The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Release Date: 12/17/12
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘OnslowBoys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.
Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins. To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.
How did she let her friends talk her into working?
After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos. All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.
It will be a summer she will always remember.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language.
The Boys of Summer was a cute book, a perfect beach/pool read, but just as perfect to read during winter when you long for the sun. It also made me nostalgic and brought back memories of my summers when I was 17 and 18, going to our first parties and secretly crushing on an older boy (didn't we all?!)
At first I had a hard time connecting to the characters. I thought that Tess sounded younger than her 17 years, and there was too little of Ellie and Adam's personality to form a connection. Still, I came to love them by the end; Tess has grown considerably, Adam shows his quirkiness and loyalty, and Ellie reveals a secret or two that made her much more sympathetic.
The Onslow boys were just what you expect them to be-attractive, hilarious and free in a way that Tess yearns to be. There's enough romance, some drama and heartache, but also a happy ending.
Most of all, I loved how The Boys of Summer brought back the summer feel that I adore, a perfect escape to a time when things were much simpler and for which I can't wait to return to the Onslow hotel in An Endless Summer.
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About the Author:
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
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