Series: Summer #1
Published On: December 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Maturity Level: YA - some sexual content
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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.
I had no initial thoughts! I went into this book completely blind.
My New BFF
I think I liked Tess the most in this book. She drove me crazy sometimes but I really envied her ability to just do whatever and have fun for a summer. I was kind of jealous actually. She was a great character to follow though. She was mostly happy and carefree but she also had her whiny moments. That made her a little more interesting than if she was happy all the time.
I fell in love with all the Onslow boys. I thought they were all really developed and I found myself sad when they weren’t in a scene. They were all different but at the same time all the same. They were all so upbeat and uncomplicated! It made it easy to fall in love with them. I can’t even pick a favourite!
I thought the characters were the best part of this book. They all had such big personalities and were pretty unforgettable. The plot was good as well. The characters were always getting up to something new. You never knew what to expect from them!
This was a fun book. That’s pretty much the only word you can use to describe it. Think of the most fun you’ve had over the summer. That’s how much fun this book was. It was really upbeat, happy, and carefree which I LOVED. There were some predictable moments which annoyed me a little but the author made up for it by making this one of the more realistic contemporary books I’ve read. For sure a must read for the summer!
“If there is one thing worse than self-pity, it was other people’s pity.”
4 out of 5 stars