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Date Published: December 17, 2012
The Blurb:It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. 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 coarse language.
The Boys of Summer is the first book in the Summer Series by Australian author, C.J. Duggan. The Boys of Summer was a wonderfully entertaining coming of age story full of summer love, drama, firsts, humor, and there were so many other things that I can't say because you need to read it and find out for yourselves. One thing that I enjoyed about this story so much was that it brought me back to junior high and high school. I love that the story took place in the 90's with all it's 90's music references, and that it was set in Australia. I was just a few years younger than Tess when my parents were considering a move from the States to Australia. Although I was young and the thought of such a big move scared the pee out of me, it was also an exciting idea to go someplace so far away and start over completely. We never moved from the US, but that didn't stop the many day dreams that played out in my head of what life would have been like had we moved. This book was better than any of those day dreams. Wow! Enough about me blabbing about my youth! What I'm getting at is, it always adds to the fun when you can relate to a story in some way, not to mention this was just a super fun book to read. I loved watching Tess come in to her own through this story. She wasn't perfect, but she owned up to it and grew from it. Toby was an imaginary dream come true. Heck, all the Onslow Boys were! Toby and Tess were adorable together. Their relationship was intoxicating. It was easy to disappear within the characters and get caught up in their emotions. The supporting characters were enjoyable as well. I liked Adam and Sean a lot. They were a lot of fun had great personalities. The whole cast of characters are the kind of people you wish were real, because they'd be so darn fun to hang out with! I'm excited that this is a new series. I look forward to reading about more Onslow shenanigans! I need to find a town like Onslow!
The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan was provided to me by the YA Bound for review. The opinions are my own.
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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.
To learn more about C.J. Duggan and her books, visit her blog and website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.