie about her relationship with Matt, Frankie’s brother. Throughout the beginning Anna just wants to “fix” her friendship with Frankie and she just wants the "old" Frankie back.
I will leave you today with a quote from one of the classics, Scooby Doo. "Let's do what we do best Scoob, eat."