Title: Summer Skin
Author: Kirsty Eagar
Genre: NA, YA, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Published: May 29, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books, in exchange for an honest review.
Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.
The lesson: Don’t mess with Unity College girls.
The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.
A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig–sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?
It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair, and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.
Kirsty Eagar expertly handles a searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the college hookup culture.
– My Review –
I really enjoyed Summer Skin! This was my first new adult contemporary, and I was very happy to see that it was set in college with character ages ranging from nineteen to twenty-two (if I’m correct). Before diving into Summer Skin, I heard only good things about it, but I was unsure how things would go because it was my first new adult contemporary. But, it turns out that I had nothing to worry about, and my tastes definitely match those of the people who recommended this book; I was hooked from the very first page, and binge-read it in less than 48 hours!
I really enjoyed Eagar’s writing, and I also really appreciated that the plot was different from anything I have read before. Throughout the book, I was also unable to predict almost anything! The characters felt like real people making real choices (and said choices were unpredictable to me a lot of the time). I definitely feel that I could have come across people like Jess and “Blondie” (I’ll keep his name secret since it’s not mentioned in the synopsis, and the secret-ness of his name was kind of important to the plot for me) during my time at university! The steamy bits of this book were also quite awesome, and I was very happy about the chemistry between the two characters! I really really enjoyed Summer Skin and definitely recommend it as a summer (or anytime) read. I also greatly look forward to reading more work by Kirsty Eagar!
– About the Author –
Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published by Penguin in 2009, and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction. Saltwater Vampires, her second novel, was shortlisted for the 2011 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Kirsty lives with her husband and two daughters on Sydney’s northern beaches.
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