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The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Release Date: 12/17/12
Summary from Goodreads:
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘OnslowBoys’. Every time they swaggered in the front doorof 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.
I'm in love! With the ONSLOW BOYS! Yep, they have stolen my heart. I thought this would be a cute little story about summer romance, and well, it is... but it's also a lot more. It's about bullying, and friendship, and love, and mistakes, and most of all, learning who you are. I really enjoyed watching Tess come out of her shell and learn by making mistakes. It's a valuable lesson, because really, no one can learn without making mistakes. I loved the Australian setting, which it took a little while for me to catch on to, but it was fabulous and I enjoyed the glimpse into a different culture. I know... I'm not worldly at all!
And due to the unworldlyness that is me... it took a while for me to catch on to some of the slang used, but it was also so very interesting to me. The story was well developed and well written and I finished it in one day... much to my husbands annoyance. (Yep, I sat on the back deck sunning my self and reading while he cut the grass in the backyard. Our very large backyard.) So I spent a day in the sun with the fabulous and lovable Onslow Boys.
There's a significant age difference between the boys and Tess and Ellie, but the author did a wonderful job of pointing out the positives and negatives of this. I personally am married to a man 10 years my senior and yep, I met him when I was 18, so I am very aware of the positives and negatives.
Overall, this was a wonderful and enticing read and I absolutely cannot wait to read AN ENDLESS SUMMER! I need some more of those Onslow Boys!
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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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